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Movie: Summer of 84 -- AVOID!!! 
September 14, 2018 (Friday) 11:00 pm [2018, disappointment, disgusting, horror-film, marilyn, movie, recommendation, september-2018]
Marilyn and I just made the HUGE MISTAKE of watching the 2018 Canadian horror mystery film (directed by Francois Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissell), "Summer of 84."


We were ready to ignore all the little not-1980s-mistakes that ran through the entire film (who was checking the period stuff for them???) -- lots of the movie seemed more 70s than 80s. We were really enjoying the teenager friends pursue a serial killer. The film was SUPPOSEDLY placed in Oregon (where we actually live), but was rife with Canadian accents. Again, we would have overlooked that. We were enjoying the teen interactions. We were enjoying the 'is he or isn't he' aspect of the film. We were actually pleased by the lack of horrible gore. But we HATED the ending. Apparently the world has become so twisted and dark that there can't be any happy endings. Don't ever engage with characters or like them, because they're likely to both suffer and die. Or suffer forever if they survive. One character we liked was killed (just as we both said "don't let him be killed"). Another was so mentally and emotionally damaged that he couldn't possibly have a decent future (even though the film ridiculously suggested otherwise).

I was so disgusted I walked out of the room. What a waste of time.

It's enough to make you give up on modern horror films. They were managing to be really scary without that crap, but of course they couldn't stop themselves. Sad, really.