Camp of Terror 2016

This book includes 150 dark movies so bad they’re good.

Sorted in order of preference and reviewed, each film description contains a synopsis, a list of genres it belongs to, a list of ambiances involved, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review.

These films are not for the squeamish. You have been warned!

Psycho Beach Party

In 1960s Malibu, a surfer girl suffers from dissociative identity disorder during a streak of murders.
Feel-Good
So Bad It's Good

 

United States
Australia
2000
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Character Focus: 
Serial Killer Film
Trickster: 
Impostor
Dimensional: 
Meta
6
Gidget Does Horror!
5.04
5.04
6
6
3
3
1
Ambiance
Effects
Photography
Psycho Beach Party is a parody of 1960s beach and surfing movies, and, at some point, of slasher films. It’s effervescent. It’s uplifting. It’s based on films that have nothing to do with horror. It totally grew on me. Once I got to know the characters; Lauren Ambrose’s “Chicklet” particularly, I didn’t want this to turn into a bloodbath. I couldn’t get enough of those surfing green screens.
This film is based on the off-Broadway play of the same name. It is set in 1962 Malibu Beach. It’s nothing like the other horror films released around that time, who were mostly concerned about the end of the world and electronic music. Psycho Beach Party is an anomaly. Somewhat uncharted territory, horror-adjacent films are often more creative than straight horror.
Director Robert Lee King and writer Charles Busch don’t have extensive resumes, but the project they set out to do they rendered admirably. This film is not perfect, but it’s perfectly unique. It makes you want to jump down the rabbit hole of everything that inspired them. Get mesmerized for over ninety minutes. When the end credits roll, you’ll be begging for more!
My Movie Reviews

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