Directed by: Brandon Amelotte
Written by: Brandon Amelotte & Felissa Rose
Starring: Felissa Rose, Dave Sheridan, Linnea Quigley, Vernon Wells
BBFC Classification: 15
Silly but fun riff on the Friday the 13th formula which sees a group of high schoolers being sent to a weekend camp to build character and raise their grades. Said camp is Camp Twilight, infamous for several murders years earlier and wouldn’t you know it no sooner have the group of teens and their two guidance councilors shown up than they start to get picked off one by one by a black hooded masked killer.
With its tongue firmly in its cheek, this is a fun little homage to slasher movies of old with a dash of Friday the 13th and a good dose of Sleepaway Camp. Not least in its star, co-writer and producer Felissa Rose. The star of cult 80s horror Sleepaway Camp (if you’ve not seen it, check it out: it’s a doozy!) and certified B-movie queen, Rose is a hoot as the over-enthusiastic school counselor who is determined to have a good time no matter the slayings. She’s not the only genre stalwart with Vernon Wells (Mad Max 2), Dave Sheridan (The Devil’s Rejects), Camille Keaton (I Spit on Your Grave) and scream queen royalty Linnea Quigley (Return of the Living Dead) all making appearances and adding to the horror fun. The Florida based camp also adds a unique setting and there are some laughs to be had from bumbling park rangers Bob and Art (Sheridan and Steven Chase).
In fact, Camp Twilight perhaps errs a little too much on the comedy side of things, taking a while to build to the slasher aspect. Nothing wrong with a little comedy horror but the film works better when getting to the horror aspects with various scenes, and certainly the ending, hinting at a darker slasher than what we ultimately get. A bigger, bloodier final girl showdown would have been welcomed also and the flick could have been a bit tighter if 10 mins were shorn off. It may also be a little rough around the edges for the more “serious” cinephiles as it’s got a very independent vibe but for horror fans and connoisseurs of B-movies there is much to enjoy in this old school slasher.
DarkCoast will release Camp Twilight onto various digital platforms 1st November 2020 (InDemand, DirecTV, FlixFling, Vudu, AT&T & Fandango).