Camp Dread (2014) Movie Review

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2014 | Horror, Thriller, Mystery
94 minutes /

User Score: 55/100

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Camp Dread Review


The "Summer Camp" horror trilogy was one of the most popular franchises of the 1980s. However, the decade...

Camp Dread (2014) is an American mystery thriller horror film that was shot in Effort, Pennsylvania, USA, Tannersville, Pennsylvania, USA and Kunkletown, Pennsylvania, USA. Producer, writer, and first-time director Harrison Smith (6 Degrees of Hell (2012), The Fields (2011), Love Bites (2016)) did not execute this horror movie to his full potential. The film contains a camp, slasher, gore, blood, nudity, kids running wild, killer, no suspense, no tension, no character buildup, no thrills, no horror, and no mystery.

Camp Dread revolves around a group of teenagers competing in a horror-themed reality show at a summer camp where the prize is one million dollars. The camp is a fictional set of horror movies in the 1980s. One cannot take this movie seriously even if they try their hardest to because the plot is thin and misplaced. The teenagers are troubled and picked to go camping instead of jail where they belong because camp will serve as a form of therapy to shape them back into place. Julian Barrett ( Eric Roberts - The Dark Knight (2008), The Expendables (2010), The Cable Guy (1996), Another World (1964)) is the director of the original Summer Camp films. Julian is using the kids/camp to make a reality TV show where the kids are competing to win one million dollars. They played a game where there are suppose to be fake killers going around killing everyone, and the last one standing is the one to win the grand prize.

There were numerous plot holes that cannot be missed and you will find yourselves asking what in the world just happened? There is an abundant amount of characters that was not developed properly and it was easy to lose track of the characters, too many. I just went with the flow of the film where I did not care if a character died or survived, just waiting for it to end so I can go on with my day. Horror scream queen Danielle Harris (One Life to Live (1968), The Wild Thornberrys (1998), The Last Boy Scout (1991), Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)) played a local, Donlyn. Do not watch this movie unless you are looking for a film that will put you to sleep in a bad mood.

About Camp Dread 2014

Title: Camp Dread
Year: 2014
Runtime: 94 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Score: 1.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.75/5 stars from 20 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 20
Starring: Danielle Harris, Eric Roberts, Felissa Rose, Brian Gallagher, Susan Moses, Ashley Caspermeyer, Kyle Patrick Brennan, Christopher Weite, Joe Raffa, Davy Raphaely, Alexander Mandell, Ashley Sumner, Nicole Cinaglia, Tommy Sztubinski, Apryl Crowell, George Roberts, Montana Marks, Gnomi Gre, Angel Anthony Marrero, Angel Sanchez
Writers: B. Harrison Smith
Director: Harrison Smith, B. Harrison Smith