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Jon (Jon McBride), his girlfriend Carrie (Carrie Lindell), Amy (Amy
Chludzinski), who has only recently found out she's pregnant, and her
boybriend Christ (Christopher A.Grange) go for a weekend trip camping
somewhere in the middle of nowhere. What they don't know is they have
chosen as their camping spot the hunting grounds of a trio of cannibals,
Rich (Richard Marcus), Gene (Gene Robbins), and their helmet wearing
retard brother Joe (Joseph Salheb) - and these cannibals are in constant
need of food. Before they even make themselves known to our four heroes
though, they kill two of their friends (Ray Angelic, John Farrell) who
wanted to sneak up on them to give them the fright of their lives ... now
that didn't work out too well.
The first one of our quartet of friends
the cannibals manage to capture and kill is Carrie, who leaves the group
on her own. When the others go look for her, they walk right into the
cannibals arms, who slaughter the two men right in front of Amy. But the
cannibals are not too clever, they somehow leave a knife with Amy, which
she uses to free herself, stab one of her attackers and make an escape.
Unfortunately, she doesn't get very far, and when the cannibals catch up,
they make it a point to bloodily remove the fetus from her womb to eat it
A few days later: The cannibals haven't eaten humans in
days ... but then they realize they are humans too, and Rich seems to be
the weakest link in the chain ...
In many ways, Cannibal
Campout is your typical 1980's shot-on-viodeo no budget horror flick:
The limitations of then current (and affordable) videocameras painfully
show, as does the lack of funds, and an attempt is made to iron everything
out by a host of especially nasty gore effects ... so business as usual?
quite, because while Cannibal Campout might be stereotypical in
many ways, it clearly sets itself apart by a certain light-footed, even
humourous approach to its material, as well as a clever buildup of tension
not always found films of this sort.
That said, Cannibal Campout
is certainly no genre masterpiece, but if you can accept the shortcomings
that come with its lack of budget and the fact that it's shot on video,
you will probably find yourself liking the film quite a lot.