The books from popular children's "thriller" stories written author R.L. Stine are the basis for this kid's "horror" live action series, and this marks the series DVD debut. (Just in time for the Halloween season!) Each episode runs about a half an hour long weekly. The show is geared towards the ages 10 and up crowd, and does have some obvious scary situations and minor violence, although it's not just gratituos violence - there's a learning lesson at the end.
Volume two of this anthology features five different stories: "The Red Dress", "Ghostly Stare", "The Walls", "Game Over", and "Alien Candy". In "Ghostly Stare" two children learn that it's wise to stay out of the cemetery, as not everything that is buried stays buried, while in "The Red Dress", a young girl learns a moral lesson when she finds out that everything has a price. In "Alien Candy", a 6th grader named Walt who believes in aliens is invited by two 8th graders to join a special club - one he'd rather not join after all. (Hint: nom nom nom lol)
Like Volume One, it contains the same bonus features: A look behind the Screams (about the show) and original promos that were originally aired on it's TV home, The Hub.
At moments it's hard for even parents to remember these stories are geared towards kids - they are realistically dark and morbid. (A little like the original Grimm's fairy tales!) You'll have to decide whether your child is ready to handle "horror" or not - if you're on the fence, I suggest either viewing the series first yourself, or letting your child(ren) read some of the author's books first.
R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour The Series Volume Two will be available on DVD this coming Tuesday, September 4th, 2012. Widescreen format, the total running time is 140 minutes long. It's rated TV-PG. The suggested retail price is $14.97, but Amazon has it available for $12.99 on pre-order as of this posting.
I received a copy of this DVD in order to view it and share my thoughts on it. All opinions are my own.