Dark Summer Review
Synopsis:A 17-year-old is on house arrest for the summer while his mother is away on business. A horrifying incident occurs leaving an ominous presence in the house.
Dark Summer (2015) is an American low budget thriller horror movie that was filmed that did not live up to my expectations. Director Paul Solet (Grace (2009), Means to an End (2005), Grace (2006)) tried his best directing this movie, but the screenplay was not much to work with. The movie was so poorly done for Paul’s experience that it appeared as though any normal Joe could make it. With that said, I know that he tried his best with what was plated to him, I was disappointed. Writer Mike Le wrote a weak generic script because the characters except for one was not interesting. I did not care about them and did not feel any connection towards them.
Dark Summer revolves around 17-year-old Daniel (Keir Gilchrist - It’s Kind of a Funny Story (2010), United States of Tara (2009), Dead Silence (2007), Hungry Hills (2009)) who is under house arrest for stalking a girl that he is in love with. Daniel is a dull, creepy cyber stalker, and the movies make you feel as though Daniel is the bad guy that makes it interesting for the curious-minded individuals. He was video chatting with her when she committed suicide during their chat. It was crazy the way she did it and was not expected. Daniel is now afraid to stay in the house that he has to stay in because he thinks the girl is haunting him.
There is this weird love triangle going on in the movie where Abby likes Daniel as much as Daniel likes the girl that he cannot get out of his mind. He does not realize that Abbey (Stella Maeve - The Runaways (2010), Transamerica (2005), Starlet (2012), Brooklyn’s Finest (2009)) likes him because he is too into his own infatuation. His parole officer Stokes (Peter Stormare - Fargo (1996), 22 Jump Street (2014), The Big Lebowski (1998), Bad Boys II (2003)) was in the house with him most of the time than any other adult - that is all I am saying!!!
The movie is such a cliche of other movies and it takes way too much from them and did not make it their own. I was rolling my eyes when I saw the strange symbols that require them to search on Google for explanation, creepy dolls, secret door and… yeah, all sorts of electronics that turn on and off by themselves and do whatever. I do not recommend this movie for various reasons listed in my first paragraph. The cast did a good job with the weak script they were given. There was barely any scare factors, no jump scares, little suspense, and I was bored out of my mind most of the time. The lighting effects were okay and the sets added an extra point.
About Dark Summer (2015)
Total Avg. Votes: 29
Writers: Mike Le
Director: Paul Solet