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Are you Afraid of The Dark the complete series 1&2 (DVD)
Okay so the Cover is a bit Corney, and if you looked this up you know exactly what its about because 1. you watched it as a child/teen or 2. someone highly recommended it to you.
but for those of you who have stumbled upon this and thought , ''why are all these kids screaming on the cover?'' I'll try and sum it up quickly about what this series is about:
Are You Afraid of the Dark? is a Canadian-American horror/fantasy-themed television series, that aired in the early 90s,broadcasted on a channel called Nickelodeon(kids TV channel) and later came to the UK on channel CITV i think ...
i remember watching it at about 6pm-7pm right after dinner...the TV show Goosebumps R.L Stein usually plays along side it,specially near Halloween (Halloween is a huge thing in Canada Everyone participates and dresses up ,even older teens trick or treat.) anyway i was pretty young about 5 or 6 when i first watched it i remember not wanting to go to bed because i was scared (my bed time was right after i finished watching the show) but i wouldn't miss an episode i loved it.
Finally, What is it about?:
Are You Afraid of the Dark? is about these kids who have this club Called The Midnight Society,and Every 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.
themes of the stories usually revolves around a variety of paranormal situations, such as ghosts,magic,haunted houses, magical curses, aliens, ''witches'' and the like coming into contact with normal teenagers.
i love this show and i still watch it anytime of the year, it really brings back memories , and they really tell some Great story's i'm still scared of some of them..some storys can really be disturbing because the situation in the story can become unusual (i dont want to give away anything)
but seriously if you lived the 90s as a kid you will totally love this show..
As for the new generation people born at the end of the 90s and into 2000 , i think they will find it a bit out dated and some people today dont like out dated stuff.. but i personally love it...i also love 80s tv programs even though i was born in 1988..so if you buy this for your child,its worth trying to get them into like-ing it ..because you never know they might do, maybe they will put together there own Midnight society at home...or just buy it for yourself! your never to old for it !
I remember watching this on TV in the nineties when it made it's way to ITV but the series originally aired on Nickelodeon. I recently bought it for my boyfriend who also remembered watching it as a child for Christmas.
The series is filmed in Canada and all the episodes begin with a group of 6 children, known as the Midnight Society, meeting around a campfire in the woods at midnight. The members of the Midnight Society then take it in turns to present their story to the others for approval, they will do this by giving the name of the story and then throwing some dust onto the fire to make it flame up, you will then go into the story. All the stories beginning with "The Tale of" For example the first story is The Tale of The Phantom Cab.
The stories vary a lot with there being tales about ghosts, werewolves, vampires, aliens, monsters and more. Some characters are carried on and will appear in more than one story and you get a feel for the different types of stories that each member will tell. As well as hearing the stories you do also get to know more about the Midnight Society from their conversations at the beginning.
The DVDs are presented in a large double width case with 2 DVDs on each side with an episode guide behind them showing the names of the tales. There is then a sleeve over the case. There are 26 episodes for the 2 series, which are spread across 4 DVDs. Each episode lasts for 24 minutes making over 13 hours of viewing.
When watching the dvds there is a menu on each one so that you can pick which episode to watch as well as a play all option. As well as all of series 1 and 2 the DVD comes with a couple of extras, a photo gallery and a special effects demo.
When watching the dvds you will also notice a couple of guest stars, Bobcat Goldthwait from Police Academy and Melissa Joan Hart from Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
We have both really enjoyed watching the series again, there was a lot that we did not remember and the tales are still enjoyable as an adult. The dvd is rated PG and is very good for slightly older children, very young children may find it a bit scary.
You can currently buy this dvd for just under £10 which I think is great for the amount of viewing time and pleasure you get out of it and is something I think many future children will enjoy.
Are You Afraid of the Dark was the highlight of my week back in the day and I was delighted to see it had been released on DVD. A lot of excellent children's shows don't make it to home release, particularly those made before we regularly blitzed children with manipulative advertising and tie-in merchandise. Thankfully, this excellent children's series has survived.
The show depicts a group of teens, "The Midnight Society," meeting in the woods at night to tell scary stories. Each episode depicted one of these spooky tales to the viewer. Similar in style to the TV adaptation of the Goosebumps series, Are You Afraid of the Dark took itself a little more seriously while keeping a sense of humour. Stories ranged from the usual monsters and vampires to more unsettling ghost stories or sometimes retellings of classic gothic short stories.
All grown up now and Are You Afraid of the Dark has lost a little of its appeal. I suppose I don't scare as easily as I did when I was nine. However I have watched lots of these with the kids in the family during the dark winter evenings and they can't take their eyes off the screen. It is still a hit with its original target audience and I think that's what really matters.
The transfer to DVD is acceptable though these episodes were produced on a kids TV budget and look like a nineties relic these days. Slightly disappointing is the complete lack of bonus features on the disc. Fortunately you can probably pick this up for less than £10 and the episodes are worth the price for the kids in the family.
Are You Afraid Of The Dark, was a children's horror/sci-fi series in the nineties. The stories were often based on urban legends, mythology, or short stores. The program evolved around a group of children who have formed a secret society and who gather around a camp fire late at night telling ghost stories.
As expected with a children's program, Are You Afraid Of The Dark was never gory or actually that frightening, but what it lacked there it made up with good story telling, good acting, and enjoyable plot twists. Actually come to think of it when I watched the show as a child, the opening credits would be enough to scare me.
Almost all the episodes in the series (which titles all start with 'The Tale Of...') were pretty good, and a joy to rewatch. There are a few lemons and a few episodes that I didn't enjoy but I guess that is to be expected, especially now that I'm rewatched them as an adult. But my fravioute episodes would have to be "The Tale Of Laughing In The Dark," "The Tale Of The Pinball Wizard," and "The Tale Of Locker 22." I would have liked to seen some special features included, perhaps interviews, some deleted scenes never before broadcast or even something simple as there are none at all. But you do get a massive running time of 780 minutes (26 episodes) spread over the four discs which is more than enough to keep you entertained. Which for now at least is more than enough.
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