Cry Baby Lane (2000)

TV Movie  |  TV-Y7  |   |  Horror  |  28 October 2000 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.5/10 from 248 users  
Reviews: 2 user | 3 critic

Andrew (Jase Blankfort) and his older brother Carl (Trey Rogers) enjoy listening to ghost stories that the local undertaker (Frank Langella) tells them. One night he tells the tale of a ... See full summary »



, (as Bob Mittenthal)
0Check in
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A group of people hide from bloodthirsty zombies in a farmhouse.

Director: George A. Romero
Stars: Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Karl Hardman
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Five friends visiting their grandfather's house in the country are hunted and terrorized by a chain-saw wielding killer and his family of grave-robbing cannibals.

Director: Tobe Hooper
Stars: Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Allen Danziger
Cry-Baby (1990)
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In 1950s Baltimore, a bad-boy with a heart of gold wins the love of a good-girl, whose boyfriend sets out for revenge.

Director: John Waters
Stars: Johnny Depp, Ricki Lake, Amy Locane
Innocents (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A traveling cellist gets involved with two disturbed sisters on their way to Seattle to tell their mom that their dad has just passed away. On the way, the two kill a judge and a few others... See full summary »

Director: Gregory Marquette
Stars: Jean-Hugues Anglade, Keith David, Kent Allen
Hansel and Gretel (TV Movie 1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Tim Burton's "Hansel and Gretel" is a live action and stop motion animated film short featuring Japanese actors and striking set designs reminiscent of his later work in films such as "... See full summary »

Director: Tim Burton
Stars: Michael Yama, Andy Lee, Alison Hong
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

On a Greek island during the 1912 war, several people are trapped by quarantine for the plague. If that isn't enough worry, one of the people, a superstitious old peasant woman, suspects ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Robson
Stars: Boris Karloff, Ellen Drew, Marc Cramer
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (1994–1997)
Animation | Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The show takes us through the struggles of life as a child monster. 3 monster friends are studying how to scare humans in school. Often their attempts don't work out as planned.

Stars: Charles Adler, Christine Cavanaugh, David Eccles
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A woman and her lover are tortured and killed by her sadistic husband. The pair return from the grave to seek vengeance.

Director: Mario Caiano
Stars: Barbara Steele, Paul Muller, Helga Liné
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A young man takes drastic measures to rid his dysfunctional family of its various afflictions.

Director: Marco Bellocchio
Stars: Lou Castel, Paola Pitagora, Marino Masé
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

Through the reflection in the mirror, a girl witnesses her mother's boyfriend's murder.

Director: Ulli Lommel
Stars: Suzanna Love, John Carradine, Ron James
Girl, Positive (TV Movie 2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A popular high school girl finds out that a boy she slept with is HIV positive.

Director: Peter Werner
Stars: Jennie Garth, Andrea Bowen, Nathan Anderson
The Kiss (1988)
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

When Felice and Hillary were children, they were separated to live with other people. Felice went off with a relative who possessed an unusual bloodline which was passed on to Felice via a ... See full summary »

Director: Pen Densham
Stars: Joanna Pacula, Meredith Salenger, Mimi Kuzyk


Credited cast:
Jase Blankfort ...
Trey Rogers ...
Mr. Bennett
Anne Lange ...
Ann Weber
Jessica Brooks Grant ...
Sheri Drach ...
Christophe Dahlkvist ...
Steve Mellor ...
Dick Weber
Mrs. Hunt
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carl Burrows ...
Evil Sheriff


Andrew (Jase Blankfort) and his older brother Carl (Trey Rogers) enjoy listening to ghost stories that the local undertaker (Frank Langella) tells them. One night he tells the tale of a local farmer whose wife gave birth to Siamese twins, one being good natured while the other was clearly evil. The farmer, ashamed of them, kept the twins locked in their room. Eventually the twins got sick and died together, so the farmer sawed them in half and buried the good twin in a cemetery and the bad twin in a shallow grave near the house. Later, Carl and his friends decide to hold a séance in the cemetery where the good twin is buried, but they unintentionally awaken the bad twin instead. Gradually, he possesses nearly everyone in town and it is up to young Andrew to stop him. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis





Parents Guide:





Release Date:

28 October 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Someone Wants to Meet You  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Only aired once on Nickelodeon. It was never shown again due to an a number of complaints from parents who found it inappropriate for a kid's network. Since then, Nickelodeon shelved it and did not air it again for over 10 years. Until Internet response and a vocal cult following urged Nickelodeon to re-air it, and on October 31st, 2011, Nickelodeon obliged. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Inept in every way you can imagine.
14 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

When a film gains a certain reputation, it makes many curious to see it, to find out whether it lives up to the hype or not. This is especially true of previously banned or lost films, as being allowed to see them for the first time makes you interested whether the fuss surrounding it is truly worth it or rather a means to an end. The latter can definitely be applied to this film, as it's inept in every way possible, with its awful storytelling, characterization and a lack of truly anything scary.

Ironically, its supposed reputation of being too scary was what originally got it lost/banned by Nickelodeon in the first place. Initially, this TV movie was meant to be a children's horror movie, in similar vein to other 90's children's horror shows like Goosebumps or Nickelodeon's own Are You Afraid Of The Dark? However, the film became controversial when many parents complained that the film's content was too scary for children, and because of this, Nickelodeon never re-released it again. No re-airing, no VHS/DVD release, nothing. Because of this, many became curious to see the film again, and many sought after it, even leading to an awful creepypasta story being written about it. It took 11 years for the film to resurface, after Nickelodeon reaired it after it was leaked online.

But sadly, that backstory is far more interesting than the film itself. Firstly, the story (whereby two brothers resurrect an evil twin who possesses people and causes chaos in their town) is quite weak. Despite a strong and quite spooky opening, the story is very poorly written, with plot holes (e.g. why does no-one question a semi-naked child running through the streets? why does someone try to run over a possessed dog despite it being on top of someone?) and how it rips off many other films for its story, whether it be Evil Dead (the twin being resurrected by a tape recording), Village of the Damned (the possessed having bright blue eyes) or Invasion of the Body Snatchers (some of the possessed change personality into a duller version of themselves). It's a shame, as for every original idea the film has (i.e. the spirit being released through a root growing out of the grave), it steals 2 or 3 from somewhere else, with little subtly.

Another problem is that not many of the characters are likable. The main character is alright, if nothing special, but his arrogant, borderline abusive brother is absolutely hateful, and you'll want him to die as soon as possible. His parents are awful too, the mother being too overprotective, the father being too liberal and neither of them caring about their children much including never checking on them when they're in their room for a few hours at the least. The supporting cast aren't great either, and mainly consist of stereotypes that you'll bore of quickly. Whether this would be the attitude-filled girls that the main characters have a crush on, the young Lord of the Rings nerd or an elder character who is so prepared to prove himself to be tough but turns out to be even more frightened than his younger companion. The only character you'll gain any sympathy for is Frank Langella's undertaker. He gets the movie's best lines (his "run" joke is genuinely funny), is the warmest character & Langella plays it very well, becoming the best thing in this by a country mile.

It doesn't help that for something like this, the film isn't scary at all. I assume that those who complained were a fascist Mary Whitehouse/James Ferman type group, as despite the dark backstory of the evil twin (having been kept hidden away all his life for being a Siamese twin and being sawed off and buried after death), there is nothing scary in this film. This is mainly due to how lame the twin is. Firstly, much of his attack consists of knocking over letter boxes and throwing fizzy drink bottles at cars, which while a nuisance seem more suited to Dennis the Menace than a scary villain like this, and his attacks against the main characters (i.e. a bull attack and a combine harvester) while threatening, aren't particularly scary, or worse than anything seen in an Indiana Jones movie. It also doesn't help that when he is encountered at the film's end, it's an anticlimax, as his character's OTT acting seems more fitting if he was in the 1980 Flash Gordon film and his behavior is more odd than spine chilling, as he just eats worms all day, and possesses people through said worms. The content is no worse than the aforementioned 90's children's horror shows or the 80's children's horror films like Gremlins or The Goonies, for instance. Quite frankly, the worst this movie ever gets in terms of content is when a kid says that they would like to raise Princess Diana from the dead, which feels slightly tasteless (I'm a British viewer after all) and out of place with the rest of the film.

It's a shame, because this movie does have a lot going for it. The film is still very well-made for a TV movie, the opening is very spooky and gets you interested in the story, the music by Andrew Barrett (no relation to Syd, I can assure you) is quite good (despite occasional out of place metal music here and there), the acting from the cast is top-notch for the most part, some of the ideas are quite clever, and Frank Langella is the standout in this film, and his bits of the film are usually the best. However, despite these standout elements, they don't form to create a whole, and the movie is very problematic otherwise, and is mostly inept because of it. Despite its controversy, it isn't a good film, and the fact that Nickelodeon buried it for this long tells you all you need to know. Avoid.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
scared the pants off of me! movie_luver09
Was this an Are You afraid of the Dark Movie? horsedude2010
Let's try and remember the plot.. zombiegoth666
anyone have a copy or find it online tallguy91
i seriously thought i dreamed this movie coral59446
They only show'd this once and I missed it DeadKenny125
Discuss Cry Baby Lane (2000) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: