April 6, 2020

GENRE | Alexandra Daddario Slashes 'We Summon the Darkness'

"Here's to a night that we're going to remember for years to come."
Alexandra Daddario Maddie Hasson Amy Forsyth Logan Miller Marc Meyers | We Summon the Darkness
Saban Films
Indie filmmaker Marc Meyers' surprisingly fresh take on the 1980s slasher comedy subgenre is a devilishly fun, twisty ride. It's impressive how well shot, directed, and laid out We Summon the Darkness' seemingly standard heavy metal meets satanic panic horror flick premise ultimately is.

Co-starring Alexandra Daddario, Maddie Hasson, and Amy Forsyth as a trio of rocker chicks on their way to a concert decked out in their best studded leather outfits, the film starts off right away with only faint background exposition of how this amusing hangout film will eventually unfold its cult worship murderous plot. They're well cast and feel true to who their characters turn out to be when their full backstories are revealed.

The three meet a complementary group of young male metalheads looking for a good time in Keean Johnson, Logan Miller, and Austin Swift. Before anything really happens, Meyers revels in shooting a fairly likeable, good-looking young cast just having a good time. Enter Johnny Knoxville as a weirdly evil evangelical religious huckster and the whole cleverly executed throwback horror fun feels good.

Alexandra Daddario Maddie Hasson Amy Forsyth Marc Meyers | We Summon the Darkness

As the concert ends and the afterparty starts, we slowly get the idea of where events are headed in an escalating rise of action that's just as fun as where things began. Written by Alan Trezza, the tightly put together script rather economically lays out both the party antics and violent happenings before revealing who exactly the hero characters we're rooting for really are.

Most of everything in We Summon the Darkness feels particularly stylish and exactly what it should be. Meyers' eye for blocking, staging, and telling his genre story with a subdued cinematic flourish enhances the film's performances and enjoyable horror elements.

We Summon the Darkness will be available to stream on various digital platforms and through video on demand starting April 10th.


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