R. L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: The Series

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For the film on which the series is based, see The Haunting Hour: Don't Think About It.
R. L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: The Series
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Genre Horror
Science Fiction
Paranormal
Fantasy
Drama
Created by R.L. Stine
Theme music composer John Sereda
Paul Michael Thomas
Country of origin Canada
United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 76 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Dan Angel
Kim Arnott
Billy Brown
Harvey Kahn
Location(s) Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) The Hatchery
Incendo Films
Front Street Pictures
Distributor Embolden Worldwide Distribution
Broadcast
Original channel Hub Network (2010–2014)
Discovery Family (2014)
Original run October 29, 2010 (2010-10-29) – November 29, 2014 (2014-11-29)

R. L. Stine's The Haunting Hour was a Canadian-American original anthology horror-fantasy television series, which is based on the 2007 movie The Haunting Hour: Don't Think About It, the anthologies The Haunting Hour and Nightmare Hour by R.L. Stine,[1] that originally aired on The Hub from October 29, 2010 to October 11, 2014. The fourth season's seven remaining episodes ran on Discovery Family from October 18, 2014 to November 29, 2014. The series was produced by Front Street Pictures, The Hatchery, Incendo Films, and Endemol.

On July 9, 2012, it was announced that R. L. Stine's The Haunting Hour was one of four original series from The Hub that won the CINE Golden Eagle Award for high quality production and storytelling.[2]

On December 6, 2014, it was confirmed by Stine via Twitter that Discovery Family dropped the show after its run of four seasons,[3] it was later announced that the show will move to Nickelodeon for a fifth season that will air sometime in October 2015.[citation needed]

Production[edit]

Prior to the broadcast of the series, series creator, R.L. Stine reported via Twitter saying The Haunting Hour was similar to his previous series Goosebumps. The series is filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Premise[edit]

Like Goosebumps and The Nightmare Room, every episode features a different cast in a scary situation that would involve ghosts, aliens, witches, zombies, and other monsters. However, the storylines are much darker than its aforementioned predecessor and some episodes serve as very dark morality tales. There are some episodes that have happy endings similar to most of the episodes of Are You Afraid of the Dark? which had this formula.

Each episode has a famous actor in it either if they are children or adults. These guest stars consist of Luke Benward, Robert Capron, Bobby Coleman, Mason Cook, Michelle Creber, David DeLuise, Sean Giambrone, Zachary Gordon, Nolan Gould, Dakota Goyo, Michael Ironside, Liam James, Frankie Jonas, Tom Kenny, Margot Kidder, Joey King, Christopher Lloyd, Bailee Madison, Vincent Martella, China Anne McClain, Katherine McNamara, Dylan Minnette, Chanelle Peloso, Madison Pettis, Rico Rodriguez, Kacey Rohl, Debby Ryan, Will Shadley, Willow Shields, Booboo Stewart, Gregg Sulkin, Freya Tingley, and Ariel Winter.

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
1 22 October 29, 2010 (2010-10-29) May 14, 2011 (2011-05-14)
2 18 October 1, 2011 (2011-10-01) February 4, 2012 (2012-02-04)
3 26 October 13, 2012 (2012-10-13) December 21, 2013 (2013-12-21)
4 10 October 4, 2014 (October 4, 2014) November 29, 2014 (November 29, 2014)

Home media[edit]

Name Release Date Episodes Region Additional Information
Volume One September 4, 2012 5 1
  • Episodes include: Really You, Part 1, Really You, Part 2, A Creature Was Stirring, The Dead Body, and Nightmare Inn.
  • Bonus features include: Original Promos and Behind The Screams of select episodes.
Volume Two September 4, 2012 5 1
  • Episodes include: The Red Dress, Ghostly Stare, The Walls, Game Over, and Alien Candy.
  • Bonus features include: Original Promos and Behind The Screams of select episodes.
Volume Three February 5, 2013 5 1
  • Episodes include: Fear Never Knocks, Best Friend Forever, Black Mask, My Sister the Witch, and Catching Cold.
  • Bonus features include: Original Promos and Behind The Screams of select episodes.
Volume Four February 5, 2013 5 1
  • Episodes include: Wrong Number, Afraid of Clowns, Pool Shark, Lights Out, and The Perfect Brother.
  • Bonus features include: Original Promos and Behind The Screams of select episodes.
Volume Five September 3, 2013 5 1
  • Episodes include: Scary Mary, Part 1, Scary Mary, Part 2, Pumpkinhead, Flight, and Swarmin' Norman.
  • Bonus features include: Original Promos and Behind The Screams of select episodes.
Volume Six September 3, 2013 5 1
  • Episode include: Creature Feature, Part 1, Creature Feature, Part 2, Brush With Madness, Sick, and Mascot.
  • Bonus features include: Original Promos and Behind The Screams of select episodes.

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2012 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series - Guest Starring Young Actor 14-17 Ricardo Hoyos Nominated [4]
Best Performance in a TV Series - Guest Starring Young Actor 11-13 Baljodh Nagra Won
Dakota Goyo Nominated
Jason Spevack Nominated
Best Performance in a TV Series - Guest Starring Young Actress 11-13 Ava Rebecca Hughes Nominated
Jessica Mcleod Nominated
2013 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series - Guest Starring Young Actor 14-21 Donnie MacNeil Nominated [5]
Best Performance in a TV Series - Guest Starring Young Actress Ten and Under Alissa Skobye Nominated
2013 Emmy Awards Outstanding Costume Design/Styling Farnaz Khaki-Sadigh and Natalie Simon Won [6][7]
Outstanding Hairstyling Trudy Parisien and Cara Doell Won
Outstanding Children's Series Dan Angel, Billy Brown, Harvey Kahn, Kim Arnott, Jane Stine, Joan Waricha, Charles Lyall and Dawn Knight Won
2014 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series - Guest Starring Young Actress 17-21 Laine MacNeil Nominated [8]
Best Performance in a TV Series - Guest Starring Young Actress 11-13 Rowan Rycroft Nominated
Best Performance in a TV Series - Guest Starring Young Actress 10 and Under Jena Skodje Won
2014 Emmy Awards Outstanding Children's Series Dan Angel, Kim Arnott, Billy Brown, Harvey Kahn, Dawn Knight, Jane Stine, Joan Waricha, Charles Lyall and Oliver De Caigny Won [9][10]

Music[edit]

Made of Matches[edit]

"Made of Matches"
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"Made of Matches" cover
Promotional single by Debby Ryan
Released March 29, 2011 (2011-03-29)[11]
Format Digital download
Recorded 2011
Genre Pop rock
Length 1:53
Label The Hatchery
Writer Debby Ryan[12]
Producer Debby Ryan[12]

"Made of Matches" is a song by American actress/singer/songwriter Debby Ryan. It was released as a digital download on March 29, 2011,[11] as a promotional single by The Hatchery label. The song was written by Debby Ryan and played on the episode Wrong Number, but not being included on any studio album or soundtrack.

Composition and release[edit]

A midtempo pop rock song, "Made of Matches" exhibits elements of Alternative rock and Pop. Built on a beat, multi-tracked harmonies, the song's instrumentation includes slow-bouncing electric guitar and drums. The song was written and produced by Ryan.[12] The song was release for digital download in March 29, 2011,[11] as a promotional single only in United States by The Hatchery label.

In an interview with Cambio, Debby Ryan commented about writing a song for the first time "It's very much my heart. 'Made of Matches' was kind of the first time I've really expressed myself through Music personally".[13] In other interview, Ryan commented about putting the heart in his songs: "Writing has always been a release for me, and lately I've fallen in love with the music production. Knitting together my stories and feelings."[14]

Music video[edit]

The official music video for the song premiered on The Hub in February 4, 2011. The video was directed by Neill Fearnley with scenes of the episode "Wrong Number."[15]

Track listing[edit]

  • US digital download
  1. "Made of Matches" – 1:53

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United States[11] March 29, 2011 Digital download The Hatchery

References[edit]

  1. ^ Clark, Noelene (December 19, 2010). "‘The Haunting Hour’: R. L. Stine promises ‘shivers but not nightmares’ with new show". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on December 19, 2010.
  2. ^ "HubWorld.com press release". Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Stine, R.L. (2014-12-06), ["The Haunting Hour" TV Series Dropped by Discovery Family Confirmation], Twitter, retrieved 2014-12-07. 
  4. ^ "33rd Annual Young Artist Awards". Young Artist Awards. Retrieved 31 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "34th Annual Young Artist Awards". Young Artist Awards. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "The Nation Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Announces The 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award Nominations". The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. May 1, 2013. Retrieved May 3, 2013. 
  7. ^ "The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Announces Winners for the 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Creative Arts Emmy® Awards". The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. June 14, 2013. Retrieved June 18, 2013. 
  8. ^ "35th Annual Young Artist Awards". Young Artist Awards. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "The Nation Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Announces The 41st Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award Nominations". The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. May 1, 2014. Retrieved May 1, 2014. 
  10. ^ "The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Announces Winners for the 41st Annual Daytime Entertainment Creative Arts Emmy® Awards". The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. June 21, 2014. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b c d "As Featured in R. L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: Wrong Number by Debby Ryan". iTunes. Retrieved 2010-05-13. 
  12. ^ a b c "Debby Ryan – Made of Matches". Cartoon Doll. 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  13. ^ "Debby Ryan is 'Made of Matches'". iGossip. 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  14. ^ "Debby Ryan "Made Of Matches"". Disney Dreaming. 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  15. ^ "Debby Ryan Rocking New Video 'Made of Matches'". Fanlala. 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 

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