Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Season 3, Episode 3

The Tale of Watcher's Woods (22 Jan. 1994)

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Sarah and Kelly learned they should never enter the Watcher's woods, the scary section occupied by the ghosts of three old hags and the evil Watcher.



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Episode cast overview:
Kendall Saunders ...
Tom Rack ...
Sheena Larkin ...
Boss Hag
Victoria Barkoff ...
Hump Hag
Babs Gadbois ...
Fat Hag
Jason Alisharan ...
Ross Hull ...
Raine Pare-Coull ...
Jodie Resther ...
Sam (as Joanna Garcia)


Sarah and Kelly learned they should never enter the Watcher's woods, the scary section occupied by the ghosts of three old hags and the evil Watcher.

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One of the only Nickelodeon shows to show a character about to light a cigarette. The name of the summer camp the girls attend is Camp Crindleston. See more »


When Kelly enters the woods, through the tunnel there is a green fog, but once she passes through it and the shot changes the fog is blue. See more »


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When in trouble sometimes you just need to whistle.
18 April 2014 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this episode, but it appears that I may be in the minority. Anyway, viewers are introduced to another newcomer to The Midnight Society, a girl named Sam (Joanna Garcia), which means that Sam needs to tell a tale. And so she does.

The tale concerns spiteful Kelly (a young Jewel Staite) and sweet Sarah (Kendall Saunders), two girls at a summer camp. Kelly tells Sarah about Watcher's Woods, an area in which some girls were lost many years ago, and when the pair end up traipsing through the woods the next day, you may have already guessed it, they end up getting lost. And someone ends up in serious trouble.

Jumping around the place, tonally, this is a strange episode, but one that I enjoyed for the darkness of the second half. The Watcher crops up once or twice, and proves to be quite a frightening presence, while the main threat comes from the three spirits of the young girls (now older, and mean with it, to say the least).

Jewel Staite is an enjoyably unlikable meanie, and Saunders is just fine as the much nicer girl that viewers will want to see stay safe and sound until the end of the tale.

Writer Gregory Kennedy seems to have fun seeing just what he can get away with (as this is certainly a bit darker than many of the previous episodes of the show), and director David Winning manages to keep things just right in balancing the dark atmosphere and tension with the need to keep things appropriate for a younger audience.

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