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‘Summer of ’84’ Trailer Taps Into Nostalgia By Mixing ‘Goonies’ With “Stranger Things”

‘Summer of ’84’ Trailer Taps Into Nostalgia By Mixing ‘Goonies’ With “Stranger Things”

While Turbo Kid was set in an alternate apocalyptic 1997, the filmmakers collective of François Simard, Anouk Whissell, and Yoann-Karl Whissell are rewinding a little further back in time with a more realistic look in Summer of  ’84, which will hold its world premiere at this coming January’s Sundance Film Festival.

Sounding like a modern take on The ‘Burbs, the film takes place in the summer, 1984: a perfect time to be a carefree 15-year-old. But when neighborhood conspiracy theorist Davey Armstrong begins to suspect his police officer neighbor might be the serial killer all over the local news, he and his three best friends begin an investigation that soon turns dangerous.

The trailer not only captures the nostalgia of The ‘Burbs, but it also takes inspiration from Goonies, “Strangers Things”, and A Nightmare On Elm Street. With the popularity of both “Stranger Things” and IT I suspect this will be one of the hottest titles at next weekend’s Sundance Film Festival.

“Mad Men’s” Rich Sommer and “Riverdale’s” Tiera Skovbye star in the film, alongside Graham VerchereJudah LewisCaleb Emery, and Cory Gruter-Andrew.



  • Jack Derwent

    Stranger Things was great but it didn’t invent the concept of 80s nostalgia.

  • Hash-Slinging Slasher

    That was… underwhelming… ….looks better than Turbo Kid, though.

  • Brandon

    Has anyone made any early 90s nostalgia movies yet?

    • chuck

      Got to wait for that generation to get into their 40’s to start seeing those films.

    • Super Dark times takes place in the mid 90s

  • DoopGremlin

    This 80s nostalgia trend is beyond tired. Its lazy and cynical and lack creativity.

    • turk

      Takes care of that pesky cell phone problem.

  • Mightygil

    Hoping I enjoy this one. Turbo Kid was one of the best and most underrated films of the last five years for me

  • James

    That last scene in the blue background at 0:56 is definitely reminiscent of the death of “Tina” in ANOES ’84

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