A Haunting Season Five Offers Fans Ten More Frightful Episodes

Courtesy:  Timeless Media Group/Shout! Factory

Courtesy: Timeless Media Group/Shout! Factory

Paranormal shows are quite popular right now across the television spectrum.  Bio channel is frontloaded with paranormal shows including: Celebrity Ghost Stories, My Ghost Story, The Haunting Of, and re-runs of Psychic Kids just to name a few.  Travel Channel has Ghost Adventures.  Syfy has Ghost Hunters and Haunted Collector. At one point, the network even had Ghost Hunters International.  That show was short-lived, though.  And at one point, A&E had Paranormal State.  That show ran for five seasons before being moved to Bio Channel and re-run.  And even Discovery Channel for some time had its own show in A Haunting.  It lasted for roughly four seasons on the network before pulled it and it was moved to Discovery’s digital “sister station”, Destination America.  The show aired its fifth season on Destination America after having been off the air for five years.  Now fans of this show can watch all ten episodes from Season Five any time they want thanks to Shout! Factory and Timeless Media Group.

For those that have never experienced this show, it is one of the scarier of the crop of paranormal programs out there today.  So what is it that makes A Haunting stand out?  Let’s start with the most obvious of factors.  It isn’t a reality show.  That eliminates Paranormal State, Psychic Kids, Ghost Hunters (and its spinoff), Ghost Adventures, and Haunted Collector.  To a certain extent, one could also argue that The Haunting of would be eliminated, too.  Having eliminated all of those, that leaves just My Ghost Story and A HauntingMy Ghost Story seems somewhat hokey with its re-enactments.  Sure, A Haunting uses re-enactments and interviews, too.  But the production values of the re-enactments in A Haunting are far more professional.  The re-enactments are so well done that they play out like something straight out of a horror movie.  Because of that, it is so much easier to suspend one’s disbelief and be pulled into these stories of ordinary individuals that have been affected by or have encountered something which they cannot explain.  In turn, it is so much easier to be scared regardless of whether or not one believes in the unexplained.

Each professionally re-enacted story told by the ordinary individuals is the main key to the success of this show in scaring its audiences.  The stories are so well told through the course of each episode that even those that don’t believe will find themselves not wanting to watch any of the chill inducing episodes alone or in the dark.  Through the course of the 2012 season, audiences are introduced to a family in Winston-Salem, North Carolina that was at one point, haunted by the spirit of a civil war soldier that had been killed in battle.  Viewers are also introduced to a family whose story doesn’t exactly have a happy ending.  The family in question ends up moving out of its house because an evil spirit is not just haunting the house, but also physically assaulted one of the young ladies in the family.  It becomes so brazen that it lays down in one of the girls’ beds right next to her solely to terrorize her.  The visualization of this evil spirit and the actress’s reaction will frighten any viewer with even the strongest constitution.      

One can tell by now just how scary the episodes contained within A Haunting: The 2012 Season is.  There is still another factor that must be noted about this set that audiences will appreciate.  That factor is the double-disc set’s packaging.  Timeless Media Group, being associated with Shout! Factory, it is no surprise that the discs contained in the case for this season both have their own space within the case.  Shout! Factory was one of the first companies to actively start packaging its multi-disc sets in more ergonomic packaging.  This set is no different.  All ten episodes on both discs are kept safe in their case as one disc is placed in its own spot on one side of the case, while the other is on the other side of the case.  This preserves the quality of the discs as it prevents them from becoming scratched up unlike say, the packaging method for Syfy’s Ghost Hunters season sets.  The discs in those sets are packed one on top of another with no regard for the discs’ safety.  This makes the new set of episodes from A Haunting that much more worth the money for those that are fans of the paranormal sciences and paranormal programming in general.  A Haunting: The 2012 Season is available now in stores and online.

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Stine & Co. Offer Even More Scares And Screams In The Haunting Hour Volume Two

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R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour is back with even more frights in the second volume of episodes that’s sure to send chills p the spines of viewers young and old alike.  In the second volume of episodes, one young boy’s fascination with E.T.’s becomes all too real and all too dangerous when he comes face to face with two aliens who are hungry for humans.  Also, when a cemetery is dug up to make way for a mini-mall, the spirits of the deceased rise, leading a young woman to have to search for her brother.  And a young man learns the dangers of playing too many video games the hard way when he’s given a game by a mysterious figure.  That’s and more is in Volume Two of R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour.

Young middle school student Walt and his friend Tim are both avid believers in the existence of extra terrestrials in the episode, “Alien Candy.”  So when the mysterious Bonnie and Greg suddenly introduce themselves to Walt one day and their secrets, he gets wrapped up what the pair tells him to do.  That is until they appear in his bedroom out of nowhere one night and reveal that they’re in reality a pair of flesh hungry aliens from outer space!  Luckily for Walt, “Bonnie” and “Greg” are allergic to redheads.  So instead, they go after Tim.  Realizing this, Walt sets out to save Tim, who at first doesn’t believe Walt, until it’s almost too late.  When Tim and Walt are chased through the school, the chase climaxes with a showdown in the school’s cafeteria kitchen.  In the end “Bonnie” and “Greg” are defeated.  But that’s not the end of the story.  Stine and company offer a rather “tantalizing” twist ending to this episode that viewers will have to see for themselves to believe.  It will also leave some asking themselves, do they believe?

Those wanting a ghost story get one in this volume in the episode, “Ghostly Stare.”  When brother and sister Mark and Lauren sneak out to a cemetery that is being dug up to make way for a new mini-mall, things get more than a little spooky.  Mark falls into one of the empty graves while Lauren is etching the name from one of the gravestones.  She has no clue that Mark had fallen in the grave.  So when she goes back home later, she thinks that the thing with her is Mark.  But later that night, a ghostly encounter reveals that what followed her home was the spirit of one of the individuals whose body had been dug up.  So Lauren has to go back to the cemetery to find Mark before dawn.  Otherwise, the spirit that took Mark’s place would take his place permanently.  Luckily, Mark comes to and gets out of the grave just in time.  It’s not over yet, as the show’s writers give audiences a creepy little twist when Mark gets back home.  It’s sort of like the old adage…never judge a book by its cover…..

In another of this volume’s spooky episodes, a young teenage boy named Kelly learns the hard way the dangers of playing too many video games.  Kelly and his friend Gary are playing a video game one day when Gary’s mom calls him.  Kelly is left alone, when a message from the mysterious Major Mayhem pops up, egging him on to meet him the next day.  So he does.  Kelly receives a game called “Zee-town.”  “Zee-town” is a game in which players must fight zombies to win.  Gary and Kelly soon discover after turning on the game, that they have actually been pulled into the game.  Eventually Kelly comes face to face with Major Mayhem (played by Brandon Jay McLaren).  Some audiences may remember McLaren from his role as Jack Landors/Red Ranger from Saban’s Power Rangers SPD.  Thinking everything is great after beating Major Mayhem, Kelly soon learns that while he beat Major Mayhem, he might not have won in the bigger picture, leading to yet another nice twist ending.

Whether it be episodes teaching lessons about getting away from video games, or spooky tales about waking the dead, or what’s really out there, The Haunting Hour Volume Two has lots of scares and screams for audiences of any age, including a pair of episodes not mentioned here.  And it’s available now in stores and online.  It can be ordered direct via Shout! Factory’s online store at http://www.shoutfactorystore.com.       

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