Hey there gang, time for another 2015 flick. This one, unfortunately, does not bode well for the year to come. So let’s hope it’s not an omen of things to come, in the mean time let’s talk about Dark Summer.
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.
Oh…oh you guys. This movie is really lousy. So, we open with Peter Stormare giving a 17 year old kid the rundown on his house arrest. We get a sense of what this kid has done, and that he’s not allowed to have anyone in the house or use the internet. So, what’s the first thing he does? Invites his friends over and finds a way to steal the internet, y’know, because teenagers apparently make really bad choices always. So, we watch his friends come over to take drugs, and sneak him an iPad so that he can..steal the internet from someone, because he is a real l33t h@xxor. GET IT GUYS!?
Anyways, the story is weak and the performances are lousy. The movie does rely on some pretty boring jump scares, and really unfortunate special effects. Everything in the movie feels re-hashed and borrowed. I don’t really know what the point being made was, and it’s very possible that there wasn’t one. It’s really hard to feel for the characters when they consistently make really poor decisions, far beyond the level that we have come to expect from horror movies.
I had been hoping that this might be a fun little ghost story, but everything was just so flat and stale. The “twists” that the movie takes border on nonsense and really try too hard to make the plot engaging. The story problems are pretty huge, one being that this 17 year old kids who is under house arrest apparently has no parents. His mother is alluded to at one point in the movie but she never appears. As well, the relationships between the characters are so lousy and one-dimensional.
For whatever reason, the movie also has to make the ghost the villain, despite the fact that the set up for the movie is that our main character is under house arrest for stalking this girl, and she then is so distraught that she kills herself in front of him. It turns out (SPOILER ALERT) that she is a witch who had cast a spell on him. So it was all ok. Stupid.
So, over all, the movie is lazy, and boring. Give it a pass. Seriously.