Dark times fall on four high school friends after a traumatic event takes place in the woods involving a samurai sword. EW says that Super Dark Times is a beautifully made film about how the awkwardness of high school friendships and how they can feel like murder. You can check out the trailer and poster for the film here. Super Dark Times was directed by Kevin Phillips and this is what he had to say about the project:
“There was a time when the screenwriters [Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski] and I referred to the film’s genre as ‘nostalgia horror,’ but we moved away from that label,” Phillips says. “We were hoping to utilize ideas of nostalgia but dive a bit deeper and create a situation that audiences could relate to and hopefully be a bit hypnotized by.”
The story is set in 1995 suburbia and stars Owen Campbell (The Americans, Boardwalk Empire) and Charlie Tahan (Wayward Pines, Love is Strange) as two best friends whose bond is torn apart.
Phillips drew inspiration from movies like Stand By Me and Steven Spielberg, but also work by master filmmakers such as Ingmar Bergman, Takashi Miike, and the late Jonathan Demme.
Also starring Amy Hargreaves (13 Reasons Why), Max Talisman (Orange is the New Black), Elizabeth Cappuccino (Jessica Jones), and Sawyer Barth (Public Morals), Super Dark Times is set for release on September 29.