Recap: The Haunting Hour aka: The Haunting Hour The Series
The Haunting Hour is a Canadian-American half-hour horror anthology series adapted from R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour and The Nightmare Hour anthology books (though most of the episodes aren't based on either of them and play out as Goosebumps stories with a dark side to themnote "Scarecrow," "Brush With Madness," and "My Imaginary Friend" are pretty much Darker and Edgier takes on "The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight," "Attack of the Mutant" and "My Best Friend is Invisible" or are based on legends and mythsnote "The Weeping Woman," "Red Eye," "A Creature Was Stirring," "Pool Shark," and "Terrible Love" or classic literaturenote "Headshot" and "Bad Feng Shui" are based on The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Joy Luck Club, respectively). The series started on October 29, 2010 with the two-part episode, "Really You," but the actual series started on Christmas (December 25) of 2010 with "A Creature Was Stirring."This show has now completed its third season and will come back for a fourth in the fall of 2013 (though the episodes airing as part of season four are actually leftover episodes from season three. In other countries, such as Israel, Brazil, and some Spanish-speaking countries, the episodes have aired as season three episodes, but in America, they're part of the fourth season).
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"Really You": Spoiled brat Lily gets her own life-sized doll from the "Really You" life-sized doll company and names it, "Lily D.," but when her mom starts to care for the doll more than her own daughter, the doll begins making Lily out to be the villain and turns her into plastic.
"A Creature Was Stirring": All Timmy wants for Christmas is for his soon-to-be-divorced parents to stop fighting and come together — and a demonic present known as the Krampus may be the solution to the problem.
"The Dead Body": Will meets a new boy named Jake Skinner, who helps him fight back against some bullies, but Will soon learns that Jake isn't exactly a new student...or a living one.
"Nightmare Inn": Following her father's mysterious disappearance, a girl named Jillian stays with her mother at an inn run by werewolves.
"The Red Dress": A teenage country club worker named Jamie accidentally makes off with a beautiful red dress she finds at a vintage shop run by a blind woman with a strange payment plan for those who chose to steal her merchandise.
"Ghostly Stare": Lauren and Mark visit a cemetary that's about to be moved to make room for a mini-mall — and learn that it's not a good idea to disturb the dead.
"The Walls": Jeffrey and his family's new house may still have a visitor in it — one that lives in the walls and may have murdered its previous owner.
"Game Over": Video gamers Kelly "Kell-Raiser" and his friend, Gooch, buy a game called "Zee Town" that comes to life and pits players against each other in a Zombie Apocalypse.
"Alien Candy": Walt is a nerd obsessed with aliens, so naturally, he has little friends and is a constant Chew Toy for the bullies at his school. That all changes when he befriends Greg and Bonnie, two students who share his belief in aliens and want him to join their club — so they can put him on the menu for real aliens.
"Fear Never Knocks": Jenny and Jack, the grandchildren of a renowned psychiatrist, play around with an ancient recording device that has the power to bring people's fears to life — and summons Fear incarnate, who reveals an embarrassing truth about Jenny and Jack's grandfather.
"Best Friend Forever" (a.k.a "My Best Dead Friend Forever"): In this, the series' first comedic horror story, Jack Pierce accidentally resurrects a zombie (after using a car battery and jumper cables to get some worms) and decides to keep him as a pet, since a zombie is already dead and Jack's mom won't be mad at him for killing yet another pet — but Jack soon learns that caring for an undead human is just as bad (and grosser) than caring for an animal — especially when said undead human has an ulterior motive.
"The Black Mask": Three troublemakers (Bill, Julie, and Robbie) break in to an old house and find a mask that shows visions of colonial-era kids dying in an accident caused by a repairman, so they set out to break the mask's curse by changing the past.
"Afraid of Clowns": It's every cuolrophobic's nightmare when Chris is being stalked by clowns from a freaky circus that just came into town, but is Chris just anxious over his upcoming 13th birthday or do the clowns have something sinister in store?
"My Sister The Witch": Pete's sister, Alice, comes home from boarding school — and a chain of strange events makes Pete think his sister picked up a new hobby while in boarding school: witchcraft.
"Wrong Number": The two meanest girls at school, Steffani and Taylor, use their cell phones to crank call an old Russian woman who dies the next day — and doesn't let a little thing like death keep her from teaching these mean girls a lesson on respecting others.
"Catching Cold": A fat kid named Marty becomes obsessed with tracking down a ghostly ice cream truck.
"Pool Shark": High school hunk Kai is haunted by images of a shark lurking in the rec center's new pool — but the shark may be the key to Kai finding his long-lost father.
"Lights Out": After watching a crummy paranormal reality show, three kids decide to create their own ghost-hunting show to prove that ghosts exist. Their first site: an abandoned mental hospital said to be haunted by an evil surgeon who punished his patients with late-night operations (and continues to do so even after death).
"The Perfect Brother": Nobody's perfect, but try telling Josh and Matt's parents that, especially their mother, who only cares about perfection and will settle for nothing less. And when Matt begins acting weird, Josh's mother takes him to a strange warehouse where robots are designed (and redesigned) to look and act human. Can Josh save his brother from being scrapped?
"Scary Mary": In this two-part finale, a self-conscious girl named Hanna becomes possessed by a mirror ghost named Scary Mary (who once was a vain girl who died in a house fire), who abducts girls from the real world and steals their beauty.
"Creature Feature": In this two-part season premiere, a classic film addict named John, his friend, Nathan, and John's crush, Lisa, go to an abandoned drive-in theater showing a 1950's B-movie called I Was A Teenage Tick, and John finds himself in the film (without so much as an actor's union card) and fighting a pun-spouting Mad Scientist and the teenage tick he created.
"Swarmin' Norman": Bug lover Norman discovers that he has godlike powers over insects and uses his ability to get back at the bullies who push him around — and learns the hard way that absolute power corrupts absolutely, especially when creepy crawlies are concerned.
"Flight": A boy on his first plane ride discovers it may be his last, as he's in the middle of a battle between a millionaire playboy who refuses to accept that he's dead and a woman who may be The Grim Reaper.
"Pumpkinhead": Despite some recent incidents of kids vanishing, three siblings visit a the pumpkin patch of a crazed farmer who may be behind the disappearances on Halloween.
"Brush With Madness": Corey meets his favorite graphic novelist, Alan Miller, at a comic book convention, but when Miller gets mad over Corey's obsessive questions, Corey steals the brushes Miller left behind, and sets out to create his own graphic novel, but the brushes hold a power that may be bringing a dangerous figure to life.
"Sick": Reality and fantasy get blurred in this tale of a sick boy named Alex who discovers that his house is plagued by a slimy creature and the cheery, morning show hosts on his TV are trying to warn him that his mom is in cahoots with government agents who are plotting to obliterate the house to control the infection.
"Big Yellow": Willie and Drake hate their school mascot, Big Yellow (a freaky, yellow nondescript monster), and decide to replace him with something more traditional (like a gray wolf). But after the gray wolf mascot disappears, Willie and Drake must break into the school after hours to find him — and soon discover what happened to the wolf and what Big Yellow truly is.
"Bad Feng Shui": It's The Joy Luck Club as envisioned by R.L. Stine when a Chinese girl named Jessica and her mother's strained relationship worsens when Jessica rearranges the feng shui in her room and conjures up demons who possess her mother.
"The Hole": In this homage to The Amityville Horror (with a little bit of Paranormal Activity thrown in for good measure), a new family discover a strange hole in the yard that may have been behind the deaths of the family who once lived in their new house.
"Scarecrow": Two farmers' kids, Jenny and Bobby, are having trouble removing the crows from their corn crops, so they buy a scarecrow from a mysterious vendor — who's planning on ridding the world of all life.
"Dreamcatcher": Girls at a summer camp are too scared to sleep, thanks to a recurring shared nightmare about a mutant spider who traps people in their dreams.
"The Most Evil Sorcerer": Another two-part episode, in which two teens living in a medieval English town set out to dethrone a corrupt sorcerer, and end up battling the sorceress who taught the deposed sorcerer everything he once knew.
"Stage Fright": A high school drama club is doing a musical play based on the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel, but a chain of strange events all point to a witch who may be cursing the production.
"Night of the Mummy": A rare Egyptian exhibit comes to town, and Seth takes a job as a museum volunteer. However, the more Seth becomes drawn to the exhibit, the more he finds out that he may be connected to the Boy Pharaoh (in more ways than one).
"Headshot": In this homage to/modern-day retelling of The Picture of Dorian Gray, a teen ice cream shop worker named Gracie Wilde leaps at the chance to enter Teen-Teen magazine's Prettiest Face contest, but spending time with her photographer, Cassandra, may be turning her into something she's not — and costing her something vital.
"The Return of Lilly D.": In this Sequel Episode to "Really You," a kind-hearted girl named Natalie finds the discarded Lilly D. doll and brings her home to restore her. The dollmaker from the first episode commends Natalie for purifying Lilly D's soul with her goodness...until strange things begin happening around Natalie's house.
"Grampires": Christopher Lloyd guest stars in this two-part season premiere about a brother and sister who come to visit their grandfather in a retirement neighborhood where everyone is out for their blood — literally.
"The Cast": A dorky kid named Lex gets in trouble for egging an elderly cat lady's house, but gets out of trouble by pinning the blame on the two bullies who pushed him to do it. Despite a broken arm, Lex seems to be in the clear — until his cast begins itching, he sees a skinny tail slithering in and out of the plaster, he hears rat-like squeaking, and the neighborhood cats begin haunting him.
"The Weeping Woman": A Mexican boy named Chi stays over his friend's house, despite his friend's mother being overprotective, bitter, and depressed over her husband not being home — and things get worse when her negative feelings bring to life the spirit of a hooded woman known in Hispanic urban legend as "La Llorona" (The Weeping Woman), a beautiful woman who killed herself and her children by drowning them in a river after her husband left her and now walks the Earth trying to drown children who have been neglected by their parents.
"Intruders": Feeling left out ever since the birth of her baby brother, Eve runs away to the woods, where a forest fairy named Lyria reveals that Eve is a changeling (a forest fairy adopted by humans) and must kidnap her baby brother in order to return to her true home.
"Spaceman": A lonely boy named Aaron is given a vintage toy space helmet from a neighborhood woman who is cleaning out her attic — and ends up hearing a voice from someone — or something — trying to make first contact.
"Red Eye": A girl who gets postcards from her traveling father (who's in Germany on business) discovers a shadowy figure in her father's latest collection of pictures and fears that he may bring it home.
"My Imaginary Friend": Shawn's brother, David, is worried that his brother's new friend, Travis, is a bad influence, but what's an older brother to do when his younger brother's best friend is a figment of his demented imagination?
"Poof de Fromage": In this light-hearted (yet very cheesy) episode, Bobby and his family are chosen to house a French exchange student named Jean-Louis, but the exchange student's bizarre behavior and late-night calls to the mothership all point to signs that Jean-Louis is an exchange student from another planet, but is Jean-Louis out to destroy Earthlings or is there a more sinister alien bent on annihilating mankind? And why would it be hiding in Bobby's kitchen pantry?
"The Golem": In this two-part episode, when Jeremy's great-grandmother, Nadia, dies, she leaves Jeremy her ashes and orders to return to her Russian village and spread them, but the villagers (who have been living in fear of the Golem they created to fend off German soldiers in World War II) believe that Jeremy's sister, Bonnie, is Nadia and plan to have her murdered to keep the Golem from tormenting them.
"The Girl in the Painting": Tired of her drab room, a girl named Becky finds a painting of a girl looking out the window of a Victorian-era bedroom and becomes so enamored with it, she decides to go inside the world of the girl in the painting — only to find that life on the other side isn't as perfect as what's been painted.
"Checking Out": On a family trip with their parents, bratty kids Jeremy and Chelsea stumble upon a strange hotel headed by a cult of child-hating adults who have brainwashed their parents into despising them and are planning to have them sacrificed to a white void hidden behind a large painting of the hotel's founder.
"Terrible Love": The Cupid mythos gets a dark, yet hilarious R.L. Stine twist when Maggie summons the Greco-Roman god himself note (depicted as a middle-aged man in a white and red suit as all of those depictions of him as a baby or a young man with wings are old photos) to make a boy in her chemistry class named Brendon fall for her, but when Maggie worries that the love potionnote actually a mix of very real and very volatile human hormones associated with human emotion — dopamine, serotonin, and adrenaline will wear off, Cupid is forced to grant Maggie's ill-advised wish of a second dose — and Maggie is forced to deal with Brendon's love-induced insanity, which gets worse when Maggie breaks up with him.
Season Four/Season Three, Part Two
"Sťance": Naomi tries to scare her sister Carla by summoning the spirit of an evil man named Cyrus Clayton (a sawmill worker who was fired for drinking on the job and killed his boss before he lost his leg) as a joke, but the joke's on her and her friends when Carla goes missing and the spirit is let loose in the house.
"Detention": A snooty homecoming queen (Kate), a jock (Halftime), and a Goth girl (Audrey) are stuck in detention, and when Kate goes missing and strange noises begin haunting them, Audrey and Halftime soon realize that their after-school punishment is from a higher power, who wants them to atone for a homecoming court voting scandal and a parade accident that claimed all of their lives.
"Funhouse": Bitter and angry over his father abandoning his family and his mother too busy with work to care, a boy named Chad becomes addicted to visiting a traveling funhouse, where he can let out his familial frustrations with sadistic glee by smashing a model replica of a family arguing at the dinner table, but the more time Chad spends at the funhouse, the meaner and more addicted to the violence he becomes. Is the funhouse turning Chad evil or are his inner demons making a monster out of him?
"Worry Dolls": As a souvenir from her traveling parents, Jordanna receives a box of knitted dolls known as "Worry Dolls" that magically fix people's worries — which prove disastrous when she worries that her parents don't care for her and her brother, and they suddenly become clingy and obsessed.
"Lovecraft's Woods": Three kids go camping in a patch of forest said to be home to an unseen, clawed creature that scratches one of them and traps all of them in a time loop where they're doomed to wander the woods forever.
"Long Live Rock and Roll" (f.k.a "Doom Metal"): A boy with a garage band, but no talent when it comes to being lead guitar, makes a deal with a Keith Richards-esque rocker to be the best guitarist in the history of rock and roll, but what will the boy do when the rocker comes to collect?
"Dead Bodies": In this, the highly-anticipated sequel to "The Dead Body" from season one, Will (who has been turned into a ghost by Jake Skinner) must return to the mortal world and stop Jake from living his life, which may be coming to an end because Jake is starting to rot.
"My Robot": A boy discovers a nerdy classmate has an actual robot programmed to do whatever he wants, until it turns out the robot will stop at nothing to make sure his owner is protected from anything that it views as a threat.
"Bad Egg": TBA
"Uncle Howee": Tom Kenny guest stars as the energetic host of a live-action Pee-Wee's Playhouse-style kids' show who visits a little girl and her apathetic brother and brings his deranged magic to the real world.