Coming Soon: Cruel Summer

Amazon Prime Video will premiere acclaimed psychological thriller Cruel Summer on August 6.

The 10-part series is billed as an unconventional thriller set over three summers in the 90s when a beautiful and popular teen goes missing, and a seemingly unrelated girl transforms from a sweet and awkward outlier to the most popular girl in town, eventually becoming the most despised person in America.

Each episode is told from alternating points of view.

Olivia Holt, Chiara Aurelia, Michael Landes, Froy Gutierrez, Harley Quinn Smith, Allius Barnes,Blake Lee, Brooklyn Sudano and Sarah Drew star

Cruel Summer already has screened on Freeform in the US, where it became the Disney-owned channel’s most watched premiere due to “a huge boost” from multi-platform viewing.

Reports The Hollywood Reporter: “Delayed and cross-platform viewing (on Freeform’s website and app, Hulu and on demand) grew the audience to more than 15 times the size of the initial tune-in.”

The series has earned a 91% critics’ approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes: “Though it may have a bit too much going on, Cruel Summer‘s delicious twists and delightful turns from its young stars are never less than entertaining.”

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4 Responses to “Coming Soon: Cruel Summer”

  1. I would have thought Cruel Summer would have been on Star since it’s Disney related 🤔

  2. Such are the vagaries of international streaming, Trevor. Cruel Summer is an independent production from Entertainment One (eOne), which is also a global distributor and presumably did the Amazon deal (it excludes the US and Canada).

  3. So seeing as this isn’t an Amazon Original, it’s unlikely to be shown in 4K?

  4. It should be in 4K, Rosco. Amazon’s promoting it as an Original – it just doesn’t have the North American rights.

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