Cry Baby Lane (found Nickelodeon horror movie; 2000)


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Cry Baby Lane
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Status Found
Date found 2011
Found by Firesaladpeach

Cry Baby Lane (also known as Someone Wants to Meet You in the original teaser) is a 2000 Halloween-themed comedy horror television film that premiered only once on Nickelodeon on the night of October 28, 2000. After that date, it was never shown again, released on any home media, or aired outside of the United States.

Production

The film was already troubled in production, as it was originally set to be a big cinema film with a budget of $10 million, but as Halloween approached, it was then ordered to be an $800,000 TV film so that it would be ready for an October 31 release. Additionally, the production team only had 20 days to shoot the film.

Criticism and Nickelodeon's Response

The film's original premise was to be both scary and child-friendly. However, this still triggered an extreme number of parents complaining en masse about the film's content as they found the film to be too frightening and inappropriate for children.

This caused Nickelodeon to state that they did not own the film and were not responsible for its "accidental" airing, with some workers even denying the existence of the film period, or that they knew something about it when contacted by forums and sites from 2007 to 2011, due to it being considered a lost film for more than 11 years.

Search Efforts

This image was popular around pre-2011 urban legends forums saying that this was the only known image still from the film.

This ensued the launch of several fan-sites in the early 2000’s where people could talk about the film’s existence. Despite the overwhelming evidence, every time the sites contacted Nickelodeon, they always replied that they did not know anything about the film. Some Nickelodeon workers even went as far to spread lies and false evidence that the whole movie wasn't real, never being released on TV, and it simply being a myth.

Resurfacing and Aftermath

In 2011, a user on the blog forum Reddit.com under the name "Firesaladpeach" stated that she had a bootleg VHS of the film that she recorded on the original night of October 28, 2000, on a thread on the talk board “/r/TodayILearned”, where a user informed other people about the film and the mystery surrounding it. She later released the film on YouTube, attracting hundreds of viewers. This may have prompted TeenNick to re-air the film on October 31, 2011, who proclaimed in advertising that it was "Nickelodeon’s Dark Secret,” so scary it was “Banned from TV.” The airing ultimately revealed that Nickelodeon had the film all along since they knowingly stated its airing via introduction and were most likely ready for a negative reaction to their makeshift movie.

The film was originally rated TV-Y7 in 2000, but in its 2011 re-release, it was re-rated TV-PG-V, for moderate violence, unnerving scenes, and suggestive content; in 2015, it was re-rated once again, this time to TV-G for its second airing/reissue on TeenNick. In Oct 2016, it aired once again on The Splat.

The film’s director, Peter Lauer, was interviewed soon after its re-discovery and said that he was surprised and flattered by the attention his film had gotten 11 years after its original release. He claimed that he was unaware of its supposed banning by Nickelodeon, stating that he "just assumed they didn't show it again because they didn't like it. I thought [the movie] failed, and I moved on." A Nickelodeon representative later claimed that the film was never banned, disowned, or destroyed by Nickelodeon and that it was merely forgotten. Despite the original outrage and Nickelodeon's attitude towards the film, it has achieved a cult following.

Gallery

The original SNICK broadcast from Oct. 2000.
The 2011 re-run from The '90s Are All That.
The 2016 re-run from The Splat.

Comments


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Benjamin2005

17 months ago
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It also aired on the splat in 2015.
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Mrkoolnerd

5 months ago
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same as the 2016 airing i believe
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Psychic squidward

14 months ago
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The thing that makes me laugh is thinking how all the creepypasta writers were feeling when they heard it was back on t.v. I've heard it, and now it's proven wrong. Proof it was made up.
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Anonymous user #1

11 months ago
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All the conspiracy that was around this movie is funny considering it was a horror movie
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ApolloJustice

10 months ago
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This is my account now, I didn't have one when I posted the comment
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Anonymous user #2

10 months ago
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Interesting Creepypasta
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Anonymous user #3

10 months ago
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I saw this movie when it first aired
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Anonymous user #4

9 months ago
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I am suprised this movie even existes
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Anonymous user #5

9 months ago
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This movie sucked. I want the last hour of my life back.
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Dash Master 48

9 months ago
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Why?
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Anonymous user #6

8 months ago
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The movie re-aired on The Splat on October 30, 2016
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TheSuperMetroid02

8 months ago
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Makes me mad that Nickelodeon tried to dismiss us who fought for the film to be seen again as crazy and liars, then they jump on the bandwagon and get free publicity after our hard work getting it seen. Something was definitely going down behind the scenes. It seems VERY strange that they would fund the movie and then try to bury it immediately after. It was not advertised in NickMag, and reruns were standard fare on Nick at the time. Not even rerunning it once is crazy. Im thinking the execs hated it, but were contractually obligated to air it once. Or, alternatively, the Director pissed somebody off at Nick and they decided to bury the film in response. IDK, but there's more to this story
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Anonymous user #9

5 months ago
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Somebody found it years ago even before Nick re-aired it. But they only released a few of it clips and demanded payment for the rest. The screencap is from the clips.
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TeridaxXD001

8 months ago
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Something still bothers me about this: if nobody had this movie for years, and it was never advertised leading up to its release, then how did that Creepypasta image, which is an actual screencap of a scene from the movie, ever make its way online?
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Anonymous user #7

6 months ago
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Watching this phathic excuse of a movie is like watching a train wreak
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Reynard

6 months ago
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Were youze expecting an actually scary horror film??
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Anonymous user #8

6 months ago
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I liked it.
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Catlinconroy

6 months ago
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I watched it and it was...meh
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William8456

11 days ago
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I
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Mrkoolnerd

5 months ago
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i saw part of it's original airing i couldn't finish it and i was 12
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Anonymous user #10

5 months ago
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I remember watching this live the first time as well. And I'm pretty I missed most of it because I wasn't exactly into it. Like, I remember Nick promoting the shit out of it, and I was REALLY looking forward to it, but when I actually watched it... I really didn't care for it. And keep this in mind, I was like, 8 years old when this first aired. I wasn't exactly someone who wasn't easily impressed. It boggles my mind that this movie was "lost" considering most of us, I would imagine, have fairly vivid memories of this movie who saw it when we were whee lads.
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Anonymous user #11

5 months ago
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Oh my god it's so 90s. I love it.
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William8456

11 days ago
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but its so 2000
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Viewbob true

4 months ago
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Can someone explain the differences (If any) between the three airings? (Besides the teen witch chick in the 2000s airing)
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Anonymous user #12

2 months ago
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Where is the original teaser where it's called "Someone Wants to Meet You"? Can't find it on YouTube anywhere.
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Anonymous user #13

1 months ago
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The movie was shown yesterday on the splat channel what used to be called teen nick.
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