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Kids are terrorized in “SUMMER OF 84” and “BOARDING SCHOOL”; release dates revealed

Monday, April 16, 2018 | News

A pair of movies in which teenagers contend with adult threats are headed for release later this year; read on for the details.

First up, it has been announced that Gunpowder & Sky will give the current festival fave SUMMER OF 84 theatrical release August 3. Directed by the TURBO KID trio of RKSS (François Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissell), from a screenplay by Matt Leslie and Stephen J. Smith, it stars Graham Verchere, THE BABYSITTER’s Judah Lewis, Caleb Emery, Cory Gruter-Andrew, Tiera Skovbye and Rich Sommer. The synopsis: “Summer, 1984: The perfect time to be 15 years old and carefree. But when neighborhood conspiracy theorist Davey Armstrong [Verchere] begins to suspect his police-officer neighbor [Sommer] might be the serial killer all over the local news, he and his three best friends begin an investigation that soon turns dangerous.”

Later in the month, on August 31 to be exact, Momentum Pictures sends BOARDING SCHOOL to select theaters, VOD and digital HD. Written and directed by Boaz Yakin (SAFE, NOW YOU SEE ME), its cast is headed by Will Patton, Samantha Mathis, Luke Prael, Sterling Jerins, Nadia Alexander, Tammy Blanchard and Lucy Walters. The synopsis: “When troubled 12-year-old Jacob Felsen [Prael] is sent away to boarding school, he enters every kid’s worst nightmare: A creepy old mansion, deserted except for six other teenage misfits and two menacing and mysterious teachers [Patton and Mathis]. As events become increasingly horrific, Jacob must conquer his fears to find the strength to survive.”

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.