Summer of ’84, the new thriller by the directors behind apocalyptic adventure film Turbo Kid, has released its first trailer. François Simar, Anouk Whissell, and Yoann-Karl Whissell have had great success with Turbo Kid and look to be upping their scale with their new film about suburban teens trying to catch a wanted killer.
Written by Matt Leslie and Stephen J Smith, the movie stars Graham Verchere (Fargo), Judah Lewis (The Babysitter), Caleb Emery (Goosebumps) and Cory Gruter-Andrew (The 100) as a group of awkward teenage friends who find themselves trying to track down a murderer in their sleepy suburb. Rich Sommer (Mad Men) and Tiera Skovbye (Midnight Sun) will also star.
Here’s the film’s synopsis:
“Every serial killer is somebody’s neighbor. For 15-year-old Davey, the thought of having a serial killer in his suburban town is a scary yet exciting prospect at the start of a lazy summer. In hormonal overdrive, Davey and his friends dream of sexual conquests until the news reports of the Cape May killer. Davey convinces his friends that they must investigate, and they uncover that his next-door neighbor, an unassuming, single police officer, could be the prime suspect. Could Davey possibly be right, or is it his overactive imagination?
Writing and directing trio François Simar, Anouk Whissell, and Yoann-Karl Whissell (Turbo Kid, 2015 Sundance Film Festival) return to Midnight with this eerily resonant coming-of-age horror flick. The throwback synth score injects the tone with fun, thrills, and an escalating danger that ultimately tracks Davey’s loss of innocence. Indeed, the ’80s setting is less about the nostalgia hard-on than an essential parallel of that Reagan-era American fear that we are not as safe as we think.”
While the synopsis makes it clear it’s trying to distance itself from the nostalgia wave, it’s hard to deny it shares a good few things in common with other current popular 80s revivals like Stranger Things and IT. If you’re still not bored of seeing 80s kids ride around on bikes with giant handlebars, then this shouldn’t be a problem, and it doesn’t look like this revival is going anywhere any time soon.
The cast is a great selection, as it’s important when making a movie starring kids that those kids can act, something they’ve all proven in previous roles. While the trailer mostly makes Summer of ’84 look like a more light-hearted teen mystery, we wouldn’t be surprised if there was a much darker story beneath the surface.