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The Monster of Camp Sunshine or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Nature (1964)

A scientist carelessly dumps some toxic waste into a river. The gardener at a nudist camp drinks the water, turns into a monster and attacks all the (female) nudists.


Ferenc Leroget


Ferenc Leroget

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Cast overview:
Harrison Pebbles Harrison Pebbles ... Hugo
Deborah Spray Deborah Spray ... Claire Conway
Sally Parfait Sally Parfait ... Marta
James Gatsby James Gatsby ... Dr. Harrison
Ron Cheney Ron Cheney ... Ken (as Ron Cheney Jr.)
Angela Evans Angela Evans ... Laurie
Natalie Drest Natalie Drest ... Susanna


A scientist carelessly dumps some toxic waste into a river. The gardener at a nudist camp drinks the water, turns into a monster and attacks all the (female) nudists.

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Comedy | Horror

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Release Date:

August 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Monster at Camp Sunhine See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.85 : 1
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That looks like a '63 Kharman Ghia the girls are driving - a massively cool car worth probably $45K and up in 2019 in decent condition. See more »


Shadow of camera and cameraman cast on sunbather during nudist camp montage. See more »


Claire: This is the story of one of those adventures, an adventure that came as close to costing us our lives as a hound dog comes to a treed coon.
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Great black and white photography in a movie that is a good little film until the monster shows up
20 January 2008 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

This movie is one of those movies that should have been better. The basic plot has two room mates going off to a nudist camp for the weekends. One is a nurse at a research lab where an accident produces a nasty mix of chemicals that turns rats mean. The creator knowing its a bad thing, but through a series of contrivances the stuff ends up in a stream by the camp where it turns the caretaker in to an ax wielding maniac. The film turns surreal as a stock footage army arrives to kill the monster and it ends with everyone getting naked and wandering off to live happily ever after.

The pacing of this film is really slow. Had it not been, and had it not turned stupid once the monster appears this could have been a good nudist thriller. The people are mostly real and the plotting isn't that bad, its just the sort of thing that they tried to... I don't know what and messed it all up.

I do have to say that the photography and in the New York City scenes in particular is glorious black and white. This is a wonderful record of the city circa 1964. There is a sequence involving a photo shoot on a rooftop that is stunning and I'm tempted to print out one of the frames when and if I get a DVD ROM in my computer.

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