'Hysteria!' the Satanic Panic Coming-of-Age Thriller Series is coming to Peacock

'Hysteria!' the Satanic Panic Coming-of-Age Thriller Series is coming to Peacock ...

The 80s nostalgia is still alive and well, and Peacock is following the trend. Hysteria is a coming-of-age thriller that follows a group of high school outcasts who decide to exploit the hysteria in their town at the height of the satanic panic in the 1980s. It has also been announced to be directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein from Dungeons & Dragons.

The satanic panic was a moral panic that developed in the United States in the 1980s. It included accusations that people on the fringes of society were engaging in satanic activities, such as cannibalism and human sacrifices. Part of the panic included identifying things like Dungeons & Dragons and heavy metal music as satanic recruitment tools. In the most recent season of Stranger Things, the whole town assumed Eddie Munsons (Joesph Quinn)

Hysteria! is a story about a group of high school aliens who form a heavy metal band. The band then decides to exploit the town's satanic panic by gaining a reputation as a Satanic metal band. However, the band gets more than they bargained for when the town is plagued with more murders and kidnappings that make them the target of a witch hunt.

Matthew Scott Kane has previously directed and written for the television series Stitchers, as well as for American Horror Story. Daley and Goldstein are most well-known for directing the critically acclaimed 2018 comedy Game Night. The pair have also directed the highly anticipated Dungeons & Dragons adaptation Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, which has been praised by series producers.

Lisa Katz, President Scripted Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, said the following about the upcoming series:

Hysteria!, our upcoming thriller series, will explore the complicated world of the Satanic Panic, set amid 80s nostalgia, mystery, heavy metal, and an all-American setting. Were honored to collaborate on this fresh, coming-of-age story directed by writer Matthew Scott Kane, executive producers and directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, and our partners at UCP, for what is sure to be a compelling original series for Peacock viewers.

Stay tuned to Collider for any future news on this project, and see the series' official synopsis here:

A shaky high school heavy metal band of outcasts realizes they can capitalize on the town's sudden fascination with the occult by building a reputation as a Satanic metal band until a bizarre series of murders, kidnappings, and reported "supernatural activity" triggers a leather-studded witch hunt that leads directly back to them.