After a boating
accident tragedy that caused the deaths of a
father and a child one of the survivors whom is a
twin sibling stays at her Aunt Martha's house who
becomes her guardian and eight years later Aunt
Martha's son Ricky (Jonathan Tiersten) and the
surviving child Angela (Felissa Rose) as
the two of them are almost teenagers head off to
camp for the summer at a location named Camp
Ricky reunites with his friends at camp like he
did a year before enjoying the activities there
like playing softball or tennis but this is
Angela's first time away from home and doesn't
say a word to anyone, refuses to do any
activities, or showers with the rest of the girls
nor goes swimming with the rest of the group
which makes her extremely mysterious and the odd
one of the pack so she is the target for the kids
at camp to pick on including Angela's camp
counsellor Meg (Katherine Kamhi) as she makes her
stay very unwelcoming. But one of Ricky's friends
Paul (Christopher Collet) tries to share a
romance with this shy girl but somehow she seems
uncomfortable with the certain things he does.
Also whever Angela is tormented by the bullies at
the camp, this enrages Ricky and suddenly they
end up being mysteriously murdered one by one.
The camp owner Mel (Mike Kellin) tries to cover
up the murders to the police saying they were
horrible accidents in order to keep the camp open
and prevent the kids from leaving and making him
go out of business. He thinks that Ricky could be
behind this mess encountering his rage whenever
his cousin is being picked on by these nasty kids
When I first rented this flick I
hated it as I wanted a Friday the 13th type
film and just graduated from highschool as I was
tormented by students for 13 years so it was too
disturbing for me. Somehow, I grew attached to
this film and rented it a few times. I was liking
it more and more. Yes, this is considered to be a
bad film as it had many leaky holes in it but yet
the story was well done.
There's an impressive beginning of the film with
a deserted campground as you can tell that it was
late fall almost early winter which is a perfect
touch to a beginning of a story on a camp closed
down due to all the murders that have happened
there especially when we spot a camp arawak sign
saying for sale.
Then it starts off with a beginning with two
little kids and a father on a sailboat and the
weather looks gorgeous and the campsite across
from it looking like a peaceful summer for
everyone around there but then the tragedy
happens with a boat accidentally running over
some of these people which looks disturbing and
then 8 years pass by in which you think to
yourself what gives with what we saw in which we
then go to a house with a whacked out mother
sending her kids named Ricky and her
niece/goddaughter Angela to camp in which I
thought looked too corny for the story and not
suiting it at all but yet while watching it all
the way through this seems to be a drawing card
to the flick. There's cheesy writing in this one
for sure though as some of it can make you
chuckle at times.
Then you want to hop in on the fun with school
buses parking at the camp site with kids running
all over the field acting crazy and one of the
camp's cooks staring at them in which this moment
looks dysfunctional and unsafe for the little
girls to be around him of what he has in mind for
them if he catches them alone.
Then some good moments with Ricky reuniting with
his camp friend Paul and introducing him to
Angela who says nothing which makes this
character jysterious as to why she won't talk at
all. Then Ricky meets up with his old girlfriend
Judy who has changed and not for the good which
definetely reminds you as one of those kids who
were nice and then over the year changed their
ways big time
Yet Angela still says nothing and the main camp
counsellor Meg doesn't take a liking to this
strange girl and encourages Judy to torment her
which you think to yourself this is dead wrong as
a camp is a place for understanding and caring
for one another which makes the moment even more
dysfunctional than ever. All in all this was a
realistic look at mean kids doing terrible deeds
to an misfit.
It gets even better as Angela doesn't eat
anything and this cook tries to molest her but
Ricky catches him before he does anything but you
think to yourself when does the terror start to
happen with everything that's happening and it
does as this cook is bring a big pot to a boil
and almost burns his hand while lifting the lid
and with anyone around something like that you'd
hate to have it dumped on you and this is just
what happens as a mysterious killer does this to
the cook which shows on how deadly karma and
revenge can really be making it difficult to
watch for anyone who is just trying to get used
to slasher films or horror films at all due to
Hiltzik's brilliant work on this. What's more
terrifying is the cook is still alive and in
agony which will make you cringe for sure.
Hiltzik shows some great moments on younger boys
playing softball against the older boys whom most
are bullies and you think to yourself with all
the nasty comments that's happening you hope the
good guys will win the game to humiliate the
other team too for anyone who hates bullying this
is fun to watch.
There's more fun at the pier with two kids
smoking dope and one the rest go skinny dipping
and trying to woo the girls to come with them
which looks like descent teenage type of behavior
skipping their curfew without the counsellors
knowing about this as well as one of the dope
smokers tricking one of the girls to go on a
canoe ride scaring her with stories on water
snakes and flipping over the canoe on her which
you hope that he's the next one to die and is
while hiding underneath the flipped canoe by this
killer and when his corse is revealed a water
snake comes slithering out of his mouth which is
a perfect touch to the film since he was joking
about these kinds of reptiles and no other camp
horror film have I seen something like that
happen which makes this look original by finding
a critter crawling out of a corpse.
There more stuff surrounding Angela like refusing
the swim in the water or taking showers when the
other girls are in which you wonder what's up
with this kid as well as Paul trying to have a
romance with her which looked nice and touching
but yet she is way too scared and insecure when
he tries to make out with her which is an
upsetting moment when he tries to understand her
and make her more sociable that she backs out on
certain moments. There's even falshback moments
of homosexuality with two little kids watching
and giggling which seems very confusing to the
plot but at the end it adds up to what that
moment was all about too.
I enjoyed alot of scenes with Ricky protecting
his cousing Angela for being picked on by the
bullies with him nearly getting into a brawl with
them and cussing them out which is a nice touch
on someone protecting a family member. PLus it's
great watching these bullies being killed off in
different ways by this mysterious killer whenever
poor Angela is tormented in which gives anoyone
who felt this way a happy feeling too wishing
that they were dead.
There are disturbing moments like Meg picking up
Angela along with Judy taunting her and being
forced to go into the lake in which you think to
yourself that you don't want Angela to snap with
all this nastiness towards her and to leave her
the hell alone.
There's also the head camp owner Mel almost doing
nothing about these kids being mean to this shy
girl or trying to cover up the murders saying
that they were accidents. You just shake your
head thinking to yourself apart from the
pedophile and a camp consellor bullying their
campers as to who would want to run a summer camp
for kids with all of this happening. But again
that's what makes the story very interesting is
that all of this is incredibly twisted and
dysfunctional. It's different than anything else
that you see in a film. To top it all off Meg who
is a beautiful teenage girl allows Mel who is so
homely and old looking to hit on her and allow to
have a dinner date with him. Again another
twisted moment which makes you really wonder as
to why she would fall for him.
There's some great moments like the killer
entering a doorway in a dark room with a light
shining behind this person in which you try to
look closely wondering if you can reveal this
killer but yet you don't know who it is or
there's the cheesy shower murder scene in which
seems to almost pay a tribute to Hitchcock's
Close to the ending there's another flashback
memory with the crazed Mom who sent the kids to
camp talking to a child which brings the real
terror to the story after that because you at
first think to yourself "What the hell is
she talking about??" It adds up though. It
took me a few tries watching this movie to
understand everything but it came together for
me. We all figure out who the killer is in the
end but there's a different twist to it all which
I won't give away but it's the best which made
this film incredibly effective and over the years
became a cult classic. I got nightmares while
watching the ending it was that creepy.
Bottom line is the film is like a cheesy cross
Friday the 13th with a touch of Carrie
with all that's happening. I enjoyed all of those
films too that was mentioned. It's a film so bad
that it's good. You could love it or hate it.
Alltogether watching it the first time it would
stick into your mind for a while with all that
was happening in it. It's a must for anyone who
enjoys bizarre and twisted horror films with
unsolved mysteries till the end.
It's a realistic look at mean kids
so the acting is not bad. However, some of it
looked phony. Let's look
at the cast as the kids in the film:
Jonathan Tiersten (Ricky Thomas) was the
best out of the cast I found since he was a born
natural by who he portrayed as someone hot
headed, foulmouthed and temperamental kid. He
really studied this part inside out and full of
spunk, charm and energy putting everything he got
into this role. He also had the right boy next
door looks too which was a perfect plus to his
character along with his intensity.
There's a moment in a ball field with him getting sarcastic against the other team which
all of this seemed natural on kids being mean
A nice approach by him getting into
a brawl along
with him screaming and cussing which also looked
highly energised. His best performance was in a scene cussing some other teens out and challenging them to a brawl after a waterballoon throwing incident against his onscreen cousin as well as showing some nice stern expressions too. I could see
him getting work in other shows but dropped off
the acting field after some roles in daytime TV
shows and commercials to perform in independent
progressive rock bands.
Felissa Rose (Angela Baker) fit the part
nicely as a shy and disturbed child in the flick
and had the nice wide eyed looks too for what she
had to do and really stood out in the film making
herself mysterious as to why she shows no
emotions and not saying a word to anyone. During a certain scene when she's eating a
chocolate bar and glaring at nothing looked impressive and
spooky like. Offers good timing being shocked after she gets kissed. Shows a nice wide eyed shocked reaction after being hit by a water balloon. A
good shocking reaction after someone places a hand on her shoulder spinning
around to see who it is. Acted natural by being too bummed out after her onscreen cousin asks her to do something during a catch the flag game. Does greatly staring lifelessly against her onscreen bullies. She looked very lacking when she tries to struggle away from someone carrying her about to throw her off a pier by pounding and
kicking. A nice spooky presence by her near a lake at night when she tells someone to go swimming with her. Perfect wide eyed jaw dropping expression on her face during the end of her performance. All in all with her performance you can tell that she has
limitations to doing other kinds of stuff. Still
she became a cult item due to her role in this
Christopher Collet (Paul) really knew how to
portray a good kid type of role and also was
great with his passiveness along with acting very
naive too. Just your typical young teenage type
of behavior. Does well trying to talk to someone shy and then acting full of life when this person answers which was done in good style and high spirited. A good moment trying
to talk to his fellow actress whom is upset near the beach area which looked
very convincing. Also does very well outside of the canteen pleading towards his onscreen actress to give him a second chance which looked incredibly convincing. He came across very nicely in his
role of the film and it wasn't surprising that he
carried on with his acting career even if he was
more remembered in the other projects than this
one since he moved onto mainstream shows.
Karen Fields (Judy) really came across
powerfully as a mega bitch in her role of the
film with her sleazy type of arrogant behavior.
She certainly reminds you of any school bully who
tormented you in the days and you feel like
hitting her that she's incredibly nasty. Was impressive during the beginning of her performance acting stand offish which looked natural. A nice approach with her walking towards her bunk acting stuck up and then getting snappy at someone staring at her which also looked well
done. A nice moment with her mocking attitude during a certain moment and then a strike on her cussing someone out as this looked hyped. Impressive scene with her coming
up to someone and spilling the beans on what was said behind someone's back which looked
natural with a bully trying to make things worst. A nice taunting
moment with her towards her fellow actress on getting her to go in the water. Knew on how to act real bitchy when someone kisses her and she complains he kisses so wet. She was
definetely another one I found could go far in
the acting industry making herself a worthy
character actress and coming across as very
realistic. She had the perfect looks for this
type of role too.
Katherine Kamhi (Meg) was the best actress
in this film as the older teenage camp counsellor
for the girls and a mean one too. She was great
acting like a bully type of lieutenant with her
cold and stern speaking towards others and acting
incredibly bossy too. Does quite well in the girls cabin with
her acting like a bossy type
introducing herself. There's many good nasty sarcastic
moments in a cafeteria about someone else which
looked impressive on a nasty kid camp counsellor. Also does well speaking coldly in many spots of the film. Shows great energy by shaking someone and losing her temper showing off believeable frusterations. There's a moment with her humming to
herself while taking a shower which looked very
unnatural along with her reaction to getting
stabbed which sounded like she was having an orgy
and not in pain. She was a one tough nut in
the flick indeed and makes you want to kill her
too for being so wicked. I've seen her in other
acting gigs but I'd say that this one was her
Tom Van Dell (Mike) wasn't too bad in his
role as one of the male older teenage bullies and
had the actor type of look to him making him a
familiar type of character too even if he
remained a virtual unknown. He certainly drew off
a stand offish type of role with having a nasty
streak in him so he pulled off his part
effectively. A good moment with him on
the pier telling his friend to go in which he
does well thinking that something is wrong with
Susan Glaze (Susie) really pulled off her
nice softspoken assistant camp counsellor in the
film by having a mellow attitude making her role
believeably likeable in the flick. Drew in well with a shocked reaction after slapping someone in the face.
Sallahian (Billy) showed a great aggressive
behavior in his role as the head bad ass camper
of all the bullies in the flick knowing how to
act sarcastic and has a good rough voice to his
speaking in the film too. He brought out some
descent energy to his role in the film.
John E. Dunn (Kenny) had the perfect teenage
appeal to his part of the film as one of those
troublemaking teens up to alot of tricks on
others with his long haired looks. His looks were
great for a teenage slasher film which is one
credit. However when he gets into character is
another story. He was phony reacting to being drowned during his last performance. Although I never saw him in All
My Children he seems to act as wooden
like most actors do in daytime soaps and this is
almost like what he acts like on the film and
tries his best to get into character but he
doesn't succeed too well.
Now for the adult cast:
Mike Kellin (Mel) really knew on how to act
very obnoxious with his part as the camp owner as
well as losing his sanity making him quite
intimidating with what he does and has the creepy
looks too. Of course he was a veteran actor in
film, tv and stage as this marks to be his last
acting gig before his death. He brings out some
great energy with his aggressive and stern
behavior towards others in which this really
brings out his characteristics onto the set. Nice angered
look towards someone wanting to have a
word with him which looked impressive that he was
going to do something terrible. A good upsetting expression on his face after finding an answer while looking for someone as he offers that upsetting type of feeling wondering if whom he was looking for got killed next. A great shocked reaction after he spots a corpse falling from a shower
with him losing his mind which looked a bit
cheesy but well done too. Good
striking blows towards his fellow actor and then him pounding him which looked
believeably brutal and highly energetic and
Paul DeAngelo (Ronnie) had the nice
bodybuilder looks as one of the camp owners in
the film but he was a line reader and not getting
into character too well. He was a bad actor in
the film without a doubt which wasn't surprising
that he never went far in the acting industry by
only having a handful of other projects which
were smaller roles. Yet shows off a good energetic
scolding one of the onscreen camp counselors for what she did which
also looked quite good. Also a good moment with him panicking and telling everyone to stick together
telling others there's a killer at the camp.
Frank Trent Salladino (Gene) portrays a nice
outgoing attitude as a camp counsellor for the
boys in which he certainly brings out alot of
positive energy with what he does in the film and
being very creative and energetic too. A shame he
never carried on with acting as he had the right
Robert Earl Jones (Ben) was only in halfway
through the film but certainly brings on a nice
attitude in the film and performs almost exactly
like his son in which you'd think it was him in
the first place. Does well with his good hearted laughter during a certain scene.
Owen Hughes (Artie) was a good actor as the
camp's head cook and a pedophile in which he
comes across perfectly this way in which he is
untrustworthy and shows a perfect obnoxious
attitude in the film with his aggressive energy
at a real high pace. Does well slamming someone
against a box and threatening him which looked
quite intense with powerful blocking on all of
this. He was natural by struggling and holding onto something when preventing to fall when someone pushes him near a pot of boiling water as well as screaming
intensely which looked believeable and highly
Desiree Gould (Aunt Martha) was quite
mellodramatic in her role as an eccentric one in
the film but yet she knew on how to act comedic
too but it doesn't seem to belnd in with the film
but her appearance towards the end of the film
was pretty creepylike in which she was a good key
role to the story making the story effective so
this personality became incredibly effective all
Not much nudity except for a few
guys running off the pier of the lake while going
skinny dipping with their butts exposed
Then during the end of the film.... I don't want
to give it away.
No women exposing their breasts or anything.
The gore however there's some
scenes of gruesomeness.
A chef is scarred by boiling water.
A corpse is revealed in a canoe.
A mean girl counsellor's corpse is found in the
shower room with a long cut open stabbing in the
Kids are slaughtered during an outside campout.
An arrow is shot through a camp owners throat.
A guy's head is cut off towards the end of the
The gore isn't the film's drawing card though.
Bilous really composed some loud horn and
violin playing especially during the very
beginning of the film with the opening credits
which sounded quite suspenseful. There's also
some nice high flute peaceful music during the
first day at camp with all the kids running
around to get to their cabin. There's also the
odd cheesy high piano tapping for when certain
moments happen like the killer watching their
victim. It wasn't too terrible but it could've
sounded more convincing. At times the music is
overly played though through the whole film.
a great songtrack composed by Frankie Vinci especially
during the closing credits called "You're
Just What I've Been Looking for (Angela's
Theme)" in which theere's spooky high
pitched keyboard playing along with the singing
in which gives the film the perfect ending. This
song kicks ass. It's cheesy but great for a low
budgeter like this one as well as the terror in
the ending which is a perfect match.
Look at all
that fine chicken, where I come from we call 'em
Artie, they're too young to know whats on your
Artie: Ben my friend, there's no
such thing as being too young. You're just too
Rick! Wait till you get a load of Judy!
(Describes her breasts) Man oh man!
Ricky: Oh yeah??
Paul: You'll see!
Who were those?
Judy (Defensively) Just some
boys that I met today.
Ricky: Weren't they a little old???
Judy: Don't you know? Girls mature
Ricky: That's bullshit and you know it!
Judy: Ricky I don't have time for your
nonsense right now.
Ricky: Well excuse me!.... Bitch.
In case you don't know the name is Meg. M-E-G!
What are you looking at??? (Angela stares at her
at her bunk) What you taking pictures??? Quit it!
Susie: This must be ANgela. Remember?
Ronnie told us about her.
Meg: Looks like we've got a real winner
Judy: You aint kidding!
What's with your cousin she don't eat, she don't
talk, she don't do nothing!
Ricky: Why don't you just leave her
alone!?! She's just quiet (Walks away)
Meg: If she were any quieter she'd be
You're a sweet looking cupcake Angela (Takes
off his belt) I think you'll like something
Keep your mouth shut you hear me??? You aint seen
(Gets pushed while he's on a stool near a pot
of boiling water) Hey you fucker you
could've killed me!!! (Hanging onto a ledge)
C'mon now kid if you let me down I'll make you an
ice cream sundae ok??? (The stool below him
is being pulled out of him) You little
shit!!!! You let me down or I'll rip your fucking
head off!!!! Ben!!! Help!!!! Ben!!!
No sweat Geno this guy blows dead dogs just throw
Billy: Eat shit and die Ricky!
Ricky: Eat shit and live Bill.
little shit will be lucky if he makes eye
Paul: Should've brought my rabbits foot!
for batting and doesn't swing with the ball
Ricky: C'mon take the bat off your shoulder!
Kenny: Fuck You!
Hey Angela, how come you're so fucked up? I mean
what is your problem?
Ricky (Hits Kenny's shoulder) Hey
dickface! Leave her alone!
Kenny: Oh yeah??? What are you gonna do
about it?? (Knocks off Ricky's cowboy hat) Asshole!!!
Fucks!!! I'll beat your fucking asses in???
Kenny: Oh yeah??? You and what army???
Greg (Pulls Kenny away) C'mon
Gene: Watch your mouth, Mel's watching!
Ricky: I don't give a shit!
She's a real carpenter's dream! Flat as a board
and needs a screw!
You fuck's will pay for this!!!! Cocksuckers!!!
Pricks!!! Come down and fight you chicken shit!!!
I'll kick your asses over this goddamned camp you
You're a real scumbag Judy you know
Judy: Fuck you Ricky (Laughs) You're
just jealous (Ricky flips her the bird)
Yeah same to you!
Back again so soon??? My Angela, you sure are
forgiving. Especially when Paul told me what a
prude you are! That was the word you used wasn't
Meet me at the waterfront after the social.
No it can't be you!!! It can't be!!!
Thought you weren't going to make it.
Angela: Let's go swimming.
Paul: Now??? What about our clothes?
Angela: Take them off!!