‘Dead of Summer’ filled with ’80s nostalgia, spooky stuff
Elizabeth Mitchell’s summer camp experiences were never like this.
The Dallas actress — who stars in the coming-of-age horror thriller Dead of Summer, a new TV series about a sleepaway camp with a nightmare past — might have told a few ghost stories back in the day when the campers all gathered around the fire at Camp Longhorn in the Texas Hill Country.
But those scary tales were just in fun. In Dead of Summer, the restless spirits of Camp Stillwater are very real.
“The people in this show have good reason to be scared,” Mitchell says. “There’s something evil going on in these woods.”
Any of Stillwater’s unfortunate counselors and campers could die at any moment.
Dead of Summer premieres at 8 p.m. Tuesday on Freeform, the network formerly known as ABC Family.
Mitchell plays Deborah Carpenter, a woman who so fondly remembers her camp experiences that she buys Stillwater and reopens it five years after tragedy shut it down in the mid-1980s.
While the young group of counselors, many of whom knew each other years earlier as campers, gets reacquainted, newcomer Amy (played by Elizabeth Lail) starts seeing dead people, lots of them.
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