With clowns wielding chainsaws and creatures lurking in the depths of foggy waters, the trailer actually makes us both excited and horrified to see the reboot once it drops next month.
In case you’re unaware, the plot follows a group of kids called “The Midnight Society” who frequently escape into the woods to tell ghost stories.
The cast includes Sam Ashe Arnold, Miya Cech, Tamara Smart, Jeremy Taylor, Lyliana Wray and Rafael Casal. You might remember Taylor from It and Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween.
The series is directed by Dean Israelite and written by BenDavid Grabinski. The remake will be a three-episode hourlong series.
The screenwriter of The Conjuring spin-offs, Gary Dauberman has some dark, twisted plans for the beloved Nickelodeon classic. One of the biggest changes is that the series will not feature any of the old stories present in the television show, but instead include new, original content.
“It is a completely original story I came up with,” Dauberman says in an interview with /Film. “But it still has the Midnight Society and it still has the campfire. It’s still a story being told.”
Dauberman also promises to keep and amplify the eerie, dark components the television series had back in the day. That’s not that surprising coming from the guy that wrote It(2018) and The Nun (2018).
“Fear is healthy for kids,” Dauberman says. “I don’t think we have to always sand down the edges of things and that’s something I really wanted to do with Are You Afraid of the Dark. I think it is scary and I think kids will be scared watching it at times, and also they’ll laugh at times.”
Last month, Nickelodeon dropped its first teaser to give fans a taste of what the series would look like.
You can see that below.
Now, we have a full-length trailer via Vulture that gives a lot more plot as to what scary stories will be included in the film. One big setting appears to be a horrifying carnival filled with creepy clowns holding chainsaws that came from one of the character’s nightmares. You can see the full trailer below.
Paramount has set the release date of Are You Afraid Of The Dark? to October 11, 2019.
Need a refresher on Are You Afraid Of The Dark? You can watch full episodes of Are You Afraid Of The Dark? on Nickelodeon’s streaming service Nicksplat.
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