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Fear Never Knocks
Season 1, Episode 11
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Air date February 26, 2011
Written by Gillian Horvath
Directed by Peter DeLuise
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Fear Never Knocks is the eleventh episode of R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: The Series.


The grandchildren of a renowned psychiatrist play around with an ancient recording device that has the power to bring people's fears to life — and summons Fear incarnate.


Two children Jenny and Jack Randell are temporarily staying with their grandfather who is a successful renowned psychiatrist. Jenny wants to have said career when she grows up, and asks Grandpa George what he is afraid of and how he gets his patients to face their fears, but he claims that he's not to afraid of anything and refuses to tell her anything else.

When Grandpa George goes out for his retirement dinner, Jenny sneaks into his office to test out his mysterious ancient recorder, and get a taste of what it feels like to be a psychiatrist. Jenny and Jack pretend to be a psychiatrist and a patient. However, after the two of them admit being afraid of a killer dog and a crazy lady, things get scary when their fears begin to appear in real life.

Jenny realizes that Grandpa's recorder is making their fears come to life and the only way to make them go away is to face them by breathing calmly. Despite the dog and crazy lady disappearing, things get worse when Fear himself appears in the lobby. Fear reveals that he sold the recorder to Grandpa George in a deal they made long ago, and now he's returned wanting it back so that he can unleash all the dark fears upon the world.

Jenny cleverly tricks Fear into going into the box by saying she is afraid of Fear itself and it disappears forever, finally bringing Grandpa George to peace. Then while Jenny in her room, her closet is filled with the evil laugh of the long nailed lady (implying that Fear escaped).



  • Christopher Heyerdahl won a Leo Award for his performance as Fear in this episode while director Peter Deluise was nominated for one.
  • While this is the only episode to be solely written by Gillian Horavth, she would later be credited for the story on Night of the Mummy.
  • This is the first of a few episodes to be directed by Peter Deluise.

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