Summer Scars

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This low budget British psycho-thriller packs plenty of atmospheric tension and suspense into it's slender running time.



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The director of Darklands and The Last Horror Movie weaves this creepy coming of age thriller about a group of six adolescent friends who are befriended by an increasingly abusive drifter. Subsequently held hostage in their den and forced to succumb to this maniac's every diabolical whim, the frightened teens are forced to embrace the darkest depths of depravity if they have any hope of making it out of the situation alive. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


Critic Reviews for Summer Scars

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  • An inexperienced cast don't always make the most of a slippery, unsettling script by Al Wilson, but Amy Harvey's nuanced portrayal of tomboy Leanne - all braces and bolshie attitude up front, yet shy and vulnerable underneath - is a stand-out.

    Jun 5, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Nigel Floyd

    Time Out
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  • Richards opts for grimy realism over stalk'n'slash, but he doesn't appear to possess the cinematic chops to make it work.

    Jun 5, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Andrew Pulver

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  • A smart, sharp British psycho-thriller.

    Jun 5, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The writing is perfunctory, the performances are amateurish. And you couldn't care less if the whole lot of them are sliced and diced by the mad tramp.

    Jun 5, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Summer Scars develops into something altogether more disturbing, with a climax as brutal as any Hollywood slasher.

    Jun 5, 2009 | Rating: 3/5
  • Summer Scars packs more suspense into 68 minutes than most big budget thrillers do at twice the length.

    Jun 5, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Summer Scars

When a group of friends in Wales decide to cut school and hang out in the woods, they meet a drifter who will change their lives in the shocking true story, Summer Scars. Writer/Director Julian Richards claims that this actually happened to him as a child. At 67 minutes long, this is one of the shortest films you will ever see and still it felt like it was too long. What happened was unique and defiantly worthy of a film, but it seems to me like Richards decided to tell the entire truth of what happened in painstaking detail. What this film needed was some fiction thrown in to make the story more interesting and to space out the events of what happened. As for the cast, it was almost completely full of newcomers, some of which were horrible, but others like Darren Evans, showed some real skill and a bright future. The only veteran actor was Kevin Howarth, who played the drifter and he was terrific. The veteran horror actor really showed us in a short period of time, what this guy must have really been like and he was really amazing. It's the performances of Howarth and Evans that make this short, creepy film worth watching. Summer Scars was an interesting story, but jumped around so much and had a hard time finding direction. For long periods of time nothing happens, but when it finally does, it comes at you so quickly that you're just confused. I liked this film, but with the story they had to go with, if they had had a better cast, and spread things out a little more, Summer Scars could have been so much more than it was.

Todd Smith
Todd Smith

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if this is what the British are caling horror or thriller, thn I dont know the genre horror is anymore. Quite a film for teenagers, nothing scary at all, no actions, no suspence, I dont recommend this at all, 2 stars

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