Have you had enough of the 80s yet? Of course not, the 80s ruled! It’s no secret that nostalgia has been hot in the entertainment industry, especially when it comes to genre related fare. The coming-of-age genre also goes hand-in-hand with the 80s, creating a popular trend for prime horror storytelling. If you’re a fan of Stranger Things on Netflix, or last year’s It with a splash of Fright Night, we have an upcoming movie for you! Get ready to hunt for serial killers in Summer of ’84.
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.
The trailer plays out like The Goonies, but instead of hunting for treasure…they’re looking for a murderer. Four best friends, spending their summer doing normal teen things like spying on girls, until a mystery comes along that the gang must investigate. Seems to have a pretty lighthearted tone, with lots of comedic (and realistic) dialogue. Not gonna lie, it does look a lot like things we’ve seen before in the past: the typical ‘close friends’ summer is interrupted by mystery’ story, neighbor is their prime suspect, their friendship will be tested, they’ll probably fight over a girl, and everyone will mature a little by the end. However, the trailer had enough charm that I was still interested.
What sets the film apart and intrigues is the directing team behind the film. Anouk Whissell, François Simard, and Yoann-Karl Whissell were the director’s behind 2015’s up-and-coming cult hit Turbokid, a fantastic homage to superheroes and the 80s. The movie also had some pretty fun violence in it, so perhaps this film goes in a darker route than shown in the trailer? Not sure what to expect, but Summer of ’84 is bound to be popular with genre fans, with a proven winning formula and positive buzz from its’ festival run earlier in the year.