I never much liked horror movies until I took a class in college called Gender and Sexuality in Horror Films (I was a Women’s Studies major, so it didn’t seem that weird at the time). We started with “Psycho” and “Peeping Tom” and worked our way up through the “Scream” franchise. Now I loooooove horror movies and I’m constantly trying to convince my supremely patient boyfriend to watch them with me. I think they’re super fascinating and often get at the core of what’s scary, weird and taboo in our culture. And camping-in-the-woods-with-a-crazy-killer-and/or-demon-spirit — with entries like “Sleepaway Camp,” “Friday the 13th,” “Cabin Fever” and “Evil Dead” — is one of the best sub-genres.
For fellow horror fans, the Great Horror Campout offers a real-life scary movie adventure. Set in the Los Angeles State Historic Park, the campout invites horror fiends to spend 12 hours in the woods fending off creepy crawlies and evil spirits. Visitors can opt for a scare within the “safe zone” or crank up the horror by participating in the “Hell Hunt,” which is basically a terrifying scavenger hunt. As the camp’s founders explain:
First Rule: We can change the rules. When we want, for any reason we want and without any notice. You’ll need to be listening for the camp announcements for the rule changes if you have any hope of escaping elimination. 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.
I didn’t know what a “Pope lick” was either, so I looked it up. It’s a man/sheep/goat hybrid monster. Yay. But yes! Real scaring! I’m so into it!
I don’t live anywhere near L.A., so the chances of me actually getting to spend a night at the campout are slim. But a girl can dream (of Freddy Kruger) can’t she? [Great Horror Campout]