Top Ten Camper Massacre MoviesMovieMaven
As if mobile home dwellers and RV campers don't have enough worries with tornadoes and fires, the natural disasters, horror films often depict them suffering at the hands of supernatural forces. Or at least brutal killers with a lust for blood. With Trailer Park of Terror about to hit DVD we figured it would be a fun task to take a look at the most terrifying Trailer Park fun in horror films. Namely... the terrors of the RV.
Below I have rounded up what I find to be the ten goriest (or most fun) films involving recreational vehicles. These movies might just make you think twice about not wanting to pay for a stay at The Holiday Inn. Besides, gas prices are murder these days anyway. Or maybe you should just skip the family vacation altogether and send the kids to camp...hmmm no. Just stay home.
Top Ten Camper Massacre Movies
10.Scarecrow (2002) – Poor Lester has quite the life. He is made fun of at school by everyone, including his teachers, his mom's the trailer park slut, and one of her loser boyfriends ends up killing him. But fear not. He comes back to life as a vengeance seeking scarecrow who hippity hops about like Raggedy Chan. He gets his revenge on his mom, her BF and anyone else who gets in his wiggly way.
9.Reeker (2005) – Now I'm not saying this whole movie is good. Oh boy, is this whole movie not good. But it does have its moments. One of them involves a hapless blind man and possibly the smelliest villain ever on top of an RV. Check this out for some laughs.
8.Rest Stop (2006) – This is a film that had some promise. While watching it I could never quite decide if I like it or not. I think in the end, I was okay with it. But one element about it that I found interesting was the creepy RV family. That whole set-up is bizarre and bewildering. That alone makes it worth a viewing. I'll tell you one thing for sure. Seeing this film will give all new merit to the term “holding it.”
7.Death Valley (1981) – This is great. This film is solely on the list because Peter Billingsley is in it. You know from A Christmas Story? Anyway, Ralphie...I mean Billy is on a vacation driving through (no shocker here) Death Valley with his family when they cross paths with a local serial killer. Billy knows something but he's not sure what. The killer knows Billy knows something but he's not sure what that something is. So he does the most natural thing. He stalks his family. I'll bet Ralphie...I mean Billy wishes he had that Red Ryder BB gun now.
6.Just Before Dawn (1980) – This slasher film contains some of the most gorgeous scenery from the Oregon countryside. George Kennedy is a park ranger warning people about local dangers and how they are going to die. A killer leaps atop this doomed family's Winnebago as they are pulling away from the warning and they have no idea that a killer has hitched a ride. Fun stuff is bound to ensue.
5.Race with the Devil (1975) – This classic 70's flick stars Peter Fonda, Loretta Switt, Warren Oates and Lara Parker. While traveling (what else?) they accidentally witness a human sacrifice and spend the rest of the film attempting to defend themselves from a pissed off cult. This is great drive-in fodder that was planned as a remake in 2005 but hasn't yet seen the light of day.
4.Bride of Chucky (1998) – Now I will grant you the fact that we don't really see the oldsters buy it when Chucky and his titular bride commandeer their RV, but we do get a glimpse of the corpses and some a hefty dose of comedy to boot. This is an all-around fun film for those who don't like to take their horror seriously...but do like to take it on the road.
3.Rawhead Rex (1986) – Okay so it's not the greatest film ever made but I do have a soft spot for this one. One of my favorite scenes is the all-out trailer park massacre that takes place when Rawhead descends upon a caravan of unsuspecting victims. There are limbs flying and blood spurting and screaming all around. What this film lacks in you-name-it, it makes up for in good old-fashioned gore. Besides, how often do you ever see a supernatural badass pee on a priest?
2.The Hills Have Eyes (1977 / 2006) – Now I have mentioned both films here so you can take your pick. I prefer the original but there are those who like their mutants a little more mutant-y. The Carter family couldn't be more unlucky as they get all mucked up in the desert and end up defending their lives against a family of mutants with a taste for human flesh. This is the classic stay-your-butt-at-home film. The remake didn't really add anything in my opinion except uglier adversaries, a nifty bomb-testing site, one more reason cell phones won't help you in a horror film and an unnecessary (though disturbing) rape scene.
1.Friday the 13th Part 6 (1986)- Well now here we are. And how did this baby end up at number one? Well I'll tell you. Where else do you get two deaths for the price of one with an Alice Cooper blaring in the background? I'll wait. That's right. Nowhere. The girly gets it in the bathroom by having her face smushed into the aluminum wall with nice crinkly sound effects and her BF gets a sharp object to the noggin. That's what he gets for cracking wise about snatching peeks and being so giddy about driving a house. Plus there's Teenage Frankenstein fading out as the old RV does a monster rollover.
The inspiration for this editorial came from the upcoming release of Trailer Park of Terror that has gotten some pretty good early reviews including one from Serena at FantasiaFest. Six troubled high school students and their chaperon, an optimistic youth ministries Pastor, return from an outdoor character building retreat in the mountains. During a raging storm, their bus crashes, hopelessly stranding them in the middle of the Trucker's Triangle, a forgotten locus of consummate evil in the middle of nowhere. The hapless group seeks shelter for the night in a seemingly abandoned trailer park they find down the road. However, when the sun sets, it's not refuge they find. Instead, terror finds them in the form of Norma, a damned redneck reaper with a killer body who dispenses vengeance and death aided by her cursed companions, a bloodthirsty brood of Undead trailer trash.. Checkout the trailer below.