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Twisted Nightmare (1987)

R | | Horror | January 1987 (USA)
A group of teenagers win a trip to a summer camp they had attended as children. However, soon after they get there they begin to disappear one by one. The survivors suspect that the ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rhonda Gray ...
Robert Padilla ...
Brad Bartrum ...
Scott King ...
Devon Jenkin ...
Julie (as Devon Jenkins)
Heather Sullivan ...
Kenneth Roper Jr. ...
Natalie Main ...
Darryl Tong ...
Juliet Martin ...
Marc Copage ...
Crisstyn Dante ...
Nancy (as Christin Dante)
Jim Gosling ...
Phillip Bardowell ...


A group of teenagers win a trip to a summer camp they had attended as children. However, soon after they get there they begin to disappear one by one. The survivors suspect that the disappearances may be connected to the death of a handicapped child at the camp years before. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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January 1987 (USA)  »

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Ancient Evil  »

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$890,000 (estimated)

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Shot on the same set as Friday the 13th Part III (1982). See more »


Despite the popular urban legend, putting sugar into a gas tank will not ruin a car's engine (although it can be very inconvenient). See more »


References Friday the 13th (1980) See more »

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"This is my idea of roughing it".
23 October 2010 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

"Twisted Nightmare" won't pull out any surprises as it's a deranged, if run-of-a-mill camp-based slasher, but it does have some interesting novelties ranging from the fact it was filmed around the same time as "Friday the 13th Part 3" (to only be released a couple years later) and that in was shot in the same area as that film too. Those would remember the barn of doom (and again it seems to hold some sort of attraction).

A group of old friends are mysteriously invited back to Camp Paradise, but no one has been there since the strange death of Matthew (a simple kid who was picked on by them). His death was unexplainable as he was turned into a scorching human torch and the body was never found. So the friends are together again along with Matthew's sister, but not too soon one-by-one the group start getting picked off.

For being a low-end slasher it has its recycled conventions, but it was a competently done (on the technical side) for what it is. A quickie, but well delivered slasher that reminded me of a cheaper version of woodland slashers "The Burning" and "Madman". The killer is pretty much in the same mould as "Madman" --- an unstoppable scruffy brute that's disfigured and who likes to growl. The story is old-hat (despite an interesting back-story about how the campsite is cursed) with a sluggish beginning before getting on with things before leading onto a insanely predictable revelation, the forced dialogues are lame and the acting for most part is bad (leaden or ripe). However it does bestow a healthy body count throws about the nudity quite freely and has its nasty moments. Junky and cheesy, but entertaining. Director Peter Hunt uses the locations rather well, but it seems to work better during the night sequences with the cat and mouse chases between the bulky killer and self-obsessed victims. There are some atmospheric touches with beaming blue lighting and mist, but even then the vision can become quite murky and editing rather jerky (like the first death sequence). The death scenes are hit or miss, some coming off while others not so. Moments do become laughable, like the use of slow-motion. The music is an unhinged, but mangled mixture sounding ominous but then breaking into something sunny and bright.

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