Sunday, October 31, 2010

Spooktober: The Nightmare Room (2001)

It had been three years since Fox had ended its adaptation of author R. L. Stine's Goosebumps. Looking to capture ratings lightning in a bottle all over again after acquiring Pokemon 2 years earlier, WB brought out another series based on another of Stine's youth horror book series, The Nightmare Room. A number of young actors familiar to today's audiences appeared on the show, including Amanda Bynes (ex-What I Like About You), who stars in the series opener, "Don't Forget Me".

Nightmare Room was one of the first WB series from producers Mike Tollin & Brian Robbins (Smallville), who had previously been working exclusively for Nickelodeon. Unfortunately, Nightmare Room didn't have the staying power of Goosebumps, as it was cancelled after just 1 season. WB would not attempt another live-action series on Saturdays after that.

Fans of Stine's work can now look forward to seeing another series based on his stories, as The Haunting Hour is due to debut on The Hub (formerly Discovery Kids) very soon.

Rating: B.

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