Summer Scars
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The director of Darklands and The Last Horror Movie weaves this creepy coming of age thriller about a group of six adolescent friends who are befriended by an increasingly abusive drifter. Subsequently held hostage in their den and forced to succumb to this maniac's every diabolical whim, the frightened teens are forced to embrace the darkest depths of depravity if they have any hope of making it out of the situation alive. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An inexperienced cast don't always make the most of a slippery, unsettling script by Al Wilson, but Amy Harvey's nuanced portrayal of tomboy Leanne - all braces and bolshie attitude up front, yet shy and vulnerable underneath - is a stand-out."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"Richards opts for grimy realism over stalk'n'slash, but he doesn't appear to possess the cinematic chops to make it work."
‑ Andrew Pulver, Guardian
"Despite the snappy running time, Scars is occasionally unfocused - until its fiercely sadistic final 20 minutes, which coil the uneasy mood into something unexpectedly distressing."
‑ , Total Film
"Richards' film may be an ultra-low budget affair, but it is also a punchy thriller... where social realism clashes with the fairytale symbolism of the deep dark woods."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"A smart, sharp British psycho-thriller."
‑ Jon Fortgang, Film4
"Summer Scars develops into something altogether more disturbing, with a climax as brutal as any Hollywood slasher."
‑ Nikki Baughan, Little White Lies
"Unfortunately, writer/director Julian Richards quickly runs out of ideas with his story, which scratches rather than scars."
‑ , Sun Online
"The writing is perfunctory, the performances are amateurish. And you couldn't care less if the whole lot of them are sliced and diced by the mad tramp."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"Summer Scars packs more suspense into 68 minutes than most big budget thrillers do at twice the length."
‑ Rob Daniel, Sky Movies
"Creepy, atmospheric, low-budget British thriller that maintains tension throughout."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
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