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Cruel Summer (2016)

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Young Autism sufferer Danny enjoys the serenity and solitude of camping. That's all about to change when enraged teens Nicholas, Calvin and Julia find him, each with their own agenda for wanting to see Danny suffer.
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Cast overview:
Danny Miller Danny Miller ... Nicholas
Reece Douglas Reece Douglas ... Calvin
Natalie Martins ... Julia
Gary Knowles Gary Knowles ... Danny's Dad
Grace Dixon Grace Dixon ... Danny's Mum
Thomas Conning Thomas Conning ... Shop Keeper (as Thomas 'Verb T' Conning)
Richard Pawulski ... Danny
Leah Rees Leah Rees ... Calvin's Mum
Sabrina Dickens Sabrina Dickens ... Girlfriend / Lisa (voice)
Josh Hopkins Josh Hopkins ... Arcade Teenager
Melanie Stephens Melanie Stephens ... Calvin's Mum (voice)
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Danny (Richard Pawulski), a teenager with autism, escapes the inner city for the beautiful countryside as part of his Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. Little does he know, that bitter Nicholas (Danny Miller) is hunting him, stemming from a lie created by the enamoured and envious Julia (Natalie Martins) and Calvin (Reece Douglas). As the three close in on Danny, Nicholas' behaviour becomes increasingly erratic and violent, and Julia and Calvin must decide whether to go through with Nicholas' deadly plan.

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One Day Changes Everything

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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The movie retells a similar story to the murder of Terry Lee Hurst, who was killed on a camping trip by a trio of friends, found with multiple wounds (60-80) and finally killed by a scythe which was left buried in his skull, the young boy with learning difficulties was killed in 2004. See more »

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Referenced in Frightfest 2016: In Conversation With (2016) See more »

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Powdered Dreams
Written by Thomas Conning
Performed by Thomas Conning (as Verb T)
Appears courtesy of High Focus Records
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This movie made me angry
8 August 2019 | by ArcherAdamSee all my reviews

I can't remember the last time I had trouble getting through a movie. The brutality against Danny was so very hard to watch that I had to walk away from it twice. I liked Danny, and there were periods where I had to turn away because I didn't want to see what was going to happen to him next. I had a visceral reaction, alternating between sadness and anger, often within seconds. The abrupt ending was a letdown, but it's beautifully shot, the script is strong, the acting is exceptional - and I never want to lay eyes on this movie again.


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English

Release Date:

27 February 2018 (USA) See more »

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