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Maybe Dead of Summer will turn out to be more than the sum of its parts, and triumph over the cliches on which it's constructed. Or maybe the characters will just wind up being picked off, one at a time. That would work, too.
For a show that's both literally and figuratively campy, Dead of Summer just got really real, yo.
Dead of Summer is just run-of-the-mill unintentionally bad -- a mishmash of genres and structures and stock characters that maybe aspires to something original and falls flat.
Dead of Summer makes for a schlocky hour that never quite gets boring. At the very least, while escaping the dog days of summer inside with the air-conditioning, there's plenty of fun to be had in laughing at how bad it is.
Its story is so clunky, and characters so wafer-thin, it all but evaporates into a haze of trite jump-scare beats and hoary teen tropes.
Not every show with "summer" in the name will automatically serve as a TV mascot for the season, but... this exercise in corniness is well worth it if you can find a group of jovial friends who like railing on wooden acting and cheesy jump scares.
The slow reveal and transformation of Jessie from a completely one-dimensional mean girl to the legitimate protagonist across the second half of the season is wonderful. It's easily the most unique and interesting thing about the show.
While it remains to be seen whether the show gets better from here and there's definitely room for improvement- so good, so far.
While the premise of Dead of Summer sounds familiar to any horror movie fan, the show benefits from not being directly tied to an existing horror franchise since it won't suffer for being compared to movies beloved by generations.
If you're looking for your summer's new guilty pleasure, Dead of Summer is the one. It's bound to keep you guessing what exactly is going on at the camp during its present day and what happened in the 1800s
It apparently wants to evoke memories of everything from the '80s slasher film Sleepaway Camp to 2001's Wet Hot American Summer, but it lacks the energy, sex quotient, and scares-per-hour to achieve anything except a certain awkward creepiness.
Audience Reviews for Dead of Summer: Season 1
Sep 19, 2016Dead of summer is a fun little series with surprisingly compelling characters and a decent body count. The supernatural/slasher/horror concept is quite ambitious, but it falls a little flat due to inconsistent & incomprehensible mythology. The 80s nostalgia is incredibly fun and there are genuine dramatic highs for the characters. But even still, the clunky writing taints the experience a little. The show definitely gets points for aiming really high, even if it doesnt quite hit. The 10 hours of Dead of summer wont particularly terrify or exhilarate you, but this is definitely not a waste of your summer. A must see for Supernatural enthusiasts.
Sep 15, 2016Tame but watchable lightweight horror series is what you expect from the old ABC family network.
Aug 31, 2016Dead of Summer starts off as your typical teen horror series that we've seen a million times however the more it went the more it dived deep into it's characters who all end up being a lot more compelling than you would think and the show honestly got pretty creepy in many scenes but by far the biggest thing that standouts is a twist near the end of the season that not only changes everything but makes the show so much more worthwhile and unpredictable and makes it stand out as something that definitely was rarely seen by many and in many cases i think is the first great show Freeform has had to offer that hopefully comes back for a Season 2 to dive deeper into character's past even though one half of the show is concluded it doesn't mean the whole half has to be. Grade for the Season: A-
Aug 31, 2016There are a lot worse things ti watch. I recall a lot of bad 80's horror movies and although this not great it is not the worst I have seen. Yes the characters are bland and the script predictable and boring as well as clunky but with the blood and gore and a bit of cgi to cheer it up a bit it does give it a bit more appeal. Something to watch over a few drinks and share with a few friends even if its only to shred its cliches and shortfalls at least you will get something out of it. For a better choice watch Slasher its far more superior than this!
Aug 30, 2016AWESOME! THEY SHOULD MAKE A SEASON 2!! YOU WOULD LOVE IT!
Aug 27, 2016Totally stupid script. Not one thing new.
Aug 16, 2016This is the show I look forward to all week. Love it and hope they are in for season 2!
Aug 16, 2016It's silly and it's old school... but makes for enjoyable watching
Aug 12, 2016This started out okay. The farther it goes in to the season though, it is just stupid. Spoiler***once the satanists come in I'm like, come on, this is ridiculous
Aug 10, 2016I have been waiting for another good Supernatural series. Well developed characters and a classic story line. I won't miss an episode!