Halloween 2017: Hack, Slash, Stream: 13 Slashers to Watch on Shudder

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Of all the many sub-genres in horror, the slasher is probably my favorite. There aren’t many good ones, but even the bad ones tend to deliver exactly what we want from the formula. They’re horror movie comfort food, and Shudder is offering an entire buffet this October.

Black Christmas (1973, dir. Bob Clark) In many ways the first modern slasher film, Bob Clark’s holiday horror movie is, to this day, a genre masterpiece. From its chilly Canadian atmosphere to the disturbing obscene phone calls being made to a sorority house, Black Christmas is brilliantly constructed and hugely influential. It’s not just one of my favorite slasher movies, but one of my favorite horror movies of any type, full stop.

Blood Rage (1987, dir. Bruce Rubin) There are slasher movies that are tense and scary and stylish. Blood Rage is not one of them. Shot in 1983 but not released
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Horror icon Felissa Rose chats with Without Your Head Horror Radio

Recap of Felissa Rose on Without Your Head Horror Radio, 06/22/2017 by Vic Schiavone

Host Nasty Neal welcomed horror icon Felissa Rose, best known for her role as Angela Baker in the cult classic slasher film Sleepaway Camp, to for a fun interview that touched upon the legacy of “Sleepaway Camp” and a discussion of her more recent work. Highlights included the following:

· Wyh: How did your parents feel about you playing Angela in “Sleepaway Camp”?

Fr: “Oh my gosh. You know what, I have the coolest parents. My dad has since passed on, but my mom was so amazing about it. They read the script, and they thought: This is really fun! This is a fun movie! They just figured it was kids at camp. My mom…she felt like I shouldn’t do the hands in the kill scenes, and that was her only reservation. Other than
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Listen to Heather Wixson & John Pavlich’s Sleepaway Camp Commentary on “Sofa Dogs” Podcast

If you read her in-depth Sleepaway Camp review or her insightful interview with the film’s director, Robert Hiltzik, then you know Daily Dead Managing Editor Heather Wixson is a passionate fan of 1983’s Sleepaway Camp. It’s fitting, then, that Heather was recently a special guest on John Pavlich’s always entertaining Sofa Dogs podcast to do a special audio commentary while watching the cult classic summer camp horror film.

To listen to Heather and John’s Sleepaway Camp commentary, visit the link below and click on the “pod” button in the upper left corner. We also have links to other Sofa Dogs podcast episodes that have featured Heather as a special guest, including commentaries for Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, Friday the 13th: A New Beginning, and John Carpenter’s Christine.

From Sofa Dogs: “Heather (managing editor of returns, this time to kick off a
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Heather’s Favorite Doomed Romances from the 1980s

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I love a heartwarming, feel-good romance story just as much as the next person, but sometimes, it’s those doomed cinematic relationships that tend to stick with you the most. One of the more interesting ill-fated couples I recently encountered was Rob (Cian Barry) and Holly (Abigail Hardingham) from Nina Forever. The new couple must endure the looming presence of Rob’s ex-girlfriend, Nina (Fiona O’Shaughnessy), who died recently in a car accident and happens to show up anytime they become intimate.

The pitch-black comedy touches on a lot of the complications that come with modern relationships and all the proverbial baggage we endure as a result of our previous romantic entanglements. It really struck me throughout the story just how well directors Ben and Chris Blaine perfectly explore those themes in Nina Forever, making me realize that some of my very favorite movie love affairs, particularly from the 1980s,
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120 Essential Horror Scenes Part 8: Reversals & Reveals

It’s the moment you wait for the entire horror film. It’s not just a plot twist or a payoff but a trigger to your deepest emotions. You want to be shocked and sickened and saddened when the killer is revealed, the hero suddenly dies, or the mystery is solved. Most of all, you want your jaw to be on the floor. **Spoilers obviously ahead**


The Brood (1979)- Mommy knows best

David Cronenberg’s third horror film is his first truly great movie and also his first superbly acted film. The Brood’s ensemble is solid but Oliver Reed and Samantha Eggar stand out as maverick doctor Hal Raglan and his disturbed patient Nola Carveth. Nola’s estranged husband Frank (played by Art Hindle) teams up with Dr. Raglan in the film’s suspenseful climax. He confronts Nola while Raglan attempts to rescue Frank’s young daughter from a group of murderous deformed children.
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200 Greatest Horror Films (150-141)

Special Mention: Death Proof

Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino

USA, 2007

Genre: Slasher

The obvious reference points of Death Proof are such movies as Vanishing Point, Roadgames, Dirty Mary Crazy Larry, and even Spielberg’s Duel – but Death Proof is influenced by more than just vehicular horror. Tarantino’s homage to the road-fury genre is really two movies in one, offering two versions of the same story about two separate groups of beautiful women who are stalked by a homicidal maniac who uses his car (his weapon of choice) to terrorize and eventually kill his victims. Death Proof can easily be viewed as two slasher films, with the second half acting as a sequel, offering new, beautiful victims for the murderous Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russell) to terrorize. It’s a grim stalk-and-slash picture with a blaring commentary of female empowerment. Replace the typical sharp edged blade with a car, and
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Camp Blood Drive-In Marathon to Feature Friday The 13th, Sleepaway Camp

Fans of the Friday the 13th films and blood-splattered camp stories in general will want to point their car hoods toward Lehighton, Pennsylvania come summer's end for The Mahoning Drive-In Theater's Camp Blood movie marathon.

Taking place the evenings of August 28th and 29th, the Blood Camp drive-in movie marathon will feature three frightening flicks per night, with tickets priced at $10.00 apiece.

From Facebook: "Air out your tents and pack your sleeping bags for the biggest outdoor horror movie event of the year! On August 28th & 29th, Exhumed Films and the Mahoning Drive-In Theater present "Camp Blood"! Haul out your camping gear and join us as Jason Voorhees and his deranged brethren stalk-and-slash their way across the giant Mahoning theater screen in six killer camping horror classics! We'll also have vintage horror movie trailers, drive-in shorts and other surprises to be announced! This will be a show you will Not want to miss!
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Icons of Fright Chats With Avn Award Winner/Blood Lust Podcast Host Bailey Jay!!

Having already conquered the world of porn by winning two Avn awards, along with being an outspoken and honest voice within the transgender community, Bailey Jay is ready to take on the world of horror now, with her brand new Blood Lust podcast, which focuses completely on the horror community. No stranger to the world of podcasting, Bailey has previously hosted her own Riotcast Network podcasts, The Bailey Jay Show, as well as her spirituality-centric podcast The Trans Witching Hour. If that’s not enough to want to hear what she has to say, Bailey also co-hosts Vice’s The Jim Norton Show, runs her own adult site, has a huge online presence, having over 84,000 followers on Twitter (@BaileyJayTweets) and almost 50,000 Instagram followers. Want more? She was the subject of the third season premiere of Inside Amy Shumer, and appears in Troma’s Return To Nuke ‘Em High Vol. 2. The
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Blu-ray Reviews: Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers & Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland

The Sleepaway Camp series has been a longtime favorite of mine, as I’ve always found Angela Baker to be one of the more fascinating villains and cinematic serial killers the genre has ever seen. When we first meet her in the original Sleepaway Camp, she’s a precocious pre-teen (portrayed by Felissa Rose) who has endured one messed up childhood. By the time we are reunited with an adult Angela (Pamela Springsteen) for the next two sequels, she’s embraced her complicated nature through the "help" of some professionals and has evolved into the perfect camp counselor.

Far more decisively comedic in tone than their predecessor, both Sleepaway Camp II and III are a ridiculous amount of fun for anyone who grew up on a steady diet of slasher movies. They do a fantastic job of fully embracing and celebrating everything great that was happening in the horror genre at that time.
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Hobo with a Laptop #1: “Sleepaway Camp”

Hello, and welcome to the first episode of Hobo with a Laptop, a new podcast which centers around films that can be watched for free online. The hosts intend to represent a diverse spectrum of opinion, with Mike being an avid film geek and Cristina being a casual film-goer.

Our first episode focuses on the 1983 slasher flick, Sleepaway Camp, a film by Robert Hiltzik. It can be watched for free, in it’s entirety, here, on YouTube.

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Exclusive: Felissa Rose on Her Intimidatingly Loving Character in Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard

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Many horror fans met Felissa Rose for the first time one sinister summer at Camp Arawak back in the early 1980s. Though perhaps best known for playing Angela Baker in Robert Hiltzik’s 1983 cult classic, Sleepaway Camp, Rose has portrayed a wide variety of memorable characters in the horror genre since the turn of the century. Her latest role, a deeply religious survivor in the rural town of Elwood in the age of a zombie apocalypse, is certainly no exception.

With Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard now available on Blu-ray and DVD from Anchor Bay, we caught up with Rose to discuss her intense character, working with Billy Zane and Dee Wallace, Scream Factory’s Sleepaway Camp Collector’s Edition Blu-ray, and much more.

You worked with writer/director Harrison Smith in last year’s Camp Dread. What was your experience working with him again on Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard?
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The Best of Number Two – Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers

There are three kinds of sequels in this world. The sequel that continues the story of the previous installment in a series, the sequel that has fuck-all to do with the original and creates a completely new story in lieu of the absolutely workable earlier installment and sequels in name only. So I ask you where a movie like Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers fits in? Sure it continues the original story with its focal point still on Angela Baker though we now refer to her as Angela Johnson, but if you mean to tell me that Michael A. Simpson created a continuation story from the original Robert Hiltzik classic as anything more than a way to get exploitable elements on screen then you might not have seen Return to Sleepaway Camp, a true continuation of Hiltzik’s vision. When I watch Sleepaway Camp II I think of it as
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Review: Sleepaway Camp (Blu-ray)

If there was one horror movie growing up that was my favorite to show friends at a slumber party, it had to be Robert Hiltzik’s cult classic shocker Sleepaway Camp, which proved that eighties slashers weren’t always a dime a dozen. Scream Factory brings this often overlooked gem home to Blu-ray with a stunning transfer and presentation that would certainly live up to Aunt Martha’s high standards.

The story of Sleepaway Camp is pretty much everything you’d expect from a slasher movie and nothing you’d ever expect, which is what makes Hiltzik’s campy and disturbing summer camp tale still one of the more memorable horror movies I’ve seen. It follows a traumatized teenager, named Angela (Felissa Rose), who witnessed her entire family gruesomely killed after a tragic boating accident. She’s been living with those haunting events for the last eight years as
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Blu-ray Review – Sleepaway Camp (Scream Factory)

This is another Blu-ray release, that I wish existed a year prior. Last summer, we recorded a retrospective podcast series, covering the entirety of the Sleepaway Camp series, and could have really used a loaded, Uncut Blu-ray release of the first film. We made due with what was available, though, and now I can revisit Scream Factory’s new Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release of the film, with the image of the DVD still fresh in my mind for comparison. If you are interested in our retrospective look at the series in its entirety, you can check that out here. I’ve seen this movie at least a dozen times, and as many problems as it has, it still manages to entertain me just as much, each new visit. I know the ending is coming, and I know what to expect, but it still has that same impact it had on me as a kid.
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May 26th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Cheap Thrills, Sleepaway Camp, Death Spa

After the long holiday weekend, it’s time to get back into the swing of things and for us, that includes keeping you guys updated on all the great horror, sci-fi and thriller movies making their home video bow this week.

On May 27th, Robert Hiltzik’s cult classic slasher Sleepaway Camp finally makes its high definition debut courtesy of the fine folks at Scream Factory. We’re also seeing the release of Dan CurtisDracula and Death Spa from Mpi Home Video and E.L. Katz’s superb Cheap Thrills is also arriving on DVD and Blu-ray for those of you who may have missed it earlier this year. This week we’re also getting a pair of disaster flicks, the latest from Danny Trejo (the hardest working man in Hollywood) and actor/director Joe Swanberg as well as a few more titles that should definitely be of interest to genre fans.
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Exclusive: Robert Hiltzik Reflects on Sleepaway Camp, Discusses Potential Sequel

Truly one of my favorite horror movies of all time, Robert Hiltzik’s 1983 summer slasher Sleepaway Camp first shocked me as a young genre fan and continues to age like a fine genre wine with every passing year. The cult classic is finally coming to Blu-ray courtesy of Scream Factory and, to celebrate, Daily Dead recently chatted with Hiltzik about the film that defined his career.

Thanks so much for speaking with me today, Robert. Sleepaway Camp has always been one of my favorite horror movies, so I’m really excited to talk about it and the new Blu-ray.

Robert Hiltzik: Oh, thanks so much. I haven’t had a chance to see the Blu-ray yet, but I know Scream Factory does some great stuff on their titles, so I’m really happy they’re the ones putting out Sleepaway Camp.

They definitely are the right ones to be
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Robert Hiltzik Talks Sleepaway Camp's Arrival on Blu-ray

Robert Hiltzik's entire movie career has basically been in telling one story, that of Sleepaway Camp. Hiltzik wrote and directed the original, as well as Return to Sleepaway Camp. So who better to discuss Sleepaway Camp's move to Blu-ray from Scream Factory on May 27 than Robert Hiltzik himself.

Hiltzik recently sat down with Dread Central to talk about some interesting aspects of this horror staple, which was released in 1983. "I was in graduate film school at the time and I wanted to do my own film," Hiltzik said, when discussing the origins of the movie. "I wanted to figure out what would get me into the marketplace the easiest. The path of least resistance. I figured dramas and comedies would be very subjective, but everyone likes a good horror film. And I figured shooting a horror film in one location would keep the budget modest. So I thought
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Sleepaway Camp remake “up in the air”, new sequel teased

Like many horror movies of the 1980s Sleepaway Camp has not escaped the possibility of a remake for today’s audiences. The movie has been in development and talked about for some time, but it looks like it may be on the backburner according to original director Robert Hiltzik.

During a Q&A session at a screening of the 1983 cult favourite slasher movie held by Fangoria and Scream Factory, when asked about the remake Hiltzik said, “There were several studios interested in remaking Sleepaway Camp. But they had their own vision for what that should be, and in the interest of protecting what worked about Sleepaway Camp, I decided to try to remake the film myself. But whether or not that will actually pan out is still in the air.”

But it looks like this isn’t the end for the adventures of Angela Baker. “I will say there is
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Heather’s Favorite Mean Girls of Horror

With Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson’s All Cheerleaders Die arriving on VOD this week, I thought this would be the perfect time to celebrate some of my very favorite “mean girls” of the horror genre. And while I do love our beloved heroines as much as the next genre fan, there’s just something really fun about watching powerful women flaunt their cruelty and penchant for torturing others every now and again.

Check out my Favorite Mean Girls of Horror picks below and see if any of your favorite vengeful vixens made the list! Caution: Some of these may be a bit spoilery for the uninitiated!

Nancy Downs (Fairuza Balk)- The Craft

While she may have grown up a total darling in films like Return to Oz and The Worst Witch, Fairuza Balk was the true epitome of a nineties mean girl in The Craft. Her character, Nancy Downs,
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Original Trailer and Clips from Sleepaway Camp

May’s big release for Scream Factory is the Blu-ray / DVD collector’s edition of the 1983 cult classic, Sleepaway Camp. Featuring a 2k scan of the original camera negative and a brand new set of bonus features, this release looks to be just what fans have been hoping for and we’ll give you our verdict in the coming weeks. Until then, here’s a look at the original theatrical trailer and a couple of clips that were provided by Scream Factory.

“Welcome to Camp Arawak, where teenagers learn to experience the joys of nature, as well as each other. But when these happy campers begin to die in a series of horrible “accidents”, they discover that someone – or something – has turned their summer of fun into a vacation to dismember. Fans of celebrated cult film writer/producer/director Robert Hiltzik know well the shocking tale of cult slasher thriller
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