School’s end signifies a lot to families….Kids don’t have to get up so early, the days are longer and vacations are planned…Sometimes those vacations are to Summer Camps and first time campers tend to be nervous….What will be expected of them? What will they have to do? Will they get homesick? Will they make new friends? Will the food be gross?
What if there’s bugs in the cabins…What if there’s no showers? What do you mean I can’t bring my iPod??
This list of movies will prove that missing iPods and bugs in the cabins are the least of campers’ worries. Compared to being dropped in a pot of boiling water, or having an archery arrow forced through your throat, here are top ten Summer Camp horror films.
The kids might see this and start wishing for their school days to return….
Bloody Bloody Bible Camp
This 2013 indie offering stars Reggie Bannister of “Phantasm” fame and begins in 1977 when wayward youth’s behavior provokes an unstable nun to use extreme bloody consequences for their behavior. Seven years later, Happy Day Bible Camp re-opens, and guess who shows up to welcome the new campers.
Sorority sisters camp out during spring break only to find out the camp grounds they chose is home to a group of secret druids planning to use the students as sacrifice.
Also titled “Camp Daze” follows a group of students who break down and come across a seemingly idyl summer camp full of happy teenagers. The students figure out something is disturbingly wrong as the teens seem fixed on the year 1981, when they realize the camp is stuck in time when a masked killer murdered the camp, forcing them to relive the same day over and over until the students from the present figure out how to break the curse.
At a summer camp, the campers are treated to a story of serial killer Madman Marz, who supposedly returns if his name is called out. Of course the inevitable happens and the camp population is decreased one by one.
Camp Hope is for christian children to hear the word of God and learn the christian path…But this time the Priest brings in something extra to the camp. Something evil, and frightening and hungry for souls…
Also titled “Bloody Pom Poms”, this stars Betsy Russell and ’70s idol Leif Garrett. It follows Allison, who attends a cheerleading training camp with her friends and is followed by her boyfriend with a wandering eye….When the campers her boyfriend favors are found murdered, Allison wonders if there’s not a hidden side to her that could be doing the killing.
A former summer camp worker, horribly disfigured from a prank gone wrong, travels back to the scene of the crime hoping to take revenge on the youngsters responsible. This is actually one of the better summer camp movies, having been released the same time as Friday the 13th, but with not as much notoriety.
Summer Camp Nightmare
Led by the charismatic Franklin, a group of campers at Camp North Pines imprison a strict camp director and his counselors. When the director dies trying to escape, the situation escalates quickly with tragic results.
Cousins Angela and Ricky attend Camp Arawak to recover from a recent family tragedy. Painfully shy Angela has trouble in the new situation with her cousin often having to come to her aid. The campers who tease Angela mercilessly soon end up dead in imaginative ways until only the two cousins are left…could one of them be the killer?
Friday the 13th
“Friday the 13th” not only started up the Summer Camp Horror movie genre, it revitalized horror movies in general and created the “Slasher” sub-category, changing horror forever. Camp Crystal Lake was an idyllic camp, reopening after the tragic death of two counselors. Despite warning from locals, the camp opens only to find counselors ending up dead yet again. Also starting the trend for twist endings, this is one of the most classic horror movies of all time.