Are You Afraid of the Dark? Season 2 Episode 8: The Tale of the Whispering Walls

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“I was just getting started”- Betty Ann circa 1992

Tonight’s tale is from the beautiful and intelligent Betty Ann, and just so you do not think I am bias as she is my favorite storyteller, I will admit, this is the only story of her’s that i actually do not care for, and I am not really sure why, but I shall summarize anyway, and it will probably be a funny one where I kind of make fun of the episode.

The gang, being lead by The Gary is walking to the clearing. David says “it’s a full moon on a leap year watch out.” Kiki says “what’s that suppose to mean?”, David says “Tonight’s the night the spirits are fee to take innocent victims away.” Frank isn’t  buying it and says “oh come on you made that up.” When they approach the clearing The Gary notices a person in a black robe standing near the fire, the group is cautious and the person turns around revealing a skull mask. Kristen is freaked out and says “That’s it I’m outta here.”, but the others convince her to stay. The person turns around and starts to walk to towards the group, and then in a voice that they recognize says “Guys?” and takes off the mask to reveal it’s Betty Ann, who smiles at them.

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“Guys?”- Betty Ann

The group collectively sighs with relief, that is it just their friend and not some weirdo homeless dude. As The Gary passes Betty Ann he says “great idea.” Frank (who is not convincing at all) says “cool”, and Kristen just kind of rolls he eyes at Betty Ann. I think Kristen came off as very stuck up in this episode. Kiki says to Betty Ann “what are you doing?”, to which Betty Ann replies, “Don’t you know about tonight?” (it’s funny because Betty Ann looks shocked that none of them know about tonight, accept David). Betty Ann continues “It’s a full moon on a leap year.” Frank says “Oh no. Not you, too”. Then Betty Ann tells them, “This mask within this circle….is our only protection.” Frank replies ” sounds like a pretty dumb joke to me.” Betty Ann says “you don’t have to believe me, but it’s an old superstition. (they all kind of look at each other, I think they are thinking Betty Ann must be on something). Betty Ann continues “My story takes place on February 29th, leap year. It happens every four years and when it comes with a full moon, watch out. The spirits who prowl on a full moon leap year are hunting, and it may be for you.” Betty Ann sets her mask down on her backpack (which I think is a pink Jansport) and submits her story to the approval of the Midnight Society and she calls it: The Tale of the Whispering Walls.

We are introduced to Claire and Andrew Dickens and their babysitter Louise. They are on their way home form Playland (Betty Ann told us about Playland in Laughing in the Dark). Andrew mentions the laughing in the dark and how Zeebo really scared him (every time I type Zeebo, it wants to auto-correct it to booze, which is kind of funny). Claire tells Andrew he is being childish, but Louise tells them to be good and she will take them to Molly’s (that is right the babysitter is bribing them with food). Apparently at Molly’s you can get all you can eat banana splits. Also Louise drives a Volkswagen, I wonder if Betty Ann told that as part of her story.  (It’s 4:05 AM, I am going to try and sleep now, so I will pick this up in the afternoon?)

Okay it is now 12:44 PM, I am refreshed and sitting here with my second breakfast of POG and some kind of donut from my local 7/11. Lets do this!

So Claire, Andrew and Louise turn off on what they think is highway 9, Claire tells Louise that the highway sign should be blue and not made of cardboard. Louise keeps driving and eventually they pull into what appears to be an abandoned inn, call the whisper inn (hints the name whispering walls). They go inside and at first see no one, until the President of the Canadian underground bondage club appears and tells them to “shut that door”.

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Our safe word for tonight is: Banana Split

He tells them that they are on the wrong road for highway 9, and he loath drafts. Louise tells the man that they are looking for highway 9 to Victor Heights. The man tells them to take the dirt road, as it is a short cut. The road is excessively windy. The president laughs kind of manically. Claire thinks he is a creep, but that is just the bondage president for you.

So Louise and the kids get back into the car, only for her car to breakdown in front of a Victorian house. Louise gets out of the car and knocks on the door. She goes inside of the house, where doors apparently open at will and walks in. The kids wait a while, and start to get nervous as Louise has not returned yet. They decide to go into the house, and look for her.

Claire and Andrew go to knock on the door, which once again opens at will and find a table filled with banana splits (I get the feeling Betty Ann is trying to ruin dessert for us). The house kind of looks like a mock up of the Disneyland attraction, the haunted mansion. The kids think Louise has planed this little ice cream party, Andrew grabs a banana split and wants to dig in, but Claire knocks it out of his hand and it turns to acid, and then they see the president of the bondage club laughing at them.

The kids decide to go back to the whisper inn, which is now a speakeasy from the 1920’s. The kids tell the people in the inn, that they lost their babysitter. The older woman offers them punch. Claire declines and asks for help. The people tell her that once the sunsets, the babysitter will be fine, and the older woman, says that is not true and mentions it is a full moon on the leap year. We learn that it is master Raymond’s house (the bondage president). The kids at first leave, and then return to the inn only to find it abandoned once again. They run back to the house to get Louise.

Oh and the walls begin to whisper at the kids and laugh at them. They hear Louise’s voice in the house calling for them. Louise tells them she is in the living room, but it is not Louise it’s master Raymond. Andrew wants to leave, but Claire tells him they must stick together as he is smart. They both go up stairs to look.

Once up stairs they find Louise, once she is rocking in a chair with a baby. They approach her, only for her to turn into master Raymond and throw a snake at them. The real Louise is behind the wall and is finally able to call out to them. Claire pulls the candle stick holders down and the wall rotates, revealing a secret room, which has Louise. master Raymond tells them of his plan to harvest the soul of Louise so he can live on. He then puts Claire into a trance as well.

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On no they have joined the underground BDSM Club

Luckily during all of this, Andrew has discovered, that wind is the enemy of ghosts. It apparently turns them into sand. Andrew uses his battery powered hand fan to help fight the ghosts, only when he gets to master Raymond the batteries stop working. The old woman ghost, who thinks Claire looks like her daughter or maybe her granddaughter Jane, helps them out and opens the door. Master Raymond then vanishes into dust and the kids with Louise are able to escape. The kids decide not to go to Molly’s, and to go straight home.

As they pull away another car pulls up and has car trouble. The man from the car goes into the house and we are left to think the cycle will continue with the man dying for master Raymond.

Betty Ann ends her story by saying “The house still stands. And to this day, people still disappear when the moon is full on February 29th.” Then they all kind of look at each other, The Gary looks at Frank who seems unfazed. Betty Ann puts her mask back on (I have to say it looks kind of dangerous to be walking around in that mask as the eye holes look very small).  The Gary breaks the awkward silence with “Uh time to go.” Kiki turns to Kristen and says “You go first.” Then Kristen turns to David and says “No after you.”  David says “Not me, you go Frank.” Frank says “I’ll go after Gary goes.” The Gary says “I am not going first.” Then it just fades to black. Once again The Gary doesn’t put out the fire or declare the meeting over. I assume that since Betty Ann told the story, and had the protection of the skull mask, she left first.

Moira’s Thoughts:

  1. I don’t hate this story, I just did not like it. I think it is because it is too date specific.
  2. I liked that Betty Ann dressed up for the occasion, however I don’t understand why the gang constantly gets scared when a person shows up at the clearing, when they are missing one person, logically that one person (in this case Betty Ann) would be that person at the clearing.
  3. I liked how Betty Ann mentioned Playland and Laughing in the dark, that was a nice touch.
  4. I liked how the rest of the Midnight Society pretend to be scared after the story, to humor Betty Ann, who kind of takes the whole full moon on a leap year to seriously. This makes me wonder what her ethnic background is suppose to be and if that plays any sort of role into the story.

See I was able to poke fun at this episode and still still relatively kind. I suppose that means I am growing as a person. Also this aired in 1993, in July which is the wrong month and year for a leap year. Maybe Betty Ann should have told this in season five as that was a leap year, plus it would make it scarier.

Thank you for joining me in my summary of Betty Ann’s tale of terror during a leap year in The tale of the Whispering Walls. Up next is: The Tale of the Dark Dragon, a David story in honor of The Gary’s Birthday.

Until next time ….. Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society, I call this story: The Tale of Moira’s Afraid of the Dark? (But not really), Blog number 8 of Season 2.

If you want to tweet it at anyone in particular like *cough*Ross Hull or Raine Pare-Coull or Jodie Resther, *cough* to make them aware of me wanting to interview them, that would be cool. I feel that if enough people tweet at them or Facebook them, they will think it is a good idea. As a thank you, I will upload a video of me doing the nea nea and if you all help me get all three, I will upload a video of me singing He Mele No Lilo in full Hawaiian (since I took 2 years of the language). Mahalo for your continued support in this endeavor.

Photo credit: google images Master Raymond  Betty Ann 3  Title Card BDSM Club

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