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Encyclopedia > Are You Afraid of the Dark?
Are You Afraid of the Dark?
Format Children's Series
Horror
Sci-Fi
Developed by Cinar Productions
Starring Jacob Tierney
Raine Pare-Coull
Ross Hull
Jodie Resther
Jason Alisharan
Rachel Blanchard
Nathaniel Moreau
Daniel DeSanto
Joanna Garcia
Codie Lucas Wilbee
Kareem Blackwell
Elisha Cuthbert
David Deveau
Vanessa Lengies
Country of origin Flag of Canada Canada
Flag of the United States United States
Language(s) English
No. of episodes 91 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 22 mins/episode
Broadcast
Original channel Flag of Canada YTV
Flag of the United States Nickelodeon
Flag of the United Kingdom ITV1/Nickelodeon
Flag of Australia Nickelodeon
Original run January 16, 1992June 11, 2000
External links
IMDb profile
TV.com summary

Are You Afraid of the Dark? is a science fiction/horror-themed television series. The original series was a joint production between the Canadian companies YTV and Cinar, and the American company Nickelodeon. The show was filmed in Montreal, Quebec. The episode "The Tale of the Phantom Cab" was aired as a pilot on the evening of October 31, 1991. The series was aired from January 16, 1992 to February 3, 1996 on Nickelodeon's SNICK. A revived series with new directors, writers, and cast was produced by Nickelodeon from 1999 to 2000 and also played on SNICK. Reruns of the series have since been broadcast internationally, including airings in the United Kingdom, Australia, Latin America, and the Czech Republic. SciFi veteran David Winning directed ten episodes, including "Tale of the Dream Girl", "Tale of the Shiny Red Bicycle" and "Tale of the Long Ago Locket". Are You Afraid of the Dark? (ISBN 0060559349) is a 2004 novel by bestselling thriller writer Sidney Sheldon. ... 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Contents

Background

Both series revolved around a group of adolescents who referred to themselves as the "Midnight Society". One night a week, at a secret location in the woods, one member would tell a scary story to the group. The actual story, rather than the telling, was displayed to the television viewer. The story was shown between the group's arrival at the site and their departure. Each storyteller would begin their story by saying "Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society, I call this story..." at which point he or she would toss birch bark powder into a campfire to heighten the flames and produce an eerie white smoke. The storyteller would continue by announcing its title (The Tale of...). A separate article is about the punk band called The Adolescents. ...


The themes of the stories usually revolved around paranormal phenomena, such as ghosts, magic, haunted houses, magical curses, aliens, witches and the like coming into contact with normal teenagers. Usually, the episodes were either filmed in the woods, in abandoned houses, or in public places like schools or libraries. Anomalous phenomena are phenomena which are observed and for which there are no suitable explanations in the context of a specific body of scientific knowledge, e. ... For other uses, see Ghost (disambiguation). ... Not to be confused with Magic (illusion). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Look up Curse in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... “Green people” redirects here. ... This article is part of the Witchcraft series. ...


Sources of these tales varied; many were adaptations of public domain fairytales and short stories or urban legends. For example, "The Tale of the Twisted Claw" is considered to be an adaptation of W.W. Jacobs' short story "The Monkey's Paw". The public domain comprises the body of all creative works and other knowledge—writing, artwork, music, science, inventions, and others—in which no person or organization has any proprietary interest. ... A fairy tale is a story, either told to children or as if told to children, concerning the adventures of mythical characters such as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, giants, and others. ... Urban Legend is also the name of a 1998 movie. ... William Wymark Jacobs (1863–1943) was an English author of macabre short stories. ... The Monkeys Paw is a horror short story by author W. W. Jacobs. ...


Some of the episodes' story lines are close to those of books written for the Goosebumps book series by R. L. Stine, intentionally or not, which was popular at roughly the same time as this show. Another episode, "The Tale of the Curious Camera," is an almost exact retelling of the Goosebumps book Say Cheese And Die, though both were likely inspired by "A Most Unusual Camera", an episode of the original Twilight Zone series. Indeed, Goosebumps spawned a TV series as well. R. L. Stine with some of his creations. ... Robert Lawrence Stine (born October 8, 1943), known as R. L. Stine and Jovial Bob Stine, is an American novelist and writer, well known for targeting younger audiences. ... “A Most Unusual Camera” is an episode of the television series The Twilight Zone. ... Note, this page is about the television series and its two revivals. ... Goosebumps is a joint Canadian/American childrens television series that aired on YTV in Canada, and on FOX Kids in the United States from 1995 to 1998. ...


Cast members

First series (1992 – 1996)

Actor/Actress Role Years
Ross Hull Gary 1992 – 1996
Jodie Resther Kiki 1992 – 1996
Raine Pare-Coull Betty Ann 1992 – 1996
Jason Alisharan Frank 1992 – 1995
Daniel DeSanto Tucker 1994 – 1996
Joanna Garcia Samantha 1994 – 1996
Rachel Blanchard Kristen 1992 – 1993
Nathaniel Moreau David 1993 – 1994
Codie Lucas Wilbee Stig 1995 – 1996
Jacob Tierney Eric 1992

Ross Hull (born 25 August 1975) is a Canadian actor and television personality perhaps best known for his role as Gary, the leader of the Midnight Society, on the 1992- 1996 television series Are You Afraid of the Dark?. Born in Montreal, Quebec, Hull began his acting career in 1987... Jodie Lynn Resther is a Canadian actress. ... Daniel DeSanto (born March 6, 1980) is a Canadian actor. ... JoAnna Garcia (born August 10, 1979, in Tampa, Florida, USA) is an American television and film actress of Cuban descent. ... Rachel Blanchard playing Nancy in Peep Show Rachel Elise Blanchard (born March 19, 1976 in Toronto, Canada) is a Canadian actress. ... Jacob Tierney (born on 26 September 1979 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a Canadian actor, film director and writer. ...

Second series (1999 – 2000)

Actor/Actress Role Years
Kareem Blackwell Quinn 1999 – 2000
Elisha Cuthbert Megan 1999 – 2000
Vanessa Lengies Vange 1999 – 2000
Daniel DeSanto Tucker 1999 – 2000
David Deveau Andy 1999 – 2000

Kareem Blackweel is an actor who voices Karrem in Cyberchase. ... Elisha Ann Cuthbert (born November 30, 1982) is a Canadian actress. ... Vanessa Lynne-Marie Lengies (born July 21, 1985 in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian actress best known for starring in the drama American Dreams as Roxanne Bojarski. ... Daniel DeSanto (born March 6, 1980) is a Canadian actor. ...

Recurring characters

One of the more significant recurring characters was Sardo (Richard Dumont), owner of "Sardo's Magic Mansion" (a magic shop). He would often attempt to sell a character a "prized" item, rarely succeeding. He often had items in his shop that contained real properties of magic, yet did not know until it was revealed in the story. One of the most memorable recurring jokes in the series occurred when someone would address him as "Mr. Sardo". He would then get irritated and exclaim: "No 'mister'; accent on the 'doh'!" Although he rarely got what he wanted, he would often end up helping the characters, often intentionally. He appeared in Gary's stories.


Another recurring character was Dr. Vink (Aron Tager). He was a physically imposing man who would often appear as a mad scientist, sorcerer, and the like. He would also get his name mispronounced. When this happened, he would respond "Vink. With a va-va-va." Often, the protagonist would call him a "nutbag" behind his back, assuming he could not hear him, only to have him reply later, "... and I am not a nutbag." He appeared in Frank's stories. Aron Tager also played the carnival worker who stands in front of the Funhouse and invites people to go inside in "The Tale of the Laughing in the Dark". Aron Tager (born 1934 in Brooklyn, New York) is an actor and artist. ...


Both of these characters appear in the double episode "The Tale of Cutter's Treasure", which was told by both Frank and Gary.


Episodes

The following is an episode list of the television series Are You Afraid of the Dark? which aired on Nickelodeon from 1992 until 2000. ...

DVD Releases

Season Releases

DVD Name Region Release Date # of Episodes Bonus Features
Are You Afraid of the Dark?: The Complete 1st Season 1 April 18, 2006 13 Episode Synopses
Are You Afraid of the Dark?: The Complete 2nd Season 1 November 28, 2006 13 Episode Synopses
Are You Afraid of the Dark?: The Complete 3rd Season 1 April 24, 2007 13 Episode Synopses
Are You Afraid of the Dark?: The Complete 4th Season 1 November 13, 2007 13 Episode Synopses

Compilations Region 1, Region 2 and Region 3 redirect here. ...

DVD Name Region Release Date # of Episodes Bonus Features
Are You Afraid of the Dark? - Freaky Favorites 1 October 24,2006 8 Episode Synopses

Region 1, Region 2 and Region 3 redirect here. ...

References

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