Killer Camp

TV review by
Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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Reality game show has a violent horror twist.

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Positive Messages

Positive messages come mainly from watching contestants succeed at physical challenges and puzzles.

Positive Role Models & Representations

In the grand tradition of Survivor, the persons of color on this reality TV game show are also the first ones up for elimination. Contestants exhibit courage and perseverance. 

Violence

It's a horror-themed game show, which features at least one stylized murder each episode. Contestants are taken out in a variety of ways -- a boat explodes in the open water; a woman is decapitated by barbed wire; a psycho killer lurks in the forest, etc.

Sex

Killer Camp hints at possible relationships between cast members, but no sexual content is shown or discussed.

Language
Consumerism

Contestants are competing for a cash prize. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Killer Camp is a British show that adds horror elements to a classic reality TV game show set-up. Contestants compete for money at a Friday the 13th-style summer camp while a mysterious killer "murders" them one by one. Contestants are shown being killed in stylized ways familiar to fans of horror movies -- one is blown up, another is decapitated, etc. Other suspenseful elements include a psycho killer lurking in the forest. The killer is also competing to be the last one standing to win the prize. Other than being suspenseful and violent, there is no mature content. 

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What's the story?

In KILLER CAMP, 11 contestants show up to play a Survivor-style game show called Summer Camp, but once they arrive they discover that Summer Camp is actually Killer Camp, where a psychopath is lurking in the woods, waiting to murder them one-by-one. Of course, nobody really dies. Instead, contestants compete in challenges for money and clues to the identity of the "killer." The killer is competing against the campers and trying to sabotage them at every turn.

Is it any good?

This series adds an interesting twist to this now-classic survival format, building it around a parlor game where a secret "murderer" is chosen and the group has to figure out who it is. Survivor may still be going strong after 20 years, but the reality format it's inspired feels like a throwback in the crowded landscape of reality shows today. There's enough entertainment in the set-up and horror affectations to hook viewers into easy summertime viewing, even if most of the physical challenges and personalities involved are dead on arrival.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about who the killer might be. What clues did you follow? How did your suspicions evolve and change over the course of Killer Camp?

  • What strategies would you use to win if you were a contestant on Killer Camp? Who do you want to win? Who do you think will win? 

  • How is this reality show different from other reality shows you've seen? Do you like the horror elements? If you're not a fan of being scared, what other things about this show attract you?

TV details

  • Premiere date: July 16, 2020
  • Cast: Bobby Mair
  • Network: CW
  • Genre: Game Shows
  • TV rating: NR
  • Available on: Streaming
  • Last updated: October 22, 2020

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