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Super Dark Times (2017)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Horror | 29 September 2017 (USA)
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Teenagers Zach and Josh have been best friends their whole lives, but when a gruesome accident leads to a cover-up, the secret drives a wedge between them and propels them down a rabbit hole of escalating paranoia and violence.

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Kevin Phillips
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Owen Campbell ... Zach
Charlie Tahan ... Josh
Elizabeth Cappuccino ... Allison
Amy Hargreaves ... Karen
Max Talisman ... Daryl
Sawyer Barth ... Charlie
Adea Lennox Adea Lennox ... Meghan
Ethan Botwick Ethan Botwick ... John Whitcomb
Philip H. Ashley Philip H. Ashley ... Chad (as Philip Hackworth Ashley)
Anni Krueger ... Ms. Barron
Justin Rose ... Kevin
Kortnee Simmons Kortnee Simmons ... Eugene
Samantha Jones ... Joan
Hayden Oliver ... Colin
Dario Saraceno Dario Saraceno ... Sheriff Bowman
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Teenagers Zach and Josh have been best friends their whole lives, but when a gruesome accident leads to a cover-up, the secret drives a wedge between them and propels them down a rabbit hole of escalating paranoia and violence.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Super Dark Times See more »

Filming Locations:

Kingston, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,328, 1 October 2017

Gross USA:

$33,109

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$33,109
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This is Kevin Phillips' directorial debut for a full length film. See more »

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Josh: If anybody asks, we're already fucked.
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Performed and composed by Hal David & John Cacavas
Published by Bruton APM (ASCAP)
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If John Hughes had made a super dark film...
9 October 2017 | by BawoofSee all my reviews

Then Super Dark Times might have been it. Overall I enjoyed this film and I do recommend it. The performances of the young actors are well done;I especially enjoyed the performance of Amy Hargreaves (the attractive mother) who plays the mom as someone who is unaware of the exact situation her son has gotten himself into, but she is NOT your stereotypical naive and clueless parent that is so often portrayed in such films.

That said, the film is not without its faults. The opening scene which the director NEVER returns to makes absolutely NO SENSE in the context of this movie. Additionally, having been a high school geek myself (although that was back in the late 70s and early 80s), I find it odd that the cute girl (played by Elizabeth Cappuccino) would even have the slightest romantic interest in the nice guy geek Zach played by Owen Campbell; sorry but those of us who fall into the "late bloomer" category know that growing up, the most we could hope for from the cute girls was to end up in the friend zone and foolishly hope that one day she would wake up and realize that the nice guy is the guy for her (BALONEY!) That subplot reeked of a writer's fantasy to me.

One particular standout was Sawyer Barth as the eighth grade boy from another school who accidentally gets caught up in the violence. I must say, this young fellow gave a very underrated by convincing performance in a supporting role.

Finally, a few points about how the ending unfolds as it does left me somewhat confused. I could not understand why one particular character behaved a certain way, nor did I understand why someone else did NOT do something that should have been fairly obvious. That's all I want to say since I don't want to spoil it for anyone. I give it a recommendation if you like dark coming of age stories.


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