Friday, October 15, 2010

Game Time: Secrets of the Cryptkeeper's Haunted House (1996)

It looked like something that belonged on Nickelodeon (which is now a corporate cousin), but Secrets of the Cryptkeeper's Haunted House haunted CBS' Saturday lineup in 1996. Bojibbles, who said he actually appeared on the show, uploaded this sample to YouTube:

By this time, though, with Nickelodeon playing their game shows into the ground with endless repeats weekdays & weekends, Secrets didn't stand even a ghost of a chance. I can imagine the Cryptkeeper himself (John Kassir) using that line in the post-mortem after the show was cancelled. Surprisingly, Nickelodeon didn't even consider picking up Secrets after the show ended, but then, Nickelodeon doesn't have much use for game shows nowadays themselves.

Bottom line is, if you've seen, say, Legends of the Hidden Temple on Nick, chances are this is along the same line, but a little creepier.

Rating: C.

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