Dark Sum­mer

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Rated / Cinema -

Re­lease Date: OUT NOW! 15 | 81 min­utes Direc­tor: Paul So­let

Banned from

so­cial me­dia and sen­tenced to house ar­rest af­ter hack­ing into a class­mate’s on­line ac­counts, Daniel ( Keir Gilchrist) is ex­pect­ing his sum­mer to be pretty dull. But when the tar­get of his cu­rios­ity calls him for an il­licit Skype chat, things take a turn for the scary…

At heart, this is a by- thenum­bers ghost story. But its fever­ish at­mos­phere amps up the ghost’s men­ace; the con­stantly buzzing flies and whirring fans start to feel op­pres­sive, un­til we, as view­ers, want to get out of the house as much as Daniel does.

Even the re­la­tion­ships be­tween the film’s hand­ful of char­ac­ters are suf­fo­cat­ing. It might seem a bit daft that ar­cane rit­u­als are so eas­ily down­load­able, but when it comes to teenage ob­ses­sion, Dark Sum­mer isn’t play­ing around. Sarah Dobbs

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