R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour Vol 1 and Vol 2
Where to get it: Shout Factory
“R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour” is an anthology series aimed at kids and teens, and inspired by the stories of horror master R.L. Stine. Each thirty minute episode is a tale of horror and suspense, invariably involving a supernatural element. Disdaining gore and overt violence, the episodes rely on sharp storytelling and imaginative cinematic techniques to evoke chills, thrills and scares.
When I was a kid we had R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps in both book and TV form. Now Stine has his name attached to a new series called The Haunting Hour. Seeing as how I am a sucker for nostalgia I gave both a try. The first season is out on Shout Factory in two volumes. Both volumes contain five stories that are around 22 minutes each, with the first story from the first volume being a two part tale. From that point on we have haunting tales that are both pretty cool for adults and good clean terror for kids. We have evil dolls, evil spirits, monsters that come after you on Christmas, and much much more all for a very cool price. The results of both volumes are anthology tales that are both fun and interesting for kids, teens, and adults alike. Also adding to the plus side of things is the fact that not every story ends on a good note and some pack some cool twists in typical R.L. Stein fashion.
I also must point out that very talented child and teen actors are on display in this series making it even more enjoyable to watch regardless of your age range. The nostalgic kid in me will always want to go with Goosebumps, but this is perfectly acceptable for the newer generation out there that needs a quick scare. Overall with both volumes you end up with a cool and affordable way to have a little fun with the entire family. I encourage you to check out both volumes because they are neck and neck in quality.
(7/10) *for both volumes*