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Camp Dread Reminds Us of Wonderful Summers PastThe clean, crisp air; the smell of the campfire; the call of nature. (Wait! What?) Yes, those are all wonderful things we associate with summer camp. A time for young people to venture out on their own and have experiences they’ll remember for the rest of their lives… even if that’s only about another 25 minutes.

The upcoming film Camp Dread, starring Eric Roberts, rekindles all those great memories of summer camp horror movies past, and oh, how we love them.

After becoming the setting of some truly memorable films in the 80’s, summer camp has forever been tagged as the perfect hunting ground for the slasher. It’s secluded, it’s quiet, and it’s filled with poorly supervised camp residents and camp counselors. Is there a more perfect recipe for a bloody good time than that? I think not!

So where do we start? Of course with the counselors. Oh those irresponsible, oversexed, beer-drinking, pot-smoking ne’er-do-wells. No matter which camp we find them in, they’re always up to no good. And the funny thing is, they may have different names and different faces, but it always seems like similar counselors show up at every summer camp. You’ve got the goof, the athlete, the pothead, the wallflower, the party girl… you know them all. We’ve all seen them and love every one of the mischievous scoundrels.

But even though the counselors might not always have the best interests of the campers as their number one priority, they normally do have at least a shred of responsibility, or at the very least they don’t wish any harm on the kiddos. They certainly don’t deserve the bloody fate that is obligatorily waiting for them at the end of the movie. And of course we need to look no further than Camp Crystal Lake to see the best example of camp counselors behaving badly getting dealt with in extreme fashion.

Initially having to contend with the vengeful Mrs. Voorhees before her boy Jason took over, the counselors at Camp Crystal Lake had to deal with adversity like no others. With an astronomical body count, the Friday the 13th series set the bar for summer camp horror, and it was set high. From impaling Kevin Bacon with an arrow through the throat right up to Jason going psycho in the future (although he had long since left the comforts of Crystal Lake in Jason X), Friday the 13th treated camp counselors like a meat grinder treats a rump roast. No mercy.

Camp Dread Reminds us of Wonderful Summers Past

And it’s not to say that everyone is not in danger, but god forbid if you sneak behind the cabin for a little of the ol’ in-out (that’s A Clockwork Orange Nadsat slang for screwing, humping each other, making the beast with two backs, giving her a swift case of the bifters, doing it, etc.) or to grab a cold one or light up some wacky tobaccy, Camp Crystal Lake is going to be really unforgiving to those individuals. Yikes!

But as hellacious as Camp Crystal Lake is, there are certainly other camps out there that harbored bad, bad things. A little place called Camp Arawak comes immediately to mind as well. Although it doesn’t have the flashy memorable name like Friday the 13th’s Camp Crystal Lake, Camp Arawak had a really…unique…camper named Angela (played by Felissa Rose, who coincidentally appears in Camp Dread). And Angela was not what she appeared to be. Not at all.

Of course we are talking about Sleepaway Camp. Apparently kids back in the 80’s were much more affected by witnessing homosexual relationships because Angela seeing one, and the fact that she was raised by her bat-shit crazy aunt, really fucked this kid up. See, Angela was originally Peter, but her aunt decided to raise him as a girl. So needless to say, Peter still had a peter even though he was running around looking like an all-American girl and being called Angela.

Camp Dread Reminds us of Wonderful Summers Past

Needless to say, this kind of twisted upbringing tends to affect a child’s mind, and if you throw in some mean-spirited childhood taunting and mud-slinging (literal and metaphorical), the next thing you know you have a guy getting stung to death by bees, a girl getting a hair-straightening iron shoved up her cooter, a hunting knife shower attack, and an unfortunate incident on the archery range. Camp Crystal Lake might be bad, but at Camp Arawak you’ve got a guy named Angela running around mangling people with his/her johnson hanging out. It might not be as bloody, but it’s certainly stranger!

Sometimes it’s not the counselors who are the bad guys; sometimes, like at Arawak, it’s the kids. But they don’t even have to have murderous intent. Oftentimes the little ankle-biters are just off playing some pranks and things get carried away in a big, big hurry. We’ve got a prime example of that right here. Let’s say hello to a caretaker named Cropsey.

Camp Blackfoot was home to a kindly old caretaker that went by the name Cropsey. Well, we can’t confirm how kindly he was, but he was there, and one night some of the meddling campers decided to scare the holy fuck out of Cropsey by setting up a skull with some candles in his caretaker shack and bang on the windows to frighten him. And hilarity ensued! Their plan worked so well that Cropsey freaked out and knocked the candles onto the bed, setting his sheets and clothes on fire. From here, in true Three Stoogian fashion, the burning Cropsey knocks over a gas tank, and things really get blazing. Luckily he was able to get to the river to put himself out, but he was really never the same after that.

Camp Dread Reminds us of Wonderful Summers Past

Cropsey would return (this time to Camp Stonewater) to do all kinds of nasty things to campers to try to exact his revenge for those campers that gave him a face even Proactiv+ couldn’t save. “Seinfeld’s” own Jason Alexander wasn’t even safe from the horribly disfigured caretaker. And why is it that being hacked up by a horribly disfigured individual is so much worse than being hacked up by a relatively good looking fella? I guess it’s all in how you look at it.

Camp Crystal Lake, Camp Arawak, and Camps Blackfoot and Stonewater. They are just a few of the summer fun sites that have been cursed by the actions of a remorseless killer. And don’t think that’s the end of the bloodshed. Places like Camp Hurrah in Cheerleader Camp in 1988 and even recent 2012 addition the Happy Day Bible Camp in the aptly named Bloody, Bloody Bible Camp prove that camps are still a very effective setting for a creative slasher to do his thing.

Watch the summer camp madness continue in Camp Dread!

Synopsis
Former 80s film director, writer, producer Julian Barrett (Eric Roberts) wants to reboot his successful horror film Summer Camp franchise. However, the only way to get the funding is do a reality show based on the plot lines of his slasher film trilogy. A group of troubled youths are picked to compete on the show for the ultimate prize of cash and fame. The goal is to avoid “elimination” until people start dying. For real.

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Through the Cracks – Trick or Treat (1986) Review

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Starring Marc Price, Tony Fields, Lisa Orgolini, Glen Morgan, Gene Simmons, and Ozzy Osbourne

Directed by Charles Martin Smith


I have been a horror fan for more than half of my life at this point. Meaning I have seen most of the quality horror offerings under the sun. But that said, every once in awhile a classic sneaks past so we wanted to create this “Through the Cracks” review section for such films.

Case in point, I had never seen the Halloween horror flick Trick or Treat until last night. I know, right? How the hell did that happen? But these things do happen and so for everyone that has seen the flick a million times, this will be a review of the movie from a super horror fan that – at the age of 33 – is seeing Trick or Treat for the very first time.

Now let’s get to it.

First off you have to love the movie’s plot. Mixing horror and heavy metal seems like a given, yet preciously few films Frankenstein these two great tastes together.

Like many of you out there, I am a big metal fan as well as a big horror fan. The two seem to go together like chocolate and peanut butter. Or Jason and horny campers.

I dig bands like Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, and even those hair metal bands (Dokken forever!) and I’m well aware of the legends surrounding playing these records backward.

Off the top of my head, the only other flick that combines the two to this degree is the (relatively) recent horror-comedy Deathgasm. I say more horror-metal flicks! Or should we call it Metal-Horror? Yeah, that’s a much more metal title.

It only makes sense that someone, somewhere would take the idea of “What if Ozzy Osbourne really was evil and came back from the dead (you know, if he had passed away during his heyday) to torment a loner fan?” Great premise for a movie!

And Trick or Treat delivers on the promise of this premise in spades. Sammi Curr is an epic hybrid of the best of the best metal frontmen and his resurrection via speaker is one of the great horror birthing scenes I have seen in all my years.

Add to that the film feels like a lost entry in the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. More specifically the film feels like it would fit snugly in between two of my favorite entries in that series, Dream Warriors and The Dream Master.

This movie is 80’s as all f*ck and I loved every minute of it.

And speaking of how this film brought other minor classics to the forefront of my brain, let’s talk about the film’s central villain, Sammi Curr. This guy looks like he could share an epic horror band with the likes of Mary Lou from Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II and the Drill Killer rocker from Slumber Party Massacre Part II.

Picture that band for a moment and tell me they aren’t currently playing the most epic set in Hell as we speak. I say let’s see an Avengers-style series of films based on these minor horror icons sharing the stage and touring the country’s high school proms!

In the end Trick or Treat has more than it’s fair share of issues. Sammi Curr doesn’t enter the film until much too late and is dispatched way too easily. Water? Really? That’s it?

That said, the film is still a blast as director Charles Martin Smith keeps the movie rocking like an 80’s music video with highlights being Sammi’s rock show massacre at the prom and his final assault on our hero teens in the family bathroom.

Rockstar lighting for days.

Even though the film has issues (zero blood, a rushed ending) none of that mattered much to this horror hound as the film was filled to the brim with striking horror/metal imagery and a killer soundtrack via Fastway and composer Christopher Young.

Plus you’ve got to love the cameos by Gene Simmons (boy, his character just dropped right out of the movie, huh?) and Ozzy Osbourne as a mad-as-hell Preacher that isn’t going to take any more of this devil music. P.S. Watch for the post-credits tag.

More than a few of my closest horror buddies have this film placed high on their annual Halloween must-watch lists. And after (finally) viewing the film for myself, I think I just may have to add the film to mine as well. Preferably on VHS.

Trick or Treat is an 80’s horror classic. If you dig films like Popcornand if you put the film off like I did, remedy that tonight and slap a copy in the old VHS/DVD player.

Just don’t play it backward… God knows what could happen.

All said and done, I enjoyed the hell out of my first viewing of Trick or Treat. But what do YOU think of the film? Make sure to hit us up and let us know below or on social media!

Now bring on Trick or Treat 2: The Prom Band from Hell, featuring Sammi Curr, Mary Lou Maloney, and Atanas Ilitch’s Driller Killer from Slumber Party Massacre Part II!

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Charles Martin Smith’s Trick or Treat is a sure-fire Halloween treat for fans of 80’s horror flicks, as well as fans of heavy metal music.

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Jordan Peele Is Open to the Idea of Get Out Sequel

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Recently we shared the baffling news that this year, the Golden Globes were considering writer-director Jordan Peele’s psychological horror-thriller Get Out a comedy.

Hurm. While that bit of news still doesn’t make a bit of sense to me, today we have an update on Jordan Peele’s possible sequel Get Out 2. Which is always welcome.

Deadline was recently speaking with the filmmaker and Peele told them that although he still hasn’t cracked the sequel, if he comes up with a fresh spin he would have no problem revisiting the first film.

“I haven’t decided anything yet,” Peele told the site. “I am allowing the creative part to bubble up, and not force it. I know if a follow-up is meant to happen, it will. I’m open to figuring out what it is. But I also don’t want to let down the original and its fans. I simply would not do something like that for the cash.”

Good to hear!

I don’t know about you, but if Jordan Peele does decide to revisit the world of Get Out again in the future, I will be there. After reading these comments, I have faith the man will not return unless the story deserves it. Money be damned!

Unless… the sequel is called Sell Out… Ooohh. Snap. All jokes aside, in this world of sequels and remakes, it feels pretty damn good to hear a filmmaker talk this way.

What do you think of a Get Out sequel? Do you think the first film needs a continuation? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

You can buy Get Out on Blu-ray HERE.

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Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.

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Joe Dante’s Matinee Starring John Goodman Blu-ray Special Features Announced!

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One of my favorite childhood movies was director Joe Dante’s Matinee starring John Goodman. I watched the flick all the time and still make sure to give it a peep as often as I can. In fact, I just rewatched the movie last month. Still holds up too!

As I’ve grown up and watched more horror movies, I have come to call this film “Popcorn for the whole family.” And visa versa, have labeled Popcorn as“Matinee for the 80’s slasher crowd.” Both of these statements as completely apt by the way.

It is with this love of the film in mind that I wanted to make sure to pass along the news that Shout! Factory is planning to release Matinee on Collector’s Edition Blu-ray January 9th, 2018. And it is a beauty.

You can check out the full list of special features below along with the Collector’s Edition cover art. Then make sure to let us know what you think of Matinee below!

Matinee hits Collector’s Edition Blu-ray via Shout! Factory January 9th, 2018!

PRE-ORDER HERE

Synopsis:

John Goodman is at his uproarious best as the William Castle-inspired movie promoter Lawrence Woolsey, who brings his unique brand of flashy showmanship to the unsuspecting residents of Key West, Florida.

It’s 1962, and fifteen-year-old fan Gene Loomis (Simone Fenton) can’t wait for the arrival of Woolsey, who is in town to promote his latest offering of atomic power gone berserk, Mant! But the absurd vision of Woolsey’s tale takes on a sudden urgency as the Cuban Missile Crises places the real threat of atomic horror just 90 miles off the coast. With the help of Woolsey’s leading lady, Ruth (Cathy Moriarty), the master showman gives Key West a premiere they’ll never forget. Anything can happen in the movies, and everything does in this hilarious tribute to a more innocent (and outrageous) time in American cinema.

Bonus Features:

NEW Master Of The Matinee – An Interview With Director Joe Dante

NEW The Leading Lady – An Interview with Cathy Moriarty

NEW MANTastic! The Making Of A Mant

NEW Out Of The Bunker – An Interview With Actress Lisa Jakub

NEW Making A Monster Theatre – An Interview With Production Designer Steven Legler

NEW The Monster Mix – An Interview With Editor Marshall Harvey

NEW Lights! Camera! Reunion! – An Interview With Director Of Photography John Hora

Paranoia In Ant Vision – Joe Dante Discusses The Making Of The Film

MANT! – The Full-Length Version Of The Film With Introduction By Joe Dante

Vintage Making-Of Featurette

Behind The Scenes Footage Courtesy Of Joe Dante

Deleted And Extended Scenes Sourced From Joe Dante’s Workprint

Still Galleries

Theatrical Trailer

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