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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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It started as a game. Campers against counselors. It turned into a nightmare, that became a revolution. 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 Ted Neeley and Gary Chase
Grinnin' Moon Music, BMI
Tender Understanding Music, ASCAP
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"Whatta gonad!"
25 August 2004 | by markmywords85See all my reviews

Man oh man is this movie terrible. It's like watching a trainwreck, but in a totally endearing way. Playing like a Lord of the Flies with an anti-communist message, Summer Camp Nightmare has to be one of the worst movies ever made. The acting is the worst ever. Chuck "The Rifleman" Conners is so amazingly terrible as Mr. Warren, the camp director who's "lost touch with the youth." Charles Stratton plays Franklin Reilly, the "crazy anarchist" who starts the lamest revolution of all time. Tom Fridly (Cort a.k.a. the kid in tiny shorts in Friday the 13th Part IV) is Mason, the most homo-erotic rapist ever. Runk the Punk is by far the lowlight of the movie, serving both as Mason's obvious man-slave and Reilly's thug (albeit the least intimidating thug ever).

The storyline is pretty simple. Mr. Warren takes over as camp director, but is a real stickler for order. After blocking all but the "religious station" on the rec room's TV, he cancels the dance with the nearby girls' camp. Rebellion soon ensues, as Reilly falsely accuses Warren of molesting the younger boys. Soon, both the boys' and girls' camps are taken over by the regime. All order falls apart, etc. etc. etc. There really is no cohesive plot, just a lot of bad acting, some sort of moral, and the sluttiest teenage girls ever! They can't keep their hands off these weird, ugly, ambiguous guys. Kind of creeps you out.

However, with all the blatant homo-eroticism and crappy acting, it sets itself up as one of the greatest movies to mock with your friends ever. It's on a par with Plan 9 from Outer Space, but has more appeal for those who can remember torn jeans and teenage boys with feathered hair. If you do manage to snag it though, watch with friends and be prepared to laugh like hell, if Mystery Science Theater 3000 is your idea of a good time.

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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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