Story Over Gory: Why R.L. Stine’s ‘The Haunting Hour’ Is A Classic

When I was younger, R.L. Stine books were too scary for me to read. After seeing ‘The Haunting Hour’ while perusing on Netflix, I discovered on what great storytelling I was missing out on! Here are 3 reasons I think ‘The Haunting Hour’ stands out as a horror show for all.

'The Haunting Hour' provides scares for all.

‘The Haunting Hour’ provides scares for all.

3 Reasons I Love R.L. Stine’s ‘The Haunting Hour’

  1. No Gore

Since this is technically a kid’s show (even though I would have been scared out of my mind if I had watched this when I was 11,) you can rest assured there will be no gore or body torture coming to shock you. R.L. Stine relies purely on horrors we all feel as children and trust me, some of the scares in this show will make you feel just like a kid again.

  1. Relevant Story Lines

Even though the show is from 2010, it has not become any less relevant. The special effects may not be the best, but it adds to the show’s campy appeal. The monsters are scary, but more because of the storyline and the ambiance of the show, not the scariness of the masks.

  1. Great Actors

I am loving shows that re-use actors for multiple stories like American Horror Story does. Actors like these demonstrate their diversity and abilities to play multiple personas, and not lock themselves into a predictable character. Some of the child actors on this show are better than many actors I see on screen.

R.L. Stine’s ‘The Haunting Hour’ is one of my new favorite guilty-pleasure shows. The kids horror classic is great for young adults also who are looking for the great thrill of the story, not the gore and blood of a slasher film.

 

Photo: Denise P.S.

By Elizabeth Adan

Elizabeth Adan is a Freelance Writer, Publicist and Brand Ambassador. Her blog Aquaberry Bliss is a unique outdoor lifestyle blog dedicated to expanding your world and inspiring your creativity. When Elizabeth isn’t traveling, you’ll find her writing, hiking or gardening. Find Elizabeth at www.elizabethadan.com, on Twitter @stillaporcupine and on LinkedIn.

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