Sweet Valley High 1×07: The Curse of Lawrence Manson

Hey, big costume party tonight! Don’t forget to wear a costume!


Liz: I think we’ll be Romeo and Juliet.

Todd: Todd no want wear tights.

Oh, hi, guys. This is my friend Gary. He just transferred to Sweet Valley.

I’m Lila. Perhaps you’ve heard of me?

So, you guys know about this Larry Manson guy? He died at Sweet Valley High twenty-five years ago and now he comes back every Halloween to scare kids. I’m going to see his ghost tonight instead of going to that dumb costume party. Who’s in?

What about you, Winston? Or are you too chicken?

That sounds really scary, but Bruce called me a chicken so I have to go.

Check out my costume!

Jessica: I’m going as Catwoman.

Later that night…

Lila: You said you were going to be Catwoman!

Jessica: I lied. I just wanted to look better than you in the genie costume.

Let’s go fight over Gary now.

Gary: I like how we all dressed up even though we all decided not to go to the costume party.

Enid: We have a flat tire and it’s all your fault.

Winston: Let’s just walk! I know these woods like the back of my hand.


Well, that was inevitable.

Oh, spirit of Larry Manson. Come scare us and stuff…

OMG, the lights went out!

OMG, there’s a thing rolling toward us!

Todd: It was just Bruce pulling it on fishing line.

I hate you, Bruce!

I’m having a good time, Gary. How about you?


I’m out of here.

OMG, it’s a monster!

Hi. I fell in some mud.

Mysterious someone locking the children in the school.

Gary: I just heard a noise. I’m brave and handsome, so I’ll go investigate.

I’m going after him! Stay here, Lila.

Ha! Yeah, right.

Mysterious someone turning out the lights.

Walking along, walking along…

*sounds of Gary screaming*

It’s Gary’s costume! That means he must be walking around here naked!

Scary ghost!

Winston: JK LOL. It was just me.

Patty: Let’s forget about Gary and get out of here.

Oh no, we’re stuck!


And now it’s time for a montage. A stuck-inside-the-school-with-a-ghost montage.


This is my Plan Working Perfectly So I’m Eating An Apple face.

Lila and Winston are missing now!

Mysterious someone watching the children.

 Winston: I’m going to see if Gary’s in that closet.

Lila: Bad idea!

A monster is getting me!

Oh Winston, let’s put Mr. Bones back in the closet.

Winston: A mysterious someone has locked us in!

Lila: Worst. Halloween. Ever.

As long as everyone else is missing, let’s make out a little.

Me and my fake mustache will keep you safe.

Enid: What’s this piece of paper that just appeared on the floor?

It’s a test with all the answers! OMG, it’s dated 1969!


The lights went out and everyone disappeared! This is so hilarious!

Oh, crap.

I can’t get a signal on my Zack Morris phone!


Winston, I’m so scared. I’m just glad I’m not alone.

Someone’s at the door!

What were you guys doing in there?


Hide! Someone’s in the hall!

Man, we’re so awesome and scary.

Todd: Did you hear that? They’re scaring us on purpose! TODD SMASH!

Let’s get even.

Hey, Gary. Did you see how much we scared everyone? We’re so cool.

You guys!

It’s in there!

Let’s see what she was screaming about.


They’re all dead!

And we’re locked in!

Haha, we scared you!


Someone’s coming down the hall! Run away!

Stupid kids. Don’t they know it’s always the janitor?

  • Whallie August 4, 2011 at 8:37 am

    I own the first and only SVH DVD season, and this particular one is pretty dumb in the end when they pretend to be dead. They should have just gone to the Halloween party since it seems they spent more time clowning around in their school at night then during the day when they actually have class.


  • Anonymous August 17, 2011 at 12:50 am

    hahaha. more episode recaps!!!!


  • Marian October 14, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    haha this is too funny. Some of your screen caps are just priceless, and the commentary is even funnier!


  • Anonymous August 5, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Jessica’s I’m Scheming Something Eyes Half-Closed Eyebrows Raised Tryna Be Sexy smug face really irks me.


  • Dane Youssef September 3, 2013 at 12:30 am

    by Dane Youssef

    It had some good morals and it was “cute.” It’s not a classic for good reason. Nice and easily disposable. Forgettably pastel and sweet.

    These fucking shows were something different entirely. The acting hurt so bad, you yourself were physically in pain whenever they started to open their mouths. You tried to numb the pain by muting the sound… but even that wasn’t enough.

    And they always tried to have a plot.

    Funny thing, if you want to see a series that’s really true to the “SVH” books, check out season one of “90210.”

    True story–that’s where they got the idea for “90210.” The locale of southern LA, the twins, the characters. Even the dad was a lawyer. Now this show wasn’t really “SVH.” But early “90210” was. Don’t believe me? Check it out.

    Funnily enough, the “actors” (notice the quotation marks) got better as it went on. Much better. And then it honestly managed to get even stupider written.

    The equally dreadful and ludicrous sit-com everyone was embarrassed to admit they watched and loved as kid–“Saved By The Bell” was enormously popular at the time.

    And as we all know, it’s like high school… even the stupidest thing possible sparks a trend–and the rest of world follows, like lemmings right off a cliff.

    So for a series to really look back on and now see with absolute hatred and contempt, a realization it should not exist… here it is.

    –Still Grateful For This Site, Dane Youssef


  • Amber September 10, 2013 at 9:02 am

    I always thought that the new 90210 reminded me of SVH (the books). Naomi as Jessica and Annie as Elizabeth…


  • Dane's biggest fan January 7, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    Dane, you get right to the nitty gritty with your insightful observations, and continue to hit the nail on the head with each post! I truly think that you should take over this site if our illustrious blog master Shannon should ever retire. Your talent and keen eye are top notch.


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