It's Billy's first day and first time at summer camp, and so far, Camp Nightmoon appears to be a perfectly normal camp. However, while checking out the cabin, one of Billy's bunkmates, a young boy named Mike, is bitten by a stray snake, leading the kids to find out that the camp has no nurse. The next day, after an incident where another bunkmate, Colin, is hit in the head with a baseball, the kids learn that it is their turn to camp out at night. And rumors of a werewolf called Sabre don't seem to be ceasing... Written by
If you go to camp it can sometimes be a bit too in tents.
Well, it's sometimes very easy and sometimes very hard to write a review of a TV episode. In the case of any episode that sits as the first half in a two-part story it's always hard. For me, anyway.
Welcome To Camp Nightmare: Part 1 is all about Billy (Kaj-Erik Eriksen) being dropped off at camp with a bunch of other kids the same age and then quickly noticing some things that just aren't quite right with the place. The lack of safety measures, the lack of any trained first aider and, especially, the disappearance of one or two of his fellow campers leads to him becoming increasingly nervous.
Jeffrey Cohen adapts the R. L. Stine novel into script form and Ron Oliver directs what turns out to be a surprisingly lively episode setting things up for an even more exciting episode to come after it.
The cast is okay, I suppose, but most of the characters weren't all that memorable. Chris Benson is the highlight as Uncle Al, the camp leader. He's not overtly creepy but he certainly has a worrying lack of care for someone supposedly looking after a camp full of kids.
It's all leading up to something that viewers won't see until the following episode but there's plenty here to keep folks entertained and to ensure that they tune in for the next instalment.
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