Movie Review: ‘We Summon The Darkness’ Is Badass And Bloody

April 10, 2020

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

Kelli Marchman McNeely is the owner of She is an Executive Producer of "13 Slays Till Christmas" which is out on Digital and DVD and now streaming on Tubi. She has several other films in the works. Kelli is an animal lover and a true horror addict since the age of 9 when she saw Friday the 13th. Email:



Heavy metal and murder fill the 80s set horror We Summon the Darkness, starring Alexandra Daddario (Alexis), Maddie Hasson (Val) and Amy Forsyth (Bev) as a trio of young women on a mission. They head out to a concert, where the girls meet three guys, Mark (Keean Johnson), Kovacs (Logan Miller), and Ivan (Austin Swift). After the show is over, the girls take the guys back to Alexis’ father’s (Johnny Knoxville) house to continue the party, but these guys have no idea what the girls have in store for them.

From the getgo you can tell something is off. I mean why would three hot girls be interested in three losers? Once back at the house the girls begin a game of “never have I ever.” During the game, they reveal their real intentions, but of course, nothing goes as planned and chaos ensues.

There are a few things that just didn’t quite make sense. Here’s an example, Bev’s choice of weapon is a boat motor. What woman would choose that from a barn full of potential weapons? It’s unrealistic, boat motors are usually heavy, but Bev carries it around like it’s light as a feather.

Several characters are juvenile for the age they are meant to be and all of the characters are a bit unlikable which makes it hard to connect to the characters or have sympathy for them.

Now that I’ve gotten the bad out of the way, let’s talk about the things the movie gets right. The story isn’t one we’ve seen before, it’s unique and clever, so it gets bonus points in my book. It’s also light and fun, with moments of humor. This isn’t one of those horror movies that you have to think a lot about, which isn’t a bad thing. Just sit back and enjoy the action.

The effects are on point. There’s a ton of blood and gore which will please gorehounds. Most of the kills look pretty realistic too.

The movie gets off to a slow start but has nearly constant action after we reach the halfway point of the movie.

Honestly, I don’t think I fit into the film’s target audience, which I believe includes people in their late teens and those in their early 20s (I’m in my thirties). If I was, I think I would have liked it more. Either way, it’s a movie you should definitely check out. We Summon the Darkness, is getting 4 out of 5 skulls.

We Summon the Darkness slashes its way into theaters, and onto VOD and Digital HD on April 10, 2020, from Lionsgate.



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