We Summon the Darkness

We Summon the Darkness

We Summon the Darkness

Alexandra Daddario (Baywatch) and Jackass's Johnny Knoxville star in this horror set at a heavy metal concert and its deadly afterparty. Helmed by Marc Meyer (My Friend Dahmer).

"Val, Beverly, and Alexis are best friends headed on a road trip to attend a heavy metal music festival. An incident on the road has the girls confronting Mark, Kovacs, and Ivan in the parking lot, but any tension dissolves quickly and the group gets on swimmingly. A suggestion to have a post-concert after-party sees the rag-tag group head to Alexis’ secluded country home. Meanwhile, the heartland of America has been rocked by a series of Satanic murders, and it’s not long before these two threads cross, resulting in a night from which no one will escape unscathed." (Fantastic Fest)

201983 minsUSA
Horror

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

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another film I saw at this year’s Fantastic Fest that didn’t bring a whole lot to the table in terms of visuals, but whose script was nimble and surprising enough to make it work.

Variety

Variety

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Meyers refuses to treat the slasher movie as a cheeky debased genre. What happens going forward may be insane, but he stages it with a cunning visual-dramatic logic, allowing neither perpetrators nor victims to cut corners.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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If most of what follows becomes a tad more routine, not quite hitting all the marks, there's still plenty to keep genre fans engaged thanks to well-drawn characters, a steady stream of bloodletting, sly humor and the inconvenient arrival of a couple of unintended victims.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

We Summon the Darkness is fine throughout; but it peaks in its first third, when nothing much is happening beyond some very good actors recreating the small-town rock ’n’ roll lifestyle of the recent past.

Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

press

Like many a film before it, We Summon the Darkness spends such a long time trying to subvert a concept that it neglects everything that might have been appealing even in a straightforward take on its premise.

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

press

The proceedings are not entirely unamusing in their lurid way, but they’re also not nearly as clever as the filmmakers believed or hoped they would be.

Sight & Sound

Sight & Sound

press

...steadily upends conventional prejudices (& cinematic clichés) concerning gender, class and religion - even if, after a relatively early reveal of the Big Twist, there is nowhere left to go beyond standard cat-and-mouse manoeuvres and chaotic farce.

Bloody Disgusting

Bloody Disgusting

press

A throwback horror comedy that offers up just enough surprises and a pair of scene-stealing performances by Hasson and Daddario that will make you throw up a pair of devil horns and hail Satan.

A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

another film I saw at this year’s Fantastic Fest that didn’t bring a whole lot to the table in terms of visuals, but whose script was nimble and surprising enough to make it work.

Variety

Variety

press

Meyers refuses to treat the slasher movie as a cheeky debased genre. What happens going forward may be insane, but he stages it with a cunning visual-dramatic logic, allowing neither perpetrators nor victims to cut corners.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

If most of what follows becomes a tad more routine, not quite hitting all the marks, there's still plenty to keep genre fans engaged thanks to well-drawn characters, a steady stream of bloodletting, sly humor and the inconvenient arrival of a couple of unintended victims.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

We Summon the Darkness is fine throughout; but it peaks in its first third, when nothing much is happening beyond some very good actors recreating the small-town rock ’n’ roll lifestyle of the recent past.

Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

press

Like many a film before it, We Summon the Darkness spends such a long time trying to subvert a concept that it neglects everything that might have been appealing even in a straightforward take on its premise.

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

press

The proceedings are not entirely unamusing in their lurid way, but they’re also not nearly as clever as the filmmakers believed or hoped they would be.

Sight & Sound

Sight & Sound

press

...steadily upends conventional prejudices (& cinematic clichés) concerning gender, class and religion - even if, after a relatively early reveal of the Big Twist, there is nowhere left to go beyond standard cat-and-mouse manoeuvres and chaotic farce.

Bloody Disgusting

Bloody Disgusting

press

A throwback horror comedy that offers up just enough surprises and a pair of scene-stealing performances by Hasson and Daddario that will make you throw up a pair of devil horns and hail Satan.

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