Cry Baby Lane is a made-for-television horror movie that was shown once on Nickelodeon's revived "SNICK" block. Only once. It's claimed that there were too many parental complaints regarding its creepy and disturbing content, leading to its one-night-only fate (and Nickelodeon's own denial of the film's existence). Because it was only shown once in 2000 and never released on DVD/VHS, it was assumed that there were no copies of it floating around.That was until August 2011, when somebody asked about it on Reddit and a user by the name of "firesaladpeach" claimed to have recorded it on VHS. The Redditors got it up and streaming on YouTube, confirming that yes, Cry Baby Lane existed. The attention drawing from this lead to TeenNick re-airing the film once again as part of The '90s Are All That block. It was soon taken off of YouTube, but has been put back up by multiple people to ensure it doesn't become a lost film.On its original airing, the film was introduced by Melissa Joan Hart, who not only wished up a hot guy to view next to her, but was also in her Clarissa haircut.The plot revolves around a legend of a pair of conjoined twins that were separated at death. One of the twins was good, and the other was evil. The good twin was said to have been buried in the town cemetery, and the evil twin was buried in a grave near the farmhouse where he was born. Two brothers decide to hold a seance on the good twin's grave, but it turns out that the good twin was actually buried at the farmhouse and they've awakened the spirit of the evil twin. The evil twin then goes around possessing everyone, including the older of the two brothers. It's up to the younger brother to set things right again.
This film provides examples of:
- And Starring: Frank Langella
- Big Brother Bully: Carl
- Cool Old Guy: Mr. Bennett, who is all-too happy to share his ghost stories.
- Demonic Possession: The modus operandi of the Evil Twin.
- The End... Or Is It?: The evil twin is heard laughing as the movie fades out.
- Evil Twin: The basis of the plot.
- Hive Mind: What the town becomes under the evil twin's possession.
- Jerk Ass: Carl, who seems to have no other aspect of himself other than harassing and treating Andrew like shit, all because "He's a coward". He seems to calm down by the end, but it's only implied.
- Lost in the Maize
- Monochromatic Eyes: The possessed have blank white eyes.
- Monochrome Past: The opening scene telling the story of Cry Baby Lane.
- Nightmare Fetishist: The infamous creepypasta painted director Peter Lauer as this.
- Polar Opposite Twins: The conjoined twins.
- Spiritual Successor: This story would've been right at home on Nick's Are You Afraid of the Dark?, which aired its last episodes a few months before the airing.
- Spooky Seance: Carl pulls one to scare some of the local girls, but his actions lead to stirring up the evil twin's ghost.
- Unreliable Narrator: Mr. Bennett when telling the stories of the twins. He did this on purpose, though - omitting certain details to try to prevent anyone from stirring up trouble. He also reveals that he was the one to separate the twins' bodies before their burial.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: What happened to the spirit of the 'good' twin?