The Tale of the Dollmaker - Are You Afraid of the Dark

Saturday Frights: The Tale of The Dollmaker (1994)

Friends, I hope you are ready for another Saturday Frights offerings because this week we have an episode from Are You Afraid of the Dark? entitled The Tale of the Dollmaker. As most of you are aware that listen to the SF podcast I am in fact terrified of dolls – nothing every truly frightening happened to me with them in my youth – although 1982’s Poltergeist helped to add ventriloquist dummies to that list. So while I love to be scared there come times when I want something a little spooky that won’t actually cause me any nightmares – which is exactly the type of story the Midnight Society cooked up back in 1994 with The Tale of the Dollmaker!

“Most people think dolls are just toys. But they are really like perfect little people… sometimes they are so life-like it’s almost as if the doll maker took a person and shrunk them down to doll size. But that’s not how dolls are really made… or is it?

The Tale of the Dollmaker originally aired on Nickelodeon on February 5th of 1994 – the fifth episode of season three. This particular tale is told by Midnight Society member Betty Ann (Raine Pare-Coull), the one responsible for the likes of two of the recurring story characters in the series – Zeebo as well as The Ghastly Grinner. In it we are introduced to a young girl named Melissa (Maia Filar) who is visiting her Aunt and Uncle for the weekend, something Melissa is excited about as it will give her a chance to hang out with her best friend Susan (Amanda Walsh). The problem though is upon arrival, she is told that Susan and her parents had moved away earlier in the spring… but that isn’t the truth – Susan went missing and was never found, prompting her parents to move away in grief. When Melissa is exploring her friend’s abandoned house she finds something odd – an old doll house… and what is up with that oddly decorated wooden door in the attic?

So grab your favorite snack and beverage – turn down the lights if you are able and join us on Saturday Frights as we gather with the Midnight Society to hear The Tale of the Dollmaker!

By the way, there is a brand new mini-series for Are You Afraid of the Dark? hitting Nickelodeon in October – one that leads up the feature length film also being released to theaters that same month!


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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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