Dark Summer


Dark Summer

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From Paul Solet, director of the acclaimed hit Grace, comes DARK SUMMER, a suspense thriller combining the supernatural terror of classic horrors THE SHINING and POLTERGEIST, with the tension and modern cool of DISTURBIA. Summer is a time to relax, unwind, take a vacation, and be free. But 17 year old Daniel Austin gets none of that because his obsessive online stalking of his classmate and crush, Mona Wilson, got him put on house arrest for the whole summer. So, no cell phone, no Internet, no leaving the property, and especially no Mona. Then Daniel's single mother has to go on a long business trip, and Daniel has the place to himself. Daniel figures out a way to piggyback onto his neighbors' wireless signal and believing he's surfing off the grid, uses his time to check in on his friends - and Mona... But what Daniel didn't expect is for Mona to check up on him. And what she does next shakes him to his very core. And then things start to happen. Daniel receives mysterious packages in the mail, hears phantom noises, sees inanimate objects move, and feels a strange presence in the house... (C) IFC

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Critic Reviews for Dark Summer

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (9)

  • This is the kind of film that relies heavily on sledgehammer sound design and creepy imagery in the absence of a persuasive story.

    Mar 20, 2015 | Rating: 1/5

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • It is an efficiently crafted, small-scale film with an interesting premise, although it sometimes feels like an atmospheric short that has been stretched out.

    Mar 19, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Offers fairly meagre chills. Still, the script has a few inventive (if not necessarily credible) moves up its sleeve.

    Mar 17, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It's hard not to think of viewing "Dark Summer" as running-time served.

    Jan 22, 2015 | Full Review…
  • There is something profoundly draining and suffocatingly incestuous about watching a film that's dedicated to watching a computer screen.

    Jan 8, 2015 | Full Review…
  • As an exercise in atmosphere, this claustrophobic creeper does a lot with a little, even if the movie winds up providing just superficial shivers.

    Jan 8, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dark Summer

  • Jul 03, 2017
    The best actors in Hollywood need to get that big role before their career can take off. No matter how good they are, until they find that role, they won't be a household name and are forced to take whatever roles they can get. Even megastars, like Chris Pratt got his start on a low rated CW drama, and did B-movies for a decade before he was cast as Star Lord, this is the position Keir Gilchrist finds himself in now. Gilchrist is an exceptional young actor, who always gives his best, but without that big role on his resume, he's forced to take jobs like this one. Dark Summer follows Daniel, (Gilchrist) a 17 year old who has recently been sentenced to house arrest for stalking a girl from his school. To make matters worse, his parents are away for the summer and Daniel is all alone. As boredom ware away at him mind, Daniel starts to see things and wonders if he's being punished for his crimes by some supernatural entity, or if he's just going insane from boredom. For much of this movie, the actor is bored, and if the actor is bored, what do you think the audience is feeling? Daniel's days are filled with monotonous discussions with friends, who sneak over, and of course investigations that turn up nothing. As for his nights, they are filled with a lot of jump scares and loud noises that again ultimately turn up nothing, as Dark Summer is just one of those films where nothing happens until the last twenty minutes, and by then, who really cares anymore? The bottom line, even a great actor couldn't save this film, it's your typical supernatural horror film, filled with a lot of jump scares, good looking people, and a whole lot of nothing else until the very end.
    Todd S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 12, 2016
    Bland tale reminiscent of early Buffy the Vampire Slayer. But not as good.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer

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