“Dead of Summer” took a turn for the weird on Tuesday (July 12) — okay, it took a turn for the weirder — by incorporating what appears to be some kind of Satanist cult into the narrative.
Seeing as “Dead of Summer” is set in 1989, the timing is, of course, perfect for this little nod, since the height of the Satanism scare was in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Cricket’s (Amber Coney) over-protective mother feels like the perfect candidate to warn her good-girl daughter off those creepy devil-worshippers.
The ritualistic cult nightmares also feel like a great metaphor for the insecurity issues Cricket finds herself dealing with in the episode.
Coney told Zap2it, “Cricket’s haunting is very symbolic. The scare is a reflection of herself, and it’s about hiding. That’s what Cricket is doing at camp, so we see that manifested as a haunting, which is even scarier.”
The idea works when you factor in that it’s probably all in Cricket’s head, but then “Dead of Summer” throws us all for a loop by revealing that the cult is actually real and out for blood.
The town drug dealer — and probable psycho-murderer — Damon (Andrew J. West), along with his two buddies, has apparently not been lurking at the edges of camp to find new customers but new victims. Whatever dark ghost/demon/devil he’s serving is hunting one of our female counselors, and it looks like Amy (Elizabeth Lail) has drawn the short straw.
Even more perplexing, however, is Deb’s (Elizabeth Mitchell) involvement in the plot.
We counted four devil-worshippers in Cricket’s nightmare, and Deb just happens to have one of those creepy masks packed away in her closet?
We’re calling shenanigans on that coincidence, which only leaves us with more questions than we started with. Could Deb be the leader of a Satanist cult? And what does it all have to do with the ancient ghost lurking around camp? Worst of all, what have they done with poor Blotter (Zachary Gordon) whose severed hand is floating at the bottom of Lake Stillwater?
“Dead of Summer” airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Freeform.