Four teens are stranded off the side of the road after a near collision, where they settle in and decide to tell scary stories while they wait for help to arrive. The first tale pits a newlywed couple against a pack of bloodthirsty creatures on their honeymoon in the woods. The second finds a young girl home alone on Parent/Teacher Night when her pedophilic cyberstalker decides to strike. In the third tale, a cross-country traveler stops at a remote farmhouse after his bike breaks down on the road. Unfortunately for him, the house is home to a beautiful girl, her overprotective father, and the ghosts of her past lovers. Though many of the scares do fall into tired Horror movie cliches, the stories in CAMPFIRE TALES are highly effective while containing a minimal amount of graphic content. They rely far more on character, mood, and atmosphere than cheap shocks or excessive gore. Each of the entries share their roots in urban legends that have been altered slightly for a new twist on the classic tales. Outside of the weak and predictable wrap-around story, the only major flaw the film possesses is in its poor lighting, which makes many of the scenes impossibly dark. CAMPFIRE TALES is an enjoyable late-90's anthology feature that some may find more entertaining than the similar URBAN LEGEND series.
If you liked CAMPFIRE TALES, check out:
CAMPFIRE STORIES, THE BURNING, TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE.