Frightfest 2018: ‘Summer of 84′ Review

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Stars: Graham Verchere, Judah Lewis, Caleb Emery, Cory Gruter-Andrew, Tiera Skovbye, Rich Sommer, Jason Gray-Stanford, Shauna Johannesen | Written by Matt Leslie, Stephen J. Smith | Directed by Francois Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell

The Turbo Kid directing trio (known collectively as Rkss) return with this ’80s teen adventure homage that taps into the same nostalgic vein as Stranger Things or the recent remake of Stephen King’s It. Affectionately made and superbly acted, it’s shot through with a streak of darkness that delivers genuine chills.

Summer of 84‘s hero is fifteen year old Davey (Graham Verchere), a conspiracy theory obsessive who’s dividing the summer between his paper round and hanging out with his three best friends: chubby, sensitive Woody (Caleb Emery), brainy nerd Faraday (Cory Gruter-Andrew) and would-be tough guy Eats (Judah Lewis). When a serial killer anonymously announces that he’s responsible for over a dozen deaths of young boys in the area,
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