Camp Dread (2014) Movie Review

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Camp Dread (2014)

2014 | R | Horror, Thriller, Mystery
94 minutes / 1h 34min

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Camp Dread Plot Synopsis:

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.

Camp Dread (2014) Review

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.

  • Camp Dread Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 3
  • Overall Score: 3.59
  • IMDB: 3.9

About Camp Dread 2014

Title: Camp Dread
Year: 2014
Runtime: 94 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Reviewer: Score: 1.5 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 1.79/5 stars from 640 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 640 MPAA Rating: R
Camp Dread Cast Starring: Danielle Harris, Eric Roberts, Felissa Rose, Brian Gallagher, Ashley Caspermeyer, Christopher Weite, Kyle Patrick Brennan, Joe Raffa, Davy Raphaely, Alexander Mandell, Ashley Sumner, Nicole Cinaglia, Susan Moses, Apryl Crowell, George Roberts, Angel R. Sanchez II, Montana Marks, Gnomi Gre, Angel Anthony Marrero, Angel Sanchez, Tommy Sztubinski
Camp Dread Writers: NA
Camp Dread Director: Harrison Smith, B. Harrison Smith
Production: RLJ/Image Entertainment
Language: English
Country: USA