Horror Movie Summer Camp Lets You Live Out A Slasher Flick

Horror Movie Summer Camp Lets You Live Out A Slasher Flick

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Who would you be in a horror film? The first one to die? The panicky bimbo? The hero that sacrifices himself to save others? Now you can find out.

Ever wondered how you'd fare in a slasher flick like Friday the 13th or Scream? Do you think you'd break into full badass mode and save the day, be the first one to die, or be that inevitable scumbag that betrays his friends to save his own neck (and then still dies anyway)? Those of you in the Los Angeles area (or those willing to travel there) can find out courtesy of the Great Horror Campout, a summer camp that lets you live the horror movie experience, without having to die at the end, of course.

The campout will take place over the 7th and 8th of June, in the Los Angeles State Historic Park. "[the camp is an] overnight, immersive experience that puts campers into an interactive horror camping adventure. Whether campers decide to stay in their tents or venture into the darkness, they are fair game. You will be lured out of your tent one way or another," says the camp organizers.

"The interactive 'Hell Hunt' experience will give campers whom wish for a more extreme experience a run for their money as they come face to face (and closer) with their worst nightmares in order to retrieve the items for which they are hunting. The Hell Hunt will be an extremely high-octane hunt for items that will send campers bathing in the blood of a 'Pope Lick,' partaking in a sacrificial voodoo ritual, digging through road kill amongst 'Beasts of Bray' and more. Campers will have to use creative thinking and problem solving to find the most coveted items."

There will of course be a "safe zone" available for campers who have had enough, where they can relax, and watch horror movies while roasting marshmallows. If you are scoffing at the very idea of a safe zone, keep in mind the following disclaimer from the event organizers: "During Great Horror Campout you may be forcibly handled, moved, bound, hooded, chained and subjected to simulated torture by our actors. You may witness strong verbal content, which may be considered offensive in nature. This content is part of the experience and is presented for entertainment purposes only."

The event costs $149, lasts 12 hours (8pm-8am), and is restricted to those aged 18 and above. The only rule? "We can change the rules. When we want, for any reason we want and without any notice." Happy trails!

Source: The Great Horror Campout

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Who else wants to be the first ones to die by having sex in the back of a pickup truck parked on the side of an abandoned dirt road?

Wait. Isn't this an episode of Psych? I'm pretty sure it turns out people die for real.

I'm just going to put this up here.

This is what in the business we call "tempting fate."

I foresee only disaster for all the poor souls involved in this.

It would be somewhat interesting to see the plot of this camp revolve around a killer who stalks people who go to a horror movie camp (to recreate a movie about a group of people who go to a horror movie camp). I wonder how many levels of meta you can cram into something like this before it implodes upon itself from too much irony.

its all fun and games until a real serial killer joins the camp and starts taking them out 1 by 1 while everyone else thinks its fake

Nice. Sounds like fun.

razer17:
Wait. Isn't this an episode of Psych? I'm pretty sure it turns out people die for real.

Yup, this popped into my head when I saw the article.

Also personally I am not sure how scary this will be. They know what they have signed up for and they know they wont be killed. Meh, maybe I'm just a cranky old man.

Sounds like those crappy haunted rides to me except that violence could happen when somebody decies they dont want to play along.

Darks63:
Sounds like those crappy haunted rides to me except that violence could happen when somebody decies they dont want to play along.

This is exactly why I never cared for the Scare Tactics show. You know it's fake, the actors and the setup person know it's fake, but the victim does not. So when the victim goes into fight mode rather than flee, it stops being fun.

Yopaz:

Also personally I am not sure how scary this will be. They know what they have signed up for and they know they wont be killed. Meh, maybe I'm just a cranky old man.

You'd be surprised, ive done something like this before...

Basically was a tie in to James Camerons Aliens, where you and other tourists were escorted by a marine en route to the evac zone on a dying ship under attack by xenomorphs.

Looking back at it, the effects were kinda cheesy and the xenomorphs (guys in suits of course) would appear behind smoke vents and such to hide their lower half and look scary when they jumped out and tried to grab a tourist (who would scream and certainly look rather worried).
The lone marine would be leading the group and barking orders and shooting blanks at the aliens (this is all in retrospect, i was like 12 at the time so to my impressionable young mind it all seemed real xD).
One cool moment was when we were in the elevator and thinking we were safe, then aliens burst open the elevator door and grabbed the person who was standing closest to the door and she got dragged away all screaming whilst the marine cursed xP

The marine actor was awesome aswell, he was basically acting like Apone from the movie and growling at us not to get in his line of fire and how he hates being stuck escorting a group of dumbass colonists (us) but like hell he was gonna let any of us die and stuff xP

Point being it was awesome, and this was just like a 5 minute thing where we basically ran from one end of a corridor to another separated by those elevators before boarding the dropship and the other side of it would lead back to the queing area.

so yeh, even if you know its fake, if one is of the right frame of mind, its plenty possible to feel scared and immersed in the fake environment.

Kinda ranting away here, so on topic if i was in LA area id totally do this :) Call it tempting fate but ain't any worst then skydiving and other extreme sports and you're bound to get some good exercise running away from psychos.

DVS BSTrD:
Who else wants to be the first ones to die by having sex in the back of a pickup truck parked on the side of an abandoned dirt road?

Wooo, death by snu snu!

King_Julian:
its all fun and games until a real serial killer joins the camp and starts taking them out 1 by 1 while everyone else thinks its fake

But it would make a good film.

Darken12:
This is what in the business we call "tempting fate."

I foresee only disaster for all the poor souls involved in this.

It would be somewhat interesting to see the plot of this camp revolve around a killer who stalks people who go to a horror movie camp (to recreate a movie about a group of people who go to a horror movie camp). I wonder how many levels of meta you can cram into something like this before it implodes upon itself from too much irony.

Edit: Turns out I misread your comment and thought you suggested we make a movie where a killer kills people in a horror camp. A horror camp where you pretend you're at a horror camp even though you are? WTF? Better to make a movie out of it.

What if you make the movie so that you don't know which of the killers is real and which one is the fake camp one? That could be interesting.

If you don't do it that way then you have to have a scene at the end where the fake killer has a battle with the real killer.

I'd watch either one.

Oh you were asking how many levels of meta, we could go? Ever ridden the Jurassic Park ride at Universal Studios? Well in the ride they're showing you all the herbivores. Then your boat accidentally wanders into the restricted part of the park with the carnivorous dinosaurs that wasn't supposed to be part of the ride. Add something like that into the fake fake camp, and we're at 3 levels of meta which is dangerous. Have the campers watch Cabin in the Woods and you've got highly unstable levels of meta never seen before.

Now just add someone from Inception saying we need to go deeper, a zombie flash mob and a reference to the Scary Movie series and the space time continuum will collapse in on itself with that much meta.

Great Scott!

But still if you're lucky to have a catchphrase from a trailer become a meme (like This Is Sparta!) you can rewrite the script to reference it becoming a meme on top of everything else.

This is a whole new level of meta feared by even the bravest of theoretical physicists.

7th and 8th of July? That's a Sunday and a Monday. I know it's summer but there are people not in school who might like to go. I even live near L.A. Sure I don't have a job yet but I'd definitely have one by July.

Father Time:
7th and 8th of July? That's a Sunday and a Monday. I know it's summer but there are people not in school who might like to go. I even live near L.A. Sure I don't have a job yet but I'd definitely have one by July.

After double checking, it appears I made a typo! The event is actually the 7th and 8th of June, which is a friday and saturday

Remus:

Darks63:
Sounds like those crappy haunted rides to me except that violence could happen when somebody decides they dont want to play along.

This is exactly why I never cared for the Scare Tactics show. You know it's fake, the actors and the setup person know it's fake, but the victim does not. So when the victim goes into fight mode rather than flee, it stops being fun.

Also if I read this right they are trying to to quote the article "During Great Horror Campout you may be forcibly handled, moved, bound, hooded, chained and subjected to simulated torture by our actors." How will they accomplish this? By putting a sack over someones head? that could trigger alot of bad things like a heart attack. Also there is the dude who goes in there wanting to fight.

Father Time:
What if you make the movie so that you don't know which of the killers is real and which one is the fake camp one? That could be interesting.

If you don't do it that way then you have to have a scene at the end where the fake killer has a battle with the real killer.

I'd watch either one.

You could go even further and confuse which people are dead for real and which people are just playing dead with pretty good make up effects. Then you could have further confusion with the fake protagonist (who is going by a script) and the real protagonist, who has seen real dead bodies (and the real killer) and is going steadily more insane as they keep spouting Cassandra truths that nobody believes until it's too late.

Father Time:
Oh you were asking how many levels of meta, we could go? Ever ridden the Jurassic Park ride at Universal Studios? Well in the ride they're showing you all the herbivores then your boat accidentally wanders into the restricted part of the park with the carnivorous dinosaurs that wasn't supposed to be part of the ride. Add something like that into the fake fake camp, and we're at 3 levels of meta which is dangerous. Have the campers watch Cabin in the Woods and you've got highly unstable levels of meta not known to have existed before.

Oh, that's a pretty cool one!

You can also have the people behind the scenes watching Cabin in the Woods, for maximum irony, and snarking about what a terrible organisation it has behind the whole thing.

Father Time:
Now just add someone from Inception saying we need to go deeper, a zombie flash mob and a reference to the Scary Movie series and the space time continuum will collapse in on itself with that much meta.

Great Scott!

But still if you're lucky to have a catchphrase from a trailer become a meme (like This Is Sparta!) you can rewrite the script to reference it becoming a meme on top of everything else.

This is a whole new level of meta feared by even the bravest of theoretical physicists.

There must be a Scream reference too, definitely. It's the grandfather of horror meta, after all.

The catchphrase idea was genius. It could only be better if it was already a meme in the in-universe movie (which was also modified at the last minute when the catchphrase went viral), so that the memetic effect becomes recursive and nested. It will be like Inception, but painful.

Darks63:

Remus:

Darks63:
Sounds like those crappy haunted rides to me except that violence could happen when somebody decides they dont want to play along.

This is exactly why I never cared for the Scare Tactics show. You know it's fake, the actors and the setup person know it's fake, but the victim does not. So when the victim goes into fight mode rather than flee, it stops being fun.

Also if the article is read right they are trying to to quote the article "During Great Horror Campout you may be forcibly handled, moved, bound, hooded, chained and subjected to simulated torture by our actors." How will they accomplish this? By putting a sack over someones head? that could trigger alot of bad things like a heart attack. Also there is the dude who goes in there wanting to fight.

Well yeah but they tell you this might happen before you pay for a ticket. It wouldn't be the first horror event where the actors can grab the guests.

Darken12:

Father Time:
What if you make the movie so that you don't know which of the killers is real and which one is the fake camp one? That could be interesting.

If you don't do it that way then you have to have a scene at the end where the fake killer has a battle with the real killer.

I'd watch either one.

You could go even further and confuse which people are dead for real and which people are just playing dead with pretty good make up effects. Then you could have further confusion with the fake protagonist (who is going by a script) and the real protagonist, who has seen real dead bodies (and the real killer) and is going steadily more insane as they keep spouting Cassandra truths that nobody believes until it's too late.

Father Time:
Oh you were asking how many levels of meta, we could go? Ever ridden the Jurassic Park ride at Universal Studios? Well in the ride they're showing you all the herbivores then your boat accidentally wanders into the restricted part of the park with the carnivorous dinosaurs that wasn't supposed to be part of the ride. Add something like that into the fake fake camp, and we're at 3 levels of meta which is dangerous. Have the campers watch Cabin in the Woods and you've got highly unstable levels of meta not known to have existed before.

Oh, that's a pretty cool one!

You can also have the people behind the scenes watching Cabin in the Woods, for maximum irony, and snarking about what a terrible organisation it has.

Father Time:
Now just add someone from Inception saying we need to go deeper, a zombie flash mob and a reference to the Scary Movie series and the space time continuum will collapse in on itself with that much meta.

Great Scott!

But still if you're lucky to have a catchphrase from a trailer become a meme (like This Is Sparta!) you can rewrite the script to reference it becoming a meme on top of everything else.

This is a whole new level of meta feared by even the bravest of theoretical physicists.

There must be a Scream reference too, definitely. It's the grandfather of horror meta, after all.

The catchphrase idea was genius. It could only be better if it was already a meme in the in-universe movie (which was also modified at the last minute when the catchphrase went viral), so that the memetic effect becomes recursive and nested. It will be like Inception, but painful.

This looks like the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

No seriously these are great ideas, although I'm not sure what you mean by the phrase being modified at the last minute when it went viral.

If this movie ever gets made it should break the 4th wall a few times too.

Maybe at one point the real killer accidentally kills the cameraman, and after a few "oh fuck, now what do I do" comments he grabs the camera and films himself by extending the camera at arms length behind the back.

Then for a while it becomes Blair Witch style shakey cam with the killer's commentary. For added effect make it so that he never said a word before that (like Jason or something). Then later one of the victims begs to be spared and the killer is like "OK fine, but you have to be the cameraman now." Then have a few scenes where the cameraman tries to escape and the killer has to chase him/her back.

And finally maybe the real killer should disguise himself as the fake killer, by wearing the camp killer mask on top of his mask. You can even have a scene where they capture the fake killer thinking he's the real killer in disguise and have a scooby doo scene where someone goes

"Let's see who the killer really is"
*pulls off mask*
"Frank? What the hell."
"Of course it's me you idiot, you hired me to be in this costume."

We should write this thing.

Edit: I've never seen Scream, I want to but there's some other horror movies I want to see first. Then again wasn't it made by the guy who wrote Halloween?

Steven Bogos:

Father Time:
7th and 8th of July? That's a Sunday and a Monday. I know it's summer but there are people not in school who might like to go. I even live near L.A. Sure I don't have a job yet but I'd definitely have one by July.

After double checking, it appears I made a typo! The event is actually the 7th and 8th of June, which is a friday and saturday

Yes it does says June on their website. Everyone makes mistakes.

This is a relief, now I can go, assuming I have enough spare cash by then or I don't get a job that puts me in northern California or something.

Darken12:

Father Time:
What if you make the movie so that you don't know which of the killers is real and which one is the fake camp one? That could be interesting.

If you don't do it that way then you have to have a scene at the end where the fake killer has a battle with the real killer.

I'd watch either one.

You could go even further and confuse which people are dead for real and which people are just playing dead with pretty good make up effects. Then you could have further confusion with the fake protagonist (who is going by a script) and the real protagonist, who has seen real dead bodies (and the real killer) and is going steadily more insane as they keep spouting Cassandra truths that nobody believes until it's too late.

The fake protagonist would be the people that paid the tickets or their fake guide, still it could work. I especially love the idea of confusion between fake camp dead and real dead.

Maybe someone could have a comment

"I wasn't really dead it was just special effects and makeup"
"Wait isn't that the same with everyone?"
*Someone standing next to him stomps on his foot*

Father Time:
This looks like the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

No seriously these are great ideas, although I'm not sure what you mean by the phrase being modified at the last minute when it went viral.

Indeed!

Oh, I was thinking that it went like this: you have the real world (we'll call it A), the movie (B) about a camp (C) themed around a movie (D) about a camp themed around horror movies (E). The catchphrase goes memetic in A, so you rewrite B at the last moment so that it's a meme in that world, but you also state that the phrase went memetic in C too, so they rewrote D at the last moment so that it went memetic in E as well. Like I said, it's Inception but painful.

Father Time:
If this movie ever gets made it should break the 4th wall a few times too.

I was thinking the trailer would be the best way to do it, too. You have a person summing up the entire elevator pitch of the movie to the protagonist, who then turns to the camera, breaks the fourth wall and goes "This is ridiculous."

It lets the audience know exactly what they're getting into.

Father Time:
Maybe at one point the real killer accidentally kills the cameraman, and after a few "oh fuck, now what do I do" comments he grabs the camera and films himself by extending the camera at arms length behind the back.

Then for a while it becomes Blair Witch style shakey cam with the killer's commentary. For added effect make it so that he never said a word before that. Then later one of the victims begs to be spared and the killer is like "OK fine, but you have to be the cameraman now." Then have a few scenes where the cameraman tries to escape and the killer has to chase him/her back.

Bwahaha, that is hilarious! "Hold on, don't stab me yet, I gotta find a place to put the camera..."

Father Time:
And finally maybe the real killer should disguise himself as the fake killer, by wearing the camp killer mask on top of his mask. You can even have a scene where they capture the fake killer thinking he's the real killer in disguise and have a scooby doo scene where someone goes

"Let's see who the killer really is"
*pulls off mask*
"Frank? What the hell."
"Of course it's me you idiot, you hired me to be in this costume."

We should write this thing.

Edit: I've never seen Scream, I want to but there's some other horror movies I want to see first. Then again wasn't it made by the guy who wrote Halloween?

Hah! That's genius (and a total classic too, people will see it coming but won't know what you'll do with it once the jig is up).

Oh, Scream is a total classic of meta awareness. Some people don't like it because it wavers between playing it seriously and being too self-aware, but I think it was honestly ground-breaking for its time. And oh no, Halloween is from John Carpenter (who also directed The Thing, another great horror movie). Scream is from Wes Craven, who directed the original Nightmare on Elm Street, The Hills Have Eyes, The Last House on the Left and many others. I definitely recommend watching all of these. I am usually not a fan of "classics", but these actually hold up somewhat well despite their age.

Father Time:
The fake protagonist would be the people that paid the tickets or their fake guide, still it could work. I especially love the idea of switching between fake camp and real dead.

Maybe someone could have a comment

"I wasn't really dead it was just special effects and makeup"
"Wait isn't that the same with everyone?"
*Someone standing next to him stomps on his foot*

Yeah, a couple of horror movies do this already, but every single one I've seen thus far does it for a bit during the beginning and then abandons the idea altogether. It would be cool to have the audience wondering who's alive and who's dead until the very end.

Darken12:

Father Time:
This looks like the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

No seriously these are great ideas, although I'm not sure what you mean by the phrase being modified at the last minute when it went viral.

Indeed!

Oh, I was thinking that it went like this: you have the real world (we'll call it A), the movie (B) about a camp (C) themed around a movie (D) about a camp themed around horror movies (E).

Now that's confusing and kinda weird. I was thinking movie B about a camp C with a scripted horror story and a scary killer D (like the one in the article). A camp themed around a movie themed around a camp is too confusing. So the people who paid tickets would pretend to be camping even though they are?

I was just thinking that in the fake camp there would be moments in the camp script (D) where they go "oh no this person wasn't supposed to be killed, this isn't part of the event you paid for this is really happening", like in the Jurassic Park ride.

I like the trailer idea

Darken12:

Father Time:
Maybe at one point the real killer accidentally kills the cameraman, and after a few "oh fuck, now what do I do" comments he grabs the camera and films himself by extending the camera at arms length behind the back.

Then for a while it becomes Blair Witch style shakey cam with the killer's commentary. For added effect make it so that he never said a word before that. Then later one of the victims begs to be spared and the killer is like "OK fine, but you have to be the cameraman now." Then have a few scenes where the cameraman tries to escape and the killer has to chase him/her back.

Bwahaha, that is hilarious! "Hold on, don't stab me yet, I gotta find a place to put the camera..."

Wait why would the victim be holding the camera. I do like the idea of the new cameraman going 'wait hold on a second I need to get it in view'.

At one point the killer should be describing what torture he's going to do to the victim and the new cameraman says something like "that's sick dude" and then the killer tells her to shut up.

Darken12:

Father Time:
And finally maybe the real killer should disguise himself as the fake killer, by wearing the camp killer mask on top of his mask. You can even have a scene where they capture the fake killer thinking he's the real killer in disguise and have a scooby doo scene where someone goes

"Let's see who the killer really is"
*pulls off mask*
"Frank? What the hell."
"Of course it's me you idiot, you hired me to be in this costume."

We should write this thing.

Edit: I've never seen Scream, I want to but there's some other horror movies I want to see first. Then again wasn't it made by the guy who wrote Halloween?

Hah! That's genius (and a total classic too, people will see it coming but won't know what you'll do with it once the jig is up).

Oh, Scream is a total classic of meta awareness. Some people don't like it because it wavers between playing it seriously and being too self-aware, but I think it was honestly ground-breaking for its time. And oh no, Halloween is from John Carpenter (who also directed The Thing, another great horror movie). Scream is from Wes Craven, who directed the original Nightmare on Elm Street, The Hills Have Eyes, The Last House on the Left and many others. I definitely recommend watching all of these. I am usually not a fan of "classics", but these actually hold up somewhat well despite their age.

I've only seen Nightmare on Elm Street. I didn't like it too much. Mostly because I thought the protagonist was annoying and I was begging for her to die by the end of the film "come on die, step on a land mine, get hit by a truck, I don't care just die".

Darken12:

Father Time:
The fake protagonist would be the people that paid the tickets or their fake guide, still it could work. I especially love the idea of switching between fake camp and real dead.

Maybe someone could have a comment

"I wasn't really dead it was just special effects and makeup"
"Wait isn't that the same with everyone?"
*Someone standing next to him stomps on his foot*

Yeah, a couple of horror movies do this already, but every single one I've seen thus far does it for a bit during the beginning and then abandons the idea altogether. It would be cool to have the audience wondering who's alive and who's dead until the very end.

You know if we make the camp themed around bizarre deaths like in Final Destination then we'd have the pleasure of watching the same characters die horribly 3 different times (one in the premonition, once in the fake camp death and a third time by the killer).

This also gives me an idea for a murder mystery taking place amongst the people who are performing for one of those murder mystery dinner things.

Oh and I thought about the Scooby Doo thing, it would work if the audience didn't know if it was the real killer disguised as the fake killer or not.

While it sound like a cool idea and all but they may have to be careful to those who are going to it that is if the horror is having one of the employee being the slasher/ monster thing. The last thing you want to have is the employee got beaten up by a frighten but muscalar person! Would you really run away when the situation is safe unless the whole death is real?

This sounds way too dangerous.
You would need a lot of safety equipment, the participants and actors need to be checked for any heart conditions and have detailed criminal background checks, they need to be shown the worst and most barbaric movies possible and their reactions monitored and evaluated by psychologists, they need safe words, medical staff and high levels of security at the ready for the entire duration of the event and there would probably be some legal issues.
On top of that who is crazy enough to go to something like this?

Someone could pay me a billion$ to do this and I would refuse.

With Haunted Houses, it seems safer. It easier to maintain security, its probably quicker to get people out if they have problems and no one from outside can come in for pranks or something much much worse.

 

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