I’m publishing today’s 60 Days of Halloween post BEFORE I’ve actually undertaken today’s activity. I’m doing this because the movie I plan to (re)watch this evening is one I watched only two days ago.
Let me explain.
Over the course of the weekend, during Grimmfest, I had the opportunity to check out new suburban horror, Summer of ’84 – a movie I LOVED. After watching the film I subsequently bought a digital copy on Amazon Prime Video.
The plan for tonight is to re-watch Summer of ’84, but this time in the company of my husband. I’m not sure if he’s going to love the movie in the same way that I do, but I want to share this one with him.
For those who are unfamiliar with Summer of ’84, the film is a Canadian horror directed by François Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissel – the directing team behind 2015’s Turbo Kid. The movie focuses on the Cape May Slayer – a mysterious figure responsible for the disappearance of 13 teenage boys – and a group of friends looking to unravel the mystery.
Summer of ’84 is a great period film which blends together the best bits of The ‘Burbs (1989), The Goonies (1985) and various Stephen King stories, before topping things off with a sumptuous synth soundtrack. It is a callback to yesteryear, perfect for those obsessed with everything ’80s and is devilishly wicked.
My husband is not obsessed with the ’80s in the way that I am (he wasn’t even born in the ’80s) so he may not been as transfixed by Summer of ’84 as I was, but I’m hoping he’ll enjoy it just the same. This film was my favourite feature from Grimmfest and in my opinion a future classic.
If you’ve not watched Summer of ’84, but you love Stranger Things, then give this film a whirl. It hasn’t had a DVD/Blu-ray release in the UK (yet), but it is available digitally.
60 Days of Halloween continues tomorrow…