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Campfire Tales (1997)

A group of teens entertain themselves by telling an anthology of famous urban legends with a modern twist; including make-out-point, monsters, psychopaths, and ghosts.


Martin Kunert (story), Eric Manes (story) | 3 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
James Marsden ... Eddie (segment "The Hook")
Amy Smart ... Jenny (segment "The Hook")
Frederick Lawrence ... Rockin' Rob (segment "The Hook") (as Rick Lawrence)
Christopher Masterson ... Eric (segment "The Campfire") (as Christopher Kennedy Masterson)
Jay R. Ferguson ... Cliff (segment "The Campfire")
Christine Taylor ... Lauren (segment "The Campfire")
Kim Murphy ... Alex (segment "The Campfire")
Glenn Quinn ... Scott (segment "The Locket") / Paramedic #1 (segment "The Campfire")
Suzanne Goddard-Smythe ... Mom (segment "People Can Lick Too") / Paramedic #2 (segment "The Campfire") (as Suzanne Goddard)
Jennifer MacDonald Jennifer MacDonald ... Valerie (segment "The Honeymoon") / RV Passenger (segment "The Campfire")
Ron Livingston ... Rick (segment "The Honeymoon") / RV Driver (segment "The Campfire")
David Cooper David Cooper ... Police Officer #1 (segment "The Campfire")
Mike Terner Mike Terner ... Police Officer #3 (segment "The Campfire")
Matt Cooper Matt Cooper ... Police Officer #4 (segment "The Campfire")
Hawthorne James ... Cole (segment "The Honeymoon")


A group of teens, stranded in the woods after a car accident, entertain themselves by telling classic horror stories. What follows is a series of eerie tales that include monsters, psychopaths, and ghosts, and that remind you that things aren't always what they seem. Written by Rob Tilghman

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Terror spreads by word of mouth. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence/terror, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Film debut of Jacinda Barrett. See more »


During "The Hook" segment, as Eddie peels out of their parking spot at Jenny's insistence, the tires are squealing. But the car is clearly on a dirt surface. Tires will squeal when they are on asphalt but not on dirt. See more »


Alex (segment "The Campfire"): [after hearing "The Honeymoon" story] I know one thing, I'm not driving to Las Vegas on my honeymoon.
Cliff (segment "The Campfire"): I don't think you have to worry about a honeymoon.
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Crazy Credits

About 30 seconds into the credits, it briefly cuts to a scene which ties back to the opening segment, and which also features a cameo from one of the film's directors. See more »

Alternate Versions

There is a subtitled Swedish DVD release of the film that features a slightly different soundtrack compared to New Line's 2005 American DVD reissue. For example, the musical cue that plays when Eddie discovers the Hook attached to his car reappears in the post-credits scene, whereas in the New Line DVD it does not. See more »


Referenced in Phelous & the Movies: Psycho Santa (2013) See more »


Man In The Moon
Performed by Imperial Drag
Written by Eric Dover and Roger Joseph Manning Jr.
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User Reviews

23 April 2004 | by emepolSee all my reviews

I you have some taste or even some knowledge about urban legends, you may figure out almost every plot twist of this film. If you don't know about the legends told in this film, you may figure out something too.

The film tells the story of four teens who had an accident and as they wait for some kind of help to come, they start to telling each other horror tales.

"The hook": Is the story that appears as a prologue. Boring, we've seen this a thousand times, and it's too short to create some kind of tension.

"The campfire": This is the main plot story. I figured out the fate of the kids a couple of stories before the end credits started to roll.

"The honeymoon": This is the first story told by the kids. It starts well, but goes down and down. I don't know why there were some secondary characters that didn't had anything to do with the story, instead of focusing on the main couple.

"People can lick too": Coming back to the "urban legend" thing... you can figure out how is this going to end if you know something about them. It had some moments of true tension, however.

"The locket": A kind of ghost story that seems to be from another movie. This is the best story of all. Good acting, good chemistry between the actors and a great plot twist at the end.

After that, wait to the predictable twist at the end of the main story.

It would been good to add more minutes to the last story (The locket) and making a movie with only that tale.

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Release Date:

28 February 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Honeymoon See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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