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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Time after time after time after time...: Camp Slaughter (2005)

Camp Slaughter / Camp Daze (2005)
Ratings:*1/2
Starring:  Kyle Lupo, Anika C. McFall and Matt Dallas

It probably looked good on paper; a slasher film about a time void and a group of teenagers getting themselves stuck in said time void, where a string of murders took place. It's an original idea, nobody had done it before, so what went wrong?

Everything.

A group of teenagers ventures into the wrong road one night and ends up getting attacked with mud pies; later in the morning, they found themselves in Camp Hiawatha, where every counselor and campers act and dresses as if they're in the 80s. (short shorts never looked so disturbing in daylight...) Before you could say "Jason" (actually, they kept mentioning his name every time something creepy happens that it's annoying... really annoying....), a gloved killer starts killing off the campers and counselors with some rather uninspired and repetitive kills.
"WE LOVE SHORT SHORTS! I LOVE SHORT SHORTS!"
As night draws near to their deaths, they find themselves asleep and waking up in Camp Hiawatha again, everyone that was killed alive and well, and reliving the same day. Yeah, it's Groundhog Day (1993) meets Friday the 13th (part 2,3,4,5,6,7,8...every one of them!). Now that they're aware of what's happening, they decided to help the counselors survive that night in order to free them from repeating the same night over and over again. But is that all there is? Who was the actual killer? Or Killers?

Camp Slaughter (or Camp Daze ) had a lot to offer but with it's lack of money to budget such a big idea, it hinders from being an effective horror flick. The kills were recycled and, I can't believe I'm saying this, too much as we got a lot of unnecessary sub-plots and scenes that's just placed there to heighten up the kill count, such as a "double flashback" that took place in the end and a "nightmare massacre" where one pissed off play director kills an entire cast after they couldn't do their roles right.

The script is weak ("Jason"... felt like he was mentioned more than ten times...by the same actress...all in separate scenes...) and the acting is off at times, but at least it did managed to waver us from figuring out the killers too soon. Still not sure what to feel about the homoerotic scenarios that makes me wonder if the guys who wrote this script were gay.

If done right, the film would had been a cult classic as horror's first time travel-slasher film, predating Timecrimes (2007) and even Triangle (2009). But it flopped right by the time we get to meet the casts, hear the low quality audio, cringe at the bad acing and groan at the really unoriginal deaths mashed together for a film that's executed with a quality that's bad even for a B-Movie!

Not sure about you guys but this film is garbage. At least the producer's Frat House Massacre was an improvement...

bodycount:
1 male strangled with noose
1 female killed
1 male strangled
1 female had an arrow shot to her neck
1 male had his head crushed against a tree with a belt
1 male had his neck slit with knife (dream)
1 male stabbed to death (dream)
1 male and 1 female skewered together with spear
1 male hanged and had his gut hacked open with axe
1 male had his neck slashed with machete
2 males skewered together with spear
1 female pitchforked on the back
1 male same pitchfork from above stabbed to his chest (so...they're skewered again...)
1 male stabbed to death with hunting knife
1 female axed on the face
1 male had an arrow head taped to the door swinged into his throat
1 female hacked to death with machete
1 male hanged
1 female had an arrow shot to her eye
1 male decapitated with thrown buzzsaw
1 male speared
1 male hacked to death with machete
1 male beheaded
1 male speared
1 male hacked to death with cleaver
1 female neck broken
1 boy drowned (flashback within a flashback...I'm not kidding...)
9 males shot with arrows (flashback)
1 female shot with arrow
1 male had his neck crushed
total: 40

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