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Discussion in 'General' started by ronnie21, Jan 15, 2018.
From the folks behind Turbo Kid.
Adding further details.
22 January 2018 (USA)(According to IMDb).
Looks fantastic. But, I have to admit all these 80's nostalgia tv shows/movies are starting to put a drain on me.
Looks like it could be cool. I'm down to give it a shot.
I really enjoyed Turbo kid, so will give this a go.
Wow, that poster is bitchin' - love it!
The bad news is it is being distributed by Gunpowder & Sky, who is maybe one notch above The Orchard in terms of distribution.
Expect an incredibly limited theatrical release, followed by cheap burn-on-demand BD-R and DVD-R releases.
yeah, the poster is a cool throw back to the 80's horror films, but yeah, hopefully they will add a few songs from the summer of 84 which they probably couldn't get the rights too on such a low budget,, and as with all period pieces,, they will have things that wont match the time frame.. or will be before and after that summer..
This looks way better than I was expecting before watching the trailer. Definitely looks like it's worth checking out.
Dread Central reviews Summer of '84: http://www.dreadcentral.com/reviews...dance-overstays-youll-leave-this-film-shaken/
Limited theatrical on August 10th
VOD on August 24th
This will be playing at the theater where I saw Victor Crowley last fall, but considering it's a 2 hour drive each way, I'll probably just wait for the VOD release on the 24th. We'll see what happens.
Theater listings, for those interested: https://www.summerof84movie.com/
This one reminds me a lot like Super Dark Times (from the trailer at least) which I really enjoyed. That one was based in the mid-90's and less horror-oriented, but the tone seems similar.
Germany is getting a pretty nice looking Blu-ray + DVD + CD "Retro VHS" set: https://www.amazon.de/Summer-of-84-Blu-ray/dp/B07G3HT1LX?tag=horrdigi-20&linkCode=ur1
Just watched the movie, and it was even better than expected.
Thought it was going to be yet another cheap retro styled slasher, but what I got, was one hell of a suspenseful thriller.
And damn does it get dark in the final act.
The acting was better than expected, and the leads are all likable.
One of the few horror movies, where I actually cared about the characters, and didn't want them to die.
Even though the movie is set in the 80:s, it didn't feel like a gimmick, where they just force 80:s nostalgia down our throat.
It mostly felt natural.
Way better than most of the mediocre "horror" movies, that got wide theatrical releases this year.
Hope it doesn't disappear below the radar.
I give it 4 out of 5.
Cool. Probably going to pick it up.
But WHY, do they have to make all these 80:s retro boxes look worn, and have fake rental stickers?
It would look so much better, if they didn't add that shit to the cover art.
They need to stop adding that shit.
Glad I didn't read the review before I saw the movie. I actually missed the "spoilers ahead" warning, when I read it afterwards
Though I don't agree about the run time. I was so hooked on the experience, that the movie just flew by.
It's probably the best way to go currently. It looks like the US is getting shafted with a BD-R release of the film: http://www.diabolikdvd.com/product/summer-of-84-blu-ray-bdr/
More information on the German release is up at the studio's website: https://www.pandastorm.com/detail/summer-of-84/5198.htm
If that's accurate, it will be region locked ... but still sounds like the best way to go for those who aren't hindered (like me! ) by region restrictions.
I have a few friends coming over tonight, we are all going to throw in $2 to rent this and Arizona.
I really enjoyed the movie, even if nearly everything about it feels forced. It's a huge improvement over Turbo Kid, which I remember being pretty boring.
You can feel how badly it wants to be Stranger Things / It / The Goonies / Stand By Me, etc. Hey, let's play Bananarama "Cruel Summer" to let everyone know it's the '80s! I couldn't tell if the kids were really bad actors, or if they were just given poor dialogue that doesn't fit them, but most of their dialogue feels extremely forced, like they're reading. They do have a few genuine moments though. Maybe the most forced part is the relationship between Davey and girl-next-door Nikki. That was a pretty hard sell.
Despite all that, I really like dark suburbia movies, and this is definitely that. It's heart was definitely in the right place. I kept trying to figure out where I recognized Mackey, the suspected serial killer next door, then finally placed him as Debbie's husband from GLOW. Also recognized girl-next-door Nikki as Polly's sister in Riverdale.
The movie could definitely use some tightening, especially in the first half. I will say I loved the ending. In fact, I think they stuck the landing so well, it made it a lot easier to forgive the flaws throughout. Even at its most forced, the movie always held my interest. Plus, I think the fact that the ending worked so well for me means I was probably more invested in these characters than I thought.
So yeah, despite the frequent eye-rolls throughout, I really dug it. Not as good as the recent similar Super Dark Times, but still worth seeing.
Movie night was two-for-two. Had fun with both movies.