Super Dark Times
Teenagers Zach and Josh have been best friends their whole lives, but when a gruesome accident leads to a cover-up, the secret drives a wedge between them and propels them down a rabbit hole of escalating paranoia and violence.
In 1996 upstate New York, two teenage best friends, Zach (Owen Campbell) and Josh (Charlie Tahan) rate the girls in one of their yearbooks. They find a common interest in Allison (Elizabeth Cappuccino).
After school, the duo crosses the path of the universally-disliked Daryl (Max Talisman) and his eighth-grade friend Charlie (Sawyer Barth). Later that week, the four boys meet up at Josh’s house where they look through the possessions of Josh’s Marine brother. They find a bag of marijuana, a pair of nunchaku and a katana.
Afterwards the boys excitedly slash milk cartons with the katana in a nearby forest. Shocked, the boys notice that Daryl has stolen the bag of marijuana and is smoking a joint. After a tense argument, Daryl hits Josh. The two then tussle, resulting in Daryl being accidentally stabbed in the throat with the katana. After momentary panic, the boys decide to hide both Daryl’s body and the katana.
During the next two days of school, rumors circulate about Daryl’s disappearance. Josh does not show up for classes. Zach has a nightmare in which Daryl takes revenge. Zach proposes to Josh that they return to Daryl’s burial site and also that they attend Allison’s upcoming party. Josh refuses to do either…