New Thriller Tenting Journey Displays Tense Isolation of COVID Lockdowns



In this episode of Castle Talk, Jason chats with the actor Jonathan Vanderzon and director Leonardo Fuica about the new movie Camping Trip, due out August 16th as a digital download. The film was shot on a remote, beautiful lakefront in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada amid Covid lockdowns.

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Say the producers:

In the summer of 2020, two couples decide to go on a COVID-era camping trip after months of lockdown. The freedom of nature and the company of their best friends give the group a rare sense of normality, but although they are isolated, they are not alone. Nearby, during a botched quest, two idiots decide to go rogue; accidentally entangled the campers. What started out as a fun vacation quickly turns into a test of loyalty and survival. Suddenly, the pandemic is the least of their worries.

Director Fuica points out that festival-goers were amazed at how the film foreshadowed many of the lockdown talks that would take place later than the time the film was actually shot. As the two couples enjoy their camp, they wonder aloud if the world will ever go back to “normal” or open up again. Vanderzon, meanwhile, discusses the process of working on the isolated set, which previously included strict rules for isolation and COVID testing.

Fuica also addresses the fact that the horror film Camping Trip is his first English-language film previously produced entirely in French.


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Jason Henderson hosts the Castle of Horror podcast and Castle Talk, editor of the Castle of Horror Anthology series. The latest volume is Castle of Horror Anthology Volume 8: Thinly Veiled 80s. He is the author of The Serpent’s Nest: Young Captain Nemo by Macmillan Children’s Books. His latest book is 18 Miles from Town: a Midlife Crisis Thriller.

Posted in: Interview, Movies, Podcasts | Keywords: camping trip, Jonathan Vanderzon, Leonardo Fuica

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