Every serial killer is somebody’s neighbor, and that’s the irresistibly creepy hook of this scary/funny throwback thriller steeped in the nostalgic vibes of such ’80s classics as The ‘Burbs and The Monster Squad. For 15-year-old Davey, the thought of having a murderer on the loose in his suburban town is a scary yet exciting prospect that promises to liven up the lazy summer of 1984.
“A slow burn that leads to a wildfire… most movies don’t have the balls to do what Summer of 84 does, and that’s what makes it so special.” – Anthony Ray Bench, Film Threat
Davey and his three best friends are on summer vacation, hanging out, goofing off, and dreaming of sexual conquests, until the local news reports of the Cape May Killer begin, sending ripples of fear throughout the community. The conspiracy-minded Davey convinces his pals that they should investigate, and they soon discover that his next-door neighbor, an unassuming, single police officer, might be the prime suspect. Could Davey possibly be right, or is his imagination running away with him? As their amateur sleuthing continues, the danger grows ever larger, and the gang may not be prepared for what’s to come. From the directing team behind Turbo Kid, Summer of 84 is an eerily resonant coming-of-age horror flick filled with fun, thrills, and shocking twists and turns, all driven by a pulsating 80s-style synth score. (Dir. by RKSS, USA, 105 mins., Not Rated)