Every budding horror fan has to start somewhere, and not everybody is allowed to watch A Nightmare on Elm Street or The Shining at a tender age. That’s where shows like Nickelodeon’s 1990s anthology program Are You Afraid of the Dark? come in.
Debuting in 1992, Are You Afraid of the Dark? presented viewers with a new tale of terror each week, with subjects ranging all the way from shape-shifting monsters to child-abducting aliens. Each episode was introduced by a member of the Midnight Society, a group of teenage friends who gather in the woods each weekend to tell spooky stories.
Are you Afraid of the Dark? originally ran as part of Nickelodeon’s beloved Saturday night SNICK block for five seasons, signing off in 1996. The show was later resurrected in 1999 for two more seasons, with an almost entirely new Midnight Society. Some of the original cast members did return for a three-part special though.
News broke recently that AYAOTD was set to be turned into a feature film by Paramount Pictures, with IT screenwriter Gary Dauberman on-board to pen the script. Dauberman has become a favorite choice for recent Hollywood horror, also writing both Annabelle movies, and the upcoming Conjuring spinoff The Nun.
Now, Variety reports that Paramount has assigned an October 11th, 2019 release date for the AYAOTD film adaptation. This is certainly an appropriate choice, as the series produced some great Halloween-themed episodes, and now today’s audiences will get to spend the season with the Midnight Society all over again.
What the Are You Afraid of the Dark? movie will be about is unknown at this point, but hopefully Paramount opts to retain the anthology format that served the show so well. I for one can’t wait to hear “submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society, I call this story” once again.