R.L. Stine’s new series, The Haunting Hour is some very impressive work. Ten episodes from the show’s first season are now available on two DVD volumes. In the first volume of episodes, audiences are introduced right off the bat to the show in scary fashion with the two part episode, “Really You.” In an equally scary episode, a young girl and her mother take a trip to an inn with some “guests” who are not at all what they seem.
The opening episode in the new first volume of episodes from R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour could easily be compared to the classic horror franchise, Child’s Play and the equally gripping Twilight Zone episode, “The Living Doll.” In this episode, both a mother and daughter learn a very valuable lesson about appreciating the other more when an evil life size doll of the daughter, Lily, is delivered to the family’s home one day. The doll in question is named Lily D. She had been ordered by the real Lily’s father. At first all seems well, until Lily’s mother becomes infatuated with Lily D. Lily D. apparently is alive so to speak. And she starts framing the real Lily, making it look like she’s done a bunch of things that she really hasn’t. No one believes Lily at first. But then her brother starts to have his suspicions, which turn out to prove Lily right. Luckily for Lily, her brother comes to her rescue just in time and saves the day. While the writing in this story comes across as pretty simple, it still has some moments that are gripping enough to even scare adult viewers. One scene in particular is especially scary. In his suspicions about Lily D., the real Lily’s brother sets up a camera in their mother’s bedroom to see if Lily D. really is alive. And sure enough, the camera catches Lily D get up in the middle of the night, walk out of view of the camera, and then appear right in front of it out of nowhere. It’s something that could easily have come right from the mega hit Paranormal Activity franchise. Stine and the show’s writers are to be commended for this moment alone.
“Really You” is a great scary introduction to The Haunting Hour for audiences who have never seen the show. It takes the scare factor from Stine’s Goosebumps series and amps it up for a new generation. It’s just one of the great, scary episodes collected in Volume 1. Another episode that audiences will love is “Nightmare Inn.” In this creepy episode, young Jillian and her mom are going to an inn that her mom had decided to buy. There’s just one problem. The caretaker and a young man who lives nearby aren’t exactly what they seem. And Jillian is being warned about it through nightmares that she’s having. Viewers should keep in mind her nightmares as those nightmares will keep audiences guessing right up to the end. They’ll keep viewers wondering and talking even after this episode ends.
“Nightmare Inn” and “Really You” are two very great, scary episodes from The Haunting Hour. There are two more episodes that audiences will enjoy in “The Dead Body” and “A Creature Was Stirring.” Audiences can view them and scare themselves with them now as Volume I is now available in stores and online. It can be ordered online at http://www.shoutfactorystore.com.
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