Summer Camp Nightmare (1987) Horror Movie Review
Horror movies Review
Many are unaware, but this movie was based on a book titled above and changed in order to cash in on the commercial sounding horror teen market. This is known to be a “cult favorite” among my best friend and I. The title is a bit misleading as it is not so much a horror flick but more like an action suspense. The plot is simple enough: The start of what appears to be a fun and innocent summer at sleepaway camp is interrupted when a young C.I.T. who is bent on taking control of situations, finds a way to get other members of the young staff to overthrow the camp management in order to have their own revolution. Considering the severity of this action, and without adult supervision, routine soon becomes a memory and things get out of control. The leader of the revolution, Franklin Riley, declares himself a “General” and ranks others in ways that he sees fit using old school control tactics to keep his peers in line. When a rape and a murder occurs, some of the kids become more deeply involved in the revolution and others start to have second thoughts, which creates the basic conflict in the plot. Although the movie has pretty decent acting and directing, some of the dialogue is really corny. (Look for an angry denim jacket wearing punk teenager responding to being accused of rape by saying “That’s a bunch of baloney!” But other than the dialogue, it moves pretty fast and is definitely high in basic entertainment value. The main character, a 12 year old boy named Donald, will tend to make a child hater out of Dr. Seuss, but hey no movie is perfect!
About Summer Camp Nightmare (1987)
Starring: Chuck Connors, Charlie Stratton, Harold Pruett, Adam Carl, Tom Fridley
Director: Bert L. Dragin