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Summer of 84

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Summer of 84 is a 2018 horror film[2] directed by François Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissell and starring Graham Verchere, Judah Lewis, Caleb Emery, Cory Gruter-Andrew, Tiera Skovbye, and Rich Sommer.[3] The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.[4] It is scheduled for limited release in theatres in the US on August 10, 2018 by Gunpowder & Sky.[5]

Summer of 84
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Film poster
Directed by
  • François Simard
  • Anouk Whissell
  • Yoann-Karl Whissell
Produced by
Screenplay by
  • Matt Leslie
  • Stephen J. Smith
Music by Le Matos[1]
Cinematography Jean-Philippe Bernier[1]
Edited by Austin Andrews[1]
Distributed by Gunpowder & Sky
Release date
  • January 22, 2018 (2018-01-22) (Sundance)
  • August 3, 2018 (2018-08-03) (United States)
  • Canada
  • United States[1]
Language English





Principal photography began in July 2017 in Vancouver.[6]


The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.[4]


Reviews from Sundance were mixed.

JoBlo's Movie Emporium called the ending "an inspired wrap-up" and scored it 8/10 [7], Bloody Disgusting's Fred Topel said it "hit the sweet spot for me" and expressed a need to "talk about it excessively" [8], Film Threat said it "lulled you into a false sense of security and banality before slamming you into a brilliantly dark chilling finale. You won’t be disappointed. 8/10"[9]. Daily Dead found "even though the story does take a bit too long to get things moving, that's really just me nitpicking at the greatness that is Summer of "84."[10] And Pop Matters' JR Kinnard said it was "a trashy classic that will absolutely rock midnight movie houses. 8/10".[11]

Variety found the film "neither funny nor scary enough to leave a lasting impression" and "more slowly paced than necessary, and those seeking horror content will find the payoff underwhelming after a protracted, mild buildup" and that "the leisurely progress isn't justified by any well-developed subplots, or by much suspense — there’s never a doubt who the perp is, and apart from a couple of false-flag jump scares, little real peril surfaces until quite late."[1] The review noted that it was unclear if the script by Matt Leslie and Stephen J. Smith was intended "to be played for satire, straight suspense, or a mixture of both."[1]. Collider scored it "F" with no positive notes. [12]

The film won Best Screenplay for Matt Leslie and Stephen J. Smith at Cinepocalypse festival in Chicago[13]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Harvey, Dennis (25 January 2018). "Sundance Film Review: 'Summer of '84'". Variety. Retrieved 22 February 2018. 
  2. ^ Summer of '84 Sundance Institute
  3. ^ "Summer of 84 | Gunpowder and Sky". Gunpowder and Sky. Retrieved 2017-12-01. 
  4. ^ a b "2018 Sundance Film Festival: Feature Films Announced". Retrieved 2017-12-01. 
  5. ^ Hemmert, Kylie (2018-06-29). "A Serial Killer is on the Loose in the Summer of '84 Trailer". Retrieved 2018-07-08. 
  6. ^ McNary, Dave (2017-07-12). "Rich Sommer, Tiera Skovbye to Star in Horror Movie 'Summer of '84' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2017-12-01. 
  7. ^ Bumbray, Chris (2018-01-24). "Review: Summer of '84 (Sundance)". JoBlo Movie Network. Retrieved 2018-06-11. 
  8. ^ Topel, Fred (2018-01-26). "[Sundance Review] 'Summer of '84' Hits Nostalgia Sweet Spot". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 2018-06-11. 
  9. ^ Bench, Anthony Ray (2018-01-27). "Summer of '84". Film Threat. Retrieved 2018-06-11. 
  10. ^ Wixon, Heather (2018-01-28). "Sundance 2018 Review: SUMMER OF '84 is a Brutally Fun and Heartbreaking Blast from the Past". Daily Dead. Retrieved 2018-06-11. 
  11. ^ Kinnard, JR (2018-01-25). "Sundance 2018: 'Summer of '84' + 'Eighth Grade'". PopMatters. Retrieved 2018-06-11. 
  12. ^ Goldberg, Matt (2018-01-23). "Summer of '84: Imagine Stranger Things at its Worst". Collider. Retrieved 2018-06-11. 
  13. ^ Miska, Brad (2018-06-29). "The Captain wins "Best Film" at Music Box's Cinepocalypse, Fest Shatters Attendance Record!". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 2018-07-08. 

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