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‘IT’ Writer Penning ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’ Movie for Paramount!

At long last, the ’90s TV series is becoming a movie!

Those who have found memories of being creeped out by Nickelodeon’s  “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” in their childhoods will be happy to hear that Paramount Players is developing the property as a feature film, hiring hot horror writer Gary Dauberman (IT, Annabelle: Creation) to write the script.

“The show revolved around a group of teenagers who referred to themselves as The Midnight Society. Every week, at a secret location in the woods, one members would tell a scary story to the rest of the group, some of which were based on public domain fairy tales, short stories or urban legends.”

The exciting news comes courtesy of Tracking Board tonight, the site additionally noting that plot details are under wraps and Matt Kaplan is on board to produce. Dauberman will also produce.

More as we learn it!



  • Chip

    ….Just please don’t go the Goosebumps route.

    • cn0122

      I agree. I never did find any of the Goosebumps episodes creepy when I was younger. Well maybe except for The Haunted Mask. Are you Afraid of the Dark actually had a good few creepy episodes…as well as a lot of cheese lol but in a good 90’s way. They could definitely do some good with this if done properly.

      • Chip

        ….I meant the god awful movie.

        • cn0122

          As did I, I’m was just mentioning the Goosebumps TV series as well

      • scream4ever

        The Werewolf of Fever Swamp scared the hell out of me as a kid, but none of the other episodes did.

        • cn0122

          I can’t remember watching that one, but I did read the book

  • llcc1103

    nostaligia nostalgia nostalgia nostalgia

  • I love Are You Afraid of the Dark? Gary was my first crush.

  • Bart Crowe

    The movie better have the actors sound vaguely Canadian!

  • Travis_Bickle

    Hey…remember your childhood? No? Well thankfully Hollywood has something for you! We’ve taken everything anyone over the age of 30 saw as a kid and are turning them into movies. Cuz you’ll watch it you asshats! Derp Derp Derp!!!

    • Chance LeBoeuf

      They could also, you know, revive something like this for a new generation of kids too in a good way.

      • Travis_Bickle

        Why not make original movies? If everything you watch is a remake we stay stagnant.

        • Chance LeBoeuf

          Studios actually do make just as much original content even though it may not seem like it, but also I didn’t say anything about only wanting some remakes of things I watched as a kid. Just thought your whole tangent there was a little silly, because if it is gonna happen, then it would be cool to see it do well at least and maybe revive the whole “Horror movies for kids” thing.

          • Travis_Bickle

            Yes, they can do all those things, just make stuff that is NEW. Like Stranger Things, it’s look and time period is old but the content is interesting and fresh. Sorry if my rant seemed silly. I just think people should strive not to become dull and stagnant.

  • jasonlives1986

    All I can say is… it’s about damn time!

  • Grimphantom

    This might give a competition with the Goosebumps movie sequel. Obviously won’t be R-rated since it’s based on a Nickelodeon show but hopefully it’s scary and have an anthology surrounding it.

    • Lard

      If it’s announced to be rated R, that would be a hell of a surprise!

      • Grimphantom

        That would be cool but i really doubt it. I can see them going for the PG-13 rating.

      • Necro

        Oh that would be sweet!

  • Bill Agans

    They should make it an anthology series. Or do short stories like Creepshow.

    • Mike tantatelli

      I agree. A few short stories is the way to go.

      • Bill Agans

        Each story told by a different member of the midnight society.

  • Strangely, I’ve never heard of this before. For a second, I thought the title said Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

    • jasonlives1986

      YouTube us your best friend right now

  • Tyler McPherson

    Very interested to see how this turns out. The Goosebumps movie wasn’t amazing, but it was pretty good.

  • gabriel

    Hopefully this will make people forget about TWD and Stranger Things.

  • Nia Snacks

    Don’t get excited fellow fans that are also in their 30s who grew up watching this. This movie is not going to be anything like the show we watched growing up. The movie will not cater to us. That’s my opinion, bring it on commenters!

    • MrX13

      Probably not but still will look forward to watching this. It’s more of nostalgic than anything

    • Necro

      I was thinking the same thing myself

  • Alexei

    As myself beeing not a native American I always wonder, how many of those tv shows/mini series were even made. They didn’t make it up to Europe and if they did they were mostly put into a new format. Wait, we had some episodes by the Cryptkeeper which means “Tales from the Crypt” has been shown here. But as I said loosely and not consistent as a full series. As far as I remember. American Entertainment Industry is good in producing a lot of this stuff. What I just want to know, were those shows really good? Did they make it through time and can be watch today, not beeing total chesse?

    • Necro

      Well I would say yes to your question, but I can’t decide your opinion for you my friend. It’s no ‘Tales From the Crypt’ I’ll tell you that much. Check it out and see.

  • Necro

    Well as much as I loved this show years ago, I doubt this will get anything other than a soft PG or PG-13. I mean I guess for a slice of personal nostalgia it’s ok, but being that I’m much older now this’ll definitely be for a newer/younger generation. And that’s fine as well, but my daughter is 15 and she watches a whole plethora of shows, old and new, never heard of this show. So for the generation that grew up with this I wouldn’t expect to much from this, my only hope is that isn’t doesn’t end up getting a bad name cuz it was a good show back in the day. As for my daughter I’m going to try to get her to check it out, one thing she is is open-minded like me.

    Also wouldn’t an anthology film be a better idea? Or instead of a movie why not do a whole season of different stories? One film might not reach everyone. Either way I’m glad to hear it.

  • kreddyfrueger

    No. Just no.

    • gabriel

      Why no? It’s bound to happen sometime.

      • kreddyfrueger

        7 seasons into an hour and 45 minute tops feature. I just feel like you can’t hit the nostalgia spot without being a cluster. Plus that Sardo guys got to be dead by now

        • gabriel

          Yea, maybe it will become the next Saw franchise, but without losing it’s quality each time.

          • kreddyfrueger

            Maybe. But I’m always skeptical

  • Reece Catlin

    Loved this and Goosebumps as a kid.

  • iheartmoviemusic

    Goosebumps did NOT translate well to film; this won’t either. Just my opinion.

  • Drewskee122

    They could make this into a Blair witch/ PA type of film, tell short horror stories while one by one the midnight society begins to disappear. They begin to freak out and the last 20 minutes turns into their own horror as they meet their deaths by a witch sacrificing children

  • bluepurplechips

    Please be better than that terrible Goosebumps movie.

  • Kimikaze

    I loved that show. Not sure how it will work as a movie but I guess we’ll see. I think it’s a YouTube now but I had found it on watchcartoonsonline that had every episode. Got my 9yr old into it, until we found salute your shorts on there. Trying to show her my favorite things as a kid. K succeeded on some things.

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