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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Kids who watch may be reminded that it's possible to have outdoor fun without cell phones or computers.
Fred's loyalty to his humble camp is admirable, but the greed that motivates the "bad guy" is destructive in the extreme. Good teamwork is on display, and the movie encourages "old fashioned" outdoor play.
Positive Role Models
The counsellors are good leaders who care about the campers while encouraging their independence. The campers and counsellors are a multicultural group who generally work together to make the camp experience worthwhile.
Violence & Scariness
Any movie that features an ax-wielding maniac is bound to have a few scary moments. Not only is the ax brandished threateningly, but the monsters' scary faces might give little ones the creeps. Also perilous falls over cliffs, explosions, and some gunfire.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The buxom camp counsellor from the Big Moose Camp wears a skimpy bikini, which gets Fred's attention. Flirting and brief kissing among the teens.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Deacon uses his asthma inhaler very frequently -- almost to the point of distraction. It's supposed to be a joke, since he's such an unhealthy kid, but it raises questions about whether that's appropriate material for humor.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this camp-set Scooby movie has more than one scary monster to go around: There are three ghastly apparitions with gnarled faces and gnashing teeth (one of whom is an ax-wielding maniac). Very young or sensitive kids might be spooked by the baddies' aggressive behavior, though older viewers will know that there will be an inevitable unmasking. Also expect some flirting and brief kissing. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Ghost stories are definitely spookier when told around the campfire on a summer night; CAMP SCARE succeeds in bringing that "campy" feeling to life, but it's fairly scary when the monsters appear. There's enough of a plot to keep even the most amateur sleuths guessing whodunnit, though the youngest viewers might get a serious jolt when looking into the eyes of the Spectre of Shadow or the green-faced Woodsman.
It's worth noting that one thing Camp Scare has -- that old-school Scooby stories didn't -- is the flirtatious winking and competing that some of the gang engages in. Do kids really need to see Fred go gaga over a hot babe in a skimpy swimsuit? Probably not. Stick to the ghouls and the Scooby Snax, people. Jinkies.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.