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7 Celebrities Who Appeared in ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark’

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Written by Patti Pauley

Thinking back unto my awkward-ass adolescent years, I can fondly remember a particular day back in the Summer of 1992. Twas a day that made horror history for many of us of the early 90’s generation. A day of infamy, that gave birth to a new generation of young horror fans everywhere as the youth’s choice channel Nickelodeon, acknowledged how mainstream horror infiltrated and fascinated our tiny, twisted minds. The very first episode introducing the coolest club you and I wanted to be a part of, The Midnight Society who hosted the beautiful program, Are You Afraid of the Dark.

 

There really was nothing quite like gathering with a few friends, pillow buddies clutched, throwing madballs at each other, and tuning into Snick each week to see what awesomely  corny tale from Gary, Kiki, Tucker and the rest of the gang had in store for the young horror fans watching at home. And let’s be honest, while some of the episodes were on a serious horror-movie level (ahem, “The Tale of the Lonely Ghost” for example) some of the episodes were CORNY AS HELL looking back on them now.  But hey, it was a Nickelodeon program that sat in between Salute Your Shorts, and Hey Dude!. Two shows that carried that same sort of cheesy charm that we can’t help but swoon over, along with it. Are You Afraid of the Dark just had a horror element to it. No one expects perfection. It was just a damn good-time show for us little horror heads.

 

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Along with the rehash of the series, the Canadian based Are You Afraid of the Dark ran in the US from 1992 to 1996 with earlier showings of the program a full two years prior with our northern neighbor. And during that original four-year run, we saw a lot of cool stories, tons of hats from Kiki, and we didn’t know it then, but a fair amount of huge stars by today’s ranks appearing in various episodes. Maybe you already knew some of these, forgot, or you were as clueless as Weegie thinking Zeebo the Clown was just a dumb urban legend in “Laughing in the Dark”. In any case, this just gives me another reason to retro-rewind you readers back into fuzzy nostalgia. So without further ado, submitted for the approval for the iHorror readers, I give you the tale of..

 

7 Celebrities Who Appeared in Are You Afraid of the Dark?

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Jay Baruchel

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The Barney to Seth Rogan’s Fred, This is the End and Knocked up actor Jay Baruchel appeared in not one, but four episodes from the Snick series. “The Tale of the Dead Man’s Float,” “The Tale of the Zombie Dice,” “The Tale of the Walking Shadow,” and “The Tale of the Time Trap”.

Hayden Christensen

7 Celebrities Who Appeared in 'Are You Afraid of the Dark'

Before he entered the Star Wars saga as Anikin Skywalker, or baby Darth if you prefer, Christensen appeared in “The Tale of Bigfoot Ridge”. This episode is also the season finale of the rehashed season six that aired in 1999.

Mia Kershner

7 Celebrities Who Appeared in 'Are You Afraid of the Dark'

Most notorious for her roles on hit action-drama 24, and The L Word, Mia Kirshner starred in “The Tale of the Hungry Hounds” back in 1992.

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‘Margaux’ Trailer Traps Guests in a Killer Smart Home

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Margaux is the ultimate smart home that might also be the ultimate killer. Director Steven C. Miller of Silent Night and First Kill fame brings this techno-thriller to another level. The insanely smart home has all sorts of bells and whistles like walls that are made entirely from 3D printers. Meaning the walls themselves can create anything you desire all around you. Of course, this also means the smart house gone bad can create anything it desires in order to kill you.

The synopsis goes like this:

What Margaux wants, she gets. As a group of seniors celebrate their final college days at a smart house, the house’s highly advanced AI system, Margaux, begins to take on a deadly presence of her own. A carefree weekend of partying turns into a dystopian nightmare as they realize Margaux’s plans to eliminate her tenants one way or another. Time begins to run out as the group desperately tries to survive and outsmart the smart home.

Margaux arrives on digital beginning September 9.

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Edgar Allen Poe’s ‘Raven’s Hallow’ Trailer Sees the Young Writer Solving Crimes of the Occult

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Edgar Allen Poe’s upcoming Raven’s Hallow is a Shudder exclusive that is based on the young writer’s tales from when he was still stationed at West Point. So, we will see one of his stories that were inspired during his time as a cadet.

The synopsis for Raven’s Hallow according to Deadline goes like this:

Set in the autumn of 1830, Poe and four other cadets are on a training exercise in upstate New York when they come across a man eviscerated on a bizarre wooden rack. His dying words direct them to a remote rural community, holding sinister secrets. Determined to get to the bottom of the murder, Poe embarks on a quest that will bring him face to face with a terror that will haunt him forever.

Raven’s Hallow stars William Mosely as young Poe with William Moseley stars as Poe with Melanie Zanetti, Kate Dickie, David Hayman, Oberon K. A. Adjepong, and Callum Woodhouse.

Raven’s Hallow arrives on Shudder beginning September 22.

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‘The Ring’ Comes to Blu-Ray Steelbook Complete With VHS Slipcase Design

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Japan’s entry into J-Horror with Ringu was one of the best that there has ever been. When America decided to do a remake, I can still recall a lot of people being upset that it wouldn’t measure up. However, Gore Verbenski’s dark portrait was nearly a better film than the original. From its ominous start to shocking finish The Ring was effective around every corner. 20 years later folks can still appreciate Verbenski’s film and in order to celebrate the film turning 20 we are getting a cool steelbook blu-ray for the film.

The steelbook comes with an awesome VHS design slipcase. Inside the steelbook is made of static and the iconic scene with Samara and the well.

The synopsis for The Ring goes like this:

It sounds like just another urban legend — a videotape filled with nightmarish images leads to a phone call foretelling the viewer’s death in exactly seven days. Newspaper reporter Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) is skeptical of the story until four teenagers all die mysteriously exactly one week after watching just such a tape. Allowing her investigative curiosity to get the better of her, Rachel tracks down the video and watches it. Now she has just seven days to unravel the mystery.

Verbinki’s film is genuinely scary and it entirely deserves a 20th anniversary release. It is a film that has managed to stay in the conversation when horror films are being discussed. It still manages to get heavy play during the Halloween season on AMC. Rightfully so.

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You can pick up your copy of The Ring’s special edition beginning October 18.

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