Nickelodeon Is Rebooting ‘Are You Afraid Of The Dark?’ For Some Serious Nightmare-Driven Nostalgia

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There’s no denying that Hollywood’s constant stream of remakes and reboots can be tiresome. From a new version of Spider-Man every fourth year to Kevin Smith literally naming his new movie “Reboot”, the lack of originality displayed by the various entertainment companies can be disheartening.

But, all that said, hell to the yes when it comes to this new Are You Afraid Of The Dark? remake.

The show that exposed most of us to the horror genre, Are You Afraid Of The Dark? truly is one of the most iconic shows from the 90s, especially to us Millenials. While I have difficulty remembering specific episodes (was there one with an evil carousel of death involved?), I do remember that Are You Afraid Of The Dark? used to legit scare the tighty-whities off of me.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the Are You Afraid Of The Dark? reboot will consist of three hour-long episodes and “will introduce a new group of Midnight Society kids, who gather around the fire to tell the terrifying story of Carnival of Doom (Blindspotting star Rafael Casal plays the carnival’s ringmaster).”

Series head writer BenDavid (no, this is not a type-o — this is actually how his name is spelled) Grabinski credits Are You Afraid Of The Dark?  with introducing him to the horror drama and hopes to do the same for today’s kids:

“Are You Afraid of The Dark? was my introduction to the horror genre and made me a fan for life. I hope we’re lucky enough to have our series do the same. It’s going to be a fun and scary ride, and I’m honored to introduce the Midnight Society to a whole new generation of kids,” he told Entertainment Weekly.

The reboot of Are You Afraid Of The Dark? is set to drop in the ~spookiest~ month of the year, of course: October.

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