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Summer of 84

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6.71 h 45 min2018X-Ray18+
It's the summer of 1984, the perfect time to be 15 years old and free. But when neighborhood conspiracy theorist Davey Armstrong begins to suspect his police officer neighbor might be the serial killer all over the local news, he and his three best friends begin an investigation that soon turns dangerous.
Directors
François SimardAnouk WhissellYoann-Karl Whissell
Starring
Graham VerchereJudah LewisCaleb Emery
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SuspenseHorrorDramaArts, Entertainment, and Culture
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English [CC]
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Supporting actors
Cory Gruter-AndrewTiera SkovbyeRich Sommer
Producers
Shawn WilliamsonJameson ParkerMatt LeslieVan TofflerCody Zwieg
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Cinetic
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FiReviewed in the United States on August 25, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
I can’t stop thinking about that ending!
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I’m tired of people comparing it to “ stranger things”. Both are good and completely different. The only similarity is it’s the 80’s and there’s a group of friends.

The directing is incredible ( by RKSS , same people who directed and wrote turbo kid) the music is by Le Matos which provides an ambience that is both chilling and unsettling. The story has a beautiful comforting safe quality to it, but If you feel too secure, don’t worry... this movie will rattle you before the end.

Davey is living in a quiet little suburban town. It’s summer, and his friends and him are enjoying it. There’s a lot of lewd comments, but they are teenage boys, completely standard.

Local boys have gone missing and davey has a suspicion about a neighbor ( rich sommer). If I delve any deeper I’ll give too much away.

If you are looking for a refreshingly well done horror/ thriller. This is it. I rewatched one scene over and over because it just shakes you, it’s been a very long time since a horror movie had my hair stand on end. Thanks to the brilliant cast delivering the chills and the directors for Just nailing every scene perfectly.

I must also add. I liked rich sommer on “ mad men” and “ Glow” but I never knew he could have a range like this. I’m still thinking about this and I cannot wait to own a physical copy.
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Kevin DuJanReviewed in the United States on January 29, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Rear Window meets Silence of the Lambs by way of The Goonies
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Please don't let anyone spoil this movie for you. See it without reading a synopsis that goes into any detail. All you need to know is that this is a film about a group of friends in the summer of 1984 who get the idea that their neighbor is a serial killer and then start following him and investigating. I grew up in the 1980s and so many great details about suburban life then are recreated here: a time when kids would go off on adventures and parents barely knew what they were up to. This is like a dark version of The Goonies where instead of pirate gold the quest is to prove a theory. It's so full of suspense and twists. It's also well-acted with performances that ring true to the time period: they're both like something you would have seen in 80s movies and also very true to what people acted/sounded like then. They also nailed how parents never listened to kids back then when they would actually come to them with problems and also how in movies like The Goonies the parents were on another planet or something when the kids would get into crazy trouble by themselves. The music in particular is pitch-perfect...the same kind of music you would have heard for different scenes to build tension or deliver scares in a real 80s movie. I can't say enough good about Summer of 84 but don't want to say anything that would spoil it.
16 people found this helpful
paul d.Reviewed in the United States on December 2, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Why did I pay a dollar for this?
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Worst movie I've watched in some time. Honestly not worth the $1.00 I paid. Not scary, excessive penis and masturbation jokes and not very 80 ish. Sure they make a bunch of 80s references but most feel tacked on and forced. For as bad as the script and plot are kudos to the teenagers acting in this. Despite the awful script they managed to come off as believable. Based on inflation a dollar today would've been 41 cents in 1984... even that would've still to much for this movie.
14 people found this helpful
M.A. KleenReviewed in the United States on October 3, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
A Suburb Can be a Dangerous Place
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A gang of bicycle-riding teen boys try to track down a neighborhood serial killer in this suburban Gothic send up to 1980s horror. Written by Matt Leslie and Stephen J. Smith and directed by a trio known for their 1980s-style films, casual viewers will undoubtedly accuse Summer of 84 (2018) of ripping off the Netflix series Stranger Things, but it is far more subtle in its nostalgia and grounded in reality. There are no supernatural elements here, only the real-life horror inflicted by unassuming suburban dwellers like John Wayne Gacy and William Bonin.

The year is 1984, and a serial killer stalks the fictional county of Cape May, Oregon. Fifteen-year-old Davey Armstrong (Graham Verchere), an avid follower of conspiracy theories and reader of the Weekly World News, becomes convinced his neighbor, police officer Wayne Mackey (Rich Sommer), is the "Cape May Slayer" after seeing a photo on the back of a milk carton of a missing boy he previously noticed inside Mackey's house.

He enlists the help of his skeptical friends, Dale "Woody" Woodworth (Caleb Emery), Curtis Farraday (Cory Gruter-Andrew), and Tommy "Eats" Eaton (Judah Lewis) to spy on Mackey. They follow him on his nightly jog to a storage unit, where they find several suspicious items, including the missing boy's bloodstained shirt. Davey presents their evidence to his parents (played by Jason Gray-Stanford and Shauna Johannesen), but his plan backfires when they become angry and force him to apologize to Mackey.

Davey's friend and former babysitter, Nikki Kaszuba (Tiera Skovbye), also tries to convince Davey to abandon his pursuit, but after several strange interactions with Mackey, Davey convinces his friends to give him one last chance to prove Mackey is the killer. I won't spoil the ending, but it is sickeningly real and terrifying. Summer of 84 pulls no punches when it comes to delivering an emotionally impactful climax.

Summer of 84's undercurrent of child abductions and neighborhood pedophiles is uncomfortably familiar to anyone who grew up during the 1980s. The only thing missing is a creepy white van and rumors of Satanic cults. High profile cases of missing kids in the late 1970s and early '80s led to the "Stranger Danger" panic, and the use of milk cartons to spread photos of missing children. Before the Internet, a photo on a milk carton was the most assured way of reaching every home in America.

As suburban Gothic horror, however, Summer of 84 argues it is not strangers you have to fear, but familiar faces in your own neighborhood. Even serial killers have to live somewhere, after all. "Just past the manicured lawns and friendly waves, inside any house, even the one next door, anything could be happening, and you'd never know," the narrator tells us. "...It may seem normal and routine, but the truth is, the suburbs are where the craziest sh*t happens."

In the vein of films like The Goonies (1985), The Monster Squad (1987), and It (2017), Summer of 84 features a group of kids investigating mysterious circumstances in their neighborhood, while adults seem oblivious or in denial. However, Summer of 84 has much more in common with my favorite horror-comedy of all time, The 'Burbs (1989). In both films, the protagonists work to expose a hidden threat in their otherwise tranquil and unassuming cul-de-sac.

This film borrows many elements from The 'Burbs, including digging through a neighbor's trash and backyard for clues, breaking into a neighbor's house to investigate a possible disappearance, accidentally burying their walkie talkie in dirt so they can't hear warnings the suspect is returning home, and so on. The protagonists in Summer of 84 could easily be adolescent versions of Ray, Mark, and Art in The 'Burbs.

Summer of 84 received moderately favorable reviews from critics and audiences alike, with a 66% aggregate favorability among critics and 71% among audiences on RottenTomatoes. Unfortunately, this film had a severely limited theatrical release and suffered from market burnout. There have been an excess of films and popular series playing on '80s nostalgia in recent years, and some people (wrongly) dismiss it as just another horror film trying to ride that wave. It won't disappoint if given a chance.
13 people found this helpful
BillReviewed in the United States on July 27, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
I didn't enjoy this movie
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I'm a horror fan but not into gore so when I saw this movie with the 80s kids and being from that era myself, I thought I was going to love it. I was wrong. All these boys talked about was sexual stuff and girl parts and it really ruined the movie for me, I found them so gross I wanted the killer to kill them all so I didn't have to listen to them talk anymore. I Also, everyone was a stereotype and the movie was predictable and it was more like a thriller, and it became boring- they dragged it out too long and the parents made no sense. And I don't understand why people are saying it's like Stranger Things, the kids in Stranger are cool and fun and interesting...this movie was nothing like Stranger Things.
11 people found this helpful
Chi RealtorReviewed in the United States on October 12, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Not a Predicable Movie, 80s Era Type Movie Excellent!
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Randomly came across this movie. The title caught our attention and then we watched the trailer. So glad we did! We loved the “older” not today’s crystal clear images and the not so perfect cast with the perfect teeth and skin these were the 80s movies we grew up on. The movie kept us on our toes it also made us laugh at teenage boy humor, you feel saddened for typical home life issues kids encounter secretly. Back to the movie plot it was at times typical the connection of the characters is both really connected by also very real in that even kids show when push comes to shove human nature is to protect ourselves first at all cost. We were super invested in all the characters within the first half hour. Your not sure how you feel about the supposed villain he’s truly a “good guy”. I loved how the parents were parents of the 80s when one parent could parent even kids that weren’t theirs. I could watch this movie with our teenagers and not have the awkward moment of brief nudity or a senseless sex scene like every horror movie has. There was a 20 sec will she or she remove her shirt moment but that’s it. Raunchy humor but is a teen movie. Acting was great, location of movie set perfect, just enough characters to make a movie but not so many you have to wonder how people are connected. They skipped the local neighborhood weirdo you think could be the bad guy, no ones doing drugs, the only boy girl connection is a sweet one which I appreciate like any kid of the 80s. Not a predictable ending at all no idea why people say that, I am sure no one said oh that’s how it’s going end their just mad they didn’t get the ending or just dumb. FYI my kids love Stranger Things and this movie has no similarities except the main characters are 4 boys on bikes like every movie placed in the 80s. There is no sci-fi anything. Plain and simple take the hour and an half to enjoy a quality movie with an unprecedented ending. Thrilled we found a new favorite 80s sort of movie. Thanks Prime!
3 people found this helpful
joel wingReviewed in the United States on November 6, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Completely predictable
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It’s 1984 in a small Oregon town where a group of young teens think that a local policeman is a serial killer. They decide to investigate.

The movie largely plays it by the numbers. The kids for example try to break into his house. They have to confront the policeman. There’s a girl, etc. Even the ending where they try to up the fear factor is predictable. It just makes the film a big waste of time.
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Author Angie MartinReviewed in the United States on July 7, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
This has made my top movies list
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I am a horror/thriller aficionado. That's ALL I watch, and since I work from home, I watch it a lot.

Summer of '84 has made my top movies list.

I grew up in the 80s, would have been 10 that year, but the 80s overall was pretty much the same as '84, so I could totally relate to everything in the movie. Our biggest fears playing outside all day was our parents telling us to use the buddy system cause we might get kidnapped. So this really played into those fears we had as a child - didn't stop us from playing all day, though!

Everything regarding the 80s hit home for me in the movie. The story was so much fun, too. It was smartly written, and the acting and directing were spot-on. There were laughs at the right moment, awesome suspense and build up of tension, and some psychological trills, too. The mystery kept winding and twisting, and even though I knew (and probably most viewers know) who did it, everything unfolded beautifully. This is a definite must watch - even if you didn't grow up during that amazing decade!
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