R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: Don't Think About It

2007 PG 1h 27m DVD

R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: Don't Think About It

2007 PG 1h 27m DVD
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Based on the writings of popular children's author R.L. Stine, this spooky, family-friendly tale follows a teenage girl named Cassie who struggles to fit in at her new school and lashes out by playing outrageous pranks on the cool kids.
Emily Osment, Brittany Curran, Cody Linley, Alex Winzenread, Michelle Duffy, John Hawkinson, Tobin Bell, Katelyn Pippy, Nigel Ash, Colleen Dengel
Alex Zamm
Full Screen 1.33:1
English, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 8+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 8+
age 8+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that while this movie is from the same people who created the creepy, crawly series Goosebumps, it's more of an ad for products like Papa John's Pizza than anything else. Parents should also know that Cassie does some pretty antisocial things, like terrorizing her little brother with ghost stories, hiding in his closet to scare him, and filling a pinata with roaches so Priscilla will be covered in them -- all because she's angry that she had to move and Priscilla humiliated her. Parents should also know that the movie gets pretty scary at different points, especially when the kids attempt to kill The Evil Thing.

Sexual Content

Flirting between Sean and Priscilla and Cassie and Sean, but no kissing.


Lots of creepy violence, including a slimy monster with babies encased in eggs on its back. The pizza delivery guy, Max, and Priscilla get captured by The Evil Thing and wrapped up in a cocoon. The babies almost eat Max. Max throws blood on The Evil Thing and it kills itself by biting itself to death.


One use of "dang."

Social Behavior

Lots of jealousy and conniving among girls, including Priscilla threatening Sean and Cassie filling a piƱata with roaches, which rain down on Priscilla. Cassie also intentionally terrorizes her brother with scary stories and pranks.


With a coupon in the DVD box for a free Papa John Pizza and a Papa John delivery guy figuring prominently into the plot, they only forgot the scratch-and-sniff pizza stickers. You'll also find an Aquapod, an iPod, and the Berenstein Bears. There's also a video at the end for a song by star Emily Osment.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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