Nickelodeon’s ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark’ Set for Big Screen Adaptation

by Nick Banks

With the success of horror movies and television programs featuring children as the main characters as of late, it is no wonder that Paramount is mining Nickelodeon’s 1990’s horror anthology Are You Afraid of the Dark? in hopes that it will capture the attention of nostalgic fans and teen viewers alike.

The Hollywood Reporter not only broke the news that the horror anthology for the pre-teen set was getting the greenlight, but that it would also be penned by a writer that is no stranger to horror in the form of It and Annabelle: Creation scribe Gary Dauberman.

Dauberman was excited about the opportunity, and stated that “The show is about the shared experience of telling stories — especially scary ones. We’re going to celebrate that with this movie and honor the darker, scarier tone of the show, which was really groundbreaking for Nickelodeon at the time. I hope the Midnight Society approves.”

“The Midnight Society” was the group of teenagers who were featured on Are You Afraid of the Dark?, where every week, at a secret location in the forest, one member would share a scary story with the group.  Most of the stories had a happy ending, even though they dealt with ghosts, demons, aliens, and a variety of monsters.

The show was a success for Nickelodeon, and it ran for ten years from 1990 to 2000 and included 91 episodes in total.  Are You Afraid of the Dark? was also turned into a book series, hot on the heels of R.L. Stein’s Goosebumps series in 1993.

If you are looking to get your hands on the original episodes, the seasons have been released on dvd and are also available from various streaming services.

Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more information concerning the adaptation of Are You Afraid of the Dark? as it becomes available.

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