Summer of 84 (2018)

# 14976 IMDb Not Rated 

Summer of 84 (2018

Director: François Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell

Stars: Jason Gray-Stanford, Rich Sommer, Judah Lewis, Tiera Skovbye, Graham Verchere

Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller (1h 45min)

Canada Canada, USA USA

Rated 6.7 after 11,559 votes, 57% postive reviews on 30-Oct-18.

1 nomination


After suspecting that their police officer neighbor is a serial killer, a group of teenage friends spend their summer spying on him and gathering evidence, but as they get closer to discovering the truth, things get dangerous.


François Simard (director) Anouk Whissell (director) Yoann-Karl Whissell (director) Graham Verchere Judah Lewis Caleb Emery Cory Gruter-Andrew

Graham Verchere (Davey Armstrong), Judah Lewis (Tommy 'Eats' Eaton), Caleb Emery (Dale 'Woody' Woodworth), Cory Gruter-Andrew (Curtis Farraday (as Cory Grüter-Andrew)), Tiera Skovbye (Nikki Kaszuba), Rich Sommer (Wayne Mackey), Jason Gray-Stanford (Randall Armstrong), Shauna Johannesen (Sheila Armstrong), William MacDonald (Sheriff Caldwell), Harrison Houde (Bobby Coker), Aren Buchholz (Kyle), Susie Castillo (Brenda Woodworth), Reilly Jacob (Dusty Dewitt), Jaiven Natt (Young Kid), J. Alex Brinson (Officer Cole), Patrick Keating (Fisherman), Patrick Lubczyk (Teenage Boy), Jordan Buhat (Dorky Customer), Mark Brandon (Local News Anchor), Shahrokh Ferdowsi (Police Detective)

From the same director


Matt Leslie (written by), Stephen J. Smith (written by)

Produced by

Barry Barclay (associate producer), Floris Bauer (executive producer), Michael Flavin (co-producer), Matt Leslie (producer), Jameson Parker (producer), Emanuel Pereira (associate producer), Jonathan Shore (associate producer), Ryan Silva (line producer), Van Toffler (producer), Shawn Williamson (producer), Cody Zwieg (producer)



So, a lot of people are comparing this movie to Stranger Things, but they are wrong in almost every regard. While Stranger Thing is a sci-fi adventure rooted in fantasy and unrealistic fiction, this film is as realistic as any news story. It seems like the comparisons come from the 80's soundtrack and the fact that it was 4 young boys on an adventure, but that's where the similarities end. This movie is more along the lines of films like The Goonies or Stand by Me; movies about young men who are taught harsh things about life at an early and fragile age. While Stranger Things was for children, this movie is clearly aimed at a much more mature and discerning audience.

The first two act of this film are pretty straight forward and standard; 4 young and immature boys suspect their neighbor of being a serial killer. They break into his house, dig up his garden, ect. in order to find proof of his horrifying acts. But nothing really comes of it, at least nothing concrete. The movie is funny, suspenseful and entertaining, and it reminds you of the kids mysteries that were all the rage in the late 80's.

Then, in the final act, the film suddenly makes an 180 and it becomes a serious film with real horror, real stakes and real consequences. Just like real life, the story doesn't end just because you hope it does. Good people are often the victims of their good intentions, and this movie proves it.

While the first half of the movie is just an enjoyable coming of age film, the second half is what really sets this movie apart. It's endings like these that make a movie really shine, and separates the audience that always wants a happy ending versus the ones that want a better, more realistic one.

Stop judging this movie based on a trailer. It's wrong and idiotic. A movie should be judged on its entire running time, and this movie deserves nothing but the highest praise. Everyone involved should be proud of their work. Amazing.


The fictional arcade game Polybius of urban legend appears in the background of the bowling alley with an out of order sign on it.

8 total 


1 nomination 
Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival

Other titles

Verão de 84 (Brazil) • L'été de 84 (Canada (French title)) • Summer of 84 (Germany; USA) • Verano del 84 (Spain; Mexico) • Лето 84 (Russia) • Лiто 84 (Ukraine)



Australia:MA15+ / Canada:14A / Germany:16 / Mexico:B / United States:Not Rated



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