Screamfest 2019: ‘We Summon the Darkness’ Unites for a Fun Time
Sex, drugs, and rock and roll: the motto every teen thrives to live by, at least satanic cult teens. In We Summon the Darkness, 18 lives affiliated with satanic cults have already been taken across America. But that’s not a problem for the teens Alexis, Val, and Beverly who are off to headbang and rock out at a concert. Upon arrival, they meet three fellow fans, Mark, Kovacs, and Ivan. After the show, the six of them decide to take the party over to Alexis’s dad’s house near the venue. Before they know it their night takes many unexpected twists and turns leading to a bloody cult-tastic mess.
The duo of director Marc Meyers and writer Alan Trezza put together a consistent story with 80s aesthetic. Horror is definitely not uncharted territory for either one. Meyers directed My Friend Dahmer and Trezza wrote Burying the Ex. Trezza is no stranger to the horror/comedy genre, but this is definitely a different tone for Meyers. Compared to My Friend Dahmer this has a much more silly and cheesy style.
The story to We Summon the Darkness is simple, straightforward, and nothing we haven’t seen before. What sets this one apart from others is the big reveal we get a quarter of the way through the movie. Maybe it’s the fact that I went into this completely blind, or the fact that I try to prevent my brain from predicting the outcome of the story, but I personally didn’t see the turn in the story coming. The movie has a steady build-up, but it does feel a bit anticlimactic and dragged on at times. Also, while the intro is great, the ending is a bit predictable. This is not a huge problem, because a predictable ending is better than a bad ending.
The characters are well-constructed, and each one moves the story forward. The one thing that didn’t work for me was the cheesy dialogue. Regardless of the fairly decent acting, the conversations between the characters at times feel flat.
For what it’s worth, this movie is extremely fun. There are some awesome gore scenes, along with a few good kills. IMDb has this listed as horror/thriller, but I would say this is more in the ballpark of a horror comedy. There are plenty of goofy and funny moments that are chuckle-worthy. The story is simple, yet it’s not as generic as your typical cult movies. Instead of talking about cults and their members, the film focuses on the cult leaders and their intentions. We Summon the Darkness is definitely not a movie that will redefine genre flicks but it’s fun, it has good kills and hot babes. What more could you ask for from a horror-comedy?
We Summon the Darkness hits select theaters and VOD on September 13, 2019.