Under the Radar DVD of the Week: 'Caesar and Otto's Summer Camp Massacre'
This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is:
“Caesar and Otto’s Summer Camp Massacre”
If Abbott and Costello were cast in a no-budget indie horror movie for contemporary fans, the result would possibly be something like “Caesar and Otto’s Summer Camp Massacre,” a relatively gore-free, irony-lite spoof of those ubiquitous “sleepaway camp” movies, due out on DVD Tuesday.
Written and directed by and starring Dave Campfield (“Dark Corridor”), this is a horror comedy with a distinct vaudeville vibe. Campfield’s effete Caesar, a flamboyant wannabe tough guy, and his slovenly half-brother Otto (Paul Chomicki) are cut from the classic buddy cloth that gave us Abbott and Costello, Laurel and Hardy and other golden age comedy duos. Not to suggest that these two nitwits are in a league with the greats, but at least they come off as low-rent, distant cousins.
The story is a silly amalgam of slasher conventions that’s launched when short-tempered Caesar punches out the mentally challenged brother of the local police chief and goes on the lam with the lazy Otto in tow. Taking on false identities, the two land jobs as counselors at the remote, strangely vacant Camp Sunsmile.
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