Spirit Camp Stalks the Dances with Films Festival
At the risk of sounding like an old codger, they just don't make slasher movies like they used to. For whatever reason, most modern filmmakers don't seem to understand what made the slashers of the early 80s work so well, and the upcoming Spirit Camp appears to be no exception. Whenever I see words like "throwback" kicking around the plot description, I'm extra skeptical as it's typically another way of saying "we made a really forced and silly comedy". Will this one prove me wrong?
Those of you in the Los Angeles area can catch the theatrical premiere screening at the Dances With Films festival on Saturday, June 5th, at 11:45pm at the Laemmle Sunset 5. If you can't wait, or can't attend, you can stop by the official Spirit Camp site and order yourself a limited edition DVD. I'll say this: I do like the DVD cover!
When a street smart Goth girl is forced to attend cheer camp as part of her rehabilitation from a juvenile correction facility, she clashes with the "popular girls" and finds herself embroiled in a bitter rivalry with the bitchy ringleader. But when members of the spirit squad start turning up dead, the girls must put aside their differences as they struggle to survive the murderous rage of a crazed psycho-killer lurking among them.
What can I say? I'm just not feeling this one. The fun and humor of "old school" slasher flicks comes mainly out of the humor of the actual characters and, sometimes, the ridiculousness of the story. It almost never works when everyone is striving to create intentional (and very forced) cheese.
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