Why Psychotic Killers Target Summer Camps ...in Movies

In 1980, Camp Crystal Lake entered the public consciousness as a horror site, even though it was fictional. That was the summer that a crazed killer offed a group of teenage camp counselors one by one while we all watched in the darkness of a movie theater. The movie was Friday the 13th, a film that not only scared the pants off audiences, but went on to spawn more than a dozen sequels and spinoffs. It also established summer camp as the perfect place for a slasher to do his business. You know that because several more horror films were set in some type of summer camp in the 1980s.

Why is summer camp the perfect horror movie set? You know the answer, it came to you immediately. But whatever you're thinking is not the only reason, because there are a bunch of them. The line of slasher films set in a summer camp lasted through the 1980s for reasons detailed at Atlas Obscura.


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Summer camp horror [is] a product of the Reagan era, representing “a reassertion of conservative values” and “Old Testament draconian beliefs.”
That, pardon my French, is a bunch of merde. Using the 12 Friday the 13th movies as an example. The first was pretty good. It was a horror story about a vengeful mother whose son was dead and not a killer. Its success spawned 11 more. The directors, writers, and producers were all diferent but had one thing in common: they all had a long history in horror. The only agenda here was to make money. And that they did. And Hollywood being Hollywood, it was soon all about the Benjamins big time.
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