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Old 08-09-18, 07:21 AM
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Summer of '84 (2018) -- from the directors of Turbo Kid



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SUMMER OF 84 - In Select Theaters Starting August 10th

Summer, 1984: The perfect time to be 15 years old and 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.
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5774450/
https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/summer_of_84
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Re: Summer of '84 (2018) -- from the directors of Turbo Kid

I really want to see this. Will it be on VOD as well?
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Re: Summer of '84 (2018) -- from the directors of Turbo Kid

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I really want to see this. Will it be on VOD as well?
On Demand and on Digital HD on August 24, 2018. It seems like they're doing midnight only screenings right now, as far as I can tell.
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Re: Summer of '84 (2018) -- from the directors of Turbo Kid

I will see anything by the makers of Turbo Kid. Such an awesome movie!

I can tell I will be buying the score for this movie already!
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Re: Summer of '84 (2018) -- from the directors of Turbo Kid

That looks pretty fucking awesome, and yes, the vinyl soundtrack will be mine!
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^ yep. Le Matos is brilliant. Their record label accidentally sent me 2 copies of their Coming Soon 2007-2011 LE release from RSD.
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Re: Summer of '84 (2018) -- from the directors of Turbo Kid

This is playing for two nights only (Friday & Saturday) at two Los Angeles area Laemmle Theaters. I may catch a show.
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Re: Summer of '84 (2018) -- from the directors of Turbo Kid

Late Night Tour (Screenings) + Q&A Screenings:

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I decided not to go after all and pre-ordered the film on iTunes for $9.99. It comes out on 8/24.
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Got my ticket to see it on Friday evening at the Alamo Drafthouse in San Francisco, CA.
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Re: Summer of '84 (2018) -- from the directors of Turbo Kid

so much 80's nostalgia on film over the last handful of years. The down in the dirt genre movies of the 80's that every critic from that time period shit on are turning out to be the movies with the most vitality 30 years later. While movies like Driving Miss Daisy and Out of Africa are like dusty old books in a condemned library.
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Re: Summer of '84 (2018) -- from the directors of Turbo Kid

Enjoyed this one quite a bit. It almost felt too formulaic at first, but it catches a nice groove part way through and takes it to a pretty nice finale. Really fun to watch with an audience, though. The humor between the boys felt exactly like the way my friends and I would joke around at that age.

It might have just been my cinema, but the dark scenes kind of looked terrible. Not as black as they should have been... but it was a laser projector so
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Re: Summer of '84 (2018) -- from the directors of Turbo Kid

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On Demand and on Digital HD on August 24, 2018. It seems like they're doing midnight only screenings right now, as far as I can tell.
4 days this is killing me...
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Re: Summer of '84 (2018) -- from the directors of Turbo Kid

I really enjoyed the film. I only have two gripes:

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It would have been nice to have a cool 80's soundtrack. 1984 had some great music. Instead it was just generic noodling on a synthesizer.

And I wasn't crazy about the last 10 minutes. The downer ending felt out of place. I would have preferred a traditional 80's-style finale. I wanted to see the gang and the girl have a happy ending, setting up a Summer of '85 sequel.
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Re: Summer of '84 (2018) -- from the directors of Turbo Kid

Really liked this and agree with the Big Dave on the ending. I thought the music was cool as hell. My girlfriend was heartbroken when
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Woody died. I was bummed as well.
. But this really lived up to my expectations and just wished I would have purchased this on Amazon instead of renting it was only like $5.00 more ugh.

For sure a blu purchase for me.
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I watched it yesterday and it was very cool. Loved the score. The film was a low budget endeavor, which is why you will not hear any popular music from 1984 in it.
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Re: Summer of '84 (2018) -- from the directors of Turbo Kid

Caught a screening of this last week.

Didn't love the film but I also didn't think it was a waste of my time, as there was a bunch to like.

RKSS nailed the Cinematography (yet again) but I didn't think the script was all that strong. RKSS wrote the script for their 2015 film Turbo Kid but didn't here and I definitely felt it, even though the films lie in two completely different genres.

Even among the friends I saw the film with, there were different feelings on both the final act as well as the ending.

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I enjoyed the final act & ending, even though they were extremely mean-spirited and downbeat. For me, it marked the time in the film where it rattled me awake
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Re: Summer of '84 (2018) -- from the directors of Turbo Kid

I'm a little surprised there wasn't more talk on this one. Rented this from the library and watched it tonight and thought it was great. We really enjoyed Turbo Kid too, so far this director is batting .1000 in my book.
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Re: Summer of '84 (2018) -- from the directors of Turbo Kid

^Agreed. This was one of my favorites from last year and I've seen nothing but mixed to negative reviews since it first showed up. Even seeing a few reviews/reactions that called it "Predictable". Seriously? Are you sure there isn't a "Happy-Ending Version" floating around out there?
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Re: Summer of '84 (2018) -- from the directors of Turbo Kid

Turbo Kid was great.
Summer of '84 not really. The movie about a post-nuclear apocalypse set in the year 199X somehow seemed more "authentic" to the 80s than this one set in 1984.

There was too much that took me out of the movie.
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They had the lame stereotype/kid caricature thing going on: a nerdy one, a fat one, a rebel one, and a "normal" one.
The kids themselves weren't very likable characters, and came across as cliches. Which is weird because the kid casts of 80s films like Stand By Me, Russkies, and Explorers were believable.

I can believe that kids would think they can solve a local mystery. I can't believe that these kids are like "Isn't it totally awesome that there's an actual serial killer on the loose! Nothing that cool ever happens here!"
The dad of the main character was either a horrible actor or intentionally written and portrayed to be unrealistically goofy. He didn't even seem like a real person. On top of that, he looked and dressed like he was from the mid 90s.
The older babysitter having a thing for the main character? Yeah right. Again, no real person would act like that.
The News of the World clippings featuring well-known easter eggs of actual horror and sci-fi movies, again, took me out of the movie. Couldn't they just use actual conspiracy stories from that era?
The local PD find out that one of their officers was the serial killer and is on the loose. But...they don't put the family in hiding, or have police guarding them. Really?
The ending was supposed to be sad or shocking but it wasn't. The "kid" that got killed looked like he was 30. Had the main character got killed, THAT would have been sad and a little shocking.

I guess the movie was intentionally set up to be goofy 80s cliches, with the beyond-dumb parents, the real life babysitter fantasy, and the "serial killer?AWESOME!"-attitude, to make the audience things this is going to have a cliche-the kids save the day-type ending. But the subject matter from the beginning was incredibly dark, so it was like "no shit, of course it's going to have a violent ending."

Maybe Stranger Things Season 1 and The House of the Devil spoiled me.
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Re: Summer of '84 (2018) -- from the directors of Turbo Kid

I really enjoyed watching this. Are they going to make a sequel?

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