Some might argue that the ’80s was the decade of bad hair, but there were bad movies too, note Memorial Valley Massacre which actually defines both. Back in the days when low-budget movies were made on actual film, this holiday horror-themed gem made it to print. Moreover, it borrowed tropes popular at the time: a holiday, camping teens, a maniac in the woods, etc. etc.
Just read the logline: “Campers on a holiday are terrorized by an axe-wielding maniac.”
The only thing sharper than this killer’s axe are his crooked teeth.
It’s surprising that this film has an actual IMDb page. What’s even more surprising is that the actors and crew agreed to be listed on it.
Our search to find iHorror readers that perfect Memorial Day horror movie didn’t yield that many results, but we found Memorial Valley Massacre to be the most interesting. Just look at some of the trivia:
“The international version of the film, released under the title Son of Sleepaway Camp,’ includes hardcore pornographic inserts.”
“Retitled Son Of Sleepaway Camp for international home video re-release, this cut includes music cues from the 1983 film Sleepaway Camp.”
Wait, “pornographic inserts?!”
Lucky for you we found a copy of the full (NSFW) movie (minus the porn) over at Daily Motion. However, if you don’t want to commit to the whole thing there’s a highlight reel below that.
Director Robert Hughes went on to do television after this. His work includes episodes of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and V.R. Troopers.
There are probably lovers of this sort of “camp” somewhere in the world, and if you’re one of them we proudly bring to you Memorial Valley Massacre.