The Monster of Camp Sunshine or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Nature (1964)

Monster of Camp Sunshine (1964) screen grab

director Ferenc Leroget
viewed: 03/20/2017

The Monster of Camp Sunshine or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Nature by title alone might tell you that this is one of the weirder Nudist films of the 1960’s. Certainly that I have seen. It’s Nudist film meets monster movie wherein the monster is a deformed mentally disabled gardener who drank some funky water and made him go ape.

It starts out with a couple of big city girls who have taken to nudism to loosen up. A couple of them are models often asked to disrobe and so they need to also drop those hang-ups about being naked. One of the girls, though, works in a laboratory where a scientist creates this potion that turns the lab rats murderous. Easily the best scene in the movie is the girl attacked by rats and chased out a window.

This is the first non Doris Wishman nudist flick I’ve seen, so it’s also kind of interesting in the whole. It plays out with some rough animations and also some intertitles a-la Silent film, which maybe the filmmakers reckoned of because they were shooting non-sync sound.

Still, it’s a nudist film, so it’s slow going and the thrills are seriously mild. But still, this was a bit more interesting than average, mainly for weirdness factor.

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