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R.L. Stine's 'The Haunting Hour: Don't Think About It' All-New Spooky Fare For The Entire Family

July 2nd, 2007 7:00pm EDT
The Haunting HourThe newest thrill ride from Goosebumps author R.L. Stine will keep parents and kids on the edge of their seats this Halloween season when R. L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: Don't Think About It comes exclusively to DVD September 4, 2007 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment and The Hatchery LLC. The latest entry in Universal's highly-successful made for DVD events, R. L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: Don't Think About It features a sizzling young cast that tweens and their families will love, including Emily Osment (Hannah Montana, Spy Kids), Cody Linley (Hannah Montana, Hoot) and Brittany Curran (The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and one of kidzworld.com's Five Faces to Watch in 2007), plus the quintessential movie villain Tobin Bell (the Saw franchise). Directed by Alex Zamm (Inspector Gadget II) with special effects from the Oscar®-winning team from The Chronicles of Narnia, R. L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: Don't Think About It is filled with enough excitement, adventure and chills to thrill the whole family again and again.

In addition, Emily Osment makes her music debut, singing the film's theme song "I Don't Think About It." The song, along with a never-before-seen music video, will be available on the DVD. R. L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: Don't Think About It kicks off a series of spooky and suspenseful thrillers for the entire family based on the work of one of the world's best-selling children's authors. Stine catapulted to fame with the children's publishing phenomenon, the Goosebumps series, and became the #1 best-selling author in America three years in a row. His books, including The Nightmare Room, Fear Street, and Nightmare Hour have been translated into more than 20 languages and published in more than 30 countries. He has been honored with a Children's Choice Award, three Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, and three Disney Adventures Kids' Choice Awards.

Filmed in Pittsburgh, the film's original screenplay is written by Emmy Award® winners Dan Angel and Billy Brown ("Door to Door"), who also partnered as writers on the hit TV series The X-Files. Executive producers are veteran television production and programming executive Margaret Loesch (Benji: Off the Leash) and Bruce Stein, co-CEOs of The Hatchery, as well as Angel, a partner in The Hatchery, and Brown. Jane Stine and Joan Waricha, co-owners of Parachute Publishing, are co-executive producers.

Cassie (Emily Osment) is a 13-year old Goth girl struggling to adapt to a new neighborhood and a new school. Feeling like an outsider, Cassie acts out by playing spooky and outrageous pranks to frighten the popular kids at school, as well as her scaredy cat little brother, Max (Alex Winzenread). The day before Halloween, Cassie finds an odd little book called The Evil Thing that cautions readers "Do Not Read Aloud." When Max insists on hearing the story, Cassie starts down a road that begins in the mysterious woods behind their house and leads to a mysterious stranger who changes their lives forever.

Loesch, Angel and Brown are part of the team responsible for the television series "Goosebumps," which was the #1-ranked show on the Fox Kids' Network for four years. Based on R.L. Stine's Goosebumps children's books, which have sold more than 220 million copies to-date, the show was honored with a Writers Guild Award and was twice named by TV Guide as among the best television shows for children.

Spooky DVD Bonus Content
-The Making of Don't Think About It – This special feature sheds light on what goes on in the shadows during the making of the R. L. Stine movie.
-Think About It! R.L. Stine's Journey of the Imagination – R.L. Stine is one of the most beloved children's author's in history. Find out what scares the spookmaster and why his books are perennial fan favorites in this profile of the popular and prolific author.
-Interactive Scare-O-Meter – Are you scared of blood? Are you afraid of the dark? Viewers can rate their personal "Scare Quotient" with this exclusive interactive feature!
-Emily Osment's Never-before-seen music video.