April 22, 2020

Camp Sunshine & Other Summer Camp Horror Slashers

Camp Sunshine

Camp Sunshine is next on our list. After writing about so many games, movies, and various subjects, the slasher genre is next on our agenda.

Hence, the Camp Sunshine game. Not to mention that we have it here on Indie Gala as a freebie game for a limited time. So, why don’t you do yourself a favor and check Camp Sunshine right now? It’s a global pandemic out there. And Camp Sunshine is free. It’s a win-win right? We thought so.

Camp Sunshine: What’s it all about?

Camp Sunshine is a 16-bit blood-soaked Horror RPG. Consequently, the player that’s playing Camp Sunshine is Jez. That’s you. Next, he’s dropped off at Summer Camp and later awakens in the middle of the night to discover a rampaging killer.

The killer is on the loose and he’s in a mascot costume. What to do? Because, you’re now in a deadly game of cat and mouse, and you need to stay alive in this camp.

So, it’s up to you to piece the puzzle together and put a stop to this night of terror.

Camp Sunshine Map

Camp Sunshine and the slasher genre

Well, technically, Wikipedia has slasher listed as a subgenre of horror films. Moreover, it involves a killer murdering a group of people, usually by the use of bladed tools.

However, the slasher term has been lately misused and abused by the non-aficionados. The term (Slasher) is now much more informal and is often used as a generic term for any horror film involving murder.

Camp Sunshine and the serial killer

Probably a deranged serial killer, but not always. Although the slasher subgenre has been explored in every art-form, not all attempts have been successful indeed. Some video games are better than the rest, and the same goes for the movies.

For every Friday the 13th, there’s Motor Home Massacre in contrast. However, what we’ll be doing here in this post is focusing on quality, and entertainment. And we hope that you’ll love our list indeed.

So without further ado, let’s bring our bad boys.

Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th (1980) | Jason gif, Friday the 13th, Movies

Did you think I’d live out Friday the 13th of this list? However, I was thinking of including Friday The 13th- The Final Chapter as well (because of my admiration for Crispin Glover). But why not stick to the basics?

After all, everything started with this one indeed. Certainly, it’s as simple as it gets. A group of teenage camp counselors that are being murdered in an abandoned summer camp. The camp’s name is Camp Crystal Lake. The style of killing is of course, one by one.

It’s fantastic. Even more, it has young Kevin Bacon in one of his earliest roles and bloodiest movie deaths. It’s a movie classic for everyone that calls himself a film nut.

Sleepaway Camp

Sleepaway Camp

Another first in what would later become a horror franchise. Sleepaway Camp, was indeed released in the genre’s heyday- the early ’80s. But it’s in fact well known for its twist ending. Despite the basic slasher premise, Sleepaway Camp is considered to be one of the most shocking movies of all time.

It’s a little bit weird (especially in the tone and that WOW twist), and hella scary, even today, almost 40 years since its premiere. Besides, it still holds 82% positive approval on Rotten Tomatoes.  Regardless, if you were wondering, the total body count of this movie is 13.

It’s also a movie you won’t be able to forget. Ever. Anyway I never did.

The Final Girls

Final Girls

First of all, this is not your typical slasher camp horror movie. I mean it does have camp murder as a theme. However, it’s more of a movie within a movie. It’s also one of my favorite movies in the past decade.

Max (played by Vera Farmiga) and her friends are entering into a 1986 movie. Into the slasher film called Camp Bloodbath to be precise. Her mother (played by Malin Åkerman) starred in Camp Bloodbath (back in the ’80s), and now after the transformation, Max will get a chance to be (for a moment) beside her much younger mother.

Rather meta-movie but oh so worth watching. Almost begs the question. If you could have a chance to meet your mother when she was younger, would you take that chance? As a result of a great script and fantastic performances, Sleepaway Camp is a fantastic film. I highly recommend it.

Just Before Dawn

Just Before Dawn

Another great piece of 80’s horror.  In addition to the lovely backwoods of Oregon, you also have machete-wielding killer and the Academy Award winner George Kennedy in the cast. Just Before Dawn is still amazing.

Indeed, not that many slasher movies of that era had Oscar winners, but this is a fantastic exception. It has a great atmosphere, fantastic cinematography and it’s scary as hell.

And if you get a Deliverance vibe while watching the movie… you wouldn’t be wrong. It was the director’s intention. Ultimately Deliverance served as an inspiration here.

Bonus: Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

Tucker And Dale

First, a fun fact: Eli Craig is the Tucker & Dale vs. Evil. He’s Sally Field’s son. How cool is that?

Furthermore, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil was his directorial debut, and a decade later it’s still one of the most amazing horror comedies I’ve seen. Even more, there isn’t a serial killer here in this movie, but there are plenty of gory deaths. How’s that possible? The stupidity of the human race is to blame for that indeed.

But seriously. Tucker & Dale vs. Evil is a silly movie about Tucker and Dale. Two good-natured, shy hillbillies, who mean no harm. Hence the title, Tucker, And Dale. They’ll get mixed up with some really stupid college students and the rest is cinematic gold.

I can’t tell you how hilarious Tucker & Dale vs. Evil is. If you’re looking for a great film to watch… Then look no further.

Your picks

What are your favorite slasher movies?

Also, have you tried Camp Sunshine or other FREEbies? Tell us all about them in the comments section. We’d love to know both about your favorite horror/slasher movies and video game as well.

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