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Directed by
Daniel Waters 
Writing credits
Daniel Waters (written by)

Produced by
Peter Czernin .... associate producer (as Pete Czernin)
Denise Di Novi .... producer
David Rubin .... co-producer
Original Music by
Rolfe Kent 
Cinematography by
Elliot Davis (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Dan Lebental 
Casting by
Richard Hicks 
Ronnie Yeskel 
Production Design by
Amy Beth Silver 
Art Direction by
Burton Rencher 
Set Decoration by
Valerie Fann 
Costume Design by
Caroline B. Marx 
Makeup Department
Caryn Brostoff .... key makeup artist
Janet Carey .... makeup artist
Bernhard Eichholz .... special makeup effects artist
Bill Fesh .... special makeup effects artist
Karen Lovell .... key hair stylist
Suzanne Mill .... hair stylist
Sandra S. Orsolyak .... makeup artist (as Sandra Orsolyak-Allen)
Rita Parillo .... key hair stylist
Stephanie Williams .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
Beth DePatie .... unit production manager
Carla Fry .... executive in charge of production
Ric Keeley .... post-production supervisor
Fabian Marquez .... post-production supervisor
Jay Vinitsky .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Bamber .... first assistant director
Kathleen 'Bo' Bobak .... additional second assistant director
Seth Edelstein .... second assistant director
John J. Hermansen .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Peter Battistelli .... construction coordinator
Jane Beck .... art department coordinator
Judi Bell .... painter
Donna Bender .... painter
Wayne Copolillo .... art department production assistant
Geoff Cormier .... lead greensman
Stephen I. Erdberg .... property master
Victor M. Giarrusso .... art department production assistant
George W. Harding III .... greens foreman (as George Harding III)
Jeffrey A. Hughes .... set dresser
Tim Hunley .... painter
Jake Ippolito .... set dresser
David H. Jackson .... gang boss
Gerald Kern .... propmaker
Richard Forest Kern .... assistant carpenter (as Richard Forrest Kern)
Mark D. Knezevic .... painter
Becky Lenard .... stand-by painter
Rebecca Leonard .... standby painter
Adolfo Martínez Pérez .... storyboard artist
James Mendolia .... props buyer
Jessica Milazzo .... art department production assistant
Randall Milazzo .... lead man (as Randall R. Milazzo)
Manny Serrano .... props assistant
Timothy 'Montage' Shaughnesey .... greens assistant
'Jungle Jim' Shaughnessy .... on-set dresser (as 'Jungle' Jim Shaughnessy)
Franklin H. Spears .... propmaker
Greg Spencer .... propmaker
Robert Testerman .... lead painter (as Robert W. Testerman)
Kurt Thoresen .... assistant property master
Ralph Woollaston .... general foreman (as Ralph A. Woollaston)
Sound Department
Douglas Axtell .... sound recordist (as Doug Axtell)
Javier Bennassar .... sound effects editor
Tim Boggs .... dialogue editor
Mark Choi .... sound effects editor
Jed M. Dodge .... dialogue editor
Matt Dubin .... transfer engineer
Jenny Elsinger .... cableperson
Lisle Engle .... sound effects editor
David Lee Fein .... foley artist (as David Fein)
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer
Frank Gaeta .... supervising sound editor
Jason George .... dialogue editor
David Grant .... dialogue editor
George Haddad .... re-recording mixer
Kevin Hamilton .... adr editor
Michael Hertlein .... dialogue editor
Chato Hill .... assistant sound editor
Craig Jurkiewicz .... foley editor
Derek Marcil .... re-recording mixer
Diane Marshall .... foley artist (as S. Diane Marshall)
Robert Maxfield .... boom operator (as Robert K. Maxfield)
Yuri Reese .... re-recording mixer
Susan Shin .... adr supervisor
Alec St. John .... sound editor
Lucy Sustar .... foley mixer
Johanna Turner .... transfer engineer
Special Effects by
Michael Dean Kiesling .... special effects (as Michael Kiesling)
Walter Kiesling .... special effects leadman
Todd Masters .... special makeup effects supervisor
Michael Schorr .... special effects coordinator
Stacy Scofield .... special makeup effects coordinator
Stuart Ward .... special effects
Kurt Bryant .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Adam Alphin .... camera loader
Art Bartels .... key grip
Neil Beard .... electrician (as Neil G. Beard)
Raymond Benthall .... set electrician
Ronald M. Betts .... rigging electrician
David Burnett .... best boy electric (as David R. Burnett)
Thomas H. Dean .... rigging gaffer
Tom Dean .... rigging gaffer
Don Duffield III .... second assistant camera (as Don Duffield)
Kahlil Fadel .... electrician
R.U. Freeman .... grip
Randall Freeman .... grip
Leslie Gordon .... grip
Bob Gorelick .... Steadicam operator
Bob Gorelick .... camera operator
Chris A. Herbert .... grip (as Chris Herbert)
Geoff Herbert .... dolly grip
Michael Lange .... best boy grip
Michael W. Maynard .... rigging electrician
Chris McFeely .... grip
Mike Moyer .... gaffer
Tony Nagy .... assistant camera: a camera
Tony Nagy .... first assistant camera
Doug Robinson .... rigging electrician
Zade Rosenthal .... still photographer
Art Schultz .... set lighting technician
Doug Schwarz .... electrician
Art Shultz .... electrician
Robert Van Apeldoorn .... generator operator
Bob Williams .... grip
Simon Carey .... additional electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Julie Chavez .... casting assistant
Tona B. Dahlquist .... extras casting
Tona B. Dahlquist .... location casting (as Tona Dahlquist)
Christine Dowling .... extras casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Georgia Fletcher .... costumer
Anna Grainger .... costume production assistant
Vanessa Jenik .... key set costumer (as Vanessa Carin Jenik)
Joyce Marling .... set costumer
Kate Sawyer .... set costumer
Pauline White-Kassulke .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Gordon Antell .... assistant editor (as Gordon Antel)
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Steven Gerrior .... assistant editor
Michael Hatzer .... color timer
Dawn Michelle King .... first assistant editor: avid (as Dawn M. Gerrior)
Jody Levin .... executive in charge of post-production
Staci Pontius .... assistant editor
Sandra Torres .... post-production assistant
Location Management
Ralph B. Meyer .... location manager
Skip Ratner .... location assistant
Music Department
Tony Blondal .... orchestrator
Charles Bouis .... music recordist
Paul Broucek .... music executive
Keram Malicki-Sánchez .... composer: additional music
Jeff Martin .... composer: additional music
Ralph Sall .... music supervisor
Rachel Santoy .... music production coordinator
Erin Scully .... music executive
Nick South .... music editor
William T. Stromberg .... conductor (as William Stromberg)
John Whynot .... score mixer
Transportation Department
John W. Brewster .... transportation co-captain
Jeff Couch .... transportation captain
A. Welch Lambeth .... transportation coordinator
Tom Moore .... transportation co-captain (as Thomas B. Moore)
Other crew
Julie Adams .... dialogue coach
Dana Belcastro .... production executive
Linda Biondo .... assistant: David Rubin
Adam Chandler .... accounting production assistant
Brad Davis .... production accountant
Maureen Poon Fear .... assistant: Denise Di Novi
Emily Glatter .... supervising production coordinator
Rachel Good .... production office assistant (as Rachel H. Good)
Andrew Hart .... production office assistant
Nancy Hayes .... production office assistant
T. Ryan Hill .... set production assistant
Devin Lee Ihme .... stand-in
Sean Illgen .... set production assistant
Marc Jacobs .... production resources
Harri James .... script supervisor (as Harriet James)
Jamie Kemp .... chef
Jason Leith .... stand-in
Pat Loveall .... projectionist
Christine Marino .... assistant: Daniel Walters
Sherry Marshall .... production coordinator
Ginny Martino .... business affairs liaison
Elizabeth Maxwell .... caterer
Michael Maxwell .... caterer
David Meeks .... animal handler
Emily Mueller .... set production assistant
Sacha W. Mueller .... set production assistant (as Sacha Mueller)
Lee Nesbitt .... assistant production coordinator
Stephanie Pecuch .... assistant: Dana Belcastro (as Stephanie Pecuch-Cathell)
Colin Penney .... production assistant
John M. Pisani .... publicist
Tracey Pitts .... first assistant accountant
Danielle Probst .... production secretary: Los Angeles
Molly Proctor .... payroll accountant
Paul Prokop .... production controller
Kristian Ransonnet .... post-production accountant (as Kristyan Ransonnet)
Gary 'Pino' Tomaro .... set production assistant
Laura Torrance .... studio teacher
Elizabeth A. Wilson .... stand-in
Andrew Winograd .... set production assistant
Ronald C. Briggs Jr. .... inventory services (uncredited)
Sean Jordan .... interactive media (uncredited)

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Rated R for nonstop crude sexual content involving minors, and for language and drug use
94 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:MA15+ (cable rating) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Germany:16 | Iceland:L | Italy:VM14 | Portugal:M/12 | South Korea:15 | UK:15 | USA:R
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Did You Know?

Pivotal scenes that take place in the woods are tinted blue, same as the woods scenes in Heathers (1988). In one scene Wichita says, "If you ever find yourself turning into one of those, eat some Drano." In Heathers (1988), Heather Chandler died from drinking Drano.See more »
Continuity: At the end of the movie when Wendy misses the bus, it switches to the inside of the other bus and in the top left corner when they show Witchita on the bus, you can see Wendy standing at the back of the bus before she gets on at it all.See more »
Pixel:Most stories with a bunch of camp counselors have some serial psycho who systematically butchers everyone one by one.
Wendy:Yeah. And?
Pixel:I don't know, it's kind of funny. I mean who needs a serial psycho with a chainsaw when we have ourselves?
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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Elevating Trash, 18 October 2002
Author: Serge_Zehnder

What so many have tried, works only here. "Wet Hot American Summer" tried it and failed, "Scream", although scary and brilliantly referential, lost its emotions on the way, and Kevin Smiths "Mallrats" caught but a few glimpses of it. Only Daniel Waters managed to pull it off. Here it is ladies and gents, a heartfelt homage to something (seemingly) impossible to pay tribute to - late seventies/early eighties teen flicks (camp or slasher factor put aside).

Lacking a strong narrative, "Happy Campers" seems to be drifting along without a clear flow, but the way the movie changes gears from obvious dumb-founded Teen-Comedy to a rather insightful character study is just amazing. To direct something bad is easy, to direct something good is hard, but to take something that was once bad and elevate it to a meaningful and even touching movie about adolescence is next to impossible. Sure the odd bits and pieces sometimes don't fit together, but anything this loosely structured is bound to have a few things falling by the way side.

Nevertheless, I think only a handful of people could have been able to get away with a movie of this sort. Waters with the "Heathers" credit under his wings is definitely among the chosen ones. And after not having been connected with any kind of movie, at least credit wise, for almost a decade, this directorial debut contains all the trademarks that made him a cult hero for so many aspiring screenwriters (me being one of them).

The Verdict: The same that applies to "Heathers" - either you get it or you don't. If you do, I should agree with some of the other reviewers that this movie has cult potential. If it leaves you wasn't for you, but I hope it will some day.

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