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Monster Camp: The Story of NERO Seattle (2008)

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Filmmaker Cullen Hoback follows a group of online fantasy gamers as they spend a weekend offline. The Seattle, Washington chapter of the New England Role Playing Organization (NERO) is a group of hardcore *World of Warcraft players who take the online gaming experience into the real world with weekend role-playing jaunts. The film chronicles one such weekend, exploring how the participants escape their workaday selves and transform into often antithetical fantastical characters. Monster Camp: The Story of Nero Seattle premiered at the 2007 Cinequest Film Festival, where it was honored with the Audience Award for Best Documentary
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Comedy , Documentary , Special Interest
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Rebecca McNamee
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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (6)

How much audiences will like Monster Camp may depend on their ability/need to abandon their everyday personas for weekends of fantasy dress-up and battles.

Full Review… | September 4, 2008
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Monster Camp is an endless succession of fantasy enthusiasts talking about nothing.

Full Review… | September 2, 2008
Chicago Reader
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Monster Camp introduces us to several of its cheerful practitioners, letting what first seems odd slowly make sense to the uninitiated.

April 4, 2008
Seattle Times
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As endearing as it is amusing.

Full Review… | June 27, 2007
Variety
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At 82 minutes, this visit to a rarely seen world of gamers may begin to feel a little long, unless you're planning to get into the game yourself.

March 1, 2007
San Jose Mercury News
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Contains its fair share of self-awareness but eschews the ridicule a lesser doc might employ in search of cheap laughs.

Full Review… | September 2, 2008
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for Monster Camp: The Story of NERO Seattle

½

It's a good documentary but I would have liked to get a little more into how the game is played and seen more of that than people talking about what a pain it is to play the game. It's well made and the people are interesting enough to sit through but they all come off a little out of touch with reality. Something none of them are afraid to admit.

Jason Spencer
Jason Spencer

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Not a bad documentary, its focus on the internal politics of a group of LARPers provides a nice little reminder on human nature, or something. The meat of the movie, though, should be the characters that populate this subculture. They are a colorful group, to be sure, but here too much attention is paid to the logistics of the game itself. That does serve as a means of characterization, as it exposes some of this practice's absurdity, but by the end of the movie I felt like I knew too much about NERO and not enough about LARPing.

Nate Harris
Nate Harris

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½

Some laughs, sure, but not as involving as Darkon was.

Steve K
Steve K

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