Satanic Panic + ’80s Metal Set The Stage For New Peacock Streaming Series

The Devil has been getting some solid gigs lately. That Satanic panic to swept the US through the 80s seems to be gets renewed media focus. Add that to the popularity of Stranger Things 4s beloved metalhead character Eddie Munsonand you can understand why Peacock, NBC’s streaming TV service, wants its own show that taps into the era of devilish hysteria and ’80s metal.

So it emerged on Friday (August 5) that Peacock has greenlit a new series actually called Hysteria!which took place when America was covered in extensive but unsubstantiated ritualistic abuse allegations that many religious groups attempted to claim heavy metal was an evil influence.

The Hollywood Reporter said the show centers around a high school heavy metal band. “When their school’s beloved varsity quarterback goes missing, the band members take advantage of their town’s sudden interest in the occult by building a reputation as a satanic metal band,” says a synopsis. “Until, that is, a bizarre series of murders, kidnappings and reported supernatural activity sparks a witch hunt that leads back to the group.”

NBCUniversal president Liza Katz noted, “Our upcoming thriller series Hysteria! will explore the complex world of the Satanic Panic, set amidst 80s nostalgia, mysticism, heavy metal and an all-American setting.” It is directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves).

Satanic panic still exists in the US In July, organizers of Tennessee Metal Devastation Music Festival faced the wrath of local residents who opposed the music they planned to bring there. About WBBJ Newssome wanted the festival cancelled, worried about associations with the occult.

“There are a lot of deeply religious people in that town who feel like we’re opening a portal to hell and summoning Satan and corrupting their children, which is pretty funny because we’re all really nice people,” said Raven Moonla, co-owner of the advertising company behind the party.

15 artists associated with witchcraft, satanism + the occult

Below is a gallery of 15 prominent artists in the world of rock and metal who have been associated with witchcraft, Satanism and the occult in one form or another. Some may seem obvious and others may completely surprise you.

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