Horror | Feature | 80mins
Danny (Richard Pawulski), a teenager with autism, escapes the inner city for the beautiful countryside as part of his Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. Little does he know, that bitter Nicholas (Danny Miller Emmerdale) is hunting him, stemming from a lie created by the enamoured and envious Julia (Natalie Martins) and newboy Calvin (Reece Douglas Waterloo Road). As the three close in on Danny, Nicholas' behaviour becomes increasingly erratic and violent, Julia and Calvin must decide whether to go through with Nicholas' deadly plan.
Molins de Rei 2016
Unrestricted View Festival 2016
Fantastik Granollers 2016
Here's just a sample of some of the incredible things the critics are saying about CRUEL SUMMER.
"Overall, this is a great piece of independent filmmaking that looks and feels like a successful professional, studio-backed thriller." - Bloody Disgusting
"Unapologetic, unwavering, and uneasy to stomach, Cruel Summer still manages to reel in its viewers and shake them with a matter-of-fact seriousness that even the blindest eye cannot ignore." - Dread Central
"Cruel Summer is an impressive feature debut for Phillip Escott and Craig Newman, and a horrible mirror to hold up to British teen culture." - Flickering Myth
"There isn't a false step at any point, this truly feels like life playing out on the screen, a terrible event captured on camera as it occurs in a beautiful location." - Joblo
"As a piece of visceral contemporary British cinema we recommend Cruel Summer almost unconditionally. But be warned; this is not for the faint-hearted. This is a film which will live with you and trouble you for some time." - Starburst Magazine
"With films like THEM, EDEN LAKE, THE GIRL NEXT DOOR and again THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, CRUEL SUMMER joins this list of explorations that may make you feel dirty, shock you but also respect you as a viewer and show you that the reality of the world and society is horrifying to the end." - Tim Holland's Terror Time
"Cruel Summer is an unsettling look into the lives of three teenagers on the verge of the biggest mistake of their lives. It’s as intriguing as it is haunting." - Modern Horrors
"Beautifully – and elliptically – shot, with all the worst atrocities being kept off screen as the camera cuts away from human nature to its more summery, sylvan variety, Cruel Summer is a harrowing idyll of society at its most adolescently self-destructive." - Projected Figures
"It’s one of the most brave, uncompromising films I’ve seen in a very long time, and I cannot wait for whatever Philip Escott and Craig Newman come up with next." - UK Horror Scene