In the early 1990s, R.L. Stine's "Goosebumps" books were a huge publishing phenomena especially with elementary and middle school students. The books were so popular that a television series based upon the books was developed. Taking a cue from shows such as THE TWILIGHT ZONE and TALES FROM THE CRYPT, each episode was preceded and concluded with an introduction from R.L. Stine himself usually ending with a twist on the tag-line for the books that "viewers beware, you're in for a scare".
WELCOME TO DEAD HOUSE originally aired as a two-part episode during Goosebumps 2nd season in 1996-97. The episode has now been combined and is featured here on this DVD. Even though this episode came late in the 2nd season, it's based upon the first Goosebumps book ever. After the recent unemployment of their father, the Benson family moves to the town of Dark Falls, a place where the sun rarely shines. Before anyone even enters their new house, daughter Amanda sees some strange things in the house and gets a creepy vibe. Strange events start to happen. At times it seems like there's something or someone trying to get in the house, but then it seems there's something trying to warn Amanda to get her family away.
WELCOME TO DEAD HOUSE does a pretty good job of following the book on which it is based, with one major exception. There are some images that younger viewers might find frightening, but other than that the DVD is pretty safe and is something that family's might enjoy watching together for a few chills and thrills.
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