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While out in the woods filming a reality show, a camper is found murdered. The contestants realize there's more at stake than fame and fortune as they prepare for a fight for their lives.
The “Summer Camp” horror trilogy was one of the most popular movie franchises of the 1980s. However, the decade ended and so did director Julian Barrett’s career. Now Barrett plans to resurrect his gory series via a modern reboot patterned after reality filmmaking. With his former leading lady and an eclectic group of 10 young “contestants,” Barrett returns to the same locale where his old splatter-fests were filmed. When one of the campers is found savagely murdered, they discover there’s more at stake than just fame and fortune. Each of them is in a fight for their lives as they realize summer is over – forever.
The above synopsis is about all you need to know before watching this film so not to ruin the surprises that await you. I was pretty excited to see this because it received some good buzz and the fact that Eric Roberts was in it. There has been countless films just like this one in the past, some of succeeded but most have failed. Like I already stated I was looking forward to this and after watching it I can say it succeeds for the most part but it could of been better.
For starters the first kill in the film really sets the mood then it slows down so it can introduce the characters and set up the basic storyline but it never gets boring because amongst all the drama there is a good bit of humor tossed in as well. And then there are the kills, some were a bit lame while others were very cool and I loved the practical effects used instead of the usual CGI.
Now on to the acting, in most films like this the acting is the down side of them all but not here. Eric Roberts is at his best here and the young adult stars all did a fantastic job as well. Danielle Harris is also in the film and is featured right on the DVD cover but she doesn't have much screen time which I thought was a pity. And finally, production wise the film looks and sounds great, the camp setting has been done to death already but it works here for whatever reason.
"Camp Dread" is a film I had high expectations for but it fell a bit short for me but it was still a funny, suspenseful and tension filled horror film with a good amount of gore so most horror fans will love it. Over-all this was a well made film that will keep you entertained the entire time, I also enjoyed the twist at the end as well.
"Camp Dread" is available on DVD, you can order it HERE.
Rleased by Image Entertainment
*** 3/4 Out Of *****