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CAMP MASSACRE (2014)
Published by David Carter on 2015/6/14 (917 reads)
Directed by Jim O’Rear & Daniel Emery Taylor
Review by David Carter
Released by MVD Visual
Running Time: 129 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
Color format: Color
Audio/Subtitles: 2.0 Stereo English
Region Code: 1, NTSC
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
16:9 Enhanced: Yes
Special Features: None
Trailer Online: Yes
Studies show that attending a summer camp can increase a child’s intelligence, social skills, and physical abilities. A more informal study that I’ve conducted by watching hundreds of horror movies is that summer camps are also a great place to get murdered. Jim O’Rear and Daniel Emery Taylor are apparently believers in my methodology, because their latest – CAMP MASSACRE – is a tribute to those same summer camp horror movies that I have spent decades watching. They’ve put a clever, modern spin on the classic slasher plotline but retained the blood and black humor for which the genre is known. CAMP MASSACRE is now available on DVD from MVD Visual.
Slimy TV host Warren Gilley (O’Rear) has struck upon what he believes to be a million dollar idea for a new reality show. He’s gathered a dozen obese men at a secluded camp in the wilderness to undergo treatment by weight loss expert Dr. Bartok. Gilley has high hopes that “By The Pound” will be a smash hit and he’s more concerned with potential ratings than he is with the safety of his contestants, putting them through grueling (and degrading) physical challenges.
The contestants have their sights set on the show’s million-dollar prize, so when their fellow competitors start disappearing, no one gets too concerned. In fact, the only people at the camp with a conscience are Nurse Stefani and lovelorn Jeremy. Their burgeoning romance is sidelined when the remaining campers discover there’s a killer on the loose, despite Gilley’s best efforts to hide it. Squaring off against a masked murderer brings out unexpected heroism from Stefani, Jeremy, and even the sarcastic Greg (Taylor).
CAMP MASSACRE is a fun little slasher film that places a greater emphasis on comedy than on blood and guts. The Troma influence is so pronounced, I’m surprised we didn’t get a Lloyd Kaufman cameo in the film. Taylor and O’Rear in particular deliver a lot of the laughs throughout, but there are also some choice moments from the supporting cast.
CAMP MASSACRE is a horror/comedy that at times forgets the first part of that equation. The murders are forgotten for large stretches of the movie and it feels a bit jarring when it shifts gears to a more traditional horror film in its final act. While consistently amusing, sections of CAMP MASSACRE feel over-long. The movie’s two hour plus running time is a bit much and filler sequences only dilute the enjoyment of the remaining film.
MVD Visual’s DVD of CAMP MASSACRE is nicely put together and includes a solid print of the film. Porn star and Charlie Sheen ex Bree Olson is featured prominently on the cover, and her cameo at the start of the film is entertaining despite being only tangentially related to the remainder of the movie. WWE wrestler Al Snow also has an enjoyable cameo, but the real star of the film is the ensemble cast, all of whom are good in their roles.
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