Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Halloween Horror – Summer Camp (2015)

Director: Alberto Marini

Writer: Alberto Marini, Danielle Schleif (Screenplay)

Starring: Diego Boneta, Jocelin Donahue, Maiara Walsh, Andres Velencoso, Alex Monner, Xavier Capdet

 

Plot: Four American counsellors at a European summer camp must deal with the outbreak of a rage-inducing plague that starts in the animals.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Largely Forgettable

 

Story: Summer Camp starts as we learn of the disappearance of the American councillors in a summer camp, we move back to two days earlier where we meet Will (Boneta), Christy (Donahue), Michelle (Walsh) and Antonio (Velencoso) who are getting prepared for the summer students. With the preparation going well things take a drastic turn.

The problem comes when one of the dogs seems to be infected by an unknown ravenous disease which leads to it attack Antonio, before long the other three must fight to survive.

 

Thoughts on Summer Camp

 

Characters/PerformanceWill, Christy, Michelle and Antonio are all students who are going to be summer camp councillors in a Spanish holiday camp and must bond before the kids arrive. They are all generic and we don’t learn too much about who they are before all the action hits the fan.

Performance wise, the four lead actors don’t make the impact you think they should which is a shame because we know how capable they are from other films.

StoryThe story is just how the three students must fight to survive while they must also fight ravenous people including themselves. You do get certain laughable moments in this film and the idea just doesn’t seem to click in the way it should do.

HorrorThe horror isn’t on the scary side and just tries to go for over the top kills throughout.

SettingsWe are set in Spain which is fine and have isolation that is it.

Special EffectsMost of the gore happens off camera which is fine as it covers up the special effects that would be required.

Final ThoughtsThis is a very forgettable horror that lacks the punch it could easily have had.

 

Overall: Plenty of good ideas that are poorly executed.

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Be Afraid (2017)

Director: Drew Gabreski

Writer: Gerald Nott (Screenplay)

Starring: Brian Krause, Jaimi Paige, Louis Herthum, Jared Abrahamson, Michelle Hurd, Michael Leone, Noell Coet

 

Plot: Not long after John Chambers and his family arrive at their new home in a small country town of Pennsylvania, John begins to experience sleep paralysis. Lying there paralyzed, trapped within his own nightmare, other-worldly beings visit John. They are entities which exist in the darkest shadows of the night and can only be seen out of the corner of one’s eye. These encounters begin to haunt John, transforming to complete terror as he discovers the entities’ sole purpose… the abduction of his seven year old son.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Solid but Not Scary Horror Film

 

Story: Be Afraid starts as the Chambers family moves into the small town, Dr John (Krause), Heather (Paige), and Nathan (Leone) who get joined by elder son returning home Ben (Abrahamson) where the family is looking to start a new life as the town’s doctor.

When the family gets visited by locals who all suffered their own losses which leads to Nathan the youngest family member believing he is being visited by a man at night as John starts suffering sleep paralysis.

 

Thoughts on Be Afraid

 

Characters – Dr John Chambers moves his family to the town and fills the investigating side of the story searching for the answer to what might be happening in the town. Heather is the wife John and mother of Nathan that spends most of the film telling John what to do, nothing much else. Chief Collins has been dealing with the previous missing child and with this latest case must help the doctor with the danger he might be facing. We also have the kid who getting the visions and the elder son needing to prove himself to his father. To be honest we do end up meeting too many characters in this film as each gets time but that takes away from the characters that need time.

PerformancesReturning to the biggest problems being the number of characters, this shows in the performances because we just don’t get enough time for the performers to give us the best performance to their abilities.

StoryThe story follow the traditional check marks for a horror, the family move to new town, strange things have happen in the past, true this works but the problem comes with too many characters to introduce into the story leaving us trying to keep up with all the characters through story unfolding, we also don’t get any proper answers to just what the creatures are that are doing in the haunting.

HorrorThe horror doesn’t start till later in the film, we do get a couple of good scenes which do increase the horror level but not understand the point of these moments doesn’t help.

SettingsThe small town setting gives us an idea that everyone knows what is going on in the town between the characters and our new family is like us entering the town with the mystery as to what is going on.

Special EffectsThe effects are interesting because the creatures look full practical which makes us respect the idea of a real monster over a CGI one.


Scene of the Movie –
Bath time.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Too many characters to follow.

Chances of Sequel: It could have one but I hope it doesn’t.

Final ThoughtsThis is a horror that could have worked but having too many characters doesn’t help us support the family that are experiencing the horror, the creatures are good but are also left unanswered to their motives.

 

Overall: This is a weaker horror because it finds itself bogged down with too much going on.

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