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We Summon the Darkness (2019)

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Three best friends embark on a road trip to a heavy-metal show, where they bond with three aspiring musicians and head off to one of the girls' country home for an after-party.


Marc Meyers


Alan Trezza
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Complete credited cast:
Alexandra Daddario ... Alexis
Keean Johnson ... Mark
Maddie Hasson ... Val
Amy Forsyth ... Beverly
Logan Miller ... Kovacs
Austin Swift ... Ivan
Johnny Knoxville ... John Henry Butler
Allison McAtee ... Susan
Tanner Beard ... Sheriff Dembrowski
Erik Athavale ... Religious Freak
Stephanie Moroz ... Female Reporter
Harry Nelken Harry Nelken ... Crusty Cashier
Dennis Scullard ... Desperate Concert Goer


In the hot summer of 1988, against the backdrop of mass hysteria over satanic ritualistic homicides, the leather-clad metalhead, Alexis, and her best friends, Val and Beverly, embark on a road trip to a heavy-metal concert. But, there, a chance encounter with a trio of young hard rockers will pave the way for seduction, deceit, and murder, as nothing is what it appears to be. Now, blood stains the walls of Alexis' secluded mansion in the woods. Who shall live, and who shall die after summoning the darkness? Written by Nick Riganas

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It's going to be one HELL of a party. See more »


Horror | Music | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody violence, pervasive language, some drug use and sexual references | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


In the concert scene the song Black Funeral by Mercyful Fate is being played but the lead singer and band members do not resemble the real band. See more »


The movie is based in 1988, however the girls are seen driving a Jeep Cherokee XJ from model years 1997-2001. The production or a previous owner has installed wheels and emblems from an older model. See more »


References MacGyver (1985) See more »


Black Funeral
Performed by Mercyful Fate
Written by Kim Petersen & Hank Shermann
Published by Universal Music Publishing MGB Ltd.
On Behalf of Universal Music Publishing MGB Holding
Licensed Courtesy of Metal Blade Records
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A serviceable slasher throwback to the glorious 80s! [+48%]
11 April 2020 | by arungeorge13See all my reviews

We Summon the Darkness is a partially fun, nonsensical throwback to 80s slasher flicks, albeit with a mild satanic twist. There's really no depth in the writing (by Alan Trezza) here and it's almost like director Marc Meyers fully acknowledges this. They intentionally play to its B-movie strengths (a.k.a cheap thrills) - a death-metal concert backdrop, a bunch of boys and girls who are up for the textbook definition of a good time, and a little (but quite predictable) twist in the tale. However, the film doesn't fully embrace its Grindhouse potential.

The film gives more screen-time to Daddario, Hasson, and Forsyth. Daddario scores in the latter parts while Hasson keeps the sass levels unchecked. The dudes (Austin Swift, Logan Miller, and Keean Johnson) are serviceable at best, while Knoxville (as Pastor Butler) feels miscast. The gore isn't really off-putting; it just adds to the kills. The off-the-hook comedy barely works too; there's an overall feel of a dumbed-down Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The weapons (one of the most important elements in slashers), used to elevate the shock value, are surprisingly the least memorable.

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10 April 2020 (USA) See more »

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