Friday, April 13, 2012

Cinefest stalks teens with Camp Blood Film Fest

Posted By on Fri, Apr 13, 2012 at 8:59 AM

On the occasion of both Friday the 13th and the release of the horror homage The Cabin in the Woods, GSU's Cinefest presents the Camp Blood Film Fest, a collection of vintage slasher flicks with summer camp settings. Camp used to be such a pervasive setting for B-movies, in 2011 Dad's Garage Theatre staged parodies of both camp-based horror thrillers (2010's Slaughter Camp) and camp-based T&A comedies (2011's Z.O.N.K.E.R.S.). Perhaps the most famously violent summer getaway in the canon is Camp Crystal Lake, setting of most of the Friday the 13th movies. Cinefest programs Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981), maybe because it's the first in which the killer is Jason Voorhees and not his vengeful Mom from the first film:

The Camp Blood Film Fest also includes Maniac (1982), Just Before Dawn (1981), Summer Camp Nightmare (1987) and The Burning (1982), the poster of which I found totally creepy when I was a teen. The festival also features a timely feature with 1979's Piranha, in anticipation of the upcoming release of Piranha 3DD, the sequel to the remake. The original Piranha has a surprisingly impressive lineage, having been directed by Joe Dante and written by John Sayles. (Plus, its sequel, Piranha 2: The Spawning marks the directorial debut of James Cameron.)

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