Posted on April 27, 2019

Retro Dread: Talking The Final Girls and Summer of 84

Elizabeth Erwin

It’s a totally bitchin’ two for one on this episode of Horror Homeroom Conversations in which we head back to the 1980s with Todd Strauss-Schulson’s The Final Girls (2015) and François Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissell’s Summer of 84 (2018). Criminally underrated, both films deploy depictions of nostalgia in order to reflect and then disrupt audience expectation of Reagan’s America. In doing so, each film reveals a surprising depth that challenges horror film conventions.

Recommended Reading:

Summer of 84 and Cinematic Nostalgia

The Final Girls (2015) Film Review

Summer of 84 is streaming on Shudder and you can also find it streaming and on Blu-ray at Amazon:

Final Girls can be streamed on Amazon:

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