Sunday, January 2, 2011
Dir: John McBride (Woodchipper Massacre)
Once in a great while upon sifting through the endless 80's shot on shitteo films you will stumble upon one that is actually decent. Surprisingly enough Cannibal Campout delivers on this front, which truly shocked me knowing that the director of this film made one of the worst films I have ever seen in WoodChipper massacre, Which was basically a precursor to Don't tell mom the babysitters dead. With that said let's get to this film.
A group of college kids head to Redston for a camping trip and upon arriving at the trail leading to their camping destination The kids are stopped by a car occupied by two strange men who approach their van and aggressively attack the bunch after their advances towards the girls of the group are not exactly welcomed. At this point one of the aggressors pulls out a knife and attempts to stab the driver as the gang quickly drives off and continues to their camping spot understandably shaken up.
I gotta say that as far as shot on shitteo movies go this one is pretty well done. the acting is god awful but it is to be expected when the director not only wrote and acted in the film he also obviously hired his friends to play the other roles as a cost cutting measure.But acting aside this TCM knockoff will please the gore fans out there as from beginning to end the blood and guts are plentiful, I mean it is easy to see that the set pieces were all done on a extremely frugal budget they were put together with love for the genre and the director had gorehounds in mind when making this film. I would say that the filmmakers involved incorporated the H.G. Lewis method of gore which is the more red and meat we see the less we viewers pay attention to the actual cheapness of the effects and it works in this film well. Hot dogs and noodles for entrails covered in ketchup but it looks good enough on the low quality film and lighting to pass and be effective. I enjoyed this film for it's utter cheesiness and the movie has got heart and I really was dreading this film going in knowing that the director was responsible for the piece of complete shit that was Woodchipper massacre , which honestly should have had a different name because there was no massacre to be seen in that film. With all that said this film is released on dvd as part of the Retro 80's series and so far from the ones I have seen this one is definitely the best yet, and I don't honestly see any shining brighter than this little stinker. Will this film go down in anyones list of personal classics? probably not but, it is a fun watch and worth checking out for fans of gore films.
Gore:7 (for the budget provided this is the films strong suit)
Story:4 (Basic Redneck family eating innocent campers ala Texas Chainsaw Massacre)
Characters:5 ( Horribly acted and mostly annoying,but oddly endearing)
Nudity:2 (one set of saggy ugly chick boobs)
Overall: 5.5 out of 10