Review: We Summon the Darkness
Digital HD & DVD: We Summon the Darkness (2019)
Three young female friends are on a road trip to watch a heavy metal band in the late 1980s, when en route they are passed by a van who inadvertently throw a discarded chocolate milkshake onto their car.
Arriving at the gig and seeing the aforementioned van parked there, they find that 3 young male musicians are the ones responsible for the milkshake incident, and so introduce themselves by throwing firecrackers into the van.
After this inauspicious introduction to each other, they then all watch the band together before agreeing to meet up at the holiday home of one of the girls parents which is not too far away.
Recent killings by a satanic cult is the main topic of conversation, before a drinking game of “have you ever…” leads to an unexpected turn of events for one of the group of people involved. However, it is not an unexpected turn of events for the viewer, as a so called “twist” is telegraphed far earlier in the narrative.
Despite being very predictable, We Summon the Darkness has enough going on that it held my attention throughout and was a well intentioned nod to 80s horror movies.
The gore is minimal but effective when it happens, and seeing Johnny Knoxville out of his usual roles in comedy movies was an added bonus. More roles like this for Johnny please.
We Summon the Darkness is a mediocre dark comedy/horror that doesn’t quite hit everything that it aims to be, but does just enough to keep you watching until the end.
Add a few extra marks if you lived through the rock scene of the 80s and can relate a little more to their characters and some of the references.
We Summon The Darkness is released on Digital HD April 20th and DVD 11th May.
Review by Dave from a streaming link kindly supplied by Signature Entertainment.
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