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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