HAPPY NEW YEAR HORROR FIENDS!……well…okay yes we know its February and were really late with saying happy New Year. You see here at Hidden Horrors we all have been talking a much needed break because quite frankly the Christmas season really kicked all our asses and plus our reviewers and myself have other stuff going on in our lives too. Remember this blog is pretty much just for fun. Anyway without further ado i would like to present the very first Hidden Horrors you must see review of 2015 and its a Terror TV review of an episode of the classic Nickolodean kids horror anthology show ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK. And like the last review of Are you Afraid of the Dark this one is again about a evil clown. This one is the Tale of the Crimson Clown.
Tale of the Crimson Clown is practically your basic children’s horror morality tale of being a good little boy. Its about two young brothers one is good and the younger one is a little bastard. He always does what he wants and even steals the money his brother earned and wanted to use for there mothers birthday and buys himself a video game and then blames his brother on it to there mother. So basically you already hate this little bastard right from the get go. But before getting home the little boy sees a odd yet creepy old clown doll at the antic store and is told it punishes bad kids. He quickly brushes it off but deep down the guilt of what he has done starts to get to him and soon he sees visions of the Crimson clown haunting him.
What works for this particular Are you Afraid of the Dark episode is the sheer simplicity to its horror story. Its basically a rotten little boy being taught a lesson by the supernatural and though the storyline is simple it has quite a well crafted scenes of creepiness and nightmare inducing imaginary sure to gets little kids Shivering. Particularly the scenes where the clown doll just shows up at random places just sitting there taunting the boy without saying or doing anything or one vision the boy has is of the clowns arm coming out of the television stretching to abnormal length trying to get the clown and laughing at him.
So if you want to show your little ones a particulary creepy episode of the kids horror show from our childhood to really scare them straight or you just want to revisit a classic show from the 90s. Seek out the creepy clown doll episode “Tale of the Crimson Clown” an episode i would go so far as to say it is a more effective clown episode then the now famous “Tale of the Laughing in the Dark”. – James J. Coker