A new Midnight Society makes its debut in “Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Curse of the Shadows,” based on the  chilling & beloved ’90s anthology. We were so excited to have received a free copy of the newest installment so we could share this review with you. The new 6 episode DVD is available in stores now.

About the DVD

The Midnight Society returns in a follow-up to 2019’s reimagined limited series horror anthology in Nickelodeon’s Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Curse of the Shadows, on DVD August 10, 2021. Based on the ‘90s kids’ cult classic and featuring a terrifying new story, the second season includes six hour-long episodes that follow an all-new group of kids as they tell the tale of a curse that has been cast over their small seaside town, haunted by a villain named the Shadowman. After their leader goes missing, it’s up to the remaining members of the Midnight Society to break the curse and free the Shadowman’s victims, before they too disappear into the shadows.

A must-own for old and new fans alike, the Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Curse of the Shadows DVD will be available from Paramount Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon Home Entertainment for the suggested retail price of $13.99.

My Thoughts

Last year, I was introduced to the Midnight Society in Are You Afraid of the Dark?, the reboot from the 90s show on Nickelodeon. The three-episode show was not necessarily “scary,” but it was a good for younger kids who want to watch something “scary,” but not too scary. I was curious how this newest release would be, especially with a new cast and more episodes.

Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Curse of the Shadows” is a six-episode story, and much better than last year’s three-episode story. In the original, there was not much character development and the scares were not scary. Curse of the Shadows features a new cast, which we get to know much better. I feel that this season was better prepared than the first reboot. The scare factor in Curse of the Shadows also is not necessarily “scary,” but the jump effects caught me by surprise. I liked that unpredictability. There were certain elements of this release that reminded me of parts in Hocus Pocus and Stranger Things.

Overall, I found “Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Curse of the Shadows” to be enjoyable. I highly recommend watching this in a dark room to add to the scare factor. I am looking forward to the next season, although I hope they hold on to this cast. They worked well together.

The Cast

The members of the newest chapter of the Midnight Society are: Luke, played by Bryce Gheisar (Wonder, Nickelodeon’s The Astronauts); Jai, played by Arjun Athalye; Hanna, played by Beatrice Kitsos (Child’s Play); Gabby, played by Malia Baker (The Baby-Sitters Club); Seth, played by Dominic Mariche (The Christmas Yule Blog); and Connor, played by Parker Queenan (Party of Five). The Shadowman is played by Kyle Strauts (Flora & Ulysses).

Episodes on this DVD

Are You Afraid of the Dark? Curse of the Shadows Episodes:

  • The Tale of the Haunted Woods
  • The Tale of the Night Frights
  • The Tale of the Phantom Light
  • The Tale of the Danse Macabre
  • The Tale of the Midnight Magic
  • The Tale of the Darkhouse


disclosure: we received a copy of this DVD in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are our own. No other compensation was received. 

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