We Summon the Darkness Reviews

April 22, 2020
Alan Trezza's script indulges in trashy movie cliches while upending them, as dialog spins the story around. But a cheesy attempt to add a thematic slant never takes hold.
April 21, 2020
The half-baked 'Heavy Metal Parking Lot' conversation at the film's beginning do little to erase how boring it becomes when it settles into predictable bloodletting and slashing.
April 17, 2020
This late-'80s-set Satanic thriller becomes a boilerplate survival-horror scenario once the villains finally reveal themselves to the metalhead protagonists.
April 17, 2020
While angling for a higher purpose with its twist on the standard horror movie fare, We Summon the Darkness fails to light up the genre with its approach.
April 11, 2020
Although this subversive slasher exercise puts some clever spins on genre tropes, its biggest and most important twist misses the mark.
April 11, 2020
Maybe these metalheads should have stayed home to watch the livestream. Remember, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
April 10, 2020
The screenplay strains to be subversive in its depiction of fundamentalist fears but the satire is tepid at best before being swept away entirely and after a while.
April 10, 2020
The subject matter is intense, but Meyers' direction Alan Trezza's screenplay aims to soften the blow. So much so that the comedy is muddled into a plot that struggles to find authenticity.
April 10, 2020
The proceedings are not entirely unamusing in their lurid way, but they're also not nearly as clever as the filmmakers believed or hoped they would be.
April 10, 2020
Most of the antics play out with little to no invention, and the main characters aren't given any depth beyond the first two scenes, that by the time we get to finale, the blood soaked gratuitousness expected of the film never feels earned.
April 10, 2020
Sacrificing its solid ensemble cast and fascinating puritanical themes, We Summon the Darkness' potential to matter and amaze get lost in the woods.
April 10, 2020
The twist/reveal happens too early in the proceedings, bursting the mystery bubble and resulting in a long, drawn-out anticlimactic second-half that's disappointingly generic.
April 10, 2020
When Alan Trezza's screenplay finally gets to the meat of his horror/comedy's story, it rushes through and simplifies the bulk of that story's potential.
April 9, 2020
Aims to be edgy as well as scary and funny, but it misses all three targets...all Meyers manages to summon is an exasperated yawn.
April 8, 2020
Not today, Satan. Not today.
April 8, 2020
Simply can't wring suspense from a scenario that ends up isolating the murderers from their murderees on either side of a locked door for a long, dull section of the film.
April 6, 2020
The film's cat-and-mouse antics play out with no sense of escalation or invention.
April 6, 2020
This '80s horror throwback is too dumb, and distracted, to truly offend ... or scare us
March 26, 2020
Take away the "twist," which you've guessed and which anybody seeing the trailer or even the poster could figure out, and "We Summon the Darkness" only summons tedium.