Review by Nick
= Highest Rating
really, really didn't want to see this film. When I got
the screener in the mail, I shuddered looking at the cover.
A man eating a woman's neck out, a guy with an ax in his head,
etc. This is what I'm going to be watching for the next hour
and a half (!) I thought. I popped the DVD in, started it
up. At first all is well, the movie was shaping up to be a so-bad-its-good
unintentional comedy/horror about a couple of college kids going
for a camping trip in the woods, only to be attacked by cannibalistic
maniacs. After a half hour, the fun started to wear thin. And
then the gore came...
This movie was a total waste of my time.
I absolutely hated it. First off, the filmmakers' work is atrocious.
The cinematography is poor (it was shot with a camcorder), the
writing has not an original bone in its body, the direction
is pedestrian, and acting is atrocious. The campers are played
by Jon McBride, Amy Chludzinski, Christopher A. Granger, and
Carrie Lindell. The cannibalistic psychos are portrayed by Gene
Robbins, Joseph Salhab (in a jet pilot helmet), and Richard
Marcus. These people aren't actors, and if they continued to
do so, they should have got training. Robbins walks off with
the worst performance of the film, playing the role with a wink,
but with no charisma or talent. McBride is stiff as a board
and couldn't act to save his life.
There were many times where I just wanted to turn off the damn
TV, but one part toward the end really ticked me off. The last
girl is running away from the psychos, but they catch up and
kill her. As if that weren't enough, it turned out that she
was pregnant! So what do the psychos do? They cut a hole into
her abdomen, tear out the fetus, and eat it! That was the point
of no return for me.
I know, I know... I'm not supposed to give
away the ending in the review, but I'm making the exception
here in an attempt to dissuade you from ever seeing the film,
when I said the cinematography was poor... well, the DVD transfer
just makes it worse. The whole movie looks like a bootleg copy
from a VHS tape on Standard Long Play. The sound is horrible too:
there are breaks in the audio, the actors are occasionally inaudible,
and other times the wind sound picked up by the mike is just aggravating.
The movie does have a slew of extras, with
commentary, interviews with the cast, deleted scenes, a music
video, and a stills gallery. However, none of them are any good.
The commentary is phoned-in from director Jon McBride. No, seriously,
he's literally on the phone when the commentary was being recorded!
And the interviews... Jeez... These people talk about Cannibal
Campout fondly, like it's actually
something worth remembering! I suppose for those who actually
liked Cannibal there's some
fun to be had in the extras. But in the opinion of this reviewer,
there is no fun to be had in this DVD, period. 1/24/07