Cry Baby Lane (found Nickelodeon horror movie; 2000)


Cry Baby Lane
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Status Found
Date found 2011
Found by /u/firesaladpeach

Cry Baby Lane was a Halloween-themed comedy horror made for TV film that originally aired on Nickelodeon's television block SNICK on the night of October 28, 2000. After its premiere, it was never released on any form of home media, or aired outside of the United States, and wouldn't be aired again for over 10 years.

Plot

A young Andrew and his older brother, Carl, conduct a seance in their local graveyard, in an effort to impress a group of girls. Unknowingly, they release the soul of a dead Siamese twin. Whatever the evil twin touches turns evil, and by the next day, havoc is wrecked upon the town. After Carl becomes possessed, Andrew travels to Cry Baby Lane and cuts the root out of the heart of the good twin, to end the effects of the evil twin's reign of terror.

Production

The film was originally troubled in production. It was originally envisioned as a big cinema film with a budget of $10 million; however, Nickelodeon's parent company Paramount had different ideas, and the film was ultimately shelved. A year later, Nickelodeon reopened the plans for the film and wanted to go ahead with production; although the film had a reduced budget of $800.000. The film's two writers, Peter Lauer and Robert Mittenthal jumped at the chance to make it. Filming was completed in around 20 days, with the shots of the town being taken in Ohio. The rest of the movie was filmed in New Jersey.[1]

Criticism and Nickelodeon's Response

The film's original premise was to be both scary and child-friendly. However, the airing was speculated to have invoked an extreme number of parents to complain en masse about the film's content, as they had found the film to be too frightening and too 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 legend forums saying that this was the only known still image from the film.

This ensured 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 Nickelodeon was contacted; they always replied that they did not know anything about the film. Some Nickelodeon employees even went as far to spread false information such as the film never having aired on TV, or simply being a myth.

Resurfacing and Aftermath

In 2011, a user on the blog forum reddit.com under the name "/u/firesaladpeach" stated that she had a bootleg VHS of the film that she had recorded on the night of its original premiere, on a thread on the talk board “/r/TodayILearned”.[2][3] She later released the film onto YouTube, attracting hundreds of viewers. This may have prompted TeenNick to re-air the film on October 31, 2011, where they proclaimed in advertising that it was "Nickelodeon’s dark secret,” so scary it was “banned from TV.”[4] The airing ultimately revealed that Nickelodeon had the film all along.

The film was originally rated TV-Y7 in 2000, but in its 2011 re-release, it was re-rated TV-PG-V. Oddly enough, in its 2017 re-airings, Nickelodeon had removed the rating in its entirety. It aired on TeenNick's The '90s Are All That and then The Splat, on March 31 and October 31, 2015. It aired again on October 31, 2016. It then aired on July 8 and October 21, 2017.

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 it failed, and I moved on."[1] A Nickelodeon representative later claimed that the film was never banned, disowned, or destroyed by Nickelodeon but that it was merely forgotten.[5] Despite the speculated initial outrage and Nickelodeon's attitude towards the film, it has achieved a cult following.

Videos

Movie and Reruns

The original SNICK broadcast from Oct. 2000. With original commercials included.
The 2011 rerun from The '90s Are All That.
The 2016 rerun from The Splat.
The 2017 rerun from NickSplat, HD recording. archive.org upload.

Promos

The original SNICK promo.
The promo for the 2011 rerun.

Gallery

These images were uploaded to the internet, before the movie was rediscovered in 2011.

External Links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Daily Dot interview with Peter Lauer Retrieved 21 Sept '17
  2. reddit.com /r/TodayILearned talk board, containing /u/firesaladpeach's comments Retrieved 22 Oct '17
  3. YouTube video, showing proof /u/firesaladpeach had the film (reupload). Retrieved 22 Oct '17 | Archived 11 Aug '11
  4. Video from nick.com with description. Retrieved 21 Nov '17
  5. Reuters' article on the 2011 re-airing Retrieved 18 Nov '17

Comments


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Benjamin2005

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

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

18 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

14 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

14 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

14 months ago
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Interesting Creepypasta
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Anonymous user #3

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

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

12 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

12 months ago
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Why?
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Anonymous user #6

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

12 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

9 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

12 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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Kobochat

2 months ago
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Turns out there was at least *some* advertisement for it: https://www....=DK_5LMyEyLY That promo doesn't have the picture in it, though, and it also hadn't resurfaced until well after the movie was found, so it's hard to say.

Wayback Machine also captured a couple of links relating to the movie on nick.com, but the pages themselves weren't properly archived: https://i.im.../B4vdQNS.png
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Anonymous user #7

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

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

10 months ago
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I liked it.
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Catlinconroy

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

4 months ago
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I
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Mrkoolnerd

9 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

9 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

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

4 months ago
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but its so 2000
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Viewbob true

7 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

5 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

5 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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Bman78

1 months ago
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Actually, The Splat (Now NickSplat) is a nightly block on TeenNick. Same channel space.
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Anonymous user #14

2 months ago
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Might wanna take down the 2016 airing as it has been taken down from YouTube. :(
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Bman78

1 months ago
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No, it's still up.
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Paul McCartney

26 days ago
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The Daily Dot interview mentions that 2 scenes were cut.
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Anonymous user #15

11 days ago
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I thought it was fake
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