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

By Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Tween-friendly, ad-happy Halloween fright fest.

Movie PG 2007 87 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

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age 7+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 2+

it’s literally fine, stop overprotecting your child

the movie isn’t award-winning, but it’s interesting enough to entertain you and your kids. whether you’re watching this to make fun of it, or you genuinely like the movie, i’d recommend it. there is little to no gore and no advertising. people keep saying how there is a papa johns part in this movie, and there is, but it’s no big deal. they just have a delivery boy get attacked, and it happens to be a papa johns guy. anyways, some characters are stereotypical and the story line is pretty basic, but it’s a fun movie to watch if you’re bored or you need to watch a cheesy “scary” movie in october (or july when you’re wishing for spooky season to come back). so yeah.

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age 7+

My favorite childhood movie

I was about 10/11 when it came out in 2007 and I loved it I’ve watched it about 10 times and most recently I bought it and watched it two days ago and still very entertaining I like it but it could me scary for kids under 7

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (21 ):

This campfire-style horror story is predictable to adults, but kids who've never seen any of those other movies may enjoy it and be on the edge of their seats for most of it. All good scary movies depend on the active imagination of the viewer. Just consider the power of suggestion in The Blair Witch Project to terrorize people. R.L. STINE'S HAUNTING HOUR: DON'T THINK ABOUT IT makes good use of this technique. The whole story is based around one simple and irresistible order: If you don't want the boogeyman to get you, don't think about him.

What's great about Don't Think About It is that it's straightforward. The bickering between Cassie and Max is totally relatable to anyone with siblings, which makes the plot seem plausible and that much more scary. It's a more kid-friendly version of It, combined with a less evil version of The Craft.

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