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‘The Last House on the Left’s’ Garret Dillahunt Joins Bruce Campbell in Satanic Panic Series ‘Hysteria!’

The series "Hysteria" is based on the true story of the “Satanic Panic” set in the 1980s. | Garret Dillahunt as John Dorie in Fear the Walking Dead | Image Courtesy of American Movie Classics

A “Nail-Biting Thriller Dives into a Mass Moral Panic”

“Coming-of-age” is a descriptor for a heartwarming story about a teenager finding themselves, like in Alexander Payne’s Best Picture nominee The Holdovers (2023). However, lately, the term “coming-of-age” is being broadened to encapsulate genre-bending horror comedies like Lisa Frankenstein (2024) and now Peacock’s panic-inspired thriller: Hysteria! 

Panic at the Horror Show

Deadline reports that Garret Dillahunt (The Last House on the Left and Fear The Walking Dead) is now attached to star in the project, as well as Nolan North and Elijah Richardson, who round out this powerful acting trio. Previously, Deadline had reported that other notable actors would be gracing the silver screen in the Peacock series. This includes horror icon Bruce Campbell and the talented Julie Bowen, as well as Anna Camp, Emjay Anthony, Chiara Aurelia, Kezii Curtis, and Nikki Hahn.

Who’s Behind the Series?

Good Fear Content and Universal Content Productions (UCP) are the production companies behind it. In addition, creator Matthew Scott Kane (Annabelle Comes Home) has joined writing and executive producing forces alongside David Goodman (The Orville). Other executive producers are John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Dungeons & Dragons.) Good Fear executive producers are Chris Bender and Jake Weiner (Under the Silver Lake.) Finally, Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who’s best known for the monster film Kong: Skull Island (2017), is directing the first episode.

The series “Hysteria” is based on the true story of the “Satanic Panic” set in the 1980s. | Bruce Campbell as Ash Williams in Evil Dead 2 | Image Courtesy of Renaissance Pictures
Bruce Campbell as Ash Williams in Evil Dead 2 | Image Courtesy of Renaissance Pictures

A Brief History of The ‘Satanic Panic’

During the 80s to early 90s, the US experienced a massive wave of hysteria surrounding a rumored underground network of Satan worshippers. These worshippers were allegedly doing horrendous acts like sacrificing animals and even abusing children. Before the advent of the internet, it was harder to fact-check in real-time and rumors spread like wildfire. This so-called “Satanic Panic” was championed by far-right conservatives to boot. Akin to the Salem Witch Trials in the 1600s, the hysteria gained traction, taking down any rational thought in its wake. While these lies were largely debunked in the ensuing years, the cultural damage was done. Since mass panic is a real phenomenon, it’s inherently terrifying. Thus, making it a fitting subject matter for a horror series.

What’s With All The ‘Hysteria!’?

The series is based on the now-established true story of the “Satanic Panic” set in the 1980s. The series will follow a group of outcasts that start a Satanic metal band that prompts a Salem-like witch hunt. Deadline notes that the series focuses on “a bizarre series of murders, kidnappings, and reported “supernatural activity” triggers a leather-studded witch hunt that leads directly back to them.”

“Frenetic Energy of the Satanic Panic”

According to Beatrice Springborn, the President of UCP, she states: “This nail-biting thriller dives into a mass moral panic and all the fears, desires, anger, and dread that led to these dark days.” Springborn added, “Matthew’s script is original, intriguing, and perfectly captures the frenetic energy of the Satanic Panic. We can’t wait for audiences to experience the show on Peacock.”

No release date has been set, but in the meantime, rewatch Bruce Campbell’s cult classics: The Evil Dead (1981) on AMC+ and Evil Dead 2 (1987) on Apple TV as well as Garret Dillahunt’s Fear The Walking Dead on AMC+ and The Last House on The Left on Amazon Prime Video or Apple TV+.

The series “Hysteria” is based on the true story of the “Satanic Panic” set in the 1980s. | Garret Dillahunt as Krug Stillo in The Last House on The Left | Image Courtesy of Rogue Pictures
Garret Dillahunt as Krug Stillo in The Last House on The Left | Image Courtesy of Rogue Pictures

Fear The Walking Dead (2015-2023) Offical Trailer | Courtesy of American Movie Classics

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