No one has to convince me of the idea that camping is, in fact, not fun. Here, I can list a few reasons: ticks, other bugs, allergens, SPIDERS. Those are just a few things that make camping completely unnecessary but, thanks to the short film shown at the Unnamed Footage Festival named CAMPING FUN, here are some more reasons to make my point.
CAMPING FUN was written and directed by Thomas Burke and David Eimer. It stars Hailey Marmolejo, Bonnie Sturdivant, Thomas Burke, David Eimer, and Rebecca Chulew. When some friends decide to go camping at their friend’s family’s old house in the country, they get more than they bargained for when a local cult gets involved. Turns out, the old house is on the cult’s compound and they don’t intend to let the group leave.
In terms of film quality, CAMPING FUN looks good. The color grading gives it a creepy country vibe and the cult storyline is always intriguing but thirteen minutes just isn’t enough time to flesh this story out. It moves so fast that you don’t get a chance to ingest one event before something else is happening. While the acting is just okay, it isn’t awful and doesn’t distract from the story. The story itself is intriguing but has been done many times in the past. The biggest draw from CAMPING FUN is the editing. While sometimes a little TOO much is done with the editing, they did it in such a way that the footage looks like it might be damaged, which adds to the effects quite well.
Overall, CAMPING FUN is just that. It’s a bite-sized piece of horror that packs a ton of story into a small running time. While it is effective, just ten more minutes could have allowed viewers to grow attached to a character or two before they were no longer for this world. While it’s paced like lightning, it’s still worth a watch.