Summer's Moon (2009)

Genre(s): Horror
Lions Gate || R - 92 minutes - $26.98 || November 10, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-12-28


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Lee Demarbre
Writer(s): Travis Stevens (story), Sean Hogan & Christine Conradt (screenplay)
Cast: Ashley Greene, Peter Mooney, Barbara Niven, Stephen McHattie, Peter Dillon


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Featurette


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Let me preface this review by saying that Ashley Greene is unbelievably gorgeous. You may read during this review, many times if I counted right, that I say she is incredibly cute. Oh, and sheís in this movie called Summerís Moon about... something important but I forget because Greene is hot. Thatís a great way to start off a review of the film itself right?

Summer (Ashley Greene) has left her motherís house to find her real father, and with only a picture in tow she steals from stores in order to get food to survive. She gets caught by the sheriff (Paul Whitney) but manages to escape due to the help of a kind Samaritan named Tom (Peter Mooney). The two have a few drinks and she sleeps with him that same night (luckyÖ) and wakes up the next morning in an attempt to steal a few things before she takes off. He kindly says that she wonít be leaving anytime soon, and before she can shoot him with the gun she carries around Gaia (Barbara Niven), Tomís mom, clocks her on the head.

Tom ties up Summer downstairs in his ďgardenĒ where heís kept many other girls that have gone missing from other areas of nearby towns, and lets her know that she wonít be going anywhere anytime soon. He lets her know though that she is a beautiful flower and one he will keep around for a while, until he rummages through her stuff and finds a picture in her wallet of the man sheís looking for. In town Darwin (Peter Dillon) is looking for his daughter who went missing and thinks that Tom may know more than heís letting on. Can Darwin, Summer, or the idiot cops in town stop the serial killer known as Tom, or will he continue his spree until the cows come home?

Greene is really hot in this flick. Thatís really the only great thing about this mediocre horror film sadly, but it is still a great plus. The filmís plot line can be visible just from the two paragraphs above, as sheís looking for her father and Tomís father is never revealed until later in the movie and acts strangely when they talk about him. Yeah, you can see where thatís going so Iíll stop there just for the sake of not spoiling the big plot twist that I saw about ten minutes into the flick.

Oh, did I mention that the cops in the town are absolutely ridiculously stupid? Well, they are. Tons of teens have gone missing, and no one suspects the creepy mom and her off-putting son as two possible prime suspects? The son who goes out with a girl one night and they disappear the next doesnít ring any sort of bell to a single soul? Maybe the fact that the mom runs a clothing store for used clothes that magically gets restocked every so often with teenager clothes would be a big red glaring symbol, but what would I know about obvious clues.

Thatís the really big problem with this movie, is that nothing really adds up in the end. The ending, which can be seen coming, plot twist included, is lame. The fact that the ending is also easily seen from the dang back of the box ticked me off more though, so thanks for that great box work whoever did that one. This isnít as demonic as I was hoping, and the scare factor just isnít there.

But, in the big scheme of things... Greene is hot.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Behind The Scenes (9 minutes): The only extra is a lame behind the scenes of the film, and at nine minutes, you barely get to see anything. The interviews are somewhat interesting, and Greene is really attractive. But in the end the interviews arenít worth watching people talk about this movie much longer so skip it.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Detail is somewhat lacking in this transfer for the flick, as color-wise I found this one to be disappointing to past new releases that have been in my DVD player. Darker colors such as gray and black tend to take center-stage compared to other colors and this creates a much darker tone to the colors. This is a problem because grain and distortion were in nearly every scene, and the basement sequences looked horrible. The daytime outside scenes donít look much better though, as contrast was also off through the film too. Thereís not much to say positive other than the fact that Greene is hot. That still counts here, right? Right? Sure.

The Dolby Digital track accompanying the flick fares off only slightly better than the video transfer, but thatís not really saying much in the big scheme of things. Surround sound is almost non-existent, so that lost the flick some major points right there. The flick has absolutely zero action sequences in it, so thereís not a ton of sound to judge on that score. The positive note, and the reason this one gets a three-star rating, is due to the audio track and how balanced it is. I never once had to adjust the audio levels once, as the movie remained a constant level throughout. So major props on that, but major some surround usage would have been better in the long run.



.::OVERALL::.

Yeah Iím not going to lie, but the only reason this gets a decent rating is due to how hot Greene is. The story is so-so in terms of horror movies Iíve seen as of late, but sheís hot. The technical package is *shrug* for a direct-to-DVD flick, but the lack of any special features that matter makes this one a rental. This is a Summerís Moon to see during the winter although after one night the moon can go back to where hence it came.