I can’t even but I did anyway.
Synopsis: Camp Crystal Meph has reopened but the curse of killer Johann Van Damme continues. Camp ‘Death’ has been given a new life as rehab center for mentally ill adults yet an unseen evil begins to murder campers and staff alike. Has Johann risen from the grave or is this the work of a copycat? (IMDB)
Starring: Dave Peniuk, Angela Galanopoulos, and Darren Andrichuk
Writer: Matt Frame
Director: Matt Frame
Rating: R (United States)
Running Time: 81mins
If the above trailer is any indication, get ready for something alright. Everyone at some point in their lives has seen a “so bad it’s good” film. Some of them have redeeming qualities as the filmmakers have no aspirations to be anything more, intentional or not, and they could be appreciated for this. These types of films almost always demand some suspension of belief as they tend to make some pretty big leaps. Obviously, to fully enjoy the film, one must suspend belief to tolerate all the crazy things that happen. However, this film is a “so bad it’s good” type film but it’s just bad to put it lightly (and also one of the worst films I’ve ever seen).
Suffice it to say that this film won’t be for everybody but those who it will surely appeal to the most are diehard 80s horror fans as this film was full of references and homages to those films. The problem with those were that the film failed to utilize them in a cohesive way and were rather a series of ridiculous gags tied together by an even more ridiculous and insignificant story (if it could even be called one). The story here sees the film trying to cram as many dimwitted and/or offensive, not to mention insufferable, caricatures as possible in one place as they got butchered by a masked serial killer named Johann Van Damme.
As mentioned, this film will not be for the easily offended (but if you were, you probably weren’t going to watch it in the first place). It relies mostly on disabled jokes (I lost count of all the “r” words) and offensive stereotypes for its comedy, however, the problem with this was that it was not funny whatsoever and was just painful to watch (more so for the viewers than for the characters). Though perhaps this was intentional, seeing these characters meet their demise was admittedly satisfying to watch. Sure, the special effects are horrible throughout but the effects themselves deserve a pass for this considering its incredibly low budget although the choice of effects simply followed the rest of the film’s ridiculous nature.
Considering everything else going on here, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the acting was god awful as well but this just went hand in hand with the writing and direction. Peniuk as Todd Boogjumper, Galanopoulos as Rachel Diaz, and Andrichuk as Mel Boogjumper were collectively terrible, each overacting in their respectives roles to the point of severe unlikability, especially in Andrichuk’s case. This was also the case for everyone else. The script and direction seemed to be aiming for campiness, however, the film serves as an example of campiness gone too far. It would have been much better served reigning in everything more than it was here.
Overall, this was a god awful horror comedy from top to bottom with an extremely offensive, incohesive, and unfunny story full of insufferable, dimwitted, and offensive caricatures which serves as an example of campiness gone too far. The script and the direction if you can call them that was relatively nonexistent and the acting was god awful with all of those working together to make an already short film feel even longer and torture to watch. Despite this, the film may ultimately find a following with diehard horror fans but very few will be willing to go on the journey.