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The Tale of the Dead Man's Float 

Zeke and Clorice find an abandoned swimming pool at their school where a secret is contained.

Director:

D.J. MacHale

Writers:

Will Dixon, D.J. MacHale (original creator)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Margot Finley ... Clorice
Kaj-Erik Eriksen ... Zeke Matthews (as Kaj Eriksen)
Michael Ayoub Michael Ayoub ... Charlie Dempster
Aimée Castle ... Greta
Arthur Holden Arthur Holden ... Mr. Brooks
Marcel Jeannin ... The Corpse
Jessica McKenzie Jessica McKenzie ... Cindy
Jay Baruchel ... Joe
Byron Johnson Byron Johnson ... Young Charlie
Daniel DeSanto ... Tucker
JoAnna Garcia Swisher ... Sam (as Joanna Garcia)
Ross Hull ... Gary
Raine Pare-Coull Raine Pare-Coull ... Betty Ann
Jodie Resther ... Kiki
Codie Lucas Wilbee Codie Lucas Wilbee ... Stig (as Codie Wilbee)
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Zeke and Clorice find an abandoned swimming pool at their school where a secret is contained.

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Certificate:

TV-Y7 | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 1995 (Canada) See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

Company Credits

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YTV See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(52 episodes)

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Kaj-Erik Eriksen, who here battled a spirit who tried to drown people in the pool over its burial-place, would later star in the two-part Goosebumps (1995) episode "Welcome to Camp Nightmare", where his character rescued someone from drowning. See more »

Goofs

Methyl orange is shown here as a colorless liquid, though it is in reality a red/orange solid. Even in solution, it would be yellow, not colorless. See more »

Quotes

Kiki: No no no. Anyone but Stig.
Betty Ann: You know this guy?
Kiki: Yes. He's a virus. Don't let him near the fire, he might explode!
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Soundtracks

Are You Afraid of the Dark? Theme
Arranged and produced by Ray Fabi
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Probably the best episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark ever
8 September 2007 | by PytheSee all my reviews

Man, this is a great episode--probably the best of the entire series. I'd say it's as clever as many classic episodes of The Twilight Zone or The X-Files. The people responsible gave us an original story without cutting corners or taking lame shortcuts. In other words, they didn't write down to their target audience, which, I'm sorry to say, a lot of episodes from this series did. This results in a very mature episode, with genuine suspense and a real sense of danger. Perhaps the smartest thing the filmmakers did was not to show the actual monster until the very end, and when they finally do, it's actually pretty frightening and convincing, and I don't just mean for a kid's show. You can tell the makeup artists were inspired by the EC comics of the 1950s. The characters are also subtle and realistic, rather than two-dimensional cookie cutter figures, and Zeke's backstory feels very real, not overblown or melodramatic. I like the fact that the heroine resists friendship with the high school nerd; she's ultimately kind, but at the beginning of the story is reluctant to put her reputation on the line by giving him the time of day, which seems much more true to me than the typical "popular girl with an unconditionally accepting heart of gold" that often appears on children's shows. And the fact that the monster of the story has actually killed people makes it a tangible threat. This episode doesn't wrap everything in a nice soft safe package simply because preteens will be watching; instead it gives them enough credit to give the story a bit of an edge, so that you don't outgrow this one like you might others.


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