7 Summer Camp Movies to Get You in the Mood for Vacation ...


Summer camp movies should be about loads of kids having great fun in the sunshine – or should they?

Summer camps are a great vehicle for so many themes – healthy competition, rights of passage, kids finding a voice, companionship, finding beauty in unexpected places and so on… I’ve picked out some summer camp movies that run the gamut of all possibilities.

1. Moonrise Kingdom

Moonrise Kingdom

If you have not seen this, please do watch it.

It is the quirkiest, kookiest and downright weirdest of summer camp movies out there.

A stellar cast (which includes Bruce Willis, Ed Norton, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray) is genuinely underplayed and Wes Anderson lets the young stars carry the craziness with great aplomb.

I’m not going to spoil the plot for you.

Suffice it to say that parents of male children may never look at the Boy Scouts movement in the same light ever again.

2. Parent Trap

Parent Trap

Move over, Lindsay Lohan, because your version is not as good as the original, which was made way back in 1961.2

Disney’s perennial favourite, Hayley Mills, is the star of the movie, playing herself – twice over.

The other reason why this version is superior to the LL version is that there is more action taking place at summer camp, including all the ingredients we associate with such a setting – competition, rivalry, pranks and voyages of self-discovery.2

3. Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th

Of all the movies about summer camp ever made, nothing could be scarier than this one.

It may seem somewhat tamer than the blood and gore fests that make for horror movies these days, but back in 1980, trust me that this was very raw compared to what had contributed to this genre previously.

Camp Crystal Lake is the setting for the first murdering rampage of the Voorhees dynasty, who continue their bloodletting frenzy right up to the modern day.

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