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Hunting Camp (2005)

A story of deception, lies, and betrayal. Jake decides to take Steve up on his offer to spend a weekend away at a hunting camp with the hope of putting his past behind him. During the ... See full summary »

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George Petrus ...
Jake
Trevor Huster ...
Steve
Karen Jeffreys ...
Susan
Rodney Simba Masarirambi ...
Trevor
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mike Baumgardner ...
Lawnmower Man
Lindsey Behr ...
Trailer Girl
Connie Bradley ...
Business Woman
Dennis J. Bradley ...
Business Man
Kirk Daniels ...
Angry Racquetballer
Erika Dauber ...
Elevator Girl
Dan Dell ...
Business Man
Brian Jones ...
Bill
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Frank Mando ...
Business Man
Chris More ...
Seymour Knight
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A story of deception, lies, and betrayal. Jake decides to take Steve up on his offer to spend a weekend away at a hunting camp with the hope of putting his past behind him. During the course of their stay we learn that not all is as it seems and their journey takes a fatal turn. Written by John C. Lyons

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two men. two lives. one deadly secret.

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Drama | Short

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28 April 2005 (USA)  »

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$4,000 (estimated)
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Awarded "Best of the Fest" honors at the 47th Annual Rochester International Film Festival (Rochester, NY May 2005) based on audience exit polls. See more »

Crazy Credits

Star Trevor Huster (as "Steve) earned two interesting credits for the film: "Best Man in the Water" for a sequence requiring him to lay face down in a freezing cold stream for back-to-back days of filming. And "1st to Pass Out" as a result of filming the dialogue-heavy porch chat scenes with George Petrus (Jake) which required the two to swig Erie Brewing Company's famous Railbender Ale for 20+ takes. See more »

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Referenced in Bogo (2005) See more »

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Flashing Lights
Recorded at Diecaster Studios, Erie PA
Produced by Trevor Huster
Performed by Phantasm
Written by Phantasm
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An Evolutionary Step
29 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The infusion of Erie Pennsylvania culture, solid performances and intelligent cinematography created a uniquely professional production from this up-and-coming director. It's obvious, after watching this film, that an incredible amount of thought went into every aspect of this masterfully executed drama. The filming locations and performances were simply an evolutionary step in the right direction. If Hunting Camp is any indication of what Mr. Lyons is capable of, I look forward to his future offerings.

FILM SPECIFIC NOTES: The storyline was somewhat complex for such a short film, but I wouldn't have changed a thing. It's refreshing NOT to be spoon feed a plot by the constant inclusion of redundant dialog and unnecessary flashbacks. While I'm sure others would disagree, I was able to "connect the dots" rather easily while still having the enjoyment of piecing together the story. The usage of "dual meanings" within the dialog was a master stroke by Mr. Lyons.

The performances of George Petrus (Jake) and Trevor Huster (Steve) added stability to an already solid plot. They were both extremely believable and bone chillingly realistic with how they executed the underlying story.

Karen Jeffreys (Susan) has the look of a Hollywood starlet with a camera presence to match. The dual nature of her character was executed flawlessly. Needless to say, it was an interesting take on "a wolf in sheep's clothing."

Rodney Simba Masarirambi (Trevor) added a critical level of realism to the film that otherwise would have left an obvious void.

CRITICISMS: From the perspective of an armchair director, I wish the character of Steve would have been a bit more likable or the friendship between Steve and Jake to have been stronger. I had a feeling that they weren't necessarily "friends" but rather distant acquaintances through Susan. If that avenue had been explored, the river scene could have been that much more dynamic. I also feel that if Jake had taken a "Bananafish" exit, it would have put an exclamation point on his mental health... but obviously would have damaged the ending.


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