The Haunting Hour Volume Six Offers Audiences Even More Scary Fun

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Courtesy: Shout! Factory/The Hub Network

The sixth and latest volume of episodes from R.L. Stine’s hugely popular series, The Haunting Hour offers four more frightful tales of terror for viewers off all ages.  And it’s not the end for fans of the hit series, either.  Volume Six brings home even more episodes from the series’ second season just in time for the start of the series’ fourth season.  Volume Six is another fright-filled joy for viewers not only because it continues the tradition of offering wonderfully fright-filled stories, but also because it carries on the traditions established throughout the series’ previous volumes.  From the disclaimer encouraging parents to be parents and watch the show with their kids to including young well-known guest stars, it’s all here once more, making Volume Six one more must have for any kid and kid at heart.

The Haunting Hour Volume Six brings to viewers four more episodes from the series’ second season.  And just as with Volume Five, the first of those episodes is split into two parts.  The episode in question, titled “Creature Feature” is also one of the best from this set.  This episode sees a young classic film buff named John (Joel Courtney—Super 8) discovering that sometimes it isn’t just a movie.  He discovers this after being accidentally pulled into one of his favorite classic B-flicks at a haunted drive-in.  The twist comes when he escapes the movie.  It turns out that the movie was much more real than he or even his friends could have imagined.  In another of the season’s best episodes, the show’s writers pay homage in their own way to Rod Serling’s classic series, The Twilight Zone in “Brush With Madness.”  This episode sees teen comic book aficionado Corey (Dylan Minnette–Awake) getting to meet his favorite comic book artist, Allan Miller (Mackenzie Gray) at a comic book convention.  After being blown off by Miller, Corey takes Miller’s brushes, which leads to an ever more tense fight to stay alive.  These two stories are just a couple of examples of the scary fun offered up by R.L. Stine in Volume Six of The Haunting Hour.  There is much more in the remaining episodes that audiences will enjoy.  And it’s not the only reason that parents and kids alike will enjoy this latest release.

Volume Six is just as impressive as the series’ previous releases because it continues the traditions established in said compilations.  One of those traditions is the inclusion of a straight forward disclaimer before each episode.  The disclaimer states in no uncertain terms that the show may not be suitable for children under the age of seven, and that young viewers should only watch the show with their parents.  This is a polite yet straightforward way of telling parents that they need to step up and be parents, rather than just leave their kids to watch anything.  They need to take an active role in their children’s lives and make their own decision on what they think their children should watch.  This is a standard established from early on by The Hub network.  And it is good to see that those behind the show have continued it six volumes in.

The inclusion of a polite yet straightforward disclaimer at the start of each episode is an important part of the whole presentation.  It’s not the only important part of the whole.  Also continued in Volume Six is the tradition of bringing in famous young celebrities in select episodes.  This time out, Super 8 stars Joel Courtney and Riley Griffiths guest star in two of the compilation’s best episodes.  Also on board this time out are Julia Benson (SGU: Stargate Universe) and Dylan Minnette (Awake).  While some younger viewers may not recognize all of these names, parents are more apt to know who they are, thus helping to encourage parents to take an active role in their kids’ lives and watch the show with them.  Along with the disclaimer before each episode, it’s one more ingenious way to get parents to get involved in what their kids are watching.  For that, those responsible for bringing the guest stars for these episodes are to be commended.  Those behind the show as a whole are to be commended.  Not just for these brilliant methods, but for crafting four more episodes full of fright-filled for the entire family.  Volume Six is available now in stores and online and can be ordered direct from the Shout! Factory store at http://www.shoutfactory.com/node/217799.  More information on this and other shows from Shout! Factory and The Hub Network is available online at http://www.shoutfactory.com, http://www.facebook.com/shoutfactoryofficial and http://www.hubworld.com.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

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

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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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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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Audiences Will Scream And “Shout!” With Joy For New R.L. Stine Series

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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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