This is a choice little horror picture that plays up a little bit of new tech horror combined with crazy, occult driven horror (also popular right now). I was deeply entertained by production and found it generally scary at times even in spite of some overdramatic performances from some young actors. Keep in mind that the performances are only over the top some of the time. There are moments here where you can see really talent. I found plenty of over the top moments suspenseful and the big reveal/twist was satisfying. Of course, every movie has to try to be the new DePalma’s Carrie and so our filmmaker gets a wee bit overzealous with his finale. Still, a strong horror picture with plenty of scare filled moments.
Director Paul Solet will be involved with Tales of Halloween, a group film project that has been pushing strong imagery and concepts thus far. Glad to see Solet is part of this group, his previous works include Fangoria’s Blood Drive II and Grace.
A suspense thriller combining the supernatural terror of classic horrors THE SHINING and POLTERGEIST, with the tension and modern cool of DISTURBIA, DARK SUMMER follows a troubled teen confined to house arrest for the summer, who’s suddenly haunted by an evil entity who may or may not be the ghost of his former classmate. Starring Keir Gilchrist (United States of Tara), Stella Maeve (Chicago PD), Peter Stormare (the heavy from your favorite 90s cinema – Fargo, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Armageddon, The Big Lebowski), Grace Phipps (The Vampire Diaries), and Maestro Harrell (The Wire).