Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Horror – Camp Dread (2014)

campDirector: Harrison Smith

Writer: Harrison Smith (Screenplay)

Starring: Eric Roberts, Danielle Harris, Felissa Rose, Joe Raffa, Montana Marks, Davy Raphaely, Gnomi Gre, Alexander Mandell, Ashely Summer, Angel Anthony Marrero, Nicole Cinaglia

 

Plot: The “Summer Camp” horror trilogy was one of the most popular franchises of the 1980s. However, the decade ended and so did director/writer Julian Barrett’s career. Now Barrett has a plan to resurrect “Summer Camp” in a modern reboot that entails using a reality show as its template and source of fundraising. Should it succeed Barrett would once again be at the helm. Bringing together an eclectic group of young “contestants” as well as his former stars Rachel Steele and John Hill, Barrett seems to have put together a sure fire recipe for success. Then people start dying. For real. And “elimination” takes on a whole new meaning as “Dead.tv” clearly shows the slasher film has grown up.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Fresh Approach to the Slasher

 

Story: Camp Dread starts with audition tapes of the contestants Novak (Raffa), Katie (Marks), Vinny (Raphaely), Missy (Gre), Matty (Mandell), Sarah (Summer), Calvin (Marrero), Adrienne (Cinaglia) and Jerry (Brennan) in the new reality show being hosted by horror director Julian Barrett (Roberts) in his attempts to get a reboot going on his horror trilogy Summer Camp. We get to see the early tension between Julian and Sheriff Donlyn (Harris) about her father’s time in the sheriff’s role.

With the kids arrived Julian plays out the rules turning what was meant to be a rehab outreach program into a reality show with the winner taking away $1million. Julian has a limited crew well he has Rachel (Rose) the former star of his films turned therapist.

The rules in place we learn the contestants are going to be ‘killed’ with the lone survivor taking home the prize but things take a turn for the worse when the contestants start getting killed for real but just who is the killer?camper

Camp Dread is a film that could have gone down many roads to mediocrity because the slasher genre isn’t as strong as it once was. Saying this we do get offered up a fresh take on everything with creative twists on what would be basic characters. Having the film set as if a horror director is desperate to reclaim the fame he has lost works because it establishes a new take on the leader of the camp. Having the contestants in their early 20s gets to have fun at the age of the casting we once saw for ‘teenagers’ in the slasher genre. The overall biggest plus I found about this movie is that it channels what Scream once did where it is a serious horror in places but it also likes to poke fun at the horror genre without being a parody but pointing out errors the serious horrors can have. My only negative was that we didn’t see the Sheriff enough especially with it being Danielle Harris one of the best Scream Queens in horror today. Overall the story is great because we need a fresh look at the slasher genre that we needed.

 

Actor Review

 

Eric Roberts: Julian is the director of the horror films Summer Camp trilogy, he is desperate to bring his franchise back he designs a reality show on the set of Summer Camp where the contestants get killed off. Julian is filled with anger against the people he worked with turning their back on him and his measures will leave him the prime suspect. Eric is good in this role as we know he can be Mr reliable in any film role.julian

Felissa Rose: Rachel is the star of the Summer Camp movies, she is bought back by Julian as a therapist for contestants but it soon leads to them questioning her skills and her questioning Julian’s motives. Felissa is good in this role which is clearly created as a nod to her fame from the cult horror film Sleepaway Camp.

Joe Raffa: Novak is the typical asshole jock of the contestants he believes he shouldn’t be there but is only there because easiest option. He will do anything for the prize. Joe is good in this role because creating an asshole character is something needed in horror films.

Nicole Cinaglia: Adrienne is the trouble young woman that is one of the contestants, she has committed the biggest of the crimes but in self-defence. She doesn’t fit in with the rest of the players because of her distant mentality throughout but when it comes to fighting she can handle herself. Nicole is good in this role as the one we have to feel sympathy for over the rest of the contestants.

Support Cast: Camp Dread does give us the supporting cast we expect to see with the slutty character, the joker, the redeemer, the spiritual one and the class underachiever. Each one of these cast members is strong and given enough time to developed their character enough to make us understand their mind-set.

Director Review: Harrison SmithHarrison writes, produces and directs this film that has taken the slasher genre in a direction we haven’t seen before by adding extra twists on what could have been a ‘we have seen this before’ slasher, that we once saw the great Wes Craven do with Scream and New Nightmare. If you want to see more from Harrison check out his production company Class of 85harrison

 

Horror: Camp Dread uses the kills to create the horror side of the story which are filled with plenty of blood and gore the trademarks for a slasher horror.

Mystery: Camp Dread creates a mystery about who is the killer and even after finishing you are left to wonder who did commit the early ones.

Thriller: Camp Dread keeps us on edge as we wonder where the film with go and who is killing off the contestants.

Settings: Camp Dread puts our characters in a camp creating the isolation of having nowhere to escape.
Special Effects
: Camp Dread uses great effects to create the kills making each one come off believable.

Suggestion: Camp Dread is one for all the horror fans to enjoy. (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: The final morning.

Worst Part: Not enough Danielle Harris.

Kill Of The Film: Drink this.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Friday the 13th Scream Style.

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 34 Minutes

Tagline: Pitch your tent, dig your grave.

Trivia: The film was shot at a real summer camp in the Poconos of Pennsylvania.

 

Overall: One of the best modern slasher movies out there.

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Franchise Weekend – Child’s Play (1988)

childs play oneDirector: Tom Holland

Writer: Don Mancini (Screenplay) Don Mancini, John Lafia, Tom Holland (Story)

Starring: Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent, Brad Dourif, Dinah Manoff, Tommy Swerdlow, Jack Colvin

 

Plot: A single mother gives her son a much sought after doll for his birthday, only to discover that it is possessed by the soul of a serial killer.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Classic 80’s Horror

 

Story: Child’s Play starts as serial killer Charles Lee Ray (Dourif) is running from the police, just when he is about to be caught he performs a ritual to place his soul in a Good Guy Doll. We move to meet young boy Andy (Vincent) who wants his very own Good Guy Doll and today just so happens to be his birthday and his mother Karen (Hicks) doesn’t want to let him down.

When Andy gets his birthday present it turns out to have a mind of its own, well a mind of a serial killer Charles Lee Ray. Chucky wants to use Andy to bring his soul back into a human body and get revenge on the man who left him for dead Eddie Caputo.

Child’s Play brings us a new look at the horror slasher genre with the killer being small because during the 80s we had your Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers who were imposing figure but the Chucky doll is something you would never see coming. The story does have the idea that it doesn’t need to be as serious as other slashers but most importantly this isn’t a comedy which later in the franchise is becomes. Having the innocent character in Andy not understanding how serious the Chucky threat it really helps the story unfold and instead of having a damsel like screaming teenager we get a strong single parent having to defend their child against the evil. When it comes to 80s horror this one sometimes gets over looked but it really does give us one of the most entertaining horrors of the era.

 

Actor Review

 

Catherine Hicks: Karen is the single mother of Andy, she works long hours to make sure he gets the basics but when his birthday comes around she must find a way to get him the Good Guy Doll. When she finally gets her hands on one it turns out to be possessed by serial killer Charles Lee Ray. She must fight off the killer doll to protect her son. Catherine gives us a strong performance in this leading lady role of horror.family

Chris Sarandon: Mike is the police detective that is trying to figure out who killed a close friend of Karen’s. he previously hunted down Charles Lee Ray and was the man that got the fatal shots in while he was on the run. Chris is good but really only just a basic cop performance for this film.

Alex Vincent: Andy is the young boy who wants his own Good Guy Doll, when he gets one for his birthday it just so happens to be possessed by a serial killer and no one wants to believe him when he starts believing Chucky is killing people. Alex gives us a good performance for a young actor.

Brad Dourif: Charles Lee Ray/Chucky (Voice) Charles Lee is a serial killer that performs a ritual to keep his soul alive before he dies. His soul ends up in a Good Guy Doll where he gets to continue killing from beyond the grave as he desperately searches for a new body for his soul. Brad lends his voice to the psychotic doll that will now become stuff of legends.chucky

Support Cast: Child’s Play doesn’t have the biggest supporting role with most being the victims of Chucky.

Director Review: Tom HollandTom gives us a good horror that will be the beginning of one of the most iconic film franchises of horror history.

 

Horror: Child’s Play gives us horror that brings the horror within our home with the killer being a toy you would give your child.

Settings: Child’s Play uses mostly the home setting to show how it would be like for the family to let a toy come into the home that could be a killer showing how it is an everyday moment in the lives.
Special Effects
: Child’s Play has great effects to create the animatronics behind the Chucky doll on his killing spree.

Suggestion: Child’s Play is one I would like to think every single horror fans would have seen once. (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Chucky Doll is a great addition to the horror genre.

Worst Part: Supporting characters are pretty much just disposable.

Kill Of The Film: Eddie

Scariest Scene: Chucky’s first communication with Karen

Favourite Quote: Chucky ‘Hi, I’m Chucky. Wanna play?’

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Beginning of a franchise

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Puppet Master

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $33 Million

Budget: $9 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 27 Minutes

Tagline: Something’s moved in with the Barclay family, and so has terror.

Trivia: The Chucky films have always been accused of inspiring violence in children. One case linked to the series was a gang in Manchester kidnapping and murdering a 16-year-old girl. While they tortured her, they forced her to listen to recordings of the gang leader repeating the catchphrase “I’m Chucky, wanna play?” Director Tom Holland has always defended the first film from these accusations, stating that viewers of horror movies could only be influenced by their content if they were unbalanced to begin with.

 

Overall: Stand out horror that brings the horror into any parent’s home

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What is ‘ I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer’ Really About?

What is ‘I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer’ Really Aboutalways

As always this is just for fun.

This is 9 years after the last film so this is just a basic cash in that should be called ‘I Know What You Did 10 Summers Ago’.

No returning cast members which should mean a new story, I hope.returned

Now the killer is an urban legend that teenagers see as a comical idea.urban

Douchebag boyfriend cliché.douchebag

Kids play a prank ending in tragedy and new pact not to talk about what happened last summer.prank

One year later our lead Amber is basically the new Julie (Jennifer Love Hewitt) who wanted to tell the truth but is still haunted by what happened.replacemnt

Your dumped, harsh but college age a reality.dumped

Also Home Alone on anniversary of good friend’s death.home alone

50 text messages reading ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ slightly over the top one thinks.50 texts

All 4 friends are no longer friends one year after finishing school.no longer friends

I know who the killer is already, well I have strong feelings it is this person.him

Pretty cool message given to lifeguard that slowly dissolves.col trick

Bike vandalising.bike

Lift attack but no follow through, why? The killer could have had her with her having nowhere to run, just kill the kill her get it over, why do you need to keep stalking her.do it

One down, no fight was this a worthy death NO.one down

Origami stalker.stalker

Dream sequence, Freddy style.krueger

Attacked in the Achillestendon

Let’s just leave town, good idealeave

Next morning, I can’t leavechanged mind

Today is our Independence Day, wait wrong movie.inde day

Final showdown takes place in city festival.seen

We are safe, no we’re not cliché.safe

I was wrong the prime suspect isn’t who I thought it would be.wrong

I am Hooked watching this, it is to do with how next victim is killed,hooked

Women drivers.women drivers

Wait the killer is actually supernatural now, what is this bullshit?bullshit

Supernatural killer gets mortally killed, how do you get this so wrong?bulshit 2

One year later surprise ending.surprise