Streaming service Peacock has ordered the “Hysteria!” Series, which will be produced and directed by director duo John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. The two are responsible for the comedies “Breaking Vacation” and “Game Night” and are in sight of the next film “Dungeons & Dragons”, which will be released in 2023.
Created by Matthew Scott Kane (assistant production on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”), “Hysteria!” addresses a theme that was recently explored in “Stranger Things”: the so-called “Satanic Panic”.
“Satanic Panic”, or “satanic panic” in literal translation, was a kind of mass hysteria that took over the United States in the 1980s and 1990s, which considered everything related to heavy metal and role-playing games (such as “Dungeons & Dragons”) as examples of Satanism and the influence of the devil on youth.
As with the “Stranger Things” Hellfire Club, “Hysteria!” it will be followed by a group of high school kids from the 1980s who find themselves in the target of satanic panic. The difference is, this time around, the engagement is targeted.
The official synopsis indicates that when a college football player goes missing, a student band realizes they can take advantage of the city’s sudden interest in the occult by building their own reputation as a satanic metal band. But a series of murders, kidnappings and “supernatural activities” trigger a real witch hunt, for which they were not prepared.
“This nail-biting thriller plunges into mass moral panic and all the fears, desires, anger and terror that led to those dark days,” said Beatrice Springborn, president of UCP, the studio behind the production. . “Matthew’s script is original, intriguing and perfectly captures the fast-paced energy of The Satanic Panic. We can’t wait for audiences to experience this series at the Peacock.”
“Hysteria!” doesn’t have a premiere date yet.