Posts Tagged ‘Yoann-Karl Whissell’

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.

turbo kidFor today’s Ass Whoopin Wednesday film, I chose a movie that had gained a lot of buzz in the underground world and horror magazines. The name of the film was Turbo Kid and it was directed by François Simard, Anouk Whissell, and Yoann-Karl Whissell. The film stars Munro Chambers (Degrassi: The Next Generation) as a kid in a post apocalyptic wasteland in 1997. Everyone in this world has to fend for themselves and the kid is essentially a scavenger just trying to make it by. His life gets complicated when he run into a very eccentric girl named Apple (Laurence Leboeuf). Together the two will be hunted by a very aggressive overlord named Zeus (Michael Ironside) so they’ll have to ride their BMX bikes and stick together in order to survive. The film also stars Edwin Wright (Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans) as Skeletron, Aaron Jeffery (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) as Frederick, Romano Orzari (Punisher: War Zone) as Bagu, Anouk Whissell as The Mother, Tyler Hall (RoboCop) as bounty hunter, Orphée Ladouceur as female guard, and Yves Corbeil Afterglow) as Turbo General. Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats:

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turbo kid 2Before I get into how awesome the movie was, let’s review the stats. The Kid who then becomes dubbed The Turbo Kid has abut 15 kills/knockouts in the film. The Turbo Kid has an Origin story and as you’ll see in the film it will fuel him to keep going later on. He has a love interest and it’s very unconventional, but it’s a post apocalyptic city so we’ll give him a break on that one. His family is completely murdered and his love interest repeatedly gets hurt so I think it’s safe to say that there is a yes for that category and the big boss is defeated, but the reveal is the best part. If you were into 80’s action movies or films like Hobo With A Shotgun then you should love this film. It takes what was great about the 80’s as far as the colors, tones, outfits, music, and it throws it in with some outrageous special effects. The kill scenes are over the top in this film, but that is exactly what I love about these films. The idea was cool as well, bu it’s so funny to see all these vehicles that are stranded on the road, but everyone rides BMX bikes. So think of this film as Mad Max meets Hobo With A Shotgun meets BMX Bandits. That is the best way that I can describe this film for all of you. Check it out right now on Netflix as we speak. I am giving the film four fists out of five for a final grade.