Written and Edited By Grave Reviews Staff
Director: François Simard, Anouk Whissell, et. al.
Producer: Shawn Williamson, Jameson Parker, et. al.
Screenwriter: Matt Leslie, Stephen J. Smith
Date Released: January 22, 2018
Graham Verchere as Davey Armstrong
Judah Lewis as Tommy “Eats” Eaton
Caleb Emery as Dale “Woody” Woodworth
Cory Gruter-Andrew as Curtis Farraday
Tiera Skovbye as Nikki Kaszuba
Rich Sommer as Wayne Mackey
Rating = 1.5/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
Davey is a fifteen year old boy who has always been fascinated with mystery and conspiracy theories. However, when young boys start to go missing in and around his neighborhood, he has his own suspicions about who is behind the murders. When the Cape May Police Department announce that there is officially an active serial killer, Davey and his friends start to investigate a police officer, who has acted exceptionally strange. Together, they investigate the officer to see if he is the really the Cape May serial killer.
The Gore Factor
There is hardly any gore with the exception of a few corpses that are seen towards the end of the film. Otherwise, there are no notable scenes that display graphic imagery. The focus of Summer of 84 is centered on instilling a feeling of suspense and mystery rather than outright blood and gore.
The Grave Review
Summer of 84 is about Davey and his three friends who investigate whether Davey’s neighbor is a serial killer. The premise felt like something out of the TV show, Stranger Things, but much less interesting.
Summer of 84 had a runtime of about an hour and forty minutes. The progression of the story was slow paced and was not very substantive leading up to the conflict that the boys would ultimately face.
In addition, there was little character development to help the viewers relate or empathize with the boy’s predicaments. As with other stories, there is a period of time in the film where you start to understand the personalities of each boy and the issue or fear that each boy has to overcome. But, Summer of 84 unfortunately didn’t take the time to do. As a result, this aspect of the film diminished the effectiveness of the story line as a whole.
Overall, the execution of Summer of 84 (2018) was poorly and the film would not be a first choice if your looking for something new. For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives Summer of 84 (2018) one and one-half Graves out of five graves.
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