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Camp Hell

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3.41 h 39 min201018+
At the end of every summer, the children of a Christian community from a suburb of New Jersey attend Camp Hope. They travel deep into the woods far from any distractions the world provides. Here, the children are taught the ways of the Lord, the perils of the flesh, and the horror of the Devil. A charismatic priest leads them in their training.
Directors
George VanBuskirk
Starring
Jesse EisenbergDana DelanyBruce Davison
Genres
SuspenseHorrorDrama
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English [CC]
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EnglishPortuguês (Portugal)Português (Brasil)
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Nesim Hason
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New Films International
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3.7 out of 5 stars

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OzziealReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 November 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
It's not clear what it wants to be.....
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An extreme religious group (or so I believe, as they don't quite seem to be a cult) has a solid base of believers, and these people send their children off to a camp each year. The camp is run by the group's leaders and is held in the woodlands of New Jersey. The children have been indoctrinated into this religious life, but some are reaching the age where they are questioning the group's, and their own beliefs. The story centres on one of the adolescent children, his struggle with his own beliefs, his relationship with his friends, family and the group's leaders, as well as a mystery presence which is attempting to exert it's influence.

Although I generally enjoyed this film, it isn't a real horror or thriller or supernatural feature. It's a bit of all of these and it doesn't seem to know which one it wants to be. The story is told well and gives great background to the main characters but it promises to deliver a tieing together of all the ideas it presents and in the end it really doesn't. Unfortunately it ends without a full resolution of the issues, almost like there is another 15 or 20 minutes of the story left to explain.

There are a few name actors in the film and the quality of the acting is generally good.

All up, I found this to be a well made film but a bit disjoint and not completely satisfying.
Kit JamesReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 January 2012
3.0 out of 5 stars
A mis-marketed curiosity
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Camp Hell has been much maligned, but mainly by those led to believe that it's a horror movie starring Jesse Eisenberg. It's actually quite an interesting take on the coming-of-age drama, and what happens when the immovable object of religious dogma meets the unstoppable force of teenage hormones. The real star is Will Denton (the boy who was Kidnapped in the NBC series), playing a sensitive lad sent to the summer camp of his family's `rapture-ready' Christian sect. With the girls' dorms strictly off-limits, he is torn between faith and the flesh, and the Devil sees easy prey. Or is there another explanation for the apparently supernatural turn of events?

The film is more than competently written and acted, the illicit romance is sweetly handled, and some of the terrors which then beset the camp are genuinely unsettling. Those looking for gore and graphic shocks need not apply, but others may find the film unexpectedly rewarding.
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Tomos HowellsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 April 2015
1.0 out of 5 stars
Camp hell review
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It's a ok movie not very scary at all and it's a very strange plot line
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The Movie GuyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 May 2016
2.0 out of 5 stars
WHEN DID SIN ENTER YOUR LIFE?
Jesse Eisenberg does appear in the movie, but not for long. The movie seems to confuse Christian denominational theology. Traditional Catholics do not believe in "end-time" signs and prophecy. While they do believe in purgatory, they are not that big into it as they used to be. Tommy is connected to a demon, but we aren't sure how and why. There are a bunch of kids at Christian summer camp which is comical as a comic book is torn up and a Journey CD is the instrument of the devil. Tommy keeps asking the question, "If God is in control why is there a devil?" The priest asks Tommy, "When did you let sin into your life?" Of course masturbation is one of Tommy's "gateway" sins. Who knows where it might lead...

The sex scene consists of two teens (one a 16 year old virgin "harlot") dry humping in the dark.

I will say I was confused by the ending and the message of the movie. Is this an atheist movie or a movie whose message is that Satan uses long drawn out conversions to create atheists by manifesting himself as a demon? Does the movie really mean to say Steve Perry is a demon seed, or makes fun of those who do?

As a serious Christian movie, I would give it one star. As a movie that makes fun of Christians...maybe 2 stars.

No nudity, or gosh darn swearing. Dry humping, references to rock group "Journey" and Spawn comic book. Kids almost eating jelly beans. What I really can't believe is the "R" rating. As Sara might tweet, "WTF?"
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The Movie GuyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 September 2013
2.0 out of 5 stars
WHEN DID SIN ENTER YOUR LIFE?,
Jesse Eisenberg does appear in the movie, but not for long. The movie seems to confuse Christian denominational theology. Traditional Catholics do not believe in "end-time" signs and prophecy. While they do believe in purgatory, they are not that big into it as they used to be. Tommy is connected to a demon, but we aren't sure how and why. There are a bunch of kids at Christian summer camp which is comical as a comic book is torn up and a Journey CD is the instrument of the devil. Tommy keeps asking the question, "If God is in control why is there a devil?" The priest asks Tommy, "When did you let sin into your life?" Of course masturbation is one of Tommy's "gateway" sins. Who knows where it might lead...

The sex scene consists of two teens (one a 16 year old virgin "harlot") dry humping in the dark.

I will say I was confused by the ending and the message of the movie. Is this an atheist movie or a movie whose message is that Satan uses long drawn out conversions to create atheists by manifesting himself as a demon? Does the movie really mean to say Steve Perry is a demon seed, or makes fun of those who do?

As a serious Christian movie, I would give it one star. As a movie that makes fun of Christians...maybe 2 stars.

No nudity, or gosh darn swearing. Dry humping, references to rock group "Journey" and Spawn comic book. Kids almost eating jelly beans. What I really can't believe is the "R" rating. As Sara might tweet, "WTF?"
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Mr. J. RydenReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 March 2012
3.0 out of 5 stars
Lessons in morality.
Wow, talk about an incongruous and misleading title! After reading the synopsis and the tacky title I figured i'd be in for some Friday 13th-esque gleeful stalk-and-slash of annoyingly chaste religious types. How wrong could I be, first things first this is NOT a horror in any shape or form. I figured the 15 certificate would warrant some mild scares but actually there is very little.

What you do get is a surpisingly watchable film; it's more of a coming of age drama cum rebelling-against-authority flick. I quite enjoyed the subtle build-up of the rather menacing totalitarian camp where seemingly all individualism must be stamped-out.

As others have said, Jesse Eisenberg only has a fleeting, mainly silent, role within the film. The charcter's purpose is principally so establish the fallability of the zealous priest who obviously has demons of his own to wrestle with. In fact, the film actually belongs to the lead teenager played by Connor. I'd never seen him before but he really led the film well as the quiet, awkward teen striving to find his own identity despite the overbearing family and religious community. I'd argue that the spritual debate within the film actually took more of a back-seat in this regard, but others may disagree.

In any event, pleasantly surprised by this film and definitely a missed opportunity on behalf of the film-makers.
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your average readerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 January 2012
3.0 out of 5 stars
creepily cynical
Jesse Eisenberg only has a cameo role at the start of the film. The real star of the show is Will Denton, who puts in a very powerful performance as troubled teen Tommy Leary. The film is worth watching for his performance alone.
I am a Christian and I will freely admit that this film does not exactly promote the cause of Christianity. However, it does raise relevant issues and draws attention to the potential destructiveness of Christian fanatics whose behaviour is sometimes portrayed in a creepily caricaturish way in the film.
In my view, the film is worth watching, as it has interesting elements, for example the night-time scene in the girls' dormitory. However, it lacks a certain punch as a horror film.
In terms of its overall message, it is probably that bad things happen whether you believe in God or not and so there is probably not too much point in becoming obsessed with doctrinal observance. That is why the film is so cynical. Obviously, being a Christian does not necessarily protect you from the world's ills, but this is not a justification for rejecting what is pure and true simply because the corruption of the world resulting from Adam and Eve's disobedience sometimes seems overwhelming. If we all just gave up because Satan's presence is very evident, where would we be? Well, I think that we all know the answer to that.
The film also draws attention to the matter of sexual purity. Obviously, in this world of teenage pregnancies and sexual promiscuity, there is an argument for greater chastity. However, this completely intransigent approach towards sexual attraction between the sexes is also a reminder of why people rebelled against the teaching of the Church in the first place.
The film also makes us aware that focusing too much on sin can cause sin to exist where this was not previously the case, that is to say in the mind's eye.
Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 December 2011
2.0 out of 5 stars
NOT A HORROR - In the conventional sense
This film has been destroyed by most critics, not only that but the so called star Jesse Eisneberg (is it just me or is this person actually Simon Amstell!) is currently suing the filmakers (3 million - No Less!)for giving him top billing in a film he obviously wishes he never made.

Well the first thing to mention is if you are buying this film to watch Mr Eisneberg in action you are going to be dissapointed, he's in it for around 5 minutes (Sketching and crying) so to be honest you'd be better off watching never mind the Buzzcocks the Amstell years. Secondly if you are wanting to watch a Horror this is not the film for you.

The film itself is watchable, with adequate acting by all concerned and centers around a Camp for what can only be described (by some) as religious fanatics - No this time it's not Muslims under attack it's the Catholics! Nice change of pace for religious intolerance.

The Star of the film is a the teenager sent to this camp by his parents to become a better christian. However, as with most teenagers he is at a point in his life where he is questioning everything, he is looking for his own identity and the church seems to provide him with no real answers to his questions, and this in the end is what the film is really about. To spice things up you have the usual "over the top" priest running around the camp with an unhealthy obsession with sex, are you masturbating, it's a sin, don't look at the girls, it's a sin etc....etc...etc, the camp leader who blindly follows orders, but doesn't seem to understand the true meaning of being a christian, the rebel with only one cause, to annoy the camp leader and the girl who leads the hero astray..................or does she?

There you have it, Basically if you have an issue with the Catholic faith, this film is a "Told you they were all like that" if you are a Catholic this film is nothing more than an insult. The problem with it lies here, your own beliefs will dictate how you watch this film. The filmaker seems to have a point he wants to get across but fails to do this in any structured way? You are therefore left with more questions than answers and I can see how many of the critics quite rightly have written "What was it all about?"

Having said this it is interesting to watch the dynamics involved, the parents and how they relate to their children, how (it could be argued) in some cases it may be possible for a priest to do more damage to an individual than good.

Watch it with an open mind, don't expect too much and you might be surprised! I would however say, wait for it to become a little cheaper, it's rteally not worth £10 of your hard earned money
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