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Inspiring Fear: The Haunting Hour

lfneJason L Blair04 May 2011

I’m a bit late shining a light on this one, admittedly, but R.L. Stine’s new series The Haunting Hour is perfect inspiration for any Little Fears game. An anthology series, the show introduces new protagonists and concepts every week, much like Twilight Zone or Tales from the Darkside, but the episodes always center on kids and teens and feature some strange, evil, and/or mystical foe or presence.

I first heard of this new anthology series, based on the R.L. Stine’s story collection of the same name, back in October. The show had a bit of an odd start. A two-parter aired on Halloween weekend, announcing the series, and another duo of episodes (this time, unconnected) showed on Christmas. The series kicked off proper in early January with new episodes every week since then. The first season is almost over (told you I was late) but it’s been renewed for a second and I’m hoping dearly for a DVD set release (unlike Goosebumps’s mini-sets and themed two-to-four episode collections).

It’s airing on The Hub here in the States, which is a great channel all around, at 8p Eastern every Saturday. If you get a chance to catch it or record it, I highly recommend it. I’m a big fan of the old Goosebumps show as well as Are You Afraid of the Dark? (I’m a big fan of anthology television, period) and this has some great stories that you can easily adapt to your own Little Fears or Little Fears Nightmare Edition series.

(A TV movie based on the books, The Haunting Hour: Don’t Think About It starring Emily Osment and Tobin Bell, came out in 2007. You can find it on DVD every Halloween at your local mass-market retailer.)

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