Wednesday, October 2, 2013

31 Days of Goosebumps: Book 33. The Horror At Camp Jellyjam

Book 33: The Horror At Camp Jellyjam

Okay, yesterday’s book was pretty rough. Thankfully we’ve got a better book today. I had never read this book previously but in general I enjoyed this book. It avoided most of the elements of Goosebumps books that I find Stine to be bad at. There’s no fake outs, there’s no drawn out story elements... this particular book dives right into the story and never misses a beat.

Wendy and her brother Elliot end up at Camp Jellyjam due to her painfully irresponsible parents letting them ride in the trailer attached to their car on a road trip. The trailer disconnects and instead of killing them ends up in the weird camp. 

Everyone is very into winning at camp. The slogan is Only the Best and the logo is a weird blob/Jellyfish creature named King Jellyjam. 

Eventually Wendy finds out that King Jellyjam is a real living thing that takes the campers as slaves to wash him. He is killed when Wendy tells everyone to stop washing him and his own stench is too much for him to handle.

THE BAD: That ending is pretty ridiculous. While the film managed to maintain a decent sense of terror this may be one of the dumbest ways any villain has ever been thwarted.

THE GOOD: It’s a pretty eerie premise. Also they mention that King Jellyjam has eaten a few campers. It’s glazed over but that’s pretty fucked up if you think about it.



  1. Do you think "pretty fucked up" is an appropriate phrase for any audience interested in a Goosebumps review?

    1. Since I consider this more of a comedic look at something nostalgic yes. I don't expect 10 years to be googling goosebump book reviews.

  2. This reminds me of an episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark? where a boarding school (orphanage?) was run by aliens who brainwashed the children to help nurture their eggs.