The Nightmare Room
The Nightmare Room is an American children's anthology horror series that aired on Kids' WB. The series was based on the short-lived children's book series that went by the same title created by Goosebumps author, R. L. Stine. The Nightmare Room originally aired from August 31, 2001, to March 16, 2002, in the United States, and was rated "TV-Y7 FV" under the TV Parental Guidelines system.
|The Nightmare Room|
|Created by||R. L. Stine|
|Narrated by||James Avery|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Paul Bernbaum|
|Cinematography||Michael B. Negrin|
|Running time||20 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Parachute Entertainment|
Warner Bros. Television
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original network||Kids' WB|
|Original release||August 31, 2001 –|
March 16, 2002
|Preceded by||Goosebumps (TV series) (1995–1998)|
|Followed by||R. L. Stine's The Haunting Hour: The Series (2010–2014)|
Reruns of the series aired on Chiller on January 7, 2013.
The Nightmare Room is based on fears that children have, such as ghosts and monsters, which normally ended with comments by the narrator whose final words always were "the nightmare room", then a door with The Nightmare Room logo appeared, closing. In many instances, the series resembled the television series The Twilight Zone with teens taking the role as the main characters, many of whom portrayed the characters were popular child actors at the time, including Amanda Bynes, Frankie Muniz, Justin Berfield, Drake Bell, Brenda Song, Shia LaBeouf, and Dylan and Cole Sprouse. In addition, Robert Englund (famously known as Freddy Krueger from the Nightmare on Elm Street films) played as various roles. Actress Kaley Cuoco (later known for her roles in the shows 8 Simple Rules and The Big Bang Theory) also had a part in one of the episodes.
The Nightmare Room is Kids' WB's only live-action show and aired on the short-lived Kids' WB variant of Toonami, making it the only live-action show to air on the brand. The show was produced by Parachute Entertainment, Tollin/Robbins Productions, and Warner Bros. Television.
Book titles and summariesEdit
- Don't Forget Me: Danielle Warner and her brother, Peter, move into a house where the basement is haunted by the ghosts of children who have been forgotten by their friends and families. They lure living children in by making their friends and families forget about them.
- Locker 13: Superstitious Luke Green gets assigned Locker #13 on his first day of school and tries to quell the bad luck that goes along with it by finding a good-luck charm. But the good-luck charm has a twisted secret of its own.
- My Name is Evil: A carnival fortune teller accuses Maggie of being evil. Maggie brushes it off as a joke — until accidents occur in school and all signs point to Maggie as a suspect.
- Liar, Liar: Years of lying suddenly catch up with Ross when he finds himself in a parallel world where an evil twin tells him that he will die in two days.
- Dear Diary, I'm Dead: Alex Smith discovers a diary in his room that predicts the future, including his death.
- They Call Me Creature: Laura must find out why the animals she cares for are attacking her and what her father is doing in the backyard shed.
- The Howler: Self-proclaimed electronics geek Spencer Turner buys a machine called "The Howler" that lets humans communicate with the dead... and summons a ghost family who want to kill his friends and family.
- Shadow Girl: A bored girl named Selena discovers that she is really a superheroine named Shadow Girl, and, like all superheroes, has an arch-enemy who wants her dead.
- Camp Nowhere: At summer camp, Russell rows over Forbidden Falls — and finds himself in a summer camp haunted by the ghost of an evil Native American spirit.
- Full Moon Halloween: It's a frightful Halloween night as a teacher gets four of his students and tries to discover that one of them may be a werewolf.
- Scare School: Sam is haunted by an imp at his new school who preys on new students.
- Visitors: UFO enthusiast Ben Shipley discovers that aliens are covertly invading Earth.
The Nightmare Room ThrillogyEdit
- Fear Games: Twelve kids with special abilities have been selected to take part in a reality show called Life Games, set on an island haunted by a psychotic witch.
- What Scares You the Most?: April (one of the contestants) is stranded on the island and must fight her biggest fears in order to escape.
- No Survivors: After her escape in What Scares You the Most?, April must return to the haunted island in order to rid it of the witch's spirits.
At the beginning of each episode, R. L. Stine gives an opening monologue of sorts — in a manner very similar to Rod Serling's iconic opening narration for The Twilight Zone — that acts somewhat like a theme song for the series.
When the lights fade and the moon rises, anything can happen. The world becomes a carnival of shocks and chills. A whirling merry-go-round that never stops, spinning faster and faster, taking you on a frightening ride. I'm R. L. Stine, don't fall asleep... or you might find yourself in The Nightmare Room.— R. L. Stine
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|1||"Don't Forget Me"||David Jackson||Teleplay by: Paul Bernbaum||August 31, 2001||003|
|Danielle Warner (Amanda Bynes) along with her brother, Peter, and the rest of her family, have just moved into a new house where the basement is haunted by the ghosts of children who have been forgotten by their friends and families — and lure living children in by making their friends and families forget about them. Also starring Jim Meskimen.|
|2||"Scareful What You Wish For"||Anson Williams||Naomi Janzen||August 31, 2001||008|
|While packing away all of the toys from his childhood days before his 14th birthday, Dylan Pierce (Shia LaBeouf) is haunted by a strange little boy (played alternately by Dylan and Cole Sprouse) who turns out to be Dylan's favorite childhood doll come to life thanks to a birthday entertainer's seemingly fake spell — and not willing to let his human friend go. Also starring Tania Raymonde, Marcus T. Paulk and Betsy Randle.|
|3||"The Howler"||Steve Dubin||Teleplay by: Scott Murphy||September 29, 2001||006|
|Three kids Vanessa (Cara DeLizia), Spencer (Jeremy Ray Valdez) and Charlie (Jermaine Williams) find a strange machine called "The Howler" that lets them communicate with ghosts, but the ghosts that come out need three human bodies to possess. Also starring Robert Englund.|
|4||"Tangled Web"||Ron Oliver||Paul Bernbaum||October 6, 2001||005|
|An incorrigible liar named Josh (Justin Berfield) suddenly finds all his tall tales are coming true after his substitute teacher tells him he believes everything he says. Also starring David Carradine and Steve "Sting" Borden.|
|5||"Fear Games"||Ron Oliver||Television Story by: Paul Bernbaum|
Teleplay by: Richard Rossner
|October 13, 2001||009|
Five teenagers on a Survivor-esque reality game show must compete in island challenges — and fight a psychotic witch who haunts the island. Starring Lindsay Felton, Lena Cardwell, Eric "Ty" Hodges II, Roger Lodge and Tippi Hedren.
Note: Based on the first book of The Nightmare Room Thrillogy called "Fear Games".
|6||"School Spirit"||Rich Correll||Scott Murphy||October 20, 2001||011|
|A group of students Janet (Keiko Agena), Todd (Michael Galeota), Freddy (George O. Gore II), Dex (Jeffrey Licon) and Alexis (Madeline Zima) serving detention must help the ghost of a teacher whose contributions are being buried and forgotten. Also starring Jenny Gago and James Karen.|
|7||"Full Moon Halloween"||Rich Correll||Teleplay by: Naomi Janzen||October 27, 2001||010|
|Janet, Todd, Freddy, Dex and Alexis grow suspicious of one another when a werewolf is heard to be on the loose in their town.|
|8||"Four Eyes"||Brian Robbins & Michael B. Negrin||Scott Murphy||December 1, 2001||001|
|In this homage to the cult horror satire, They Live, Jeremy Clark's (Josh Zuckerman) new glasses gives him the power to see aliens secretly living among humans and ready to take over the world. Also starring Lynsey Bartilson and John C. McGinley.|
|9||"Locker 13"||Ron Oliver||Teleplay by: Richard Rossner||December 8, 2001||007|
|Luke Greene (Brandon Gilberstadt), a superstitious boy is terrified of the consequences when his school assigns him Locker #13, a locker rumored to give the owner eternal bad luck. Also starring E.J. De La Pena, Boris Cabrera, Mary Stein, Ken Foree and Angus Scrimm.|
|10||"Dear Diary, I'm Dead"||Steve Dubin||Teleplay by: Paul Bernbaum||February 2, 2002||004|
|Alex Sanders (Drake Bell) discovers a diary that predicts the future — including his death. Also starring A.J. Trauth and Brenda Song, Percy Daggs III, Kerrie Keane and Sam Lloyd.|
|11||"My Name is Evil"||Anson Williams||Teleplay by: Lee Goldberg & Bill Rabkin||February 23, 2002||002|
|Morgan Gray's (Marco Gould) encounter with a carnival fortune teller leads to a chain of disasters that may or may not be turning him evil. Also starring Kaley Cuoco, Audrey Wasilewski and Beth Broderick.|
|12||"Camp Nowhere" (Part 1)||James Marshall||Teleplay by: Paul Bernbaum||March 9, 2002||012|
|Russell (Sam Jones III), Charlotte (Allison Mack), Dave (Kyle Gibson) and Erin (Kathy Wagner) are at summer camp and find themselves in another camp that's been suspended in time thanks to a Native American spirit. Also starring Brandon Quinn and Danielle Fishel.|
|13||"Camp Nowhere" (Part 2)||James Marshall||Teleplay by: Paul Bernbaum||March 16, 2002||013|
|Russell, Charlotte, Dave and Erin must contend with Native American spirits that have captured the kids of Camp Hawkwood. Also starring Dan Byrd, Kevin Meaney and Frankie Muniz.|
On August 20, 2002, 8 episodes were released on 2 DVD volumes. 5 episodes remain unreleased.
|Name||Release Date||Episodes||Region||Additional Information|
|Camp Nowhere||August 20, 2002||4||1||
Bonus Features include:
|Scareful What You Wish For||August 20, 2002||4||1||
Bonus Features include:
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2002||Emmy Award||Nominated||Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing||Michael C. Gutierrez, James L. Pearson, Tony Torretto, Susan Welsh, and Debby Ruby-Winsberg|
- KIDS' WB! BRINGS BEST-SELLING CHILDREN'S AUTHOR R.L. STINE’S NEWEST THRILLER BOOK SERIES “THE NIGHTMARE ROOM” TO LIFE IN NETWORK’S FIRST-EVER LIVE-ACTION SERIES FOR FALL 2001 - warnerbros.com
- "R.L. Stine's The Nightmare Room Featured All Your Favorite Early '00s Stars". - MTV.com
- "Kids' WB! Announces New Programming for 2001-2002 Season, Including Its First-Ever Live Action Series and Four New Animated Programs - WarnerMedia". www.warnermediagroup.com.