Judge Dawn Hunt wishes her TV would talk back to her.
Our reviews of R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: Volume 5 (published October 19th, 2013), R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: The Series, Volume Four (published February 1st, 2013), R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: The Series, Volume One (published September 6th, 2012), R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: The Series, Volume Three (published February 1st, 2013), and R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: The Series, Volume Two (published September 22nd, 2012) are also available.
"Five More Eerie Tales of The Haunting Hour!"
The Haunting Hour: Volume 6 brings together five episodes from Season 2 of the series.
"Creature Feature, Parts 1 and 2"
"Brush with Madness"
There's a warning before every episode that kids under 7 are likely to get scared and thus it's advised that the family watch together. I definitely agree any single-digit-aged watchers will likely be terrified. Once you approach the tweens, though, the likelihood of more than an errant jump here or there diminishes. The compelling aspect of this set is the lack of happy endings and stronger than usual stories. Being unafraid to show bad things happening will be what scares the kids the most, paired with situations the target audience can identify with. "Creature Feature" and "Sick" are the two episodes with the most likely amount of resonance for kids.
The video transfer is a 1.78:1 aspect ratio and it suffers from the same too-black tendency of the other offerings of the series. However it's obviously a purposeful design element to further heighten the possible scares the show can generate and not a lazy color timing choice. Audio is a disappointing Dolby 2.0. If you're going to try and scare kids, then a well-rounded soundscape is crucial and this track falls a bit flat.
There are no special features.
Of all The Haunting Hour sets released so far, this is the one I'd recommend. It offers fairly strong stories, and the gross factor is increased over previous volumes.
Not guilty, barely.
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