Saturday Frights: Are You Afraid Of The Dark? – “The Ghastly Grinner”

Welcome back friends to another installment of Saturday Frights! This week the Projectionist and Daniel XIII are doing a little work on one of the auditoriums in the Retroist Vault so I decided to share a creepy tale from those kids in the Midnight Society.

This week we have the tale of the Ghastly Grinner, which was the 9th episode of Season 4 and originally aired on Nickelodeon back on December 3, 1994. The story focuses on a comic book fan named Ethan Wood (Amos Crawley) who desperately wants to be a comic creator himself but when one of his teachers tosses his comic featuring the villainous Ghastly Grinner into a fish tank, he decides to dry it out by microwaving it…which results in the maniacal foe into the real world!

Will Ethan and his school friend Hooper Picalarro (Heidi Burbela) be able to stop the fiend? Well, I guess you’ll have to join us and the Midnight Society down in the Retroist Vault for that answer.

The Projectionist should be back next week to take over hosting duties again…I think he has something special planned for the month of October.


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Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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