Body Count (1986 film)

Body Count (Italian: Camping del Terrore) is a 1986 Italian slasher film directed by Ruggero Deodato.[3] It was released in Germany as Body Count: Die Mathematik des Schreckens, and in Denmark as Shamen.[4]

Body Count is one of the numerous sub-categorized "backwoods slashers" that occurred during the eighties made famous by Friday the 13th franchise and The Burning, along with such others as Don't Go in the Woods, Mother's Day, Just Before Dawn, Madman, The Final Terror and The Prey.

Body Count
Directed byRuggero Deodato
Screenplay by
Story byAlessandro Capone
Music byClaudio Simonetti[1]
CinematographyEmilio Loffredo[1]
Edited byMario Morra[1]
Racing Pictures[1]
Distributed byTitanus[1]
Release date
  • 1986 (United States)
  • 14 May 1987 (Italy)


A gang of vacationing teenagers drive out to an abandoned campsite that was shut down years before, due to the murder of a young couple that occurred there. The area was formerly an old Indian burial ground and is believed to be haunted by the spirit of an Indian shaman. One by one, the kids are killed off in gruesome ways, whom they believe to be the Indian shaman returned to life.



Body Count was first released in 1986 in the United States and then released in Italy on May 14, 1987.[3][2]

Critical reception

Allmovie called it a "derivative slasher entry" and "one of Deodato's least interesting films."[2] Todd Martin from gave the film a mostly positive review, noting the film's flaws, most notably the lack of originality, and uninteresting sub-plot.[5] Kit Lively from Hysteria Lives! awarded the film 2.5 out of 5 stars, writing, "Although no film with David Hess, Mimsy Farmer AND Charles Napier could be a complete waste of time, Body Count is still fairly routine. In addition to some fairly bad dialogue, it also features the most annoying variation on the chubby practical-joker character that I've ever seen, and it takes entirely too long for the killer to end the audience's discomfort. Still, it's rarely boring, with a few good moments, and many of the murders are pretty graphic."[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Camping del terrore (1987)". (in Italian). Retrieved September 23, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Firsching, Robert. AllMovie Archived from the original on April 27, 2013. Retrieved September 23, 2018. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ a b "Body Count". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  4. ^ Luther-Smith,Adrian (1999). Blood and Black Lace: The Definitive Guide to Italian Sex and Horror Movies. Stray Cat Publishing Ltd. p. 15
  5. ^ Martin, Todd. "Film Review: Body Count (1987)". Todd Martin. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  6. ^ Lively, Kit. "BODY COUNT". Hysteria Kit Lively. Retrieved 21 June 2018.

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Body Count

Body Count may refer to:

Body count, the total number of people killed in a particular event

Films directed by Ruggero Deodato

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