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Summer Camp Nightmare (1987)

PG-13 | | Drama, Thriller | 17 April 1987 (USA)
A group of campers revolt against their strict camp director and take over the camp for themselves.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mr. Warren
Franklin Reilly (as Charles Stratton)
Harold Pruett ...
Chris Wade (as Harold P. Pruett)
Donald Poultry
Tom Fridley ...
John Mason
Heather (as Melissa Brennan)
Stuart Rogers ...
Stanley Runk
Shawn McLemore ...
Hammond Pumpernil
Nancy Calabrese ...
Michael Cramer ...
Jerome Blackridge
Ed Heinz
Doug Toby ...
Manuel Rivas
Mrs. Knute
Chris Hubbell ...
Jack Caldwell


At Camp North Pines for Boys, the campers, led by the charismatic Franklin Reilly, stage a revolt against the strict owner, Mr. Warren, and lock him and the rest of the counselors up and take over the camp for themselves. But the revolt soon spirals out of control as the boys also lead a takeover of the nearby girls camp as well. Then, Mr. Warren is accidentally killed trying to escape. Friction soon happens between the two boys and girls camps, which only one camper, a certain Donald Poultry, tries to get the word out and unseat Franklin as the leader. Written by matt-282

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It started as a game. Campers against counselors. It turned into a nightmare, that became a revolution. See more »


Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

17 April 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Butterfly Revolution  »

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1.85 : 1
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Despite the tagline, not a single camper is mentioned with the name Marvin. See more »


Tonight We're Gonna Party
Music and Lyrics by Ted Neeley and Gary Chase
Grinnin' Moon Music, BMI
Tender Understanding Music, ASCAP
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What all summer camps should be like.
17 August 1999 | by (Stockton, California) – See all my reviews

This movie is like a mix of "Meatballs" and "Taps". The title is misleading. This isn't a "Friday the 13th"-type horror film. It's a pretty good little film about a teenage counselor who organizes all of the kids to take over the camp and lock up the adults. They do it because the new camp director (Chuck Connors) runs the place like a dictator and doesn't let the kids do anything fun. I wish we had done this when I was kid at bible camp! The teen counselor isn't exactly playing with a full deck either, but the kids don't mind as long as they get what they want, which is rock n' roll, parties, and sex. The supporting characters are well-drawn, especially Runk the Punk. Check this movie out if you come across it in the video store. It's a good time-killer.

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