For youths rising up within the 90s with a style for horror, two nice exhibits existed to fill the weekly anthology void. On broadcast TV, FOX performed host to Goosebumps, which adapted the popular book series by author R.L. Stine. On primary cable, Nickelodeon enchanted younger audiences with Are You Afraid of the Darkish?, which advised authentic tales of terror. The format was easy, a gaggle of mates referred to as The Midnight Society gathered round a campfire every episode to inform a brand new story, with one member talking whereas the others listened. As soon as the story started, viewers would see it in full, with a Midnight Society outro bringing issues to a detailed.
Which of these collection was higher is up for debate, however both means, Are You Afraid of the Darkish? will quickly observe Goosebumps into the realm of function movies. The project was announced last fall, with Paramount hiring Gary Dauberman to write the script. Dauberman has turn out to be a go-to Hollywood horror author, penning final 12 months’s wildly profitable IT remake, and a number of other entries in The Conjuring universe, together with newly launched spinoff The Nun. Sadly, followers seeking to see their favourite Are You Afraid of the Darkish? villains make the bounce to the large display screen will probably be upset. Throughout a latest interview with Slash Film, Dauberman revealed that the film will not adapt any TV episodes, and can as an alternative inform a totally authentic story.
Whereas Dauberman does affirm that The Midnight Society framing gadget and the campfire setting will stay intact, the truth that the Are You Afraid of the Darkish? film will not adapt any of of its most celebrated episodes is certain to be a let right down to many who grew up loving the collection. Whereas focused at children, the Nickelodeon present featured a number of memorably creepy villains, together with Zeebo the Clown, The Ghastly Grinner, the horrifying vampire present in “The Story of the Evening Shift,” and the unsettling human-sized doll morphed into by the IT-esque shape-shifting antagonist of “The Story of the Darkish Music.”
On the plus aspect, Dauberman stresses in the identical interview that he tried to not “age [the story] down an excessive amount of,” and tried to honor the legacy of the unique collection by not going gentle on the scares. As Dauberman factors out, Are You Afraid of the Darkish? usually advised tales that did not finish with the characters dwelling fortunately ever after. Generally the monsters received, and typically the protagonist ended up struggling a really merciless destiny. instance of the latter is “The Story of the Pinball Wizard,” which ends with the suggestion that the lead is doomed to re-play the sport without end, or “The Story of the Tremendous Specs,” which ends with the principle characters trapped for eternity in a parallel dimension. Hopefully, Dauberman’s story measures as much as these efforts, and brings sufficient scares to please all ages.
Supply: Slash Film
- Are You Afraid of the Darkish? (2019) launch date: Oct 11, 2019