Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Season 1, Episode 2

The Tale of Laughing in the Dark (15 Aug. 1999)

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A kid named Josh decides to prove that a fun house isn't haunted by stealing the nose of the clown who is supposed to haunt the place. He learns that the story isn't fiction when Zeebo pays him a little visit.



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Episode cast overview:
Aron Tager ...
Zeebo / Carney
Christian Tessier ...
Daniel Finestone ...
Tamar Kozlov ...
Beki Lantos ...
Girl 1 (as Rebecca Henderson)
Erica Tough ...
Girl 2
Jason Alisharan ...
Ross Hull ...
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A kid named Josh decides to prove that a fun house isn't haunted by stealing the nose of the clown who is supposed to haunt the place. He learns that the story isn't fiction when Zeebo pays him a little visit.

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[first lines]
Betty Ann: The park was called Playland, and it was the best. You could laugh, and scream, and get scared to death on rides, and stuff up on junk food, and ditch your parents - all on the same night.
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Clowning around can be a scary matter.
22 November 2012 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

Okay, okay, so I have to bear in mind that Are You Afraid Of The Dark? is aimed at kids. I do get that, really I do. I'm not expecting any episode to shake me up like a 1980s John Carpenter film but I do want something a bit better than this episode, The Tale Of Laughing In The Dark.

For a start, this episode is based around the tale of a clown and a LOT of people find clowns scary so it should be starting from a position of strength. Yet it just doesn't make it work even though it's not particularly terrible either.

The story is all about a young kid named Josh (Christian Tessier) who decides to steal a clown's nose. The clown isn't alive, it's a dummy in a funhouse, but there's a spooky legend told about the character and Josh soon starts to sense that the clown isn't happy without his nose. In fact, he wants it back.

Written by Chloe Brown and directed by Ron Oliver, the duo who were also behind the first episode, this is a fun bit of nonsense that, sadly, won't really scare even the younger fans. The clown itself does look a bit creepy but I've seen any REAL clowns that looked a lot worse.

The acting is alright, with Tessier doing fine in the lead role, and it moves at a decent pace but as a new visitor to the show I still have my fingers crossed that things improve slightly in future episodes.

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