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The Tale of the Dollmaker 

A girl goes to visit her friend in the country, but learns she has mysteriously disappeared!


David Winning


D.J. MacHale (original creator), David Preston

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Episode cast overview:
Maia Filar ... Melissa
Amanda Walsh ... Susan Henderson
Eve Crawford Eve Crawford ... Aunt Sally
Sam Stone Sam Stone ... Uncle Pete
Jason Alisharan Jason Alisharan ... Frank
Ross Hull ... Gary
Raine Pare-Coull Raine Pare-Coull ... Betty Ann
Jodie Resther ... Kiki
Daniel DeSanto ... Tucker
JoAnna Garcia Swisher ... Sam (as Joanna Garcia)


A girl goes to visit her friend in the country, but learns she has mysteriously disappeared!

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Release Date:

5 February 1994 (Canada) See more »

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(52 episodes)


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Maia Filar and Daniel DeSanto also worked together on the animated children show "The Magic School Bus", as the voices of Phoebe Terese and Carlos Ramon. See more »


Uncle Pete: Hey Melissa! I've got some work to do on the septic tank! Wanna lend a hand?
Melissa: Gee, septic tank, sounds like fun, but uh, I think I'll pass...
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Are You Afraid of the Dark? Theme
Arranged and produced by Ray Fabi
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Hell's Dollhouse
11 May 2018 | by hellraiser7See all my reviews

This episode is another honorable mention, it's similar to the Twilight Zone tale "Little Girl Lost" but personally I think this episode is a little better because we see the protagonist engage in the other dimension.

This story is it's basically an entrapment thriller only the place their entrapped in is another dimension which makes the situation all the trickier because in other dimensions it means certain rules are different. The suspense is hoping somehow the protagonist can learn those rules on time and use them to his or her advantage.

I do like how in the first half of the story, it's at first a gradual build up, where it's all a mystery at first and just like the protagonist we're filled with questions like why is her neighbor's house abandoned, what happened to her friend, but the big question is why is a big door in the attic which looks like an enlarged doll house door, let alone what is the door and the dollhouses connection? All those questions really add to the suspense but most importantly the enigmatic quality as we do get some answers to some questions but not all.

It then comes down to the dollhouse venture sequence which I really like. The set pieces are great I really like how they make everything look like enlarged pieces for a dollhouse, even like that some pieces look jumbo sized from food on the table, to even the toys in the attic. It really gives the place a surreal foreboding quality, because everything is so strange and unfamiliar, which give you that creeping feeling of disorientation.

I also like the tale has the body horror aspect. We do see her friend Susan which is really creepy and sad as we see she is slowly turning into a doll, really like the makeup work on her, she really looked like porcelain. Though I'll admit one moment gave a slight chill but also wince in pain as we see her take her hand off; this really ratcheted up the threat level from medium to hi as we realize how serious the condition really is and that time is running out as both are slowly but surely becoming inhuman.

Can Melissa find a way out before it's too late, you'll have to wait and find out.

Rating: 3 and a half stars.

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