It Writer to Adapt Are You Afraid Of the Dark? Into Feature Film

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Remember Are You Afraid of the Dark? Do you also remember watching it almost exclusively while babysitting, tucking the tots into bed before curling up on a stranger’s couch to let the Midnight Society scare the absolute crap out of you with their impossible array of deranged clowns and haunted dolls? Are you also kind of scaring yourself right now thinking about it, even though you are a capable adult with a flexible credit line and relatively groomed cuticles who does not turn on all the lights in a panic when the radiator makes an unfamiliar shriek? Me neither!


Good news for us, then: Paramount Players is moving forward with a film adaptation of the beloved and not at all terrifying show, to be penned by Gary Dauberman, who you also know as not scaring us half to death with It.

“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,” Dauberman told The Hollywood Reporter.

Oh, darker and scarier you say? Do bring it on, because I am not wearing the cat as a blanket to protect me from an unknown sound outside my window, nor am I convinced a potted plant just moved a half inch to the left on its own.


The one thing that sticks with me from Are You Afraid of the Dark is the episode where there’s an alternate dimension that is visible using those goofy hypnosis glasses, and at the end of the episode the alternate dimension ended up succeeding in its master plan and “beating” our dimension. Like, I *remember* a lot of things from the show, but that’s the only one that really still *bugs* me.

The twist ending for the episode was something along the lines of the kids sitting around the fire and one kid goes “Oh man, we lost? How can the good guys lose?” And then the story teller says something like “Who says we’re the good guys?” *Dramatic Pause* *Roll Credits*

I had never even thought about us not being the good guys before, and now, 20+ years later, it’s still fucking me up inside. lol

ETA: Ep. 1.06, Tale of the Super Specs