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Back to slasher basics in ‘Camp Dread’

Camp Dread

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Sometimes it’s good to put all the CG and crazy psychological thrillers behind us and sit down and watch a good ole fashion american slasher film. While most films are going in a more grindhouse route a few know that all we need is a good body count, some hot ass, and mystery killer. It’s something as traditional as the apple pie in the horror world and it is what we have in the new film starring Eric Roberts and Danielle Harris, Camp Dread.

"Images from Camp Dread available now on DVD!"
"Images from Camp Dread available now on DVD!"
RLJ/Image Entertainment
"Club Dread is a great throwback to the slasher films of the 80's"
"Club Dread is a great throwback to the slasher films of the 80's"
RLJ/Image Entertainment

The film involves a former horror film director (Roberts) who is looking to return to the placer of his greatest blood filled flick “The Summer Camp” (sound familiar?). This time he is looking to take an advantage of the reality bug and enlists a bunch of potential rehabbers looking for a second chance. The task is simple, survive the show and become a millionaire. While some are hesitant to accept the “too good to be true deal” others look to take full advantage of the offer by any means necessary. That includes killing.

Camp Dread is a head twisting who done it killer flick that really reminds us of the golden years (80’s). It’s violently insane with classic kills and great hysterics. These types of films are what created the “campy” sub genre in horror that you would go see at your local drive in. Roberts is great as the manipulative and inhuman director who comes to blows with town Sheriff (Harris) hell bent on not letting this reality series disrupt her town. Danielle is a consummate professional that shows she is much more than just a scream queen.

What will draw you into Camp Dread is the dynamic cast of characters that have been assembled to participate. Every cliche is fulfilled from the token black dude to the raunchy slut. As with most horror films these days the “bro culture” is very well represented but also is the key to deceit and delusion found in Camp Dread. This film will catch you off guard and leave you speechless with it’s conclusion. Not too often are we privy to a film that we think we know what is going on the entire time but then are completely blindsided. Camp Dread will have you begging for more!

Camp Dread is one of the sneakiest films we have seen so far into 2014 and should do well among fans. Often times we are so diluted with mind numbing found footage or dense supernatural films that we miss the fun of good old fashion killing. Camp Dread is a reminder of this and while not as good it holds a candle to great slashers in recent history like Like To Rest. We are sure the haters are out in droves tearing this film apart but don't be fooled by the meaningless masses of uneducated horror fans Camp Dread is worth your viewing!

Camp Dread is directed by Harrison Smith and stars Eric Roberts, Danielle Harris, Kyle Patrick Brennan, Ashley Caspermeyer, and Nicole Cinaglia. It is now available on DVD and is being distributed courtesy of RLJ/Image Entertainment.