During the 1980’s camp related movies seem to spike the box office interest. Everything from Friday the 13th Summer Camp Nightmare and The Burning on one side of the spectrum to Meat Balls and its sequels on another could generate an audience and hopefully a modest profit. Every kid was going to summer camp and either getting laid, drunk or drugged or killed. Sounds like camp was a real crap shoot to me. Having attended summer camp only once and only for three days, I can say that my experience was less than stellar. We sang ridiculous religious songs, ate shitty ham steak and some kid in our cabin stepped on a nail, bleeding all over the place and causing quite the semi-traumatic moment. I SURVIVED SUMMER CAMP IN THE 1980’s. How? I never went back. My kids… never going to summer camp. No reason to tempt the fates, however for our newest retrospective series brought to you by the Dead Air crew, we’ll have to wade into the bad camp T-shirts, abominable camp chorus lines, atrocious acting and some of the best-worst special effects the genre has ever embraced (and a personal enduring star crush of mine, hubba hubba). Welcome to the Sleepaway Camp Retrospective series where Jeff Konopka and Jimmy Terror will revisit not only the classic original shock picture, but the questionable at best sequels. This should make you happy campers.
This first installment will feature the original film. Jeff and Jimmy discuss some of the finer points of “acting”, moustaches and how to hide your eyes to avoid seeing the unseeable finale. We discuss everything from where the movie was a shot, some brief history surrounding the production and how we think the series could have gone from here had it not been for the spirited efforts of Michael Simpson, director of the second and third movies in the series. We even Google Map the filming location and consider a road trip. We’d love your feedback as well so make sure to comment below, review this podcast in iTunes or leave feedback on our Facebook page. This fan favorite series should be a discussion opened up to the fans for discussion.
We’re going to spoil each of the movies in this series, so make sure to watch them first or we’ll have you mucking out the pit toilets for a week.
I have a question for every horror fan with kids. Knowing what you know about summer camps from your experience watching countless movies about them, do you let your kids go to them? Do your kids currently go to them? Do you send them with condoms and DARE Tees? Life Alert badges? Inquiring minds want to know.