Freeform Cancels ‘Dead of Summer’

By Daniel Holloway

Freeform has canceled teen horror series “Dead of Summer,” Variety has confirmed.

Executive produced by Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz, Ian Goldberg, Steve Pearlman, “Dead of Summer” was set in the late 1980s at Camp Stillwater, a seemingly idyllic Midwestern summer camp, where what was supposed to be a summer of fun soon turns instead into one of unforgettable scares and evil at every turn. The series premiered June 28 and aired on Thursdays at 9 p.m. following “Pretty Little Liars.”

“With a title like that, Freeform’s vacation offering “Dead of Summer” is inviting any number of headline puns: ‘dead on arrival,’ ‘dead in the water,’ ‘dead boring,’ et cetera, ad nauseum,” Variety critic Sonia Saraiya wrote in her review. “The puns would not be entirely wrong, either; “Dead Of Summer” is a very silly new show that samples nearly every available cliché in the summer-camp-horror genre all at once, making for a messy homage to “Friday The 13th” that reads partly as satire and partly as meditative gothic horror. Nearly every scene in the first three episodes sent to critics is laden with some kind of terrible portent, which I know because the score histrionically hits the strings every time something is supposed to be shocking.”