Super Dark Times

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Super Dark Times
Super Dark Times poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byKevin Phillips
Produced byEdward Parks
Richard Peete
Jett Steiger
Written byBen Collins
Luke Piotrowski
Starring
Music byBen Frost
CinematographyEli Born
Edited byEd Yonaitis
Distributed byThe Orchard
Release date
  • January 29, 2017 (2017-01-29) (Rotterdam)
  • September 29, 2017 (2017-09-29) (United States)
Running time
103 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$33,109[1]

Super Dark Times is a 2017 American independent psychological thriller film directed by Kevin Phillips and starring Owen Campbell, Charlie Tahan, and Elizabeth Cappuccino.[2][3][4] It is Phillips' directorial debut.[5][6][7][8] After a traumatic accident, an inseparable pair of teenage boys and best friends lose their innocence from jealousy, violence and paranoia.

Plot[edit]

In 1996, in Upstate New York, two teenage best friends, Zach and Josh, rate the girls in their yearbook. They find a common interest in Allison.

After school, the duo crosses the path of the universally-disliked Daryl and his eighth-grade friend Charlie. Later that week, the four boys meet up at Josh's house where they look through the possessions of Josh's brother and find a bag of marijuana and a katana.

Afterwards, the boys play with the sword in a forest and notice that Daryl has stolen the marijuana. After a tense argument, Josh and Daryl fight, resulting in Daryl being accidentally stabbed in the neck with the katana. Daryl runs from the scene but soon dies of his injuries. The boys panic and hide both Daryl's body and the weapon.

At school, rumors circulate about Daryl's disappearance. Zach has nightmares and Josh doesn’t attend classes. Zach wants to return to Daryl's burial site and attend Allison's upcoming party with Josh, who declines but goes to Allison's party separately where he shares his brother's weed. Zach, disturbed, leaves.

Another student, John, is found dead. Rumors speculate that he fell off a bridge. Zach suspects that John's death was not accidental. He returns to Daryl's burial site and finds the katana missing and Darryl’s corpse mutilated.

Zach goes to Josh's home and realizes Josh is with Allison. He tracks her to Meghan's house, where Josh has killed her with the katana and tied Allison up. After Zach unties her, the former friends fight until a neighbor intervenes and subdues Josh, who is arrested.

Months later, Allison has recovered and returns to school. A camera shot shows three parallel lines on the back of her neck.

Cast[edit]

Release[edit]

The film premiered at the Rotterdam Film Festival.[9] It made its North American premiere on April 20, 2017 at the Tribeca Film Festival.[10] Deadline Hollywood reported that The Orchard had acquired worldwide distribution rights to the film in March 2017.[11] The film was released in theaters on September 29, 2017, and digitally on October 3, 2017.[12] It plays on Hulu streaming.[13]

Reception[edit]

The film has a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 47 reviews, with an average rating of 7.38/10. The site's critics consensus reads: "Rich in atmosphere and period detail, Super Dark Times is an effective teen thriller whose true power lies in its approach to deeper themes."[14] Metacritic reports a score of 75/100 based on 18 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[15]

David Ehrlich of IndieWire graded the film a B–.[16]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Super Dark Times won the best feature film award at the 17th Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival.[17] It was also the winner of Best Sound Design in a Feature Film at the 2017 Music+Sound Awards,[18] and received a nomination for the Saturn Award for Best Independent Film at the 44th Saturn Awards.[19] At the 33rd Independent Spirit Awards, Kevin Phillips was nominated for the Someone to Watch Award.[20]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Super Dark Times at Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ Miska, Brad (21 April 2017). "[Tribeca Review] 'Super Dark Times' is a Teenage Nightmare". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 11 August 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Martin, Philip (5 May 2017). "Super Dark Times". Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Retrieved 11 August 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Tallerico, Brian (20 July 2017). "FANTASIA 2017, DAY 6: "BAD GENIUS," "SUPER DARK TIMES"". RogerEbert.com. Retrieved 11 August 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Sokol, Tony (2 August 2017). "Super Dark Times Trailer Reveals High School Horrors". Den of Geek. Retrieved 11 August 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Oller, Jacob (21 April 2017). "Super Dark Times (2017 Tribeca Film Festival Review)". Paste. Retrieved 11 August 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Evans, Greg (2 August 2017). "'Super Dark Times' Trailer: Moment Of Horror Drives Harrowing Teen Drama". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 11 August 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Weissberg, Jay (1 February 2017). "Rotterdam Film Review: 'Super Dark Times'". Variety. Retrieved 11 August 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Young, Neil (2 February 2017). "'Super Dark Times': Film Review; Rotterdam 2017". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 11 August 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ McGovern, Joe (20 April 2017). "Watch an exclusive clip from high school thriller Super Dark Times". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 11 August 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ Grobar, Matt (22 April 2017). "'Super Dark Times' Stars & Director Kevin Phillips On An Act Of Violence That Changes Everything — Tribeca Studio". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 11 August 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ McGovern, Joe (2 August 2017). "Super Dark Times: Check out a tense trailer for the new high school thriller". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 11 August 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "Super Dark Times". Retrieved January 18, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ "Super Dark Times (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 10 August 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ "Super Dark Times Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 10 August 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ Ehrlich, David (20 April 2017). "Review: 'Super Dark Times' Is An Unnerving Cross Between 'Stand By Me' and 'Donnie Darko' — Tribeca 2017". IndieWire. Retrieved 11 August 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  17. ^ Gash, Lawrence (10 July 2017). "'Super Dark Times' takes top prize at Neuchatel". Screen Daily. Retrieved 11 August 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  18. ^ "2017 Winners". Music+Sound Awards. Retrieved 2018-01-04.
  19. ^ McNary, Dave (March 15, 2018). "'Black Panther,' 'Walking Dead' Rule Saturn Awards Nominations". Variety. Archived from the original on March 15, 2018. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
  20. ^ Nyren, Erin (3 March 2018). "2018 Independent Spirit Awards: Winners List (Updating Live)". Variety. Retrieved 30 June 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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