Summer of 84 is the sophomore feature film effort from Canadian trio François Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissell, known as RKSS. In a recent interview with NOFS writer Chri Aitkens, the filmmakers discussed the differences between the film and their other projects, calling Summer of ’84 “the most serious movie we done so far”. Gunpowder & Sky recently announced that the festival favourite will hit theatres August 3,2018.
Summer of 84 is drawing comparisons to Stranger Things as it also follows a group of teenagers in the 1980’s. That said, there is no supernatural monster or other worlds in the film. Just real-life monster and the dark, dangerous world we already call home. The film stars Graham Verchere as our main character, and ameteur sleuth Davey Armstrong. Joining him are Judah Lewis (The Babysitter) and Caleb Emery (Goosebumps).
Summer of ’84 follows 15-year-old Davey (Graham Verchere) and his friends as they investigate and spy on a neighbor he believes to be the Cape May Killer. There’s always been something about Mr. Mackey (Rich Sommer) that Davey found suspicious, but now that the killer has claimed responsibility for the deaths of over a dozen missing children, Davey attention is on his neighbor. Family and friends are doubtful that Davey‘s suspicions are anything more than another of his crack-pot conspiracy theories. Mr Mackey is a respected police officer after all…
has had quite a lot of positive buzz from the festival circuit, and was recently announced as an official selection at the 2018 Fantasia Film Festival. Currently, the film holds a 6.4/10 on IMDb, a 64% on Rotten Tomatoes, a 3.1 on Letterboxd. Are you excited to see Summer of 84? Planning on making the trip out to Montreal this summer for Fantasia Fest? Let us know on Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, and in the Horror Fiends of Nightmare on Film Street Facebook group!