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Quick thoughts on SUMMER OF '84.

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I was mildly excited to check out Summer of '84, a slasher period piece that I had seen trailers and artwork for a while back.  Now, one can argue that the filmmakers were trying to capitalize on the enormous success of Netflix's Stranger Things, and maybe they are.  But that's okay. 

So the movie finally hit Amazon and I decided to rent it.  I had watched a couple of reviews on YouTube, all of which were very positive.  So I dug in.

And I have to be honest, I didn't love it.  Not to say I didn't like it, because I did.  But the love just wasn't there -- mostly because I just feel like horror-themed movies and TV shows that are set in the '80s are just overplayed now.  I think if it was Summer of '94, I might have loved it.

The story is good.  And the ending is actually quite great.  There's an unexpected character death and a few narrative turns that keep the movie interesting.  The acting was good for the most part and the movie was shot incredib…