Are You Afraid of the Dark was centered around a group of kids who referred to themselves as "The Midnight Society", a group of like-minded individuals who gathered together around a campfire in some never revealed location within some woods somewhere who frequently told stories about the paranormal, demons, magic, ghosts, aliens and some times even average mundane shit. Every episode started the same way, there would be some narrative from one of the kids who would be the designated story-teller for the evening and they would end their narrative which gave you some idea of what the story was going to be about by reciting the phrase "Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society, I call this story.." at which point they tossed some shit into the fire, it caused the fire to erupt upward and the story began. Amazing Smokey never kicked their asses for the amount of fire-balls they created. Amazing none of them ever lost their fucking eye-brows doing that shit too.. Kind of disappointing as well..
You might be surprised to know if you didn't watch this show that in spite of what you'd expect, what that the costumes and monsters would be shite (I'd expect it too) they were frequently pretty goddamn awesome and some genuinely bordered in their own right as nature as true honest to all fuck nightmare fuel.
Yes, some of the costumes and makeup work were quite impressive and left you kind of wondering 'holy shit, why can't actual shows like Unsolved Mysteries spring for something like this? Why is it a semi kids show on Nickelodeon that has a bigger budget and more impressive costumes and makeup design?'
This show also won a fair number of awards;
|Chicago International Film Festival|
|1995||Won||Gold Hugo||Best Direction, Children's Television |
For episode "The Tale of The Long Ago Locket".
|1994||Won||Gold Hugo||Best Direction, Children's Television |
For episodes "The Tale of The Dream Girl" and "The Tale of the Shiny Red Bicycle".
|Columbus International Film & Video Festival|
|1994||Won||Bronze Plaque Award||Direction, Children's Television |
For the episode "The Tale of the Dream Girl".
|1997||Nominated||Gemini||Best Direction in a Dramatic or Comedy Series |
For episode "The Tale of C7".
|Best Writing in a Children's or Youth Program |
|Best Youth Program or Series |
|1996||Won||Gemini||Best Children's Program or Series |
|1995||Nominated||Gemini||Best Direction in a Dramatic or Comedy Series |
|Best Writing in a Children's or Youth Program or Series |
|1994||Nominated||Gemini||Best Youth Program or Series |
|1996||Nominated||Image Award||Outstanding Animated/Live-Action/Dramatic Youth or Children's Series/Special |
|1995||Won||Gold Award||Television Series Direction |
For the episodes "The Tale of the Long Ago Locket", "The Tale of C7", and "The Tale of the Shiny Red Bicycle".
|1994||Won||Bronze Award||Television Series Direction |
For the episodes "The Tale of Watcher's Woods", "The Tale of the Dollmaker" and "The Tale of the Dream Machine".
|Young Artist Awards|
|1996||Nominated||Young Artist Award||Best Performance by a Young Ensemble - Television |
|1993||Nominated||Young Artist Award||Outstanding Performers in a Childrens Program|
Sufficed to say, Are You Afraid of the Dark was a really good show. Like the other shows I've gone over here, it was definitely worth watching. During a time when books and shows like Goosebumps were popular, this was really a phenomenal series. Not all the stories are winners but most of them are worth seeing and it's always fun to see an actor or someone you know in an episode.. Hell, if you watch the right episode with the lights off and everything dark even these days you might manage a little creep-out factor for yourself.
Onto the next subject was dinner tonight and since James wasn't feeling well, I made him a 'get better' type of dinner. Niwatori Chawanmushi (Chicken steamed in a tea bowl);
The meal itself came out pretty beautifully. The Chawanmushi itself was so near perfectly cooked I was really pleased and impressed, it's a custard you see and that means that it's a liquified egg mix which can't be allowed to firm up for even a moment without ruining it's texture so it took a lot of work stirring constantly to ensure that it remained soupy. It didn't come out absolutely perfect still but I was happy enough with it to find it acceptable at least. The Anpan (Sweet Roll) this time was filled with Maple Syrup infused Anko (Sweet Red Bean Paste) and that came out nicely and of course there's the ever present Ume no raisu purin which I've never really screwed up and I think might be quite hard to screw up. You'd really seriously have to try to.
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