summer of 84 (2018)-movie review
summer of 84.
it’s a shudder exclusive for streaming (so if you have shudder/the shudder channel on prime, it’s free).
but it’s pretty cheap to rent on vudu or amazon prime ($2.99).
if you’re like me and you love a good whodunnit in the style of old nancy drew books and flicks steeped in 80’s suburbia this is your movie.
i am OBSESSED with “summer of 84”.
it’s nostalgic while being timelessly relatable.
it’s comedic without being cartoonish.
it’s horrific while remaining real.
honestly? too real.
i’m not scared of ghosts or zombies or demons or any of that.
the scariest movies for me are things like home invasion movies a la “the strangers” or “you’re next”.
or something force-of-nature related like “jaws”.
things that can, and do, happen every day — that’s true terror to me.
so with an opening line like,
“even serial killers live next door to somebody. tough pill to swallow, i know, but it’s true. if i’ve learned anything, it’s that people hardly ever let you know who they really are.”
i knew i was in for a treat.
wouldn’t call it kid/friendly, but there are some things and themes that i think teens would appreciate or at least understand.
there’s some dialogue that’s straight out of the 80’s in terms of…idk the right word.
i guess…maybe homophobia? or ableism?
so take that as you will.
it’s also a very specific and niche sort of coming-of-age movie
and i cannot say enough how much i appreciate the treatment of character development (for better or for worse).
i both hate and absolutely LOVE the ending.
i think it may be one of my favorite endings to a horror/mystery/thriller/whatever genre mashup you want to call this.
heartbreaking, perfect, and absolutely CHILLING.
i honestly don’t know how to say more about that without spoilers…so i won’t. 😂
but if you’ve seen it, i’d LOVE to discuss the end with you.