Cruel Summer

Cruel Summer

Phillip Escott (2016)

15 Certificate


Our Score
This unsettling drama follows a group of teens as they pursue a young boy with autism camping in the woods. More than any jump scares or acts of violence, the terror of this British-made thriller is in its plausible foundations; the villains are not mindless monsters, although their childish motives drive them to commit monstrous acts. While it may be disturbing, the story is never played out for sensationalism - the co-writer/director team of Phillip Escott and Craig Newman demonstrating a delicate touch to turn a potentially unpleasant film into something more thought-provoking. All the cast shine, particularly Danny Miller as chief antagonist Nicholas, who brings a murky rationale to the group's indefensible actions. A horror movie with something to say, Cruel Summer lives up to its name and stays with you by giving bleak substance to a dark story.


An autistic teenager heads into the woods seeking some peace and quiet, unaware that three thugs with their own agendas are closing in on him. Drama, starring Danny Miller, Reece Douglas and Richard Pawulski.

Cast & Crew

Nicholas Danny Miller (2)
Danny Richard Pawulski
Calvin Reece Douglas
Julia Natalie Martins
Danny's mum Grace Dixon
Director Phillip Escott
Director Craig Newman
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Violence, swearing, drug abuseAvailable on: DVD