Are you afraid of the dark? Well I am, and now you can be too! Legendary Nineties YTV/Nickelodeon series Are You Afraid Of The Dark? is being rebooted into a new television show as well as the previously announced feature film, the Hollywood Reporter reports.
Are You Afraid Of The Dark? was a horror anthology that first aired on YTV, Canada’s wild answer to Nickelodeon. The show revolved around the campfire meetings of The Midnight Society, a group of otherwise well-scrubbed middle class teenagers who came together to tell scary stories after dark. The tagline before the beginning of the story was always “Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society, I call this story” and then the name of the story, followed by the ritualistic tossing of strange white powder into the fire. The stories themselves would be along the lines of The Twilight Zone, where supernatural occurrences, morality plays, ancient evil curses, and creepy urban legends could inform the tale.
It was picked up after one season by Nickelodeon, who ran it in it’s first incarnation from 1991 to 1996; a ‘revival series’ was aired in 1999-2000 but the individual characteristics of each storyteller were replaced with a more random way of linking storyteller to the story.
In November of 2017 Paramount Players announced that they were adapting Are You Afraid Of The Dark as a feature film, with Gary Dauberman (IT) tapped to write the screenplay. At the time it was announced, Dauberman told The Hollywood Reporter that:
“The show is about the shared experience of telling stories – especially scary ones. We’re going to celebrate that with this movie and honour the darker, scarier tone of the show, which was really groundbreaking for Nickelodeon at the time. I hope the Midnight Society approves.”
The television version of Are You Afraid Of The Dark will be a limited miniseries that will take the same basic form as the original series. It is set to air in October, alongside the release of the movie. The film will premiere October 11th, 2019 and it is likely that the series will debut around the same time. Are You Afraid of The Dark? Let us know on Twitter, in the official NOFS Subreddit, or on Facebook in the Horror Movie Fiend Club!