BMD readers of a certain age are sure to remember Nickelodeon's Are You Afraid of the Dark?, a Tales From The Crypt-esque horror anthology series (but for kids!) that hit the network back in the early '90s. As you've probably already heard, the series is coming back, with a brand-new, three-episode limited series which'll begin rolling out on Nickelodeon later this month.
But let's say you're living in Los Angeles and you don't want to wait until October 11th to catch the premiere. Maybe you're unreasonably excited about Are You Afraid of the Dark?'s return, and wish to see it much sooner. Maybe you'd like to see it paired with a 35mm screening of Tibor Takács' The Gate. Maybe you'd like this to happen as soon as next Monday.
If you happen to be in that very particular boat, I have good news for you:
"Beyond Fest, the highest-attended genre film festival in the US, is excited to announce the premiere event of Nickelodeon’s Are You Afraid of the Dark? The three-part limited series event sees the return of the Midnight Society, with Beyond Fest bowing the first two episodes on Monday, Oct. 7. Courtesy of Nickelodeon, the special screening is an all-ages, family-friendly event built specifically for fans young and old and free to all guests with tickets obtained via RSVP (seating is subject to availability on a first-come, first-serve basis, details below).
Following the screening will be a special Are You Afraid of the Dark? panel with stars Lyliana Wray, Sam Ashe Arnold, Miya Cech and Jeremy Ray Taylor, ACE Entertainment’s Spencer Berman, writer BenDavid Grabinski, and director Dean Israelite. Berman, Grabinski and Israelite all serve as executive producers. The Are You Afraid of the Dark? panel will be followed by a 35mm screening of the ‘80s thrill-ride, The Gate, a film specially selected based on its shared sensibilities with the limited series.
Across the three hour-long episodes, Are You Afraid of the Dark? will follow members of an entirely new Midnight Society, who tell a terrifying tale of the Carnival of Doom and its evil ringmaster Mr. Tophat, only to witness the shocking story come frightfully to life. Based on the ‘90s kids’ cult classic, and reimagined for a new generation, part one of Are You Afraid of the Dark? will debut on Friday, Oct. 11, at 7:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon, with parts two and three to follow Oct. 18, and Oct. 25, respectively."
Yes, Beyond Fest is unleashing the first two episodes of the Are You Afraid of the Dark? limited series this coming Monday, with a special screening of Tibor Takács' The Gate (in glorious 35mm) to follow. Tickets are on sale now via the EventBrite site, but be forewarned that seats are limited, so if you're interested in attending...better get while the getting's good.
We're excited about Are You Afraid of the Dark?'s return, and hope to see some of y'all there!