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SUMMER’S MOON (aka: SUMMER’S BLOOD) (director: Lee Gordon Demarbra; screenwriters: story by Travis Stevens/Sean Hogan/Christine Conradt; cinematographer: Joana Vasile; editor: Andre Coutu; music: Steve Gurevitch; cast: Ashley Greene (Summer Matthews), Peter Mooney (Tom Hoxey), Stephen McHattie (Gant Hoxey), Barbara Niven (Gaia Hoxey), Peter Dillon(Darwin), Paul Whitney(Sheriff), Dani Kind(Amber), Cinthia Burke (Jessie); Runtime: 91; MPAA Rating: R; producers: Robert Menzies/Curtis Crawford; LionsGate; 2009-Canada)
A mediocre horror film.”

Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz

A made in Canada low-budget horror film. Lee Gordon Demarbra(“Stripprd Naked”/”Vampiro: Angel, Devil, Hero“) directs in a clunky way.

The hottie teenager Summer (Ashley Greene) runs away from home and hitches a ride to Massey to find her estranged real father. She rebuffs a pervert who gives her a ride by pulling a gun on him. At the gas station convenience store, the sheriff (Paul Whitney) observes her shoplifting but she runs by him to escape. The handsome repairman Tom Hoxey (Peter Mooney) helps her escape by giving her a ride and then takes her to his secluded house where he lives with his creepy mom Gaia (Barabra Niven). The youths have sex. The next morning when Summer tries to leave, Tom imprisons her in the basement and tells her he wants her to be part of his family. Also chained and held hostage is another teenage girl named Amber (Danielle Kind), whose ex-con father (Peter Dillon ) is looking for. It turns out Tom is a serial killer, and his family are all psycho murderers. When Amber accidentally dies trying to escape, Tom buries her in the garden that holds many other teen female victims.

Spoiler alert.

The big reveal comes when Tom’s crazed father (Stephen McHattie) returns home and we learn how he negatively influenced Tom to be a social deviant and we learn he’s Summer’s father.

It’s a mediocre horror film. The story by Travis Stevens and screenplay by Sean Hogan and Christine Conradt is the pits. How things are suddenly resolved at a picnic, is not a fulfilling one.


Dennis Schwartz: “Ozus’ World Movie Reviews”