Movie Review: We Summon the Darkness (2019)

Synopsis: When three friends are invited to spend the evening with three women they met at a 1980s heavy metal concert, they can't believe they are so lucky. But, they quickly change their mind when they learn the women intend to murder them as part of a fake satanic ritual.

Who's in it? The movie stars Alexandra Daddario, Keean Johnson, Maddie Hasson, Amy Forsyth and Logan Miller.

Review: I decided to pick out this movie last night because it had been a while since we had watched a horror flick and it sounded like it would be an OK choice. After seeing it, however, I honestly was kind of disappointed.

I think the big problem with this film is it is very predictable. Even before the movie reveals the women's intentions, it was pretty obvious what they were attempting to do. And, even the little twists that were supposed to create some suspense, such as having the police show up unexpectedly, didn't change the predictability all that much.

It also didn't help that the women kind of went out of their way to make things more difficult than they needed to be. For example, they went out of their way to drug their intended victims but waited until they woke up before trying to kill them? Why? Just so they had someone to give exposition to? It honestly made 100 times more sense to just kill the men while they were asleep.

I think what this movie needed was a surprise antagonist. If I would have written this film, for example, the three women (and their intended victims) would be stalked by an unknown killer. A concept like that would have created much more suspense, especially since the three men wouldn't be able to trust the women enough to team up. In fact, when one of the women (Forsyth) wandered off to the barn by herself, I was really hoping something like that would happen and was disappointed when it didn't.

I honestly also found myself a bit confused by the ending, which had survivors acting like they were guilty of something rather than going to the police (or hospital). I felt as though there was something I was missing and I hate movies that end that way.

Final Opinion: I feel like this movie could have been considerably better had there been more of an effort to add a real element of mystery and/or suspense. The film in its actual form is very predictable, dull and really not worth watching.

My Grade: D


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