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R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: Don't Think About It - DVD Review for Parents

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R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: Don't Think About It
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MPAA Rating: PG, for scary content and thematic elements
Genre: Family thriller
Age Range: 9-14 years
Runtime: Approx. 87 minutes
Starring: Emily Osment, Cody Linley, Brittany Curran, Tobin Bell
Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: Don't Think About It - Plot Summary

With her goth style and her angry attitude, 13-year-old Cassie is having a difficult time at home and at her new school. One thing she does enjoy, though, is playing scary pranks on her classmates and on her little brother. As her favorite day of the year, Halloween, approaches, Cassie wanders into a creepy store and purchases a book called The Evil Thing.

The book contains a warning - DO NOT READ ALOUD - but Cassie ignores this warning, deciding that reading the book to her little brother would be a great way to scare him to death. It's not long before Cassie and a friend from school figure out that the book's warning was no joke. Now, in order to save her little brother and others, Cassie will have to prove that she has courage in the face of real danger.

R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: Don't Think About It - Guide Review for Parents

For kids who love R.L. Stine's books and stories, this DVD will be a thrill. The movie is a great Halloween flick for kids in the target age group (about ages 8-14, depending on their ability to handle scary content), and stars some of the big names in current kid culture. In addition, DVDs based on books are always a great way to get kids more interested in reading.

As the MPAA states in their rating, though, the movie contains scary content. For kids who get frightened or unsettled by this type of content, parents will definitely want to preview the movie before letting the kids watch. The movie has a scary tone, and there are several jump scenes. In addition, a spooky, slimy, two-headed, dinosaur-like monster is shown in several scenes. He catches people and wraps them up in sticky cocoons from which they cannot escape, but they can be heard screaming for help from inside.

Also, parents should know that the main character, Cassie, is an angry child who dresses in goth style and is often quite disrespectful and sarcastic to her parents. She has a fascination with the macabre and delights in scaring her little brother and others. She clashes with her family and some school kids, especially the snotty popular girl, and some scenes involve name calling and insults (no profanity is used). The movie also contains some references to magic, including a magic book that Cassie buys.

*To find out more about the movie and see the movie trailer, visit the Haunting Hour Official Website.

R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: Don't Think About It - DVD Special Features

  • The Making of Don’t Think About it: This special feature sheds light on what goes on in the shadows during the making of the R. L. Stine movie.

  • Think About It! R.L. Stine’s Journey of the Imagination: R.L. Stine is one of the most beloved children’s author’s in history. Find out what scares the spookmaster and why his books are perennial fan favorites in this profile of the popular and prolific author.

  • Interactive Scare-O-Meter: Are you scared of blood? Are you afraid of the dark? Viewers can rate their personal “Scare Quotient” with this exclusive interactive feature!

  • "I Don't Think About It": Emily Osment’s Never-before-seen music video.

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