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Summer Camp Nightmare (1987)

PG-13 | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 17 April 1987 (USA)
A group of campers revolt against their strict camp director and take over the camp for themselves.


Bert L. Dragin


Bert L. Dragin (screenplay), Penelope Spheeris (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chuck Connors ... Mr. Warren
Charlie Stratton ... Franklin Reilly (as Charles Stratton)
Harold Pruett Harold Pruett ... Chris Wade (as Harold P. Pruett)
Adam Carl Adam Carl ... Donald Poultry
Tom Fridley ... John Mason
Melissa Reeves ... Heather (as Melissa Brennan)
Stuart Rogers Stuart Rogers ... Stanley Runk
Shawn McLemore Shawn McLemore ... Hammond Pumpernil
Samantha Newark Samantha Newark ... Debbie
Nancy Calabrese Nancy Calabrese ... Trixie
Michael Cramer Michael Cramer ... Jerome Blackridge
Rick Fitts ... Ed Heinz
Doug Toby ... Manuel Rivas
Shirley Mitchell ... Mrs. Knute
Chris Hubbell Chris Hubbell ... Jack Caldwell


At Camp North Pines for Boys, the campers, led by the charismatic Franklin Reilly, stage a revolt against the strict owner, Mr. Warren, and lock him and the rest of the counselors up and take over the camp for themselves. But the revolt soon spirals out of control as the boys also lead a takeover of the nearby girls camp as well. Then, Mr. Warren is accidentally killed trying to escape. Friction soon happens between the two boys and girls camps, which only one camper, a certain Donald Poultry, tries to get the word out and unseat Franklin as the leader. Written by matt-282

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Dear Mom, The camp director is dead. The counselors are locked up. And the kids are out of control. Having a wonderful time. Love, Marvin See more »


Drama | Horror | Thriller


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Based on the book The Butterfly Revolution by William Butler. See more »


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Music and Lyrics by Lee Ving, Toxic Tunes, BMI
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Pretty good camp movie
16 May 2000 | by jaws!See all my reviews

Summer Camp Nightmare is a pretty good camp movie. Like

the guy before me said its not a horror movie. Its more

like a drama/thriller. The movie is about a bunch of kids

who are fed up with the rules at the camp and decide to

lock up the adults and take over the camp. The leader calls the takeover a revolution. But even the revolution

has rules and a couple of people break those rules and are punished. The movie isn't great, but it delivers enough goods to entertain for 90 minutes. All in all a pretty

good camp movie. I give Summer Camp Nightmare **1/2 out of ****

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Release Date:

17 April 1987 (USA) See more »

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The Butterfly Revolution See more »

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California, USA

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