The Nightmare Room

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The Nightmare Room
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Genre Anthology
Horror
Fantasy
Adventure
Science fiction
Supernatural
Narrated by James Avery
Composer(s) Kristopher Carter
Josh Kramon
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Paul Bernbaum
Brian Robbins
Jane Stine
Michael Tollin
Producer(s) Chris Castallo
Billy Crawford
Joe Davola
Dan Kaplow
Shelley Zimmerman
Cinematography Michael Negrin
Running time 30 mins. (approx)
Production company(s) Parachute Entertainment
Tollin/Robbins Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channel Kids' WB
Original run August 31, 2001 – March 16, 2002
Chronology
Preceded by Goosebumps (TV series) (1995-1998)
Followed by R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour (2010-Present)

The Nightmare Room is an American children's anthology horror series that aired on Kids' WB. The series was based on the short-lived book series The Nightmare Room children's books created by Goosebumps author, R.L. Stine. The Nightmare Room originally aired from August 31, 2001, to March 16, 2002, in the United States. It was rated TV-Y7 for fantasy violence (FV) and scenes deemed too scary or disturbing for younger viewers in the United States.

Reruns of the series started airing on Chiller on January 7, 2013.

Premise[edit]

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 The Nightmare Room logo would appear, 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 actors, including Amanda Bynes, Frankie Muniz, Tania Raymonde, Justin Berfield, Drake Bell, Brenda Song, Shia LaBeouf, A.J. Trauth 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 Eight 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 strand. The show was produced by Parachute Entertainment, Tollin/Robbins Productions, and Warner Bros. Television.

Book titles and summaries[edit]

  1. 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 — and lure living children in by making their friends and families forget about them.
  2. 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.
  3. My Name is Evil: A carnival fortuneteller 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Dear Diary, I'm Dead: Alex Smith discovers a diary in his room that predicts the future, including his death.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Shadow Girl: A bored girl named Selena discovers that she's really a superheroine named Shadow Girl, and, like all superheros, has an arch-enemy who wants her dead.
  9. Camp Nowhere: At summer camp, Russell rows over Forbidden Falls — and finds himself in a summer camp haunted by the ghost of an evil Indian spirit.
  10. Full Moon Halloween: It's a frightful Halloween night as a teacher gets four of his students and try to discover that one of them may be a werewolf.
  11. Scare School: Sam is haunted by an imp at his new school who preys on new students.
  12. Visitors: UFO enthusiast Ben Shipley discovers that aliens are covertly invading Earth.

The Nightmare Room Thrillogy[edit]

  • 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.

Opening narration[edit]

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

Despite the claim of being R. L. Stine, the narration was provided by James Avery of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air fame. James Avery would also do the closing narration for the episode.

Episodes[edit]

# Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code
1 "Don't Forget Me" David Jackson Story by: R. L. Stine
Teleplay by: Paul Bernbaum
August 31, 2001 001
Danielle Warner (Amanda Bynes) along with her brother, Peter Warner, 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.
2 "Scareful What You Wish For" Anson Williams Naomi Janzen August 31, 2001 002
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 Story by: R. L. Stine
Teleplay by: Scott Murphy
September 29, 2001 003
Three kids (Cara DeLizia, Jeremy Ray Valdez, 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.
4 "Tangled Web" Ron Oliver Paul Bernbaum October 6, 2001 004
A boy named Josh (Justin Berfield), who has a reputation for lying, suddenly finds his outrageous tales coming true after a substitute teacher tells Josh that he believes everything he says. Also starring Steve "Sting" Borden and Naturi Naughton.
5 "Fear Games" Ron Oliver Story by: R. L. Stine
Teleplay by: Paul Bernbaum
October 13, 2001 005

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, Eric "Ty" Hodges II and Roger Lodge.

Note: Based on the first book of The Nightmare Room Thrillogy called "Fear Games".
6 "School Spirit" Rich Correll Scott Murphy October 20, 2001 006
A group of students serving detention must help the ghost of a teacher whose contributions are being buried and forgotten. Starring Madeline Zima, George O. Gore II, Keiko Agena, Jeffrey Licon, Jenny Gago and James Karen.
7 "Full Moon Halloween" Rich Correll Story by: R. L. Stine
Teleplay by: Naomi Janzen
October 27, 2001 007
A group of teenagers grow suspicious of one another when a werewolf is heard to be on the loose in their town. Also starring Michael Galeota.
8 "Four Eyes" Michael B. Negrin & Brian Robbins Scott Murphy December 1, 2001 008
In this take on the cult horror satire film, They Live, a boy's new glasses gives him the power to see aliens secretly living among humans and ready to take over the world. Starring Josh Zuckerman, Lynsey Bartilson and John C. McGinley.
9 "Locker 13" Ron Oliver Story by: R. L. Stine
Teleplay by: Richard H. Rossner
December 8, 2001 009
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. Starring Brandon Gilberstadt, Boris Cabrera, Mary Stein, Ken Foree and Angus Scrimm.
10 "Dear Diary, I'm Dead" Steve Dubin Story by: R. L. Stine
Paul Bernbaum
February 2, 2002 010
Alex (Drake Bell) discovers a diary that predicts the future — including his death. Also starring A.J. Trauth and Brenda Song.
11 "My Name is Evil" Anson Williams Story by: R. L. Stine
Lee Goldberg & William Rabkin
February 23, 2002 011
A boy's encounter with a carnival fortune teller leads to a chain of disasters that point to him as an evil entity. Starring Shan Elliot, Kaley Cuoco, Melody Johnson and Beth Broderick.
12 "Camp Nowhere (Part 1)" James Marshall Story by: R. L. Stine
Teleplay by: Paul Bernbaum
March 9, 2002 012
A group of kids at summer camp find themselves in another camp that's been suspended in time thanks to an Indian spirit. Starring Allison Mack, Sam Jones III, Dan Byrd, and Danielle Fishel.
13 "Camp Nowhere (Part 2)" James Marshall Story by: R. L. Stine
Teleplay by: Paul Bernbaum
March 16, 2002 013
The group of kids from the previous episode must contend with Indian spirits that have captured the kids of Camp Hawkwood. Also starring Frankie Muniz and Kevin Meaney.

Releases[edit]

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

Episodes include:

  • Camp Nowhere, Pts. 1 & 2, Don't Forget Me, Full Moon Halloween.

Bonus Features include:

  • The Nightmare Is Yours: Shrink or Swim, Do You Dare?, The Nightmare Files, Trailers.
Scareful What You Wish For August 20, 2002 4 1

Episodes include:

  • My Name Is Evil, Scareful What You Wish For, Tangled Web, Fear Games.

Bonus Features include:

  • The Nightmare Is Yours: Haunted Cave, Do You Dare?, The Nightmare Files, Trailers.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Category Recipient
2002 Emmy Award Nominated Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing Michael C. Gutierrez, James L. Pearson, Tony Torretto, Susan Welsh, and Debby Ruby-Winsberg

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