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U.S. Theatrical Premiere
"[Director Cullen] Hoback...captures the general absurdity and individual eccentricity without condescending to his subjects. Impact is as endearing as it is amusing" -Variety
"Hoback pulls off another utterly odd and bittersweet film, and yet again makes out-of-the-ordinary look so damn dignified" -Film Threat
"The film has a heart for its subjects" -Chicago Tribune
It's like Dungeons & Dragons... but for real! In Seattle, a group of gamers dress up and participate in the World of Warcraft, a live action role-playing game, where they battle monsters and search for treasure. Monster Camp is a rare and fascinating glimpse into a lifestyle where gamer stereotypes are simultaneously shattered and confirmed. For 48 consecutive hours -- there are no breaks, not even for sleep –- as you immerse yourself in a world completely unlike our own. A world built upon fantasy, chivalry, and imagination; a place where you can be anything, dress however, have almost any power, and live as a hero, healer, or villain. It’s a place that lets you transform yourself, perhaps becoming the person you wish you really were. Made with great affection for both the players and their subculture, Monster Camp looks at the eccentric characters behind the fantasy. The devoted group congregates at a secluded state park where they act out battles complete with magic potions, evil spells, and legendary sword fights. By day, these people are software engineers, department store managers, and high school students, but for one weekend they seamlessly transform into dwarves, dragons, and green lizard people. Are you a gamer?
Directed by Cullen Hoback, U.S.A., 2007, 35mm, 79 mins.