Summer of 84: Get Ready For The Slasher Version Of The Goonies


Summer of 84 takes these numerous VHS tapes and creates a fabulous mixture. It appears to be an entertaining and nostalgic ride which will make you clamor for kids on milk cartons. The best thing is, it is headed our way this summer.

By all angles, Summer of 84 promises to be great spooky fun. It is created by the team behind Turbo Kid. The team is named RKSS, which gets a directorial credit under that title, which is the abbreviation for Roadkill Superstar. RKSS comprises of Rancois Simard, Anouk Whissell, and Yoann-Karl Whissell, who in fact, may not even be real people capable of walking or breathing.

Matt Leslie and Stephen J. Smith have written the movie, and its cast includes various young and emerging actors such as Graham Verchere, Judah Lewis, Caleb Emery, Cory Gruter-Andrew and Tiera Skovbye. The Mad Men star Rich Sommer plays the cop, who is the murder suspect. The film’s official synopsis is shared below:

“Summer, 1984: The perfect time to be 15 years old and carefree. 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.”

Summer of 84 is scheduled to release on August 10, and it is bound to inspire scores of kids to undertake murder investigation adventures in their vicinities. To say the least, the film is inspiring in every correct way. It has been at Sundance where it received mixed reviews. A lot of people likened it to Stranger Things which in itself is a merger of all the great films from the 1980s.

Since the film is titled Summer of 84, it is not difficult to guess that it would be based in that era and might feature every possible throwback. This is what Cory Gruter-Andrew, who plays the role of a teenage investigator in the film, told

“It’s going to be a great film. The Summer of ’84 is pretty explanatory by the title. These four boys all live in a neighborhood cul-de-sac. They each have a suspicion that their neighbor, Wayne Mackey, who is also a police officer, might be a serial killer. This prompts an investigation from the four boys into his private life, and they start to dig in. The film really has a Stand By Me, or maybe a Goonies feel. Stranger Things is set in the 80s as well. However, Summer of ’84 deals with more real-life events. There’s nothing like the “Upside Down” or anything like that. They’re dealing with a real serial killer. I think it’s a bit more grounded in reality whereas Stranger Things is definitely more sci-fi horror.”

You can go ahead and take a look at the first trailer and poster for Summer of 84, brought to you by Gunpowder & Sky. It promises to be a great summer fun, and we think it would be a great option to kill the time until Stranger Things Season 3 returns next year.


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