The horror genre is alive and well on television these days, with shows like American Horror Story, Scream Queens and Ash vs Evil Dead delivering all kinds of frights and gory sights. Get ready for a new project to join the bunch, as ABC Family – soon to be the more all-encompassing Freeform – has ordered up the horror series Dead of Summer from the creators of Once Upon a Time. You’d better make sure your sunscreen is scare-proof.
With the late 1980s as its setting, Dead of Summer will center on a summer camp going as horribly as it possibly could, which is basically how most camp stories go. Camp Clearwater seems to be a perfect spot in the Midwest where campers and counselors alike can experience love and smooches, but it all goes downhill once the camp’s ancient mythology comes to lite, and evil rises up to add dangerous scares to everyone’s summer. The show will play out as both a coming-of-age tale and a supernatural thriller, so we’ll likely get some laughs on top of the spooky shit.
Dead of Summer is the creation of Once Upon a Time masterminds Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, who also worked together on shows like Lost and Popular. They will pen the scripts and executive produce alongside OUAT writer Ian Goldberg, who has also written for genre shows like Flashforward and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Hopefully this team-up will bring a story that serves as the best cabin-based horror since Cabin in the Woods.
There is, of course, the chance that Dead of Summer will bump heads with The CW’s upcoming small screen take on Friday the 13th. That latter show’s story plans are kind of up in the air, so they could easily feel like two separate entities, but the similarities are unavoidable. It sounds like this tale will be focused on more ghouls and creatures than just a drowned boy getting vengeance, though, so that’s a plus.
ABC Family is set to change over to Freeform in January 2016. When it gets there, it won’t have the drama Chasing Life, which was canceled earlier this year. But it will still have drama vets like Pretty Little Liars, Switched at Birth, and The Fosters, with the new sci-fi-ish show Stitchers also getting renewed for a Season 2 this summer. This is not a network known for pumping out horror fare, with the short-lived Ravenswood serving as a recent example, so it’ll be great to see how audiences react.
There is nothing set in stone just yet for when audiences will see Dead of Summer, but will arrive on the newly-named network in 2016. Get your bug juice ready.