The books from popular children's "thriller" stories written author R.L. Stine are the basis for this kid's "horror" live action series that airs on the Hub network. 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 gratuitous violence - there's always a learning lesson at the end.
Volume four of this anthology features five different stories: "Wrong Number", "Afraid Of Clowns", "Pool Shark", "Light's Out", and "The Perfect Brother". In "Afraid Of Clowns", 13 year old Christopher is deathly afraid of clowns, and he's afraid they are out to get him, even avoiding a date with the girl he likes to avoid them! Will he overcome his fear, or are they really out to get him? In "Wrong Number", Stefani and Taylor are mean girls who prank call an old lady who ends up dying the next day - after warning the girls to be nice. The girls keep getting mysteriously texts and calls and get a visit from the old lady's spirit.
The DVD also contains a couple of bonus features: A look behind the "screams" at the show, and original promos for the show that originally aired on TV.
I know this is a repeat of what I have said in past reviews for this series, but I love it because it's almost hard to remember that it's geared towards kids - it's incredibly dark and yet realistic, like what fairy tales were originally intended to be. Because of this, 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. Even adults like my DH and I enjoy this show, so it's something the family can watch together.
R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: The Series Volume Four will be available on DVD this coming Tuesday, February 5th, 2013. Widescreen format, the total running time is 132 minutes long. It's rated TV-PG. (see above for my thoughts on this) The suggested retail price is $14.97, but Amazon has it available for $9.99 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.