Camp Dread – formerly known as Dead TV – is a 2014 American horror movie written and directed by Harrison Smith (6 Degrees of Hell, Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard).
The movie stars Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight), Danielle Harris (Halloween, Stake Land, Hatchet II), Felissa Rose, Kyle Patrick Brennan (6 Degrees of Hell), Ashley Caspermeyer (The Bates Haunting), Nicole Cinaglia (Hallows’ Eve), Apryl Crowell (Dracula’s War), Brian Gallagher, Gnomi Gre, Alexander Mandell, Montana Marks, Angel Anthony Marrero, Susan Moses, Joe Raffa.
The “Summer Camp” horror trilogy was one of the most popular franchises of the 1980s. However, the decade ended and so did director/writer Julian Barrett’s career. Now Barrett has a plan to resurrect “Summer Camp” in a modern reboot that entails using a reality show as its template and source of fundraising. Should it succeed Barrett would once again be at the helm.
Bringing together an eclectic group of young “contestants” as well as his former stars Rachel Steele and John Hill, Barrett seems to have put together a sure fire recipe for success. Then people start dying. For real. And “elimination” takes on a whole new meaning as “Dead.tv” clearly shows the slasher film has grown up…
“Monsterman’s Cleve Hall supplies the over the top and visceral gore which echoes back to Savini’s more tactile kills from the first F13 and The Burning. Though the twist is modern, there’s a lot of old school slasher goodness at play at Camp Dread!” Ambush Bug, Ain’t It Cool News
“Camp Dread goes through the beats of a typical slasher, but what’s interesting is that Barrett’s true intentions remain cloudy throughout all the impaling and throat gashing […] keeps you guessing until the final minutes. Unfortunately, I didn’t find the 88 minutes leading up the revelations to be all that interesting or entertaining.” Patrick-Cooper, Bloody Disgusting
“With names like Danielle Harris, Felissa Rose, and Eric Roberts attached to a film, one would naturally expect some pretty great performances. Surprisingly though, the best acting was done by the lesser known stars who made up the group of unsuspecting youths. With the exception of one or so deliveries, everyone seemed rather natural, making for a better viewing experience, overall.” Frank Fulci, Repulsive Reviews
“In the end the kills are too modest, the gore is almost non-existent, the dialogue is ridiculous and the direction is amateur. We even get an overtly obvious red herring killer-who’s-not-the-killer. This is a lot of genre cliches packed into one and half hour’s of patience-thinning substandard horror.” Ryan Larson, Shock Till You Drop
“Gorehounds, take note: there are some very nice goodies waiting for you here (practical effects, guys!); granted, with the aforementioned character development, it takes a bit to get to it, but it’s made all the more valuable once you get there. I have to say, this flick has one particular kill scene that I’ve never seen before; and at no time does the grue disappoint.” Andrew Thompson, Legless Corpse
“Hot people are never the killers.”
Camp Dread was released by Image Entertainment in the North America on April 15 and in the UK on June 2.