After suspecting that their police officer neighbor is a serial killer, a group of teenage friends spend their summer spying on him and gathering evidence, but as they get closer to discovering the truth, things get dangerous.
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Not to suggest that "Stranger Things" was the first property to cash in on Eighties nostalgia—far from it—but "Summer of '84" is a film that feels like it wouldn't even exist if the Duffer Brothers hadn't created their Netflix series beforehand. Except here the kids aren't particularly likable, they're saddled with some woeful dialogue, and the screenplay doesn't arrive anywhere interesting until it's nearly over.
Even in a saturated market, spoiled by 80s-inspired offerings like "It" and "Stranger Things," "Summer of 84" does certain things right. The writers get the details of the boys' messy but passionate investigation down to the point where process becomes more engrossing than the potential for gore ever does. Caleb Emery gives a tender performance, and the ending reminds us what there really is to fear in this world.
Doesn’t work much as a thriller/horror film because there’s only one such scene until the last smidgen of this 105-minute film. However, marketing uncertainty aside it’s pretty fulfilling as an adolescent mystery-adventure film. Charming young cast. Dramatically mono-dimensional and non-energetic, but entertaining enough in its youthful nostalgics. Also has one hell of a good cliffhanger to its final confrontation.
A loveletter to the 80´s with shades of both Fright Night, The Burbs and Rear Window. I really liked this movie although there are some rough patches. The acting is uneven and the plotting in the first reel could have been tighter. Still the story is interesting and when the movie hits it stride I was hooked till the riveting end. The standouts are the actor playing Mackey and the wonderful score by Le Matos.
Much like “Stranger Things”, it appears like a bunch of Millennials thrown into 80s environment. It relies too much on technology and fanboyish small talks to be taken authentic. It seems like only “Let the Right One In” managed to capture the spirit of the 80s and not just cars, posters or clothes. Other than that, it’s pretty solid thriller that takes its time to build a climax in a more or less suspenseful manner.
Well made teenage mystery 80s nostalgia, I was actually surprised by this. Still, the ending doesn't quite match the palette; at first it feels prolonged, then just overtly bleak compared to the overall feel. But I guess it has a "message": mess with crazy killers too long and it will not be all fun and games.
In questi anni di fissazione collettiva per l’estetica eighties ecco arrivare un altro coming of age super-nostalgico, stavolta a tinte thriller/horror; si percorrono i canonici binari del già visto, e l'unico punto di forza è l’immaginario del tempo che fu. Il giochino funziona ancora e tiene incollati alla poltrona. Bisogna solo vedere per quanti altri film continuerà a funzionare.