Super Dark Times

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Rich in atmosphere and period detail, Super Dark Times is an effective teen thriller whose true power lies in its approach to deeper themes.

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Teenagers Zach and Josh have been best friends their whole lives, but when a gruesome accident leads to a cover-up, the secret drives a wedge between them and propels them down a rabbit hole of escalating paranoia and violence.

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Critic Reviews for Super Dark Times

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (43) | Rotten (5)

  • [Super Dark Times] is an impressive piece of work that deserves to be seen. And if it takes the hype around something more mainstream to draw attention to its existence, well, stranger things have happened.

    October 27, 2017 | Full Review…

    Adam Nayman

    The Ringer
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  • I wasn't as impressed with the film as some of my fellow audience members, but Kevin Phillips, transitioning from music videos to feature films and from cinematography to directing, has an undeniable eye.

    October 27, 2017 | Full Review…

    Katie Rife

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  • An effective thriller, anchored by great performances and a strong visual language for a debut film.

    October 25, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Both a thriller and meditation on the loss of innocence, Super Dark Times is rich with the minutiae of a bygone era ... but Phillips and screenwriters Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski press hard against the instinct for nostalgia.

    October 4, 2017 | Full Review…
  • [Kevin] Phillips kind of stumbles when he tries for a pat wrap-up of a still-horrific problem. But when he digs into the muck of the rot at the heart of it, he comes up with some unforgettable moments.

    October 2, 2017 | Full Review…
  • ... there is a refreshing candor to this film that's wonderful.

    September 29, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Super Dark Times

  • Feb 25, 2018
    Phillips has nailed what is a simple storyline, the atmosphere is unbearable at times and the escalation makes this one of the best films of 2017. This looked to be a simple teen thriller but the critical acclaim surrounding this film is what grabbed my attention and I wasn't disappointed. Phillips is going to develop into a filmmaker to watch and if you are looking for a film that spirals into something unpredictable, ensure you check this film out. Great acting and just a film that needs to be discovered. 24/02/2018.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Feb 01, 2018
    Any time a movie looks like it's trying to hit the "Fucked Up Coming of Age Movie" notes, I'm interested. Super Dark Times is perhaps not the grandest example of them all, but it's still a very good one.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 14, 2017
    One of the little inspected factors of growing up is the curious rivalry between friends, and this story takes a look at that under the microscope of the most extreme of situations: the vying for the affections of a woman. The director keeps things interesting and fresh, aided by decent performances, as a sword (yes, sword like in Conan or Tolkien) becomes the deciding bone of contention, well, that and the accidental murder of a friend. Worthy.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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