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The Monster of Camp Sunshine/Honeymoon of Terror (1964) - Blu-ray Review

The Monster of Camp Sunshine/Honeymoon of Terror

"The motion picture that follows is a fable. In it there are many nudists but only one monster. In life, it is generally the other way around."

Brain dead dialogue?  Plenty of female flesh?  Monster madness?  Where do I sign up?!

"this release is purely for those lovers of all things brain dead, anticlimactic, and . . . sticky"


AGFA and Something Weird, those cool-headed curators of all things KINKY and CULT, are at it again with their latest release of backyard shot Z-grade flicks, The Monster of Camp Sunshine and Honeymoon of Terror.  Prepare yourself for the stickier side of the cinema when the mutated fur starts to fly in these flicks!

Neither one of these cult-minded flicks are going to win over a picky audience who want action and scares alongside a solid plot, but these low-budget offerings sure do try as, in The Monster of Camp Sunshine, a fat gardener of a nudist camp mutates into a deranged monster and starts attacking the naked women and, in Honeymoon of Terror, Vegas newlyweds find themselves the target of a club-footed killer while trying to relax at Thunder Island. 

Scheduled to hit the streets right after Valentine’s Day, this twofer includes both Z-grade Nudie Cutie films, plus a bonus offering of All Men Are Apes (from 1965), which is not any better than the headlining double-feature.

The Monster of Camp Sunshine/Honeymoon of TerrorThe Monster of Camp Sunshine (Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love ), directed by Ferenc Leroget and starring Deborah Spray and Sally Parfait, is reason enough for nurses and fashion models to not hang out together - even if they do enjoy being naked in each other’s company.  Painfully slow and filled to the brim with monotoned narration thanks to its silent tendencies, things pick up only slightly in this tweaked-out nudie cutie monster flick when a careless scientist dumps toxic chemicals into a river near the female nudist camp and a fat groundskeeper, Hugo (Harrison Pebbles) takes one sip too many and finds himself hungering for female flesh!

As far as Honeymoon of Terror is concerned, well, Frank (Doug Leith) and Marion (Dwan Marlow) probably just should have left well enough alone in Las Vegas and not pushed their luck when they thought enjoying a deserted island would be a good time.  Directed by Peter Perry, Jr, the flesh for fantasy element is cranked-up thanks to the honeymoon itself and then the attacks from the rapist.  

With nothing to comment on in the acting department and budgets that would make you weep, this release is purely for those lovers of all things brain dead, anticlimactic, and . . . sticky.

4/5 beers

The Monster of Camp Sunshine/Honeymoon of Terror

Blu-ray Details

Home Video Distributor: AGFA
Available on Blu-ray
- February 22, 2022
Screen Formats: 1.85:1
Subtitles
:
Audio:
See below
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; Single disc
Region Encoding: Region-free playback

Shot by anonymous maniacs in New York, this is a trash-art berserker that feels like what would happen if a 1980s slasher was teleported inside of a 1960s nudist film. A nurse and fashion model head to Camp Sunshine for a weekend of fun, sun, and cigarettes. But little do they know that Hugo, the camp’s gardener, has been transformed into an axe-wielding psychopath after drinking radioactive water! Combining experimental visuals with camp flair, this is a crackpot time capsule featuring Monty Python-esque animation, someone named Ron Cheney, Jr., and, at the end, "a brief summary of the movie for those who wish to relive its magic moments."

An early dreamscape from director Peter Perry (My Tale Is Hot), Honeymoon of Terror is a moody mash-up of horror chills and nudie thrills that feels like a Looney Tunes cartoon made for adults. Frank and Marion are newlyweds who embark on their honeymoon to Thunder Island, only to run afoul of a psychotic, club-footed lumberjack with a lust for violence!

Video:

Both The Monster Of Camp Sunshine and Honeymoon Of Terror debut on this Region Free Blu-ray release in AVC encoded 1080p high-definition presentations taken from new 2k scans of their original 35mm negatives.  The results are strong with both films benefitting from the upgrade, even if they don’t deserve it.  Strong details ripple throughout, even if some elements of the prints are a bit damaged.  Good restoration efforts throughout for these low-budgets flicks.

Audio:

Each feature gets an English language track, The Monster Of Camp Sunshine using a 24-bit DTS-HD Mono option and Honeymoon Of Terror using a 16-bit DTS-HD Mono option.

Supplements:

Commentary:

  • None

Special Features:

Along with a cool slipcase, fans of Z-grade monster madness will appreciate the efforts included in bringing the following special features with this release.

  • Region Free Blu-ray
  • 2K restorations from the original 35mm camera negatives
  • Nudie-horror trailers from Hugo’s shack
  • Bonus movie: ALL MEN ARE APES! (1965, 63 mins), transferred from the original Something Weird S-VHS master
  • Inside cover artwork

Blu-ray Rating

  Movie 4/5 stars
  Video  4/5 stars
  Audio 3/5 stars
  Extras 4/5 stars

Composite Blu-ray Grade

4/5 stars


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