Trailer for Summer Camp horror has very little to remind you of camp

One of my beefs with the frequent use of summer camps as a setting in horror movies is that too often the setting is use sparingly and ends up having very little that reminds you of an actual summer camp. A lot of these movies are mostly just run of the mill blood and guts with a campfire scene, a close-up on a camp sign and an occasional camp shirt to justify a campy sounding name or premise.

International movie Summer Camp, judging by the teaser trailer released last week, appears to have fallen in the same trap. Aside from the camp sign for El Buho (Owl) English Summer Camp, the set for the film is basically a decrepit old mansion and not very summer camp at all.

Part of this is that the fictional camp is in another country, where camps look very different than they do in the U.S., but the trailer makes me think the name (a terrible name which has already been used) is a misnomer.

Italian director Alberto Marini is helming the picture due out in 2015 and it stars Diego Boneta, Maiara Walsh, Jocelin Donahue, and Andrés Velencoso.

The synopsis:

“Three American camp counselors show up for their summer jobs at an English-language camp in Spain and come face-to-face with a virus unlike anything seen before.”

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at and I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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