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Twisted Nightmare (1987)

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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

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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 in 1982, not released until 1987. 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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Camping in the 1980's … ALWAYS a bad idea!
28 June 2010 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Strictly speaking in terms of 80's slashers, "Twisted Nightmare" really isn't as bad as some of my fellow reviewers make it out to be. Admittedly the plot is overly simplistic, the pacing is a bit slow and the acting performances are humiliatingly bad, but there are also a handful of good aspects. The body count, for example, is quite high (around 12) for a low-budget slasher and practically all the female cast members go topless. And yes, they're all quite pretty. The murder sequences are also reasonably gruesome and the set pieces are guaranteed to be good as well, since the film used the exact same sets as one of the earlier "Friday the 13th" sequels. Two years after her brother died in a horrible camping accident, Laura and all of her high school friends return to the Camp Paradise site where they used to spend all their holidays together. The site is build on an ancient Indian burial ground, however, and Laura's mentally retarded brother died because he wandered off in the barn all by himself and spontaneously caught fire. On their first night already, some members of the group encounter a savage and forceful beast that clearly intends to slaughter the entire gang. Luckily the script doesn't elaborate too much on the whole Indian curse/desecrated burial ground aspect, because I'm quite allergic to Indian spells and gibberish after too many movies like "The Dark Power", "Poltergeist" etc… In fact, the script doesn't elaborate too much on anything. With all the butchering going on, there isn't much time left for plot development, tension building or surprise twists. The only sub plot centers on the "rescue attempt" of the local Sheriff who looks approximately 105 years of age. The acting performances are hilariously bad! Especially the beefcake Asia guy and the arrogant mustache bloke easily rank among the worst slasher victims in 80's horror history. "Twisted Nightmare" honestly isn't a complete waste of time. It's reminiscent to decent slashers like "The Burning", "Night of the Demon", "Madman" and it features a really cool axe-through-back-of- the-head kill.

PS: the cover illustration on the IMDb page is NOT from "Twisted Nightmare", but from some David DeCoteau flick about an Aztec Mummmy

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