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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 sh