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The Tale of the Captured Souls 

A family moves to a small house in the summer where they befriend a young man, and start feeling weaker every day.


D.J. MacHale


Anne Appleton, D.J. MacHale (original creator)




Episode cast overview:
Maria Taylor Maria Taylor ... Danny (as Maria King)
Ethan Tobman Ethan Tobman ... Peter
Don Jordan ... Doug
Barbara Eve Harris ... Sally
Griffith Brewer ... Old Man
Jason Alisharan ... Frank
Rachel Blanchard ... Kristen
Ross Hull ... Gary
Nathaniel Moreau Nathaniel Moreau ... David
Raine Pare-Coull Raine Pare-Coull ... Betty Ann
Jodie Resther ... Kiki
Jacob Tierney ... Eric


A family moves to a small house in the summer where they befriend a young man, and start feeling weaker every day.

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Did You Know?


One of eight episodes to exclude background music and show the hand with the match slide into view before it disappeared replaced by lightning and the title, rather than showing the hand with the match that lights itself. See more »


Peter's invention from the 1920's relies on video cameras hidden within his house inside various mirrors. However, the first home-use video camera recorder wasn't invented to be sold commercially until 1983 by Sony. See more »


Peter Kirlan III: You don't know what you're doing.
Danny Sellman: I know what you're doing. You're stealing other peoples' souls so that you can stay young. How old are you really? Eighty? Ninety?
Peter Kirlan III: Don't be foolish, Danielle, I'm offering you eternal youth!
Danny Sellman: You're a twisted, old man!
Peter Kirlan III: I am a scientist!
Danny Sellman: You're a monster!
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Crazy Credits

Nickelodeon Stripe logo (rare) after end credits See more »


References Burnt Offerings (1976) See more »


Are You Afraid of the Dark? Theme
Arranged and produced by Ray Fabi
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didn't capture my attention, and definitely not my soul
13 May 2020 | by davidmalaimoSee all my reviews

Tale by: kiki really wasn't a fan of this episode. got a little bored midway.

likeable characters. the villain was creepy. but overall not an interesting story.

fun fact though. i looked through the IMDB page of Don Jordan, the guy who played the father, and he was in a movie called Fart The Movie. would really like to get my hands on that one. i'm sure me at 8 years old would have loved that. anyways, i liked Don Jordan's style. the main family was a fun family, it's a shame they got such a lame episode.

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Release Date:

26 September 1992 (Canada) See more »

Filming Locations:

Windsor Ontario, Canada

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