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Summer Camp Nightmare (1987)

PG-13 | | Drama, 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 ... 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 ... Debbie
Nancy Calabrese Nancy Calabrese ... Trixie
Michael Cramer Michael Cramer ... Jerome Blackridge
Rick Fitts ... Ed Heinz
Doug Toby 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 | Thriller


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Release Date:

17 April 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Butterfly Revolution See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA

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1.85 : 1
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Based on the book The Butterfly Revolution by William Butler. See more »


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Vocals by Lynda Lawley
Music and Lyrics by Ted Neeley and Gary Chase
Grinnin' Moon Music, BMI
Tender Understanding Music, ASCAP
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Revenge of the 80's: The bad book-to-movie adaptation.
22 June 2004 | by Captain_CouthSee all my reviews

Summer Camp Nightmare (1987) was a version of the book "The Butterfly Revolution". Whilst the book was a good read, the film was pure teensploitation. This movie is like totally dated dude. The haircuts, clothes and make-up put this one in 80's hell. The characters, for the most part are broadly drawn and the acting is mediocre at best. The direction is sloppy and uninspired. Just your typically 80's teen flick. The campers have enough of the puritanical rule of Camp Leader Chuck Connors and the campers revolt. The leader of the "revolution" is a charismatic young fellow who likes to read Thoreau in his spare time. Sadly, this "revolution" suffers from what all of them become prey to. Loss of

ideals, a lack of a true focus and lust for power turns the camp into something frightening.

An okay film. Chuck Connors plays his usual self, a character with something repressed beneath his grizzly haggard persona. But other than that, there's nothing to really talk about or worth mentioning. It has it's moments and a couple of scenes are quite entertaining. Like the revolution, this film's full potential is not fully realized. A pity because this one could have been good.

Okay film, slightly recommended.



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