If Stranger Things has taught us nothing else it’s that audiences love a story about scary stuff lurking in the unknown. Which is exactly what the makers of the Nickelodeon series, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, counted on with its teen-geared horror anthology, which ran from 1992-1996, starring familiar faces like Ryan Gosling.
Now, it appears the series is getting a grown-up revision with IT screenwriter Gary Dauberman taking charge of the film adaptation, reports Variety. Dauberman, who also wrote 2014’s Annabelle, seems to have a good handle on this niche.
In the original Canadian series, each Are You Afraid of the Dark? episodes began around a campfire, with “The Midnight Society” — made up of a group of teens — telling a wickedly spooky story.
If you need a little reminder, the folks at Horror Squad have put together a list of Top 10 Are You Afraid of the Dark? episodes in the below clip. And, to be honest, they’re pretty scary — and not just “kid-scary” — with storylines like: a girl being trapped in a dollhouse, a young comic book artist releasing a villain by accident and a funhouse clown coming to life.
We should note, the above clip mentions Are You Afraid of the Dark? episode “The Tale of the Dream Girl,” which tells the story of a teenage boy meeting the girl of his dreams, who turns out to be a ghost. And that it supposedly inspired M. Night Shyamalan to write The Sixth Sense.
If true, that would be a fun fact. But that little piece of trivia falls under “urban legend,” as there’s no concrete evidence to support the theory. Even so, it’s something to ponder…
In addition to the series’ original run, it was revived in 1999 for a follow-up season.
The “vintage” stories are pretty dark. So, just imagine a feature film with the IT treatment adding to the fright fest.
The project has been greenlit by Paramount Players, a new division of Paramount Pictures. It is happening, but it’s in the early stages and the start date is yet to be confirmed.
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