As we have said many times before, when coming-of-age films are done right, they can be some of the best movies Hollywood has to offer. But when they’re either written or directed poorly, well, they can easily be some of the worst.
Where does Summer of ’84 sit on that list? Well, it’s too early to tell. The film stars four best friends who believe a police office in their neighborhood is a serial killer.
Check out the official synopsis below…
“Summer, 1984: The perfect time to be 15 years old and care free. But when neighborhood conspiracy theorist Davey Armstrong begins to suspect his police officer neighbor might be the serial killer all over the local news, he and his three best friends begin an investigation that soon turns dangerous.”
Sounds pretty awesome, right? I love the premise. Sadly, the film is getting wildly mixed reviews.
For example, Brian Tallerico from RogerEbert.com wrote this in his review, “You’ll have to really miss the mid-80s to make it through [Summer of ’84]”
And Matt Goldberg from Collider gave the film an F and wrote, “Take all the worst aspects of Stranger Things, amplify them, and you still wouldn’t have a movie as unrelenting terrible as Summer of ’84.”
But on the flip side, you have a positive review from Bloody Disgusting’s Fred Topel, “Summer of ’84 hit the sweet spot for me so I hope it finds an audience. I need someone to talk about it obsessively with.”
And another positive review from Anthony Ray Bench from Film Threat, “This isn’t a Stranger Things/IT knock-off, it really does do its own thing and has its own tone…and then that tone goes to some ridiculously dark places.”
Look like you’ll just have to watch it yourself and decide. It’ll hit select theaters August 10, 2018.