Before Spooptober began, I said that modern movies are trash. This is one of the few exceptions. Take your Hereditary and your Midsommar and stick them up your ass. Summer of 84 is a movie that I've been sucking off for the past four years, because I enjoyed it that much.
It's not a 100% horror film. It's more a thriller. It's very Hitchcockian, but I think that's what I like about it. The plot is very simple: a boy suspects his neighbor is a serial killer and enlists his friends to help him prove it. The thing I love the most about this film is the characters. The four main boys all feel real. This isn't a dialogue heavy Tarantino experience, but the four main boys feel like real teenage boys.
I feel like there is more to Summer of 84 than just the murder subplot, it feels like a film about friends growing apart and slowly maturing. Maybe that's just my immature mindset.
Another low-budget film, so don't go into this expecting fantastic mind blowing effects. However, this film definitely earned RKSS a place on up and coming directors that I'll be watching.