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Camp Calypso

A '70s summer camp with a history of misogyny is hunted by a vengeful, man-eating siren that lives in the lake.

  • Hannah May Cumming
    Director
    FANATICO
  • Karlee Boon
    Director
    FANATICO
  • Hannah May Cumming
    Writer
    FANATICO
  • Hannah May Cumming
    Producer
    FANATICO
  • Karlee Boon
    Producer
    FANATICO
  • Alex Hartwig
    Producer
  • Emma Cogan
    Producer
  • Emma Cogan
    Costume Design
    FANATICO
  • Carlo Mery
    Special Effects
    FANATICO
  • Ruby Cumming
    Key Cast
    “Margot”
  • Derek Sweet
    Key Cast
    “Pete”
  • Caitlyn Sparkman
    Key Cast
    “Lorelei/The Siren”
  • Savannah Raye Jones
    Key Cast
    “Cherry”
  • Misha Kemp
    Key Cast
    “Heather”
  • Dawson Redmond
    Key Cast
    “Richie”
  • Erik Norseth
    Key Cast
    “Dean”
  • Nathaniel Owens
    Key Cast
    “Floyd”
  • Billy Titko
    Key Cast
    “Jo”
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    horror, comedy, slasher, monster movie, feminist horror, monster, retro, 70s horror, camp slasher, retro horror
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 21, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    2,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1.89:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes
Director Biography - Hannah May Cumming, Karlee Boon

Hannah May Cumming and Karlee Boon are a Portland-based filmmaking team with a concentration in feminist horror. Together, they have produced two films: the award-winning debut short, FANATICO, and follow up film, Camp Calypso. Inspired by classic horror flicks and the writings of feminist film scholar Barbara Creed, Hannah and Karlee take on a unique perspective of the horror genre. Both women are currently upperclassmen at Portland State University, with plans to continue developing their horror anthology & film collective (Monstrous Femme Films) over the coming years.

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Director Statement

A collaboration between FANATICO director, Hannah May Cumming, and FANATICO producer, Karlee Boon, this gutsy film takes feminist horror and the rape revenge subgenre one step further. Camp Calypso is a "campy" horror that toys with tropes from monster movies, slasher flicks of the 1970s and '80s, and the writings of feminist film scholar Barbara Creed (The Monstrous-Feminine). The film’s focus on a merciless female "monster" and strong female protagonists works to subvert and redesign the conventions of exploitation horror. Complete with men in tiny shorts, a creepy legend, and a suspicious camp director, Camp Calypso takes everything from retro camp slashers that we love, and nothing that we don’t. With authentic vintage costumes, gory practical effects and an original, synth-heavy score, this "creature featurette" evokes '70s horror nostalgia with a feminist twist.