31 DAYS OF HORROR – DAY 5

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Hell everyone I just realized that DAY 4’s post I accidentally wrote “31 SAYS OF HORROR” and I’m going to own that. It will live in history as a reminder that I need to proofread. Also today’s is late again and I apologize. I went to see The Martian last night and got home too late to type up this post. The Martian was incredible and I highly recommend it.

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Cropsey (2009)

Cropsey is a documentary about a rash of child abductions in Staten Island, NY ranging from the early 1970s to the late 1980s.  Two filmmakers who grew up during that time are now investigating the murders in (I think) 2008. They decided to investigate the murders based on the fact that Andre Rand (convicted of one of the kidnappings) was going on trial for another one of the kidnappings that happened around the same time. So they decided to make a documentary investigating every possible reason that this man would have for abducting and murdering (potentially) these children.

The great thing about this documentary is that it never aims to convict him. Sure, he’s been in prison forever and he’s about to be up for parole, so they bring another case that they suspect him of. He’s also found guilty of that one, but his defense, and at some points even maybe the documentary, point out that at a certain point when it comes to child abduction, child molestation, and other horrible crimes involving children, it’s very easy to go on a witch hunt for the first suspect and never pursue anything else. A similar idea is explored in the film The Hunt (a Danish drama from a few years ago starring Mads Mikkelsen, very good, watch it).

If this doesn’t sound like a horror movie to you, bear with me, because it kind of is in a number of different ways. It’s a documentary sure, and it’s not about ghosts or anything supernatural, but one aspect of it is that this man, who, let’s say he’s guilty, is this Hannibal Lecter-level psychopath who controls and manipulates the police, the people of Staten Island, and even the filmmakers at points, to continually just turn them in the wrong direction over and over again. He just repeatedly manipulates these people into doubting his guilt, including his defense attorneys and the average american citizen.

Now, on the other hand, say he’s not guilty. It’s horrifying that all of these people have gotten together to vilify this man based on maybe even just circumstantial evidence. So really, either way you look at it, it’s pretty horrifying.

So that’s why I include this as a horror movie. Because it’s about real-world horror, be it the actions of a ruthless child murder or wrongful convication and a witch hunt, and the idea that the murderer is still out there, or you know, lived comfortably until he (or she) died. Either way, I think it’s pretty terrifying. Cropsey is on Netflix. Watch it!

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Sleepaway Camp (1983)

Sleepaway Camp is possibly the stupidest horror movie I’ve ever seen, and thats not necessarily a bad thing. It’s about a girl and her brother and her father getting into a boat accident, and the brother and father don’t make it. So, years later, the girl and her cousin are sent to the Summer Camp where her family was killed. Basically, people start getting murdered and the ending is so bizarre and strange and stupid, that it all combines to just be absolutely hilarious.

The movie is very funny. I don’t know if it was meant to be so much cheesy fun, but that’s what it is, and that’s why it’s good. I really don’t have much else to say about it. It’s just a fun, gory, B-horror exploitation movie. A lot of blood and dead kids at summer camp. It’s no Friday the 13th, but it’s significantly weirder, and worth watching just for how strange it is. Again, it’s also so bad that it’s really funny. I mean it’s terrible, but it’s so much fun, so that’s probably why it’s a cult movie. I really enjoyed it for what it is. So. That’s all I have to say about Sleepaway Camp. I recommend it.

That’s it for this post. Look out for another one tonight. Also my secret franchise retrospective should be pretty soon, so look out for that. And I’m thinking I might watch Sleepaway Camp 2. We’ll see.

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