‘Dark Summer’ – Review
By Lynn Sorel
Rating: 6 out of 10
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.
Our Thoughts: The story begins while on house arrest for cyber stalking, Daniel’s stalking victim Mona commits suicide while on video chat with him. Things start to get weird when he starts hallucinating bloody gore in his food.
The film really draws you in with it’s suspenseful atmosphere, and foreboding backing soundtrack. Much of the first half of the film is Daniel alone in his home as strange things start occurring around him.
For the most part, the film is your standard revenge-haunting format film. Despite the handful of cliches, trying speak to the deceased and so on, it kept me interested to see where it was going.
The strange symbols Daniel cuts into himself made me feel that there might be more to the story than on the surface. After his friend search Mona’s home, it becomes apparent where the film is headed. Fortunately I found the very end to be unexpectedly refreshing and humorous, unlike most films that take the cliché route.
As for acting, Keir Gilchrist is excellent as Strokes and Stella Maeve is sympathetic as Abby. Despite much of the film following the usual haunting format, I really enjoyed the final scene most of all. The ‘ghost’ in the film is not the usual CGI either, with practical effects relied on more so than digital. ‘Dark Summer’ not the best of these types of stories I have seen, but it is worth at least a watch for horror fans who enjoy ghost stories that are heavy on suspense.