Director George VanBuskirk
Initial DVD release August 9, 2011
Country United States
Genre Drama, Horror
Budget 3 million USD
Writer George VanBuskirk
|Release date August 13, 2010 (2010-08-13)|
Cast Jesse Eisenberg (Daniel), Spencer Treat Clark (Timothy), Joseph Vincent Cordaro (Ryan), Kennan Budnik (Altar Boy), Valentina de Angelis (Melissa), Gary DeMichele (Hobo)
Similar movies Nightlight (2015)
Tagline Ways of the Lord, Perils of the Flesh and Horror of the Devil
Horrific events plague a teen (Will Denton) when his parents send him to a Christian camp.
Camp Hope is a 2010 American thriller film starring Will Denton, Dana Delany, Andrew McCarthy, Bruce Davison and Jesse Eisenberg. The film is also known as Camp Hell. It was released August 13, 2010 on United States.
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. But, he unknowingly has brought something with him, something evil. What was supposed to be a safe place, a spiritual retreat has now turned into a nightmare that not even faith can end.
By the end of each summer, children from the fundamentalist Catholic community in the suburbs of New Jersey visited Camp Hope. Deep in the woods, away from civilization, the children are taught the ways of cult-like Christianity, the temptations of the flesh, and the horror of Satan. The head priest, who teaches the children these doctrines of fundamentalist Catholicism, has unknowingly brought evil with him by solely focusing on Sin instead of salvation. The priest fills these young minds with the belief that everything they do is an occasion of sin. He delves deep into their psyche asking them things like whether or not they masturbate, because masturbation, according to the Catholic Church, is the same as premarital sex and gives the devil a foothold in their hearts and minds. The priest also goes so far as to call a girl at the camp a whore simply because she was talking to a male member of the camp. These psychological attacks take their toll, and the presence of a demon starts to creep into the minds of the children, especially the main character, Tommy Leary.
Tommys grandfather had recently died and the afterlife is very much on his mind. At the same time, his innocent relationship with his childhood crush slowly becomes more physical until the two escape into the woods for a sexual encounter. Melissa, his crush, is caught and sent home, allowing the priest to focus on Tommy. The priest takes Tommy down a psychological and spiritual path that makes the presence of the demon real to him, and it begins to haunt him.
The movie ends with Tommy, after a confrontation with the priest and a near suicide attempt, denouncing his faith in the God he was being taught about and goes on a different path. The priest, after his emotionally brutal encounter with Tommy in his cabin, suffers a stroke. The members of the community struggle over whether to pull the plug, hoping for a miracle, while the priest spends the rest of his life in a persistent vegetative state, eyes wide open, with a look of horror on his face.
On the way home from the hospital, Tommy finds a note given to him earlier by Melissa telling him when he can to find her and be with her. As the car drives on, he opens the window and throws out the copy of Dantes Inferno, which falls open on the road to a picture of a demon.
The film was released in the United States August 13, 2010. Lionsgate release film on DVD in the United States in 2011.
Nightlight (2015). La Bestia in Calore (1977). Heavyweights (1995). Jesse Eisenberg and others appear in Camp Hell and Holy Rollers. Jesse Eisenberg appears in Camp Hell and Roger Dodger.
Jesse Eisenberg has filed a lawsuit against Lionsgate Entertainment and Grindstone Entertainment for trying to fraudulently capitalize on his fame by using his name and face to promote a movie in which he was largely absent. Legal documents state:
"Eisenberg is bringing this lawsuit in order to warn his fans and public that, contrary to the manner in which the defendants are advertising the film, Eisenberg is not the star of and does not appear in a prominent role in Camp Hell, but instead has a cameo role in Camp Hell."
Eisenberg asked for damages of at least US$3 million.
ReferencesCamp Hope (film) Wikipedia
Camp Hope (film) IMDb Camp Hope (film) themoviedb.org