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Written before “Stranger Things” and hailed as one of the best horror films of 2018, “Summer of 84” nailed 80s pastiche and teen horror.

Summer of 84

This week, it’s Professor Smoak’s choice, and he went with “Summer of 84” (2018), the retro teen horror from RKSS!

FROM THE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF:

Summer of 84 is a 2018 teen horror film directed by François Simard, Anouk Whissell, and Yoann-Karl Whissell and written by Matt Leslie and Stephen J. Smith.

The film premiered at Sundance in 2018 and was given a limited theatrical release in the United States on August 10, 2018, by Gunpowder & Sky. It received positive reviews from critics, with many praising the performances, direction, acting, dark humor, and screenplay, with many calling it one of the best horror films of 2018.

Over the course of the decade leading up to the summer of 1984, a total of thirteen teenage boys disappeared in Cape May, Oregon, but their disappearances were never connected. After suspecting that their neighbor, a police officer, might be a serial killer, a group of teenage friends spend their summer spying on him and gathering evidence. However, as they get closer to discovering the truth, things get dangerous.

The coming-of-age mystery thriller/horror film made a splash on the festival circuit and was a certifiable hit when it landed on Shudder. It was hailed for its humor, suspense, strong production values, and nostalgic charm.

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