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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.

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... Mr. Warren
... Franklin Reilly (as Charles Stratton)
Harold Pruett ... Chris Wade (as Harold P. Pruett)
... Donald Poultry
... John Mason
... Heather (as Melissa Brennan)
Stuart Rogers ... Stanley Runk
Shawn McLemore ... Hammond Pumpernil
... Debbie
Nancy Calabrese ... Trixie
Michael Cramer ... Jerome Blackridge
... Ed Heinz
Doug Toby ... Manuel Rivas
... Mrs. Knute
Chris Hubbell ... Jack Caldwell
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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 »

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17 April 1987 (USA)  »

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The Butterfly Revolution  »

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


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Get It Together
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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Teen "Animal Farm"/"Meatballs" Meets "Lord Of The Flies"
30 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

Can a summer camp full of fun-loving kids be run without a proper counselor? Can the love of lawless behavior create a law of the land? Would you let the inmates run the asylum? A good lesson in replacing one leadership with a much devolved leadership is taught in this flick. It runs like an after-school special of the early 1980's and makes you wonder if anyone gave a damn about rules whoever comprised any. This makes you wish Jason Voorhees would make a cameo and show the show-offs a real reign of terror.

It is hard to understand that the citizens of this revolution could keep the party going day in and day out, not pursuing much in the ways of other camp activities. Probably because the heads of state can't afford winding up with outside influences killing their fun by killing them. This is why the only three people able to thwart this campy tyranny wind up on the most wanted and despised lists. Reality would have seen this film cut shorter after a couple of weeks of overpartying and the poor attitude over the guys running the camp. The happy yet sad ending conveys a meaning of life or a comparison to history. It will be clear what not to do if a filmmaker considers pulling up a bland film from a good premise.


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