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Real Scary Stories 

People share various real scary stories that have happened to them.




2001   2000  




Series cast summary:
Hollie Ralph Hollie Ralph ...  Narrator 13 episodes, 2000-2001
Patrick Russell Patrick Russell ...  Narrator 13 episodes, 2000-2001


People share various real scary stories that have happened to them.

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The address that fans could send there videos to was: Highland Entertainment P.O. Box 2036 Old Chelsea Station New York, NY 10113-2036 USA and was shown at the end of every episode to get your submission on the show. See more »


NarratorNarrator: Imagine hearing an odd sound that can't be explained. Or seeing a shadowy figure move, but no one is there. A light flickers. You feel a cold breath on your neck. Is it your imagination? Or is it real?
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The show that time & everyone forgot
16 September 2017 | by RogueKniteSee all my reviews

While its impact on popular culture is insignificant, Real Scary Stories had a profound impact on me. The show terrified me as a child & still gives me the chills as of now. To an 8-11 year old, the show has an unparalleled way of getting under one's skin. Never mind its ability to set a rather macabre ambiance for the forthcoming stories it's going to tell. The most noteworthy element is that of the show's opening & commercial bumpers. Which is that of a smoky, black-drop background narrated by dual disembodied voices: one male, one female. The show's format followed a rather simple pattern. Our ghoulish narrators would introduce the story. We would then be acquainted to a group of teens interested in the supernatural tale, who are going to investigate it. The group of teens, in said haunted locale, proceed to go hunting for the "ghoul of the hour." The segments usually included the teens seeing something that spooks them. Then "ghoul of the hour" usually makes an appearance, or is at least hinted to be present, thanks to clever editing. Said fiend immediately "retreats into the netherworld" it appeared from, & the teens recap the events that occurred… or at least recap what they want us to think what happened.

In retrospect, the seams of the show are quite evident. Much of the scares are created in post-production. That's not to say everything presented was staged. It's just abundantly clear the events that transpire are being manipulated. Whether it be through certain shots being placed in a certain order and/or particular sound effects inserted in order to convey a much more sinister presence. Ultimately, it's not as fully convincing to an adult as it is to an adolescent viewer. Certain camera angles and placements give away much of the "impromptu" ambiance the show is trying to sell. That's not to say the show isn't effective. The show is by no means campy or tongue-in- cheek. Real Scary Stories is whole-heartily trying to scare you out of the room. The show's true "ace in the hole" is that of its sound design. Many shots which would be plain boring, never mind far from scary, are brought to near "jumping out of your seat" spooky levels thanks to the clever mood music playing lowly in the background over much of the episodes.

This show has been an enigma to me ever since I first watched it in the early 2000's. It has baffled me for multiple, evolving reasons over the years. First, for the obvious "terrified child" reasons of my youth. Then because it seemed I was the only one who remembered it. For years through middle school, to high school, all the way through college. I would reminisce about this show to friends who had never heard of it. It was as if this program was my own personal demon, that only I could recollect. Over the course of time, I discovered a Facebook fan group that was eerily deserted & quiet. No communication amongst fans, just an empty discussion page with little to no information. The IMDb page while insightful, is still severely lacking compared to most, other pages on the site. Outside of air dates for the episodes, and a detailed cast/crew list, there's not much relevant information to be gleaned from it. Rumors abound that the show was unceremoniously cancelled once FOX Family was purchased by The Walt Disney Company, due to the show being too edgy for what Disney was going for under the network's new direction as ABC Family. An argument which does not hold up, once you consider that Scariest Places on Earthcontinued to air on the network until 2006.

While I watched Real Scary Stories over the initial years it ran, I never paid that much mind to it, beyond the uneasy nature the show put me in. That would all change come August 2001. I wrote a letter to the address that is featured in the last minutes of the show. Being that I was only 8 years old at the time, the letter was rather "unpolished" or about "par" for an 8 year old. Compared to most letters someone would send a show to get their attention, mine was as plain & patronizing as one could imagine. Mostly me recounting which segments were my (7 year old) nephew & I's favorites. Yet my letter would never be read. A few weeks after I had mailed it, it was returned to me stating, "The address didn't exist." This only added to the lore the show had created for me within my headspace.

Back during ABC Family's 13 Nights of Halloween in October 2002, ten year old me, had the foresight-like wherewithal to tape the four episodes that were airing in this seasonally themed block of programs. Good thing I did, because those four, full episodes on YouTube are the ones I recorded in 2002. Which I then uploaded in August 2011, in order to share with the few people, besides me, that still remember the show. Which has become the bane of Real Scary Stories' existence online.

Ever since I uploaded those four episodes almost 5 years ago, I figured I'd get some sort of new information about Real Scary Stories because of it. Nope! No revelations were brought to the surface. While there have been some people who were involved with the show who have commented on some of the videos, offering a brief word or two regarding their experiences, it's nothing I would call substantial. Mostly behind-the-scenes details that could easily be shared from working on any other project of this ilk. That's not to say I'm not elated each time I see a response from someone who claims to have worked on it, or was featured on the show. I genuinely am! Ultimately though, it just adds to the ever growing mystification of Real Scary Stories.

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Release Date:

21 October 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Scary... But True See more »

Filming Locations:

Gurdon, Arkansas, USA See more »

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Highland Entertainment See more »
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1.33 : 1
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