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Dead of Summer

Mystery . Drama . Sci-Fi & Fantasy . Fantasy . Horror
 

Set in the late 1980s, school is out for the summer and a sun-drenched season of firsts beckons the counselors at Camp Stillwater, a seemingly idyllic Midwestern summer camp, including first loves, first kisses - and first kills. Stillwater's dark, ancient mythology awakens, and what was supposed to be a summer of fun soon turns into one of unforgettable scares and evil at every turn.

 
Status: Ended
TV Channel: FreeForm
  • Mitchel Broussard

    It’s that fuck-it sense of kitchen sink 80’s nostalgia that endears me to Dead of Summer, despite its failings. It’s overkill, but at least it’s trying to be more than the next show down the thriller list on your DVR whose season pass you delete after 2 weeks.

    We Got This Covered Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    Dead of Summer starts out feeling like an homage to ’80s slasher films with a dash of “Beverly Hills 90210” here and a sprinkling of “Heathers” there. And that could be a lot of fun, but it’s a hard tone to authentically sustain, and soon enough the pilot episode becomes more like a library book in the young-adults section that never gets checked out anymore.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Sonia Saraiya

    This is not a show that is particularly original; every twist is a cliché, and every character is playing to type. But with so many well-worn at play, Dead of Summer makes for a schlocky hour that never quite gets boring.

    Variety Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    Adam Horowitz, Edward Kitsis and Ian B. Goldberg ("Once Upon a Time") created Dead of Summer, and they have paid more attention to the moody atmosphere and opportunities for scares than to the characters--at least, the living ones.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Alex McCown

    Dead Of Summer is a mess, but it’s the kind of mess that allows for a degree of back-handed enjoyment at the absurdity of it all.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    This mélange of styles may be intentional, but it fails to cohere into anything amusing or frightening.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    The result is a disjointed, absurd and only mildly frightening story that, three hours in, is still flailing more frantically than a teen falling out of a canoe into a lake full of corpses.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    The supernatural shocks are less scary than the bad acting. [27 Jun - 10 Jul 2016, p.15]

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    After watching a mere two episodes, I felt as though I’d squandered an entire summer watching Dead of Summer, a supernatural/horror/YA drama/soap opera, which starts moldering on Freeform Tuesday night.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Terry Terrones

    While this new series makes some dubious choices with its characters and setting (Why did it need to be set in 1989?), the premiere of Dead of Summer provided much of what I look for in a summer show--an enjoyable distraction.

    Colorado Springs Gazette Full Review
  • Dan Fienberg

    There's a different version of Dead of Summer in which having a character half-named after the Antichrist and half-named after the 20th century's most notorious occultist prophet would be part of a general wink-and-nudge approach to a slew of genre conventions. The actual version premiering on Freeform June 28 is not that fun, smart or creative, and not satisfyingly scary, mysterious or disturbing either.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
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