Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Season 3, Episode 9

The Tale of the Curious Camera (19 Mar. 1994)

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A camera brings misfortune to anything or anyone it takes a picture of.



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Episode cast overview:
Matt Dorney
Richard McMillan ...
Christian Tessier ...
Katherine Giaquinto ...
Amy Dorney (as Katherine Schekter)
Teddy Lee Dillon ...
Bill Rowat ...
Mr. Dorney
Lois Arkwright ...
Mrs. Dorney
Jason Alisharan ...
Sam (as Joanna Garcia)
Ross Hull ...
Raine Pare-Coull ...
Jodie Resther ...


A camera brings misfortune to anything or anyone it takes a picture of.

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19 March 1994 (Canada)  »

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One of twenty-one episodes where the Midnight Society didn't leave and douse the the fire with the water-bucket (Gary and Bet threw a photo in to burn). See more »


In the opening when the group laughs at the photos of themselves when they were younger, a close-up shot of Gary's photo (and Tucker's next to it) shows the yellow corner of a picture just below it on the log, making it the sixth on display. However, a moment later Betty Ann looks at the five already out and puts down her photo, with a yellow background, beneath those two to make it the sixth and last to be set on. See more »


Sam: [of their childhood photos] So why did we have to bring these things anyway?
Betty Ann: Because photos tell the future.
Tucker: They do?
Betty Ann: Sure. Look at Gary's picture.
[everyone laughs]
Betty Ann: You can already tell he's gonna be very serious. And look at Kiki's smile. You know she's gonna be trouble.
Kiki: [grinning as everyone else laughs again] You got that right.
Tucker: What does that dumb look on Frank's face mean?
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Unpleasant developments.
30 July 2014 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

A story familiar to those who read the Goosebumps book "Say Cheese And Die" (which was, in turn, made into a TV episode a couple of years after this one . . . . . starring a young Ryan Gosling), this is the tale of a camera with strange powers. It takes photographs, but it ends up revealing the future of any subject photographed. And those futures are usually full of danger.

Eddie Kaye Thomas plays the young man who gets his hands on the camera. He thinks that he can use it to get revenge on a school bully, but soon realises that he might be safer to just leave it well alone. Especially when considering that the camera doesn't care what, or who, ends up being photographed.

It's Susan Kim responsible for the writing this time, and she has a lot of fun with the main premise. The same can be said for director Ron Oliver, who keeps everything moving along nicely, although it doesn't feel too rushed either. Everything is entertaining enough to make this one of the better episodes of the show.

And, for fans of the American Pie movies, there's added fun nowadays from seeing a much younger Thomas (best known to many viewers as Finch from the teen comedy franchise) in the lead role.

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