Directed by Ruggero Deodato
Written by Alessandro Capone, Luca D'Alisera, Sheila Goldberg & Dardano Sacchetti
Music by Claudio Simonetti
Cast: Mimsy Farmer, David Hess, Charles Napier, Bruce Penhall, John Steiner & Ivan Rassimov
1987/83 mins/Color/Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
1.33:1 Full Screen/English/Italy/PAL Region 2
Review from the E-M-S DVD
A gang of college kids take a trip to the woods of Colorado during their Summer vacation. They meet Ben, a young man who lead them to his parents campsite located in the middle of nowhere. Soon enough they are being preyed on by "The Shaman", who is supposedly half-man, half-beast. Boredom ensues.
The film was supposedly forced on Deodato by the producer who wanted it to be easily exported. Because his recent role in RAMBO, actor Charles Napier was casted. A solid cast of genre veterans (Farmer, Hess, Steiner and Rassimov) are terribly wasted in this late entry and poorly executed FRIDAY THE 13TH clone. The film lack of energy, storytelling and technical achivement makes its hard to sit through. It is hard to believe that this wreck was directed by the same person who gave us the classic, shocking and uncompromissing CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST. The film was released in the US as THE ELEVENTH COMMANDMENT.
The film which was originaly shot in 1.85:1 is unfortunately presented here in a 1.33:1 aspect ratio and it is not anamorphic. This has probably been taken from and old video release. Don't expect a spectacular transfer, as the image is soft and with defects. There's an English and German Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono track available. The English track isn't spectacular but still sounds ok.
The disc features static menus with music. The film is separated in 12 chapters stop. We get a filmography on Deodato and a look at other E-M-S DVD release like DIAL: HELP, VOYEUR.com, DIE 13 LEGENDE and others. While this ain't a classic, it deserved a much better edition.
"A Spring Break Vacation Turns Into a Nightmare Come Alive!"
(Original title: Camping del terrore)
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Review by Kim Dubuisson. All Right Reserved. 2009. ©