Appellate Judge Mac McEntire wonders how the haunting hour is affected by daylight savings time.
Our reviews of 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), and R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: The Series, Volume Three (published February 1st, 2013) are also available.
"You can't blame a ghoul for trying."—Actual dialogue from this show.
Inspired by the writings of prolific kidlit author R.L. Stine, The Haunting Hour offers horror-lite for younger viewers. This Volume Two disc contains another five episodes from the first season.
• "The Red Dress"
• "Ghostly Stare"
• "The Walls"
• "Game Over"
• "Alien Candy"
Although there are few attempts at jump scares, the actual horror aspects of the show are fairly tepid. The "something in the dark is following me" scenes are nothing horror fans haven't seen done better dozens (hundreds?) of other times. For kids, I suppose the biggest scares are really the "what if?" ideas presented, rather than any attempts at visceral fright.
The plots, and even the plot twists, are predictable. The atmosphere and effects are mostly middle of the road, with some nice occasional moments of dark stylishness. Acting fluctuates from wooden to wildly hammy. Finally, can we please have a moratorium on stories about video games using "Game Over" as a title?
Dolby 2.0 Stereo audio and standard definition 1.33:1 full frame video are perfectly fine, free of any defects. Extras are a promotional "Behind the Screams" featurette, and some of the show's original TV spots.
There's nothing necessarily wrong with this show, it's just that so many other shows and movies have done this same thing so much better.
The guilty hour.
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