We Summon the Darkness (2019)

I liked Marc Meyers’ film My Friend Dahmer but you know, I was totally prepared, as a metalhead who is sick of movies worshipping the 80’s, to dislike this film. Yet there are enough twists and turns to keep this movie interesting and well above expectations. If you liked Satanic Panic, I’d say this movie would make a good partner feature for a double feature.

Alexis (Alexandra Daddario from the Baywatch remake), Val (Maddie Hasson, God Bless America) and Bev (Amy Forsyth from Channel Zero: No-End House) lure three metal-loving boys back home after a concert and things go to Hell. None of the guys — Mark (Keean Johnson, Alita: Battle Angel), Ivan (Austin Swift, Taylor’s brother) and Kovacs (Logan Miller, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse) — know what’s coming.

I really don’t want to give away many of the twists that follow, but I really dug how the movie plays with religion and seems to have a pretty decent knowledge of metal. It was also interesting to see Johnny Knoxville play a very not Knoxville character.

You can get this movie on demand and on blu ray from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. You can also find it on Netflix.

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