Exploring The Bleakest & SCARIEST Reimagining of 80s Nostalgia

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This show celebrates Ryan’s love for film, games, art and entertainment through personal retrospective analysis that aims to explore what made them so good.

Sad Past by Silent Partner
Sedu.ctress by Francis Preve
Icelandic Arpeggios by DivKid
Ether Oar by The Whole Other
Hydra by Huma-Huma

Atlantis by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
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00:00 – Introducing Summer of 84
04:01 – The Characters
06:35 – The Unseen Danger
10:25 – Where It All Goes Wrong (Spoilers)
13:32 – Another Shocking Surprise (Spoilers)



  1. I watched this because of you, and I loved it. I'm not a fan of cheap 80s throw backs, but this did extremely great things with the style and feel. I honestly feel like this is what Black Phone should have really been. Also one of my favorite movies ever is Fright Night from 85, so I do have a soft spot for well done movies like it

  2. One really nice detail I noticed after multiple watches is how Macky says he helped build their attic, and the Attic is where he hides out at.

    Very subtle foreshadowing

  3. I watched this last night straight up ONLY because I saw you had a video about it. genuinely surprised how bland, unimaginative and boring this film was. it literally adds NOTHING new to this type of film. everything is soooo stereotypical and there are zero surprises. in contrast to your review I found the acting outstandingly mediocre, in particular from both the leads (the boy and the killer).

  4. This movie was so fucking good and I put my friend from childhood on it recently! We had a blue house that was right next to mine as we were kids and when playing tag or manhunt, we were super confident the dude who lived there was a serial killer or something. Classic white van, grass unkept, it was legit from a kids pov. So yea this movie cut deep with me

  5. I think you hit the nail on the head with how the film breaks the rose-tinted glasses of the era. I think this theme is also reinforced by how Mackey's basement is modelled after his childhood bedroom, implying he had an abusive childhood. His childhood seems to have been in the 50s too, which there was a lot of nostalgia for back in the 80s (e.g. Back to the Future, Stand by Me etc.), showing that no decade was ever truly the idealised, romanticised time that some may remember them as.

  6. Meanwhile I'm over here still loving the 80s nostalgia and fearing it becoming more about the 90s or early 00s 😂. Guess I just love Stranger Things too much.

    This movie stuck with me in the best way. I'd heard how messed up the ending was but didn't know in what way it was and man, was I pleasantly surprised (even tho the person I was watching with thought it was dumb).

  7. I was in elementary school in the early to mid '80s, and I remember watching stranger danger videos during assemblies in the cafeteria. I also grew up in Southern California, so I still remember the sheer panic of the summer of 1985, when Richard Ramirez, AKA The Night Stalker, was murdering people in their homes at random. So, as your video implies, the 80s weren't all day-glow colors, catchy music, and acid-washed jeans. There was some pretty grim stuff going on. The same summer during which the movie takes place, I was an hour away from San Ysidro, where a gunman went into a McDonalds and quickly took 17 lives. So, I did like "Summer of '84"'s more realistic approach to that time. And I loved the film over all. It gave me "Disturbia" vibes, because in that movie, there was a teenaged boy who was convinced that his neighbor was a killer, but nobody believed him.

  8. This movie is in my top 10 of the 2020s so far. With the way movies go lately itll probably stay there but thats not to say anything negative about it. This movie made me upset and anxious. Very few movies did that to me since i was 10

  9. I didn’t know this movie existed. Glad I watched it because of this video. Surprisingly good. They didn’t overdo the 80’s this. I enjoyed it.

  10. I know this is a fictionalized Cape May but I literally grew up in Cape May, New Jersey USA so seeing that in the thumbnail greatly confused me at first lmao

  11. This movie received some bad reviews with a not a few lambasting it. I thought it was fine, and a refreshing dark, take on the 80's craze.

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