The Haunting Hour’s First Season Closes With Two More Scary Sets Of Stories

Courtesy:  Shout! Factory/The Hub

Courtesy: Shout! Factory/The Hub

R.L. Stine and The Hub are back with two more volumes of seriously scary stories for kids and their parents.  The Haunting Hour Vol. 3 & 4 offer audiences ten more tales of terror that will entertain and scare audiences every time they turn them on.  This latest pair of volumes offers not only five great episodes each, but some star power, too.  The Haunting Hour Vol. 3 boats guest appearances from the likes of Robert Capron (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), Maddison Pettis (Cory in the House), Christopher Heyerdahl (Hell on Wheels, Sanctuary), and others.  Apparently, Heyerdahl has a thing for playing villains, much like Tim Curry, as he takes on the role of quite the scary character in the episode, ‘Fear Never Knocks.’  Heyerdahl’s character is absolutely creepy in his role in this episode, terrorizing a pair of children who stumble upon their grandfather’s “box of fear.”  He is released when young Jenny decides to play with the box, and releases both her fears and those of her brother and fear itself (played by Heyerdahl).  Also in Volume Three, Maddison Pettis is one of three kids that get caught up in a supernatural story that brings the past and present together thanks to a mysterious mask.  The mask shows events that happened in the past, which themselves lead to another mystery that will leave viewers guessing right up to the end of the story.  And in another of the set’s best episodes, Robert Capron plays a young man whose overactive apetite leads him to get much more than he hoped for after a strange ice cream truck starts making rounds through the boy’s neighborhood.  This is an episode that will send “chills” (ba-dump-bump-bump) through every viewer, and will make them think twice next time they see an ice cream truck come through their neighborhood.  What’s more, it’s a valuable warning against over eating, too, ironically enough.  It’s little things like this, and the writing for the other noted episodes that make The Haunting Hour Volume Three another nice inclusion for any fan of ghost stories and of R.L. Stine’s work.

Courtesy:  Shout! Factory/The Hub

Courtesy: Shout! Factory/The Hub

The scares don’t stop with Volume Three of The Haunting Hour.  Fans will also enjoy Volume Four, which was released alongside Volume Three.  The show’s fourth volume offers even more scares, as well as guest appearances.  It all opens with another episode that’s just as much a warning as it is a scary story in ‘Wrong Number.’  Debby Ryan (The Suite Life on Deck, Radio Rebel) stars in this episode as Steffani.  Steffani is a rather spoiled young woman that is the very stereotype of the stuck up “mean girl.”  But she gets what’s coming to her when she and her friend decide to prank call an elderly woman one night.  The consequences of her actions turn out to be deadly, as a matter of fact.  This is just one of the many scary stories presented in The Haunting Hour Volume Four.  Another equally terrifying tale included in this set is the episode, ‘Lights Out.’  Super 8 star Gabriel Basso stars as Teddy, a young teen skeptic who is pulled into a ghost hunt after watching a ghost hunt show on TV.  Teddy’s friends set out to prove to him that ghosts are in fact real in their hunt for the supernatural.  He learns that lesson in a way he never would have expected, nor will viewers who have never seen this episode.  The twist ending will scare audiences to no end and leave them talking.  As with Volume Three, what is presented here is just part of what makes Volume Four so enthralling.  The stories presented in these two volumes are sure to scare and entertain both kids and adults alike.

The Haunting Hour recently wrapped its third season on The Hub network.  Allegedly, a fourth season might be in production.  That gives ample time for both seasons Two and Three to be released to DVD while fans await the show’s return to The Hub.  Until then though, these last two volumes of Season One will keep audiences coming back again and again.  All four volumes are available in stores and online and can be ordered online direct at http://www.shoutfactorystore.com

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Liorti’s New LP “Real” good For Pop Punk, Emo Fans

Courtesy:  Drive Records

Courtesy: Drive Records

Canadian rocker Mike Liorti (A.K.A. ROSEDALE) is beginning to make quite the name for himself.  Anyone who has seen Disney’s recent tween special, Radio Rebel, might recognize him.  Liorti has also been getting his name out there via time on the Vans Warped Tour and others.  And there has been coverage from outlets such as muchmusic.com, MTV2, XM Radio and many other outlets.  Now Liorti’s star may be rising even more with the release of his new album, Real.

Real is an eleven track piece of pop rock and emo that will easily appeal to its target audiences.  It has all of the requisite hooks and choruses along with relatable lyrical content to keep its listeners’ attention.  The first real noticeable song from Real is the album’s third track, ‘Past Times.’  In this song, Liorti sings, “Do what you must/But I must confess/I won’t stand to give up on this/Though it’s got so bad.”  Much like many of the other songs on this LP, ‘Past Times’ is a song centered on relationship issues.  Earlier in the song, he writes, “And these words are weapons/And I’m pulling the pin now/So just say the word/And it’s all over.”  Keeping that line in mind along with the latter of the two lines, ‘Past Times’ comes across as a song about someone having relationship issues.  Yet as the prior of the lines hints, Liorti’s figure in this song isn’t about to simply give up.  He says, “I won’t give up on this.”  His figure here wants to try and make things work.  That alongside the musical backing helps to illustrate that emotion of someone trying to get through one of the difficult times in any relationship.  It’s one of those pieces that Liorti’s audiences will enjoy and appreciate for its overall effect.

While ‘Past Times’ will catch audiences with its upbeat sound and relatable lyrics, Liorti offers a song that is the exact antithesis of said song in the form of ‘Eldorado Park’ later on in the song list of his new album.  The gentle piano backing Liorti’s story of two people coming back together after being apart for so long.  Again, it’s hinted that the separation in question is the result of a relationship issue.  But the combination of the music and lyrics surprisingly makes it come across as something that could easily find its way onto the soundtrack of a rom-com or even romantic drama.

By direct contrast from the relationship based songs throughout this record, Liorti does offer listeners something with a little more meat to it in the form of ‘Be All & End All.’  He directly names an individual named Steve in this song.  Apparently the individual in question had to have had quite the impression on him as he sings, “Hey two faced/You can talk the talk/But you’re running too soon/Before you can walk a little slower/Cause you’re one day short/One long day short of living.”  He goes on in similar fashion throughout the song with equally strong musical backing that helps to illustrate once more, the emotion of the lyrics.  It’s one more piece that again, Liorti’s intended audiences will appreciate given its intensity.  Of course there are other songs on this record that his audiences will appreciate just as much. 

Audiences can check out more music and get all the latest news and tour dates from Liorti’s ROSEDALE project online at http://www.rosedalemusic.net, http://www.facebook.com/ROSEDALEexpress, and http://www.myspace.com/rosedalemusic.  Liorti’s North Carolina fans will get more chances this month to hear his music live as he will be making a stop in Greenville, North Carolina on Monday, December 17th at the Tipsy Teapot.  He will follow that up the following week with a performance at Glenwood Coffee and Books in Greensboro, North Carolina on Saturday, December 22nd

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Tweens and teens will rock to Radio Rebel

Courtesy: Image Entertainment/Disney

Disney Channel’s recent made for tv movie, “Radio Rebel”, is the network’s answer to Nickelodeon’s hit show iCarly.  In iCarly, everyone loves the show because they know who Carly and Sam are.  But unlike iCarly, no one knows who Radio Rebel is.  She is in reality, mild mannered high school junior, Tara (played by Debby Ryan).  However, when she leads her entire school to its own MORP after causing its prom to be cancelled, Tara has to come clean about her secret identity.  She has to reach down deep and find who she really is, and find out if people will still like her for who she really is.

The message of finding one’s self is commonplace among television shows and movies aimed at today’s tween and teen audiences who are looking for a voice for their generation.  “Radio Rebel” is the latest of the works for those audiences.  It’s also one of the more creative stories to come along in recent years.  It teaches its audiences that it’s okay to be themselves, rather than give in to the cliques that domainate life for tweens and teens.  In direct relation, it also teaches them that regardless of male or female, everyone has a strong, self confident person inside.  It teaches them to embrace who they are regardless of the seemingly overwhelming social pressures facing them today.  If Tara/Radio Rebel can be herself regardless of those pressures, so can everyone else.

“Radio Rebel” is backed by a catchy soundtrack that audiences will enjoy.  And they’ll really appreciate the music of “The G’s.”  “The G’s” is a made up band whose guitarist, Gavin, is Tara’s love interest.  So yes, the romance subplot is there, too.  That aside, the new dvd presentation of “Radio Rebel” includes a bonus feature in which the members of “The G’s” explain that it really is them playing.  They admit they had to learn the songs, so it’s not just them doing a music video style performance. 

Combine the catchy, poppy soundtrack with the story’s positive messages, and “Rebel Radio’s” viewers get a movie that will speak to them.  Even when those same audiences are adults and ahve their own teens, those factors will continue to be great for that audience, too.  “Radio Rebel” is available on dvd now.  Audiences can pick it up in store or online at amazon.com and at http://www.image-entertainment.com

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