Apr. 23rd, 2017

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Thanks to Topless Robot a show that was buried deep in my memories has come back to the surface. I am talking aboot Eerie Indiana.

I honestly didn't even remember watching this show. I recognized the title but that was it. After all, during its initial run I was only like 2 years old. So i figured that I had no reason to remember it. But I am pretty sure that re-runs played on Saturday morning either on CBC or YTV.

Like I said, I didn't remember watching the show until TR decribed one particular episode: Foreverware. It is aboot this mom who seals her twins in giant tupperware every night so that they can live forever.

This was all too familiar. So I continued to read the list they compiled and all the memories just came rushing back. Luckily for me, ALL the episodes are on Youtube so I watched them over the span of 2 days.

So Eerie Indiana the story of Marshall Teller and his kid friend Simon. The Tellers recently moved to Eerie from New Jersey and Marshall notices that Eerie is weird. Very weird. Like the centre of weird for the whole planet. So Mars & Simon investigate and archive different events around Eerie. Unfortunately, this show only lasted 1 season because it was good and too smart for idiot children to understand.

My favourite episodes include:
Loyal Order of Corn
The Lost Hour
Reality Takes a Holiday
The last one on that list is the season finale and is totally mind-blowing! Like I said, all the episodes can be found on Youtube or you can buy the DVD set.

One last thing needs to be discussed. The crushes that were developed thanks to this show. So first up we have Marshall. I definitely had a type when I was a kid (still do today) and he fit it perfectly. He was a slightly nerdy, brown-haired kid and his hair was not cute too short.

Yes, I did have a crush on him, and seriously, what girl wouldn't??

But then in the second half of the series came along a bad boy with grey hair. At first I thought he was a total ass (he was) but he was also mysterious.

This was Dash X. Named after the mysterious symbols on the back of this hands. We had no idea who he was or where he was from. And most importantly, why he had grey hair. What we did know was that he loved money, was both a friend and foe to Mars & Simon, and spoke in a sexy Christian Slater-type voice.

This was a very tough decision. How was a girl to choose. Well, I couldn't. They were total opposites and total foxes (for kids). Fun Fact: Omri Katz who plays Marshall was the star of the awesome movie Hocus Pocus and Jason Marsden (Dash X; not related to James Marsden) provided the voice for Thackery Binx (the cat) in the movie. And so the struggle continues.

I highly recommend checking this show out if you've never seen it. And if you have seen it, watch it again for some good ol' nostalgia.
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Here’s a classic series with creative story lines about all sorts of weirdness on different levels. It’s called Eerie, Indiana – The Complete Series (1991-1992). Whether it’s about mysterious items like giant Tupperware and a pencil that brings drawings to life, or encountering ghosts and aliens, or even finding gateways to other dimensions. This show has it all in a small town called Eerie.

The only characters who even notice the strange happenings are the inquisitive Marshall Teller (Omri Katz) and his young friend and neighbor, Simon (Justin Shenkarow). Since no one, even their families, would ever believe them about the supernatural weirdness, Marshall and Simon are like the Hardy Boys of Eerie.

After every adventure, Marshall keeps an item from it and puts it in a private cupboard to keep track of all the weird paranormal activity. Marshall also keeps a log. That would explain the constant voice-over narrations, which can be annoying sometimes.

During the second season, a new character joins Marshall and Simon, who is known as Dash X (Jason Mardsen). I don’t know what his deal is. Dash X is some kind of alien with gray hair, a raspy voice, battery symbols on his hands, and has lost his memory about who he really is. Dash X isn’t real friendly, but sometimes he does come through for Marshall and Simon. They consider him a semi-friend.

I really found this show interesting. I wonder if anyone ever did find Marshall’s stash of “Eerie” items in order to expose the weirdness to the world.
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We all consume media (I think we all agree on this one) and watch the popular shows.

No wait, I'm going somewhere with this.

Well, what about the lesser known shows? The TV shows and movies that were good but just weren’t a commercial success? This one is for them. (For the record, I’m talking about the lesser known stuff, which may or may not include cult classics. When I say cult classics, I mean good ones, not bad ones that are the homeless bums of dark alleys in the movie world that are loved by annyoing people, and definitely not the horrible ones.)


The first one dear to my heart is Eerie, Indiana. This show, as freak-39 on imdb.com described it, was the X-Files for little kids. This show only aired for one season in 1991-92 and it still brings back fond memories of scary things that challenged my 4-year old world…on a related note, my therapist says I can re-enter society. Seriously though, this show wasn’t your typical entertainment. The premise was that Marshal Taylor moved to Eerie, Indiana from New Jersey, and apparently Eerie is the center of the universe for werid things, and remember, this was 1991, before the weird things of the internet. Marshal and his friend encounter strange things and try to collect evidence about them, i.e. if they met Lady Gaga, they would follow her and try to take photos or videos of her.

"So you say there's a Madonna-like singer whose breast were on fire? You've been listening to too much Grunge!"

One episode I remember was called “Foreverware”. Marshal and his friend discover a product like tupperware that keeps anything from getting old, including people. A set of twin boys have been sleeping in the Foreverware for years and remain young, like the stars of Disney Channel. (Do they even allow grey hair on that network?!) At the end of the episode the seal isn’t as tight as it should be and the boys turn into adults overnight. It was a interesting show, to say the least.
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Eerie Indiana (Season 1, 1991)
★★★★ ☆ – 4 stars.

When I told my friends that I had been to the cinema to watch the Goosebumps movie, the conversation was in no time all about our favorite youth(series) we watched when we were young. We talked about: The Power Rangers, Dinosaurs, Big Bad Beetle Borgs, and Eerie Indiana. Eerie Indiana was always right before or right after the Goosebumps series on Fox Kids and really was one of my favorite childhood series. So, I found it really strange that my boyfriend and some of my friends did not know this series. So I searched on the internet to find Eerie Indiana and found a really cool DVD box with the entire series on bol.com!

Eerie Indiana is about Marshall Teller (played by Omri Katz), who moves to the eerie town in Indiana. Soon he comes to the discovery that something is terribly wrong in the town. Fortunately, there is at least one normal person and that is his buddy Simon Holmes (played by Justin Shenkarow). Together with Simon he finds himself in the most bizarre situations. He decides to write everything he experiences in his diary and tries to collect as much evidence as possible of all the strange things that happen in his new town of Eerie, Indiana to eventually hand over to the President. Of course he keeps all his evidence locked away in the attic and he holds the key securely around his neck.

Omri Katz and Justin Shenkarow play very exaggerated. But that suits this series because everything is unreal. Marshall and Simon differ for several years and it shows in some episodes, for example, when Marshall has a crush on a girl. Simon then literally says, “But she’s a girl!” There is an episode where Marshall is hanging with people of his own age and Simon has to go his own way, with all its consequences…

We see it all: Elvis, Bigfoot, UFO’s, LP’s with hidden messages, all generous ATM’s, tupperware beds that keep the user fresh, ghosts, living Tornadoes, anything goes. And it never gets really scary, so it is also fun to see for the younger viewers. When I saw this series for the first time I was about 9 years old and I can still appreciate this series.

Yes, the image size is 4:3, and yes, the images are not in HD. But…. I really enjoyed watching this series again! I even saw a few episodes that I have not seen before… BONUS! And even my boyfriend liked to watch a few episodes with me. The stories are quite original and easy to watch. But because it is a TV series, it unfortunately consists of very short episodes. I hope that after the success of the Goosebumps movie, moviemakers might also want to make ​​a Eerie Indiana movie!

Are you a fan of the Goosebumps books, the Goosebumps series or maybe even the Goosebumps movie? Then you really should watch this series!
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The more I think about the television programmes that I used to watch as a child, the more that come floating back into my memory…some are, thankfully, alive and kicking online thanks to those who kept endless hours of videotapes and have since uploaded them to YouTube. I am one of those who has endless hours of videotapes but, as yet, haven’t progressed to uploading any…but there’s plenty of time for that. We have other matters to contend with!

Marshall Teller’s family moves to the small country town of Eerie, Indiana (Pop. 16,661). There, Marshall discovers that Eerie, as he puts it, “is the center of weirdness for the universe”. Elvis lives there, so do a pair of twins who stay young by sleeping in Tupperware, and many other strange things. Each episode, Marshall and his friend Simon collect evidence about the creepy things that happen there. This harks back to the days of the great anthology series’ The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits where the odd and bizarre exist in an element of reality. Omri Katz and Justin Shenkarow are superb as the two leads in this offbeat kids show that isn’t just for kids!
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La primera vez que ví Eerie Indiana, tenía 12 años. Recientemente decidí verla de nuevo y, como en ese entonces, no resultó difícil engancharme con las historias y sus personajes. ¡Debo confesar que mi niña interna sigue enamorada de Omri Katz! Pienso que algunas series no son pensadas para personas dentro de un rango de edad en particular sino para quienes quieran disfrutarlas, déjenme contarles porqué Eerie Indiana es una buena serie para recordar.

La historia sitúa a Marshall Teller y su familia mudándose a un pueblo llamado Eerie, en Indiana. A simple vista el lugar es verdaderamente normal y aburrido. Pero la realidad no es esa, ahí pasan las cosas más raras que alguien podría imaginar; como el mismo Marshall lo define: “Eerie es el centro de rarezas para el universo”

Elvis es un vecino más, Pie Grande escarba en la basura, los perros quieren sublevarse contra los humanos, una mujer hace que sus hijos gemelos duerman dentro de recipientes tupperware para que nunca envejezcan. Las situaciones, algunas veces absurdas y otras veces dignos ejemplos de actividad paranormal, son un tema serio para Marshall y su amigo Simon, que se dedican a resolver misterios y a recopilar pruebas que puedan servirles como evidencia para demostrar que Eerie no es lo que parece.

Lamentablemente, y como muchas otras que son ahora de culto, la serie no duró más de una temporada debido a su cancelación. A pesar de eso, los guionistas y directores de Eerie Indiana merecen ser reconocidos (uno de ellos es Joe Dante, gratamente recordado por Gremlins) pues lograron recopilar suficientes elementos de misterio, comedia, ciencia ficción y drama en una serie originalmente creada para pre adolescentes. Posiblemente no lo sabían en ese momento, pero a muchos nos preparó para algo super grande que vendría después: The X-Files.
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Eerie, Indiana is an absurdist fantasy series about a young boy called Marshall Teller (Omri Katz) who moves with his family from New Jersey to the town of Eerie, Indiana (hey, that’s the name of the show!) and discovers that Eerie is – and I quote from the opening titles – the “centre of weirdness for the entire planet”. With his new friend Simon (Justin Shenkarow) he’ll often find himself in many scary situations, from evil body-preserving tupperware to evil scheming poodles. It’s most certainly not a show to take seriously. It was broadcast on NBC in the early nineties but cancelled after only 19 episodes. However, it was shown on Fox Kids in 1997, and this is how I came into contact with it for the first time. It spawned a new, recast series of episodes but as far I know I never watched them.

I was initially worried about revisiting Eerie, Indiana since I do remember it as one of my favourite childhood shows, along with Bernard’s Watch, Reboot, and Big Bad Beetleborgs, all of which I’d considered doing for this article. If I watched it and it was terrible I’d be annoyed with myself for tarnishing that, but I’m glad that I thoroughly enjoyed watching Eerie again. Its production is undoubtedly dated, but it only seems to add to the absurdity of the situations, adding a level of humour to the show that reinforces it rather than detracts from its initial intentions. Mostly, the writing remains impressive and self-aware, the crazy plot directions spurned on by good dialogue and some genuine characterisation for most of the leading players. This helps you to forgive the occasional clichés or laughable assertions – at one point, Marshall pinpoints the reason for Eerie’s weirdness to the fact that on the map its geography was identical to the Bermuda Triangle. “That proves everything!” says Simon. I’d forgotten just how much of my childhood television invoked the Bermuda Triangle as a deus ex machina for anything unexplainable. Certainly Power Rangers did it too, and I vaguely recall it from something like Count Duckula as well. But I digress.

The one thing I realise, despite recalling my enjoyment of the show, is that I couldn’t really remember much about it at all. I watched the episode “The Retainer”, which involves another friend of Marshall’s getting some rather clunky braces that pick up the voices of the neighbourhood dogs, who appear to be trying to take over Eerie. The only part of the episode I remember is one small bit where they hear a group of dogs singing “Dem Bones”. So, in essence, I’m watching much of these episodes new again. And even though it’s undoubtedly aimed at children, who will be genuinely swept up in the adventure of it all, I’m certain that adult viewers can enjoy it as much as I did. It’s peppered with little eccentricities that just amuse greatly: the van for the dog pound is labelled Canine Arrest Team (CAT); there’s a sign in the dog pound saying “NO BARKING”; amongst a rabble of dogs shouting about everything they’re rebelling against, one of them shouts “down with kibble!” which may be my favourite line in anything ever now. Of course one of the evil dogs is a French poodle, and another is revealed to be called Fluffy. Even funnier is when Marshall breaks the fourth wall to mouth it incredulously at the audience.

In “America’s Scariest Home Videos”, the boys are forced to stay in at Halloween to look after Simon’s little brother Harley, who ends up trapped in an old mummy movie, while the mummy ends up in real life terrorising the boys. We see occasional bits of Harley in the film, with its heroine still screaming like crazy, much to the young boy’s annoyance. This is where the show’s self-awareness upped an ante for me (until the next episode, but more on that in a moment). Of course you expect them to trap the dumb, staggering mummy in some way and get him to switch back with Harley. In fact, the “mummy” is really the actor Boris Von Arloff underneath all the makeup and bandages, and at next glance at the televison we see Harley breaking through the film set of the mummy movie and terrorising all the crew. It’s a nice twist that hints at the show’s fascination with more meta aspects, rather than just being another silly monster for the heroes to defeat. The self-awareness of how ridiculous some of these situations are also bleeds through – Marshall calls the problem the “Video Feedback Timewarp Zapping Thing”, and for a moment I was checking the credits for Joss Whedon’s involvement.

The final episode of the show* is “Reality Takes a Holiday”, where Marshall discovers a film script that details his morning. Suddenly, his home becomes a film set, his family are all actors, and he is Omri, an actor playing “Marshall” on a television show (Supernatural fans will recognise this as pretty much the plot of “The French Mistake”; this Eerie episode was out in 1992). Out-of-character moments are always fun: Marshall’s dad is suddenly a hyper-pretentious twit who once directed John Malkovich in something-or-other; Simon is a sexist pig; and most amusingly, Marshall’s sister Syndi, one of the typical nineties teenage girly girls, is a feminist who complains about her dumb character and the lack of female empowerment in the show. At this point I’m thinking Whedon definitely had a hand in this. The ending of this episode is also a fascinating inversion of expectations: when other shows shake up their reality, the return to normalcy is absolute; here, Eerie returns to normal but Marshall finds a script that is still dictating his life. He then seems to accept this, and as such, the possibility that his world may be a scripted television programme. Which it is. But he’s not meant to know that, is he? My brain hurts.

Eerie was far more enjoyable to watch now that I’d actually expected beforehand, and since the whole series seems to be easily accessible online, I may wind up watching the entire thing again.
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The '90s was a better time for children's horror. From things like Are You Afraid of the Dark? to Goosebumps, spooky things were far more common place in children's lives.

One of the best things to come out of that time was a show called Eerie, Indiana. Airing on NBC from 1991 to 1992, only 19 episodes were produced. It's a damn shame, but NBC has always had a reputation for not realizing a good thing when they have it.

The show starred Omri Katz (Whom you all know as Max Dennison from Hocus Pocus) and Justin Shenkarow (Who really never went on to that much) as two kids named Marshall and Simon living in a town called Eerie, where things are just that...Eerie. With human sized tupperware, a living tornado, brain swapping to being trapped in the TV; this show has it all!

Unfortunately, Eerie, Indiana did not really become popular until 1997 when Fox Kids aquired the show in the wake of their success with the Goosebumps TV show. Sadly, by that time, the stars of the show were too old to play kids, so Fox made a spin-off with new actors called The Other Dimension. I watched the first episode which used about five seconds of stock footage from the original show on a loop.

I guess a perk is that Fox released 17 books relating to the continued adventures of Marshall and Simon around the same time. Remember when shows used to have adaptations like that? Such fond memories.

From the 19 episodes, there are certain ones I really like. Here is a run down of my top 5.

America's Scariest Home Video - This is the Halloween episode. So naturally, it's one of my favorites. It also has to do with old monster movies, so it's a perfect fit. Marshall and Simon are stuck babysitting Simon's little brother, whom they accidentally trap in an old movie by using a video camera. At least they got a mummy in return.

The Lost Hour - After finding out that Indiana does not change the clocks for Daylight Savings, Marshall decides to take his hour anyway. But by doing so, he wakes up in an alternate Eerie. With the help of a milkman, Marshall must get himself and a missing girl back to the real Eerie before they run out of time.

Tornado Days - Growing up in Texas, I have always been fascinated by tornadoes. I mean, Night of the Twisters is probably one of my favorite movies I watched as a kid. It only makes sense that Tornado Days ranks in my Top 5. When Old Bob, Eerie's resident tornado, comes to pay his yearly visit, Marshall decides to avoid the annual Tornado Day festivities and stay home which angers Old Bob. With the help of a meteorologist (Played by the awesome Matt Frewer), Marshall and Simon have to face off against the tornado to save the day.

Mr. Chaney - The name alone says it. Mr. Chaney. It's a werewolf episode! Marshall is chosen to by Eerie's Harvest King. Unfortunately, the Harvest Kings never seem to return after their task of seeing The Eerie Wolf.

Zombies in P.J.s - I like this episode a lot as it helps showcase John Astin, who joined the series at episode 13. We all lovingly know him as the original Gomez Addams. In this episode, Radford (Played by Astin) has to make a lot of money fast as has not being keeping up with his taxes. A stranger comes in and helps The World of Stuff by making everyone pay by credit. Marshall and Simon have to unravel the mystery and help Radford before everyone is town becomes a total zombie.

There are other great episodes and if I could, I'd share my top 19. I highly recommend watching this show. It's currently on Netflix, Hulu (As is The Other Dimension if you feel so inclined) and DVD. If you are a child of the '90s or just love spooky things; Eerie, Indiana is the place to be.


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