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.

Rating

 

 

Film Focus – House Of The Devil (2009)

Ti West again behind the camera along with his writing and editing.

When young college student Samantha Hughes (Jocelin Donahue) she takes a job as a babysitter for a house in a remote country area. With the Moon having a lunar eclipse she learns that she is there to look after an elder lady. After the couple leave things start to get strange for Samantha, but what is really going on?

Shot in 80s style gives this great effect and great build to the conclusion. Jocelin does a great job as there are extended times of solo time on scene and she really doesn’t look out of place keeping you gripped to her next action. Ti West delivers again in this horror thriller.

Best Part: Samantha’s friend Megan’s death

Best performance: Joceline Donahue

My Rating 77%