Thanks to Illusionist Studios and Dark Hill Films, we have something really exciting (and nostalgic) coming to us this Halloween. For those of you who remember the '90s Nickelodeon series, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, you might want to catch up on the show — because we are getting a tribute movie based on the series.
The movie, set to be titled The Tale of the Ghostly Guest, was written and directed by Nathanial Ingram and Zac Lockard. The directing pair recently reached out to iHorror to talk about the project and share their Indiegogo account to help raise funds to disperse among cast and crew members who helped make the project a reality.
When Can We See 'The Tale of the Ghostly Guest'?
The tribute movie will make its premiere with a public screening at Guthrie Haunts in Riverside, Oklahoma on October 28, 2017. For those of us who aren't in Oklahoma to attend the public screening, the movie will air for free online on October 31, 2017.
We don't know yet whether this is a full-length movie or just a short film, but either way it is something to be excited about. Here is the official synopsis for The Tale of the Ghostly Guest:
"The Midnight Society gang returns for an all-new tale of terror. Christopher (Catcher Stair) stays a weekend with his Grandpa Jasper (Sidney Flack) only to discover that they are not alone in the house. As secrets emerge, Christopher learns the extra guest has been welcomed to stay."
Can 'Are You Afraid of the Dark' Still Be Scary In 2017?
By today's horror standards (even in the YA genre), #AreYouAfraidOfTheDark might seem a little tame. Seeing how the show aired in the '90s, there was no real gore factor, and the Midnight Society tales focused more on psychological thrills than actual visual terror — at least most of the time.
With that said, Are You Afraid of the Dark? did manage to scare us older millennials when the show aired on Nickelodeon's Snick television block. I previously talked about the 10 scariest stories brought to us by the Midnight Society, and after rewatching the series in my late twenties I have to admit that a lot of the stories are still as disturbing as they were back then.
For what it's worth, I think that an updated Midnight Society story can be just as effective and spooky as the stories were on #Nickelodeon. Even if The Tale of the Ghostly Guest doesn't have the levels of gore that millennial horror viewers are used to, movies like The Babadook and The Conjuring have proven that we can still be just as scared by psychological horror as we are visual depictions of gore and violence.
Basically, if we can get a story similar to The Tale of the Lonely Ghost or The Tale of the Ghastly Grinner, I think our childhood horror memories will be revisited in an awesome way. Not only that, but I think viewers new to the Are You Afraid of the Dark? world will be satisfied.
Are you excited for a tribute tale for Are You Afraid of the Dark? Let us know in the comments!