If you are a 90’s kid then there is no doubt that you watched Are You Afraid of the Dark? on television. Between Goosebumps, and the beloved anthology series, we 90’s kids had a nice introduction to horror. Blowing out a match has now forever haunted me because of this show.
After the success of Goosebumps (2015) and Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (2018), it wasn’t long before an Are You Afraid of the Dark? movie was announced. What you may not have heard, is that Nickelodeon has been developing a limited revival series to be released in tandem with the new film. Yeah. New Are You Afraid of the Dark? on TV. Well, the television reboot has finally cast their new Midnight Society and things are starting to get underway.
The beloved anthology series will return this October as a brand-new miniseries and follow new members of the Midnight Society as they gather around a campfire in the woods to share scary stories. The miniseries will coincide with the upcoming Are You Afraid of the Dark? theatrical movie from Paramount Pictures, Paramount Players’ and Nickelodeon Movies, in theaters October 2019.
The show was originally supposed to be released with the film of the same name this October, but the movie has now been pushed back to a later date (still currently to be determined) due to some behind the scenes changes. The three-part miniseries will contain hour-long episodes bringing the Midnight Society together and telling the story of the Carnival of Doom. But in this version, their stories come to life and terror ensues.
The new cast of the Midnight Society includes Sam Ashe Arnold (Best. Worst. Weekend. Ever.), Tamara Smart (Artemis Fowl), Miya Cech (Rim of the World), Lyliana Wray (Black-ish) and Jeremy Taylor (It). Raphael Casal (Blindspotting) will be playing the Carnival leader Mr. Tophat. Who knows what kind of scares he has in store for us? The miniseries is directed by Dean Israelite (Power Rangers) and is penned by BenDavid Grabinkski (Happily).
The original Are You Afraid of the Dark? aired from 1990-2000, with 91 episodes in its total run. And, it sounds as if the upcoming series reboot will diverge from the original series’ structure of third-party storytelling, because instead of hanging around the campfire, the stories are being described as “coming to life”. It will be very interesting to see how the Midnight Society will fare telling their own personal horror stories.