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Nickelodeon Hopes to Scare New Generation of Viewers With ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’ Reboot

We. Are. Ready.


Whether you like it or not, the age of reboots is upon us. Nickelodeon is the latest to jump on the trend, announcing that they’re bringing back the 90s kids-horror series, Are You Afraid of The Dark? The original series aired between 1992 and 1996, then again between 1999 and 2000, solidifying its place in the television canon for 90s kids.

The reboot will be a limited series, consisting of three, hour-long episodes. The format will be similar to the original show: a group of young horror-enthusiasts called The Midnight Society share their most chill-inducing tales. But don’t worry – the new series will be completely new stories, perhaps showing the potential horrors of growing up in the digital age, ala Black Mirror (though, to be fair, Are You Afraid is more straightforward horror than dystopian thriller).

Nickelodeon has also cast a whole new group of kids, including Tamara Smart (The Worst Witch and Artemis Fowl), Sam Ashe Arnold, Miya Cech, Jeremy Taylor (It and Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween), Lyliana Wray and Rafael Casal.

The series will debut this October and will be directed by Dean Israelite and written by BenDavid Grabinski.

Paramount Pictures also announced a brand new Are You Afraid of the Dark? movie, though the date and details for this have not been confirmed yet.

If you watched the original Are You Afraid of The Dark? you know that for a “children’s” program, it was pretty darn freaky at times. (Anyone else still traumatized by the pool monster episode?) So if your little ones are easily spooked, be wary when tuning into the reboot.