British horror movies are often a mixed bag. For every Dog Soldiers, we get a Doghouse. For every Shaun of the Dead, we get a Cockneys vs. Zombies. The latest Brit horror flick, Cruel Summer, from co-writers/directors Craig Newman and Phillip Escott, looks like it could turn out to be something special because judging from the trailer, it actually tries to be new and original rather than just rehashing the same old shtick.
And while the words “Inspired by a True Story” should always be approached with caution these days as it’s usually a sign that the filmmakers are being overly pretentious, we do at least appear to be getting some of those top quality performances that usually come with movies based on true events.
Oh, and by the way, unless you’re British, you’ll probably be unfamiliar with the TV shows mentioned in the synopsis below. And believe me… you’ll wish it stayed that way.
Autism sufferer Danny (Richard Pawulski) escapes the inner city and heads out to the country as part of his Duke of Edinburgh award scheme. Little does he know, that bitter yob Nicholas (Danny Miller – “Emmerdale,” “Scott & Bailey”) is hunting him, stemming from a lie created by the enamoured and envious Julia (Natalie Martins – Miracle Grow, Tag). With the help of new boy Calvin (Reece Douglas – “Waterloo Road,” The Knife That Killed Me), the three youths close in on the innocent Danny, as Nicholas’ behaviour grows erratic and increasingly more violent. As tensions rise within the trio, Julia and Calvin must decide if they are capable of going through with Nicholas’ deadly plan.