The Midnight Society!


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I want this group kept as the best damn secret on WC. lets have the writings in this group just as it says: "Both series revolved around a group of teenagers who referred to themselves as "The Midnight Society". 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. The story was shown between the group's arrival at the site and their departure. Each storyteller would begin their story by saying "Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society, I call this story..." at which point he or she would toss plain sugar into a campfire to heighten the flames and produce an eerie white smoke. The storyteller would continue by announcing its title (The Tale of...)." and We will be like our own group in the woods where everyone knows wgrtr we're at but they can't reach us. Thank you. P.S. I will send a welcome letter when all 12 members join.

Are You Afraid of the Dark? is a science fiction/horror-themed children's television series. The original series was a joint production between the Canadian companies YTV and Cinar, and the American company Nickelodeon. The show was filmed in Montreal, Quebec. The episode "The Tale of the Twisted Claw" was aired as a pilot on the evening of October 31, 1990. The series was aired from January 16, 1991 to February 3, 1996 on Nickelodeon's SNICK. A revived series with new directors, writers, and cast was produced by Nickelodeon from 1999 to 2000 and also played on SNICK. Reruns of the series have since been broadcast internationally, including airings in the United Kingdom, Australia, Brazil, Peru, Spain, Venezuela, Chile and the Czech Republic. SciFi veteran David Winning directed ten episodes, including "Tale of the Dream Girl", "Tale of the Shiny Red Bicycle" and "Tale of the Long Ago Locket".

Background
Both series revolved around a group of teenagers who referred to themselves as "The Midnight Society". 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. The story was shown between the group's arrival at the site and their departure. Each storyteller would begin their story by saying "Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society, I call this story..." at which point he or she would toss plain sugar into a campfire to heighten the flames and produce an eerie white smoke. The storyteller would continue by announcing its title (The Tale of...).

The themes of the stories usually revolved around paranormal phenomena, such as ghosts, goblins, magic, haunted houses, magical curses, aliens, witches and the like coming into contact with normal teenagers. Usually, the episodes were either filmed in the woods, in abandoned houses, or in public places like schools or libraries.

Sources of these tales varied; many were adaptations of public domain fairytales and short stories or urban legends. For example, "The Tale of the Twisted Claw" is considered to be an adaptation of W.W. Jacobs' short story "The Monkey's Paw".

Many of the horror stories ended with a "happy ending"; for example, in the episode "The Tale of the Lonely Ghost", a dead child and her elderly mother were reunited. Nearly every story focused on ending with a resolution and the main character's safe escape.

At the end of every episode (with the exception of "The Tale of the Whispering Walls", "The Tale Of The Dark Dragon", "Tale of the Captured Souls", "The Tale of the Crimson Clown", "The Tale of the Curious Camera", "The Tale of the Mystical Mirror", "The Tale of the Full Moon", "The Tale of the Night Shift", "The Tale Of The Zombie Dice", "Tale of Apartment 214", "Tale of the Fire Ghost", and "The Tale of the Silver Sight (Part 1)") one character would throw a red bucket of water onto the fire, and the group would leave the campsite.


[edit] Cast members

[edit] The Midnight Society (1990 1996)
Actor/Actress Role Years
Ross Hull Gary 1990 1996
Raine Pare-Coull Betty Ann 1990 1996
Jodie Resther Kiki 1990 1996
Jason Alisharan Frank 1990 1994
Daniel DeSanto Tucker 1992 1996
Joanna Garcia Samantha 1994 1996
Rachel Blanchard Kristen 1990 1992
Nathaniel Moreau David 1990 1992
Codie Lucas Wilbee Stig 1995 1996
Jacob Tierney Eric 1990 1991


[edit] The Midnight Society (1999 2000)
Actor/Actress Role Years
Kareem Blackwell Quinn 1999 2000
Elisha Cuthbert Megan 1999 2000
Vanessa Lengies Vange 1999 2000
Daniel DeSanto Tucker 1999 2000
David Deveau Andy 1999 2000


[edit] Recurring characters
One of the more significant recurring characters was Sardo (Richard Dumont), owner of "Sardo's Magic Mansion" (a magic shop). He would often attempt to sell a character a "prized" item, rarely succeeding. He often had items in his shop that contained real properties of magic, yet did not know until it was revealed in the story. One of the most memorable recurring jokes in the series occurred when someone would address him as "Mr. Sardo". He would then get irritated and exclaim: "That's SARDO! No 'mister'; accent on the 'doh'!" Although he rarely got what he wanted, he would often end up helping the characters, often intentionally. He appeared in Gary's stories.

Another recurring character was Dr. Vink (Aron Tager). He was a physically imposing man who would often appear as a mad scientist, sorcerer, and the like. When he enters, he introduces himself by saying, "Vink's the name. Dr. Vink." He would also get his name mispronounced, usually something like "Dr. Fink?" When this happened, he would respond "Vink. With a va-va-va." Often, the protagonist would call him a "nutbag" behind his back, assuming he could not hear him, only to have him reply later, "...and I am not a nutbag." He appeared in Frank's stories. Aron Tager also played the carnival worker who stands in front of the Funhouse and invites people to go inside in "The Tale of the Laughing in the Dark".

Both of these characters appear in the double episode "The Tale of Cutter's Treasure", which was told by both Frank and Gary.


[edit] Guest Stars
Although not nearly as prestigious as the guest stars of similar shows such as Tales from the Crypt and The Twilight Zone, there were a fair number of notable actors appearing (some before their rise to fame). Some of these include Mia Kirshner, Bobcat Goldthwait, Charles S. Dutton, Ryan Gosling, Neve Campbell, Melissa Joan Hart, Frank Gorshin , Tia Mowry, Tamera Mowry, Elisha Cuthbert, Jay Baruchel, Hayden Christiansen, Jewel Staite and Gilbert Gottfried.


[edit] Episodes
Main article: List of Are You Afraid of the Dark? episodes

DVD Releases
Season Releases

DVD Name Region Release Date # of Episodes Bonus Features
Are You Afraid of the Dark?: The Complete 1st Season 1 April 18, 2006 13 Episode Synopses
Are You Afraid of the Dark?: The Complete 2nd Season 1 November 28, 2006 13 Episode Synopses
Are You Afraid of the Dark?: The Complete 3rd Season 1 April 24, 2007 13 Episode Synopses
Are You Afraid of the Dark?: The Complete 4th Season 1 November 13, 2007[1] 13 Episode Synopses
Are You Afraid of the Dark?: The Complete 5th Season 1 February 26, 2008[2] 13 Episode Synopses
Are You Afraid of the Dark?: The Complete 6th Season 1 April 29, 2008[3] 13 Episode Synopses, Season 6 Photo Gallery
Are You Afraid of the Dark?: The Complete 7th Season 1 August 19, 2008[4] 13 Where Are They Now?: The Stars of Are You Afraid Of The Dark?

Compilations

DVD Name Region Release Date # of Episodes Bonus Features
Are You Afraid of the Dark? - Freaky Favorites 1 October 24,2006 8 Episode Synopses


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