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REVIEW: Summer of 84

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If you’re looking for some 80s nostalgia, a good story, solid character development and a movie that won’t lose your interest, then ‘Summer of 84’, directed by François Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissell, is your flick.

“Teenager Davey Armstrong is a conspiracy theorist who begins to suspect that a neighboring police officer is a serial killer. With help from three friends, Davey launches a daring investigation that soon turns dangerous.”

The story starts off in pure 80s fashion: a neighborhood game of Manhunt, a pure illustration of the innocence of the times, and the G.I. Joe walkie talkies that the kids use will thrust you right back to that time period, accompanied by a score that uses 80s synthesizer tones to further provide the feel from the era.

Four friends, Davey (Graham Verchere), Curtis (Corey Gruter-Andrew), Woody (Caleb Emery), and Tommy (Judah Lewis) try to make the best of their small town life when news breaks of a serial killer, who targets boys 12-16, is on the loose in their area.

Davey, who has an interest in the unbelievable, believes that his neighbor, Officer Wayne Mackey (Rich Sommer), is the killer, but he has little proof to back up his claim. Davey makes it the mission of his group of friends to do whatever it takes to prove that Mackey is the man responsible for the string of murders.

As the group of kids get closer, the danger and risk ramps up.

The movie won’t wow you with a stellar finale, and it kind of bumbles a well executed film with a disjointed ending of sorts. Throughout the movie, the story exists in realism, but loses that flow once the climax starts, kind of ruffling up an otherwise ironed out plotline.

The character development is solid enough, a few scares will keep you on your toes, and the creepy build of the tension between Davey and Mackey is enough to hold your interest and make this movie worth a rental, despite a rather “blah” ending.

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The character development is solid enough, a few scares will keep you on your toes, and the creepy build of the tension between Davey and Mackey is enough to hold your interest and make this movie worth a rental, despite a rather "blah" ending
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REVIEW: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

This past weekend, and with much anticipation, Andre Ovredal’s ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ hit theaters.

According to the synopsis: “The shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large in the small town of Mill Valley for generations. It’s in a mansion that young Sarah Bellows turns her tortured life and horrible secrets into a series of scary stories. These terrifying tales soon have a way of becoming all too real for a group of unsuspecting teens who stumble upon Sarah’s spooky home.”

Despite the promising premise, I couldn’t find anything to differentiate this film from the run-of-the-mill Goosebumps installment, which left it lacking in many areas, and buried it so deep in stupidity that not even their strong displays of special effects made this a worthwhile time investment.

I couldn’t find a reason to care about any of the main characters such as Stella (Zoe Margaret Colleti) or Ramon (Michael Garza) because this film simply failed to hold my attention.

Rooted in compelling horror stories that may have done well if done completely different, this fill clunked and bored it’s way from start to finish.

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Eli Roth-Produced ‘Haunt’ Arrives in September

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‘Haunt’, which is a new film produced by Eli Roth and directed by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, the writing team behind ‘A Quiet Place’, has dropped a new trailer ahead of it’s arrival.

‘Haunt’ is set to make it’s world premier at Popcorn Frights, and will head to theaters on September 13th.

According to the synopsis: “On Halloween, a group of friends encounter an “extreme” haunted house that promises to feed on their darkest fears. The night turns deadly as they come to the horrifying realization that some monsters are real.”

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A Haunted Ship Sets Sail in ‘Mary’

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RLJE Films has dropped a trailer for ‘Mary’, which they recently acquired and have slated for release in theaters, and on digital and VOD on October 11th.

Starring Gary Oldman and Emily Mortimer, the movie tells the tale of:

“David (Oldman) is a struggling blue-collar captain looking to make a better life for his family. Strangely drawn to an abandoned ship that is up for auction, David impulsively buys the boat, believing it will be his family’s ticket to happiness and prosperity. But soon after they embark on their maiden journey, strange and frightening events begin to terrorize David and his family, causing them to turn on one another and doubt their own sanity. With tensions high, the ship drifts off course, and it becomes horrifyingly clear that they are being lured to an even greater evil out at sea.”

Check out the official trailer below:

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