CAMP WEDDING (2019) Reviews and overview

 

‘Mia’s getting married this weekend… even if it kills her.’

Camp Wedding is a 2019 American comedy horror slasher feature film directed by Greg Emetaz from a screenplay co-written by executive producer Cara Consilvio, who devised the storyline. The Minor Aocalypse production stars Kelley Gates, Sean Hankinson, Cadden Jones and Wendy Jung.

Plot:

Mia’s wedding party is not too keen on transforming a dilapidated summer camp into the wedding venue of her dreams– when people begin disappearing in the night, that doesn’t help either…

Back in 1985, Camp Pocumtuck was a notoriously strict religious summer camp until it was forced to shut its doors when a young girl was struck by lightning and drowned. Before that, several women were burned at the stake for being witches nearby and before that, it was the site of a Native American massacre.

Nowadays, it’s available on Airbnb. Mia’s booked it and expects her wedding party to transform this now dilapidated summer camp into the wedding venue of her dreams.

As her friends utterly fail to execute her master plan, they also begin disappearing. However, nothing will stop Mia from having a perfect wedding, even when someone starts texting her to hide the bodies…

Reviews:

“The on-screen texting and phone effects, in particular, helped give the movie a certain savviness that compliments the resulting climax. As far as the acting goes, Wendy Jung is a standout performer. Her zany hilarity with the character of Eileen is both endearing, relatable and somewhat terrifying at times.” Mads Lennon, Fansided

“It lacks the in-your-face gore and subversiveness of the upcoming Ready or Not (apparently, this is a golden age for wedding horror movies), but if you think you will find it amusing, chances are your expectations will be satisfied. Recommended for genre fans who enjoy caustic attitudes as much as bloody mayhem…” Joe Bendel, J.B. Spins

“Overall, Camp Wedding is not perfect, as to be expected in a debut feature. However, the creative force behind it clearly brings their collective talent to bear and strives for something fun, unique, and creative.” Finley Ash, Modern Horrors

“Greg Emetaz’s script for Camp Wedding is largely dependent on social media.  He’s able to successfully mash up both the wedding comedy and horror genres.  The social media approach is why this works.  Believe me, this approach really works for the film.” Danielle Solzman, Solzy at the Movies

Camp Wedding does pick up its pace once the bodies finally start dropping. But the jokes don’t get any better. Arguably it becomes worse as the film merges its social media and horror angles with people being zombified and controlled by their cell phones […] this is an attempt to parody slasher films with no blood, no nudity and damn few laughs.” Voices from the Balcony

Background:

Based on executive producer Cara Consilvio’s own wedding at a summer camp, Camp Wedding is a wedding comedy that stumbles into a summer camp horror movie, but since the two genres are communicating exclusively via text, the tone doesn’t really get communicated.

Characters usually lose cell service or their phones entirely in horror movies to make them helpless. Camp Wedding does the opposite. It shows how miscommunication via text and social media can be worse than being totally cut off, forcing its characters to interact in person…or die.

Release:

Camp Wedding had its world premiere at the Nevermore Film Festival on March 8, 2019. It will be released on digital platforms on August 20th, 2019.

Cast and characters:

Kelley Gates … Mia
Sean Hankinson … Gore
Cadden Jones … Flynn
Wendy Jung … Eileen
Jan Kutrzeba … Michael
Morgan McGuire … Paulette
Cliff Miller … Jack
David Pegram … Dalvero
Melissa Roth … Alexis
Adam Santos-Coy … Trask
Holly Chou … Miriam (voice)
Sean Crespo … Damien (voice)
Emily Cannon-Brown … GPS Lady (voice)
Bonnie Cannon-Brown … Annie (voice)
Danielle Beckmann … Queena (voice)

Filming locations:

Camp Nyoda, Oak Ridge, New Jersey

Related:

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Trailer:

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