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Summer-of-84-2.1There are many things that I am a sucker for when it comes to films and music, but nothing suckers me in more than anything about the 1980’s. It’s a decade that I don’t fully understand, but it looked cool as hell and I have always loved the films and music. That is why for today’s film, I chose to check out the Shudder Exclusive film Summer of 84 which was directed by François Simard, Anouk Whissell, and Yoann-Karl Whissell (Turbo Kid). The film stars Graham Verchere (My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic) as 15 year old Davey Armstrong who is your typical kid with a big imagination. One day after seeing a report about a serial killer on the loose, Davey begins suspecting his neighbor Wayne Mackey (Rich Sommer) who is also a cop of being the serial killer. Along with his friends, Davey will not stop till he proves that he is right. The film also stars Judah Lewis (Point Break) as Tommy, Caleb Emery (Blue) as Woody, Cory Gruter-Andrew (Okja) as Curtis,  Tiera Skovbye (Riverdale) as Nikki, Jason Gray-Stanford (Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation) as Randal Armstrong, Shauna Johannesen (Little Pink House) as Sheila Armstrong, William MacDonald (Quantum Leap) as Sheriff Caldwell, Harrison Houde (iZombie) as Bobby, and Patrick Keating (1922) as the Fisherman.

unnamedThis was definitely a fun film to watch considering the time period that it takes place in, but I do have one question. Why does every film that take place in the 1980’s have Bananarama’s Cruel Summer on it’s soundtrack? It is true however that the song is very iconic and it fits the 80’s to a T. The film definitely feels like a mash between Stranger Things meets The Goonies (the brotherhood aspect) meets Disturbia in the idea of knowing that your neighbor is a serial killer, but it truly is the last 10 minutes of the film that is just pure intensity. You see this kid go from being one of the bravest kids to a kid that is weak and realizes that he is nothing all due to the last ten minutes of the film. I thought the film for the most part was fun with all of it’s 80’s tropes, but they didn’t explore enough avenues. This whole film , you are following this cop around trying to bust him, but as soon as he finds out he doesn’t do much until the last 10 minutes or so of the film. I think that is where Disturbia succeeded at the time, but it’s still a fun film to watch considering the minds behind Turbo Kid made this film. Take the film for what is worth and give it a watch. I am going to give the film an B for a final grade.

See_No_Evil_2_posterOne thing that I never understood as a kid was why the WWE’s own The Undertaker never starred in any horror films? Sure, we saw him in one film with Hulk Hogan when he played an alien bounty hunter, but never anything after that. One person that did make it into a horror film was his on screen brother Kane a.k.a. Glenn Jacobs who starred in 2006’s See No Evil where he played the monstrous killer Jacob Goodnight who inside of his hotel went on a killing spree until it was assumed he was dead. In See No Evil 2, Danielle Harris (Rob Zombie’s Halloween) plays morgue worker Amy, who decides to spend her birthday at work when the call for nine bodies comes in. Much to her surprise, her friends come and hold a surprise party there, but what they don’t realize is that Jacob Goodnight has other plans for them. The film also stars Katherine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps) as Tamara, Chelan Simmons (Final Destination 3) as Kayla, Kaj-Erik Eriksen (88 Minutes) as Seth, Greyston Holt (Durham County) as Will, Lee Majdoub (ABC’s Of Death 2) as Carter, Michael Eklund (Eadweard) as Holden, Nancy Amelia Bell (Okja) as Jacob’s Mother, Reese Alexander (Boy In The Attic) as EMT #1, Kelly-Ruth Mercier (In My Dreams) as EMT #2, and the film was directed by Jen and Sylvia Soska (Hellevator).

See-No-Evil-2I have to start by saying that after the punishment that he received in the first film, I have no idea how he is still alive. Anyways, I am amazed that the Soska Twins were the ones that directed this film and I think they did a pretty great job for a film that went straight to DVD. There was a lot to like about the film especially with Glenn Jacob’s performance which I think was top notch even though it’s not a total stretch from his Kane character. I thought Danielle Harris was terrific as usual and I still believe that she is a very underrated actress in the world of horror. I am sorry to Katherine Isabelle, but I couldn’t wait for Jacob Goodnight to get his hands on her, but maybe that is a testament to how annoying her character was supposed to be. I love the fact that they have the whole film take place in a hospital-esque setting which reminds me of the sequel to the original Halloween. One of my complaints about the film is how cheap is this hospital, I mean the guy just busts through every wall and door in the place. With every slam of a human, they would go through part of the wall and he busted through doors that no one else could kick open. The other thing that made me puzzled is how much time did Jacob have to bar all the doors or put bodies up against doors in chains in between the time he was killing people? Other than that, I thought the acting was pretty good for the most part and some of the kills were cool while others could have been better. I am going to give the film an B for a final grade.