31 Days of Goosebumps: Welcome to Camp Nightmare

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“Welcome to Camp Nightmare” was probably the first time I literally laughed out loud while watching a Goosebumps episode…not in a good way.

“Welcome to Camp Nightmare” is about a boy named Billy who is sent to Summer Camp. Not only is he neglected, Semi-abused and mistreated, Billy also notices campers were going missing.

This review contains spoilers

Billy and a few friends try to escape the camp only to have two of the girls end up on the wrong end of a “hunting” trip. The counselor asked Billy and a few campers to find the girls and shoot them. Billy turns the gun on the counselor and pulled the trigger. After a puff of smoke and much applauding, Billy is told his parents sent him to the camp to test him, he was going on a mission with them to a strange planet called Earth.

I don’t know if I was just too old reading this or if the episode ruined it for me, but I honestly hated that twist. Sure, it was different but it felt like RL Stine didn’t know how to end it. Nothing about that twist made sense and it just seemed like a cruel joke played by the parents. What about the other kids? Were they tested too? Or was it all just for Billy. Why did this Non-earth planet have water, woods, animals, snakes, nurses…literally, EVERYTHING that you can find on earth. This wasn’t exactly a planet that differed that much from Earth so why did they have to train him?

2 out of 5 stars. Children would love it but I didn’t.

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2 thoughts on “31 Days of Goosebumps: Welcome to Camp Nightmare

  1. So, he was being tested to see if stress/torture would cause him to break, harm his comrades in exchange for relief from the torture, or develop Stockholm Syndrome and obey his torturers and harm the innocent. Testing him to see if he could maintain his character without becoming a danger to his team is a very important way of determining if he could be trusted to explore unknown and hostile areas with a team.

    If he was willing to kill his team to alleviate his suffering or placate a tormentor, he would be too unstable to set out on this team mission.

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