Back in 2015 director Phil Escott told us al about his new Brit horror Cruel Summer. Since then the film featuring Danny Miller, Richard Pawulski, Natalie Martins and Reece Douglas, was selected for 2016’s Horror Channel Frightfest and is now to be released on DVD and VOD in the UK on Monday 6 February.
Cruel Summer tells the story of one weekend in the lives of three teenagers from a no hope sink estate somewhere in England. Nick (Danny Miller) is pissed off because he has just been chucked by his girlfriend Lisa, so he goes to see Julia (Natalie Martins). Now Julia has a bit of a unreciprocated thing for Nick and tells him that Lisa had been shagging Danny a boy from her school who has Asperger’s Syndrome. Rather than driving Nick into her arms, Nick sets out for Danny’s blood in a psychotic fury.
Stopping only to collect Calvin (Reece Douglas) and shoplift some vodka, Nick and Julia discover that Danny (Richard Pawulski) is camping by a local lake as part of his Duke of Edinburgh Award and the scene is set for an ugly confrontation. Psycho Nick is driven to carry out the attack on Danny by Julia’s underhand scheming and once his blood is up there is nothing his mates can say or are willing to do that will stop him.
Cruel Summer is anything but a comfortable ride, the depiction of life amongst the no-hope generation deprived of jobs and further education opportunities by austerity Britain is frighteningly accurate. Cruel Summer is a beautifully shot and intelligently scripted movie that holds your attention throughout. Performances by each of the young cast are intense and visceral, covering al range of emotions from bored ennui to psychotic rage, impotent fury and hopeless despair.
We gave Cruel Summer a 666/666 and now you can win Cruel Summer on DVD thanks to those lovely people at Solo Media and Matchbox Films have given us three copies to give away to the first three UK-based readers to send an e-mail the Hothouse titled Cruel Summer to firstname.lastname@example.org with their name and address.
Cruel Summer is released on DVD and VOD in the UK on Monday 6 February, Certificate 15.