Even if you’ve never seen Ghoulies, you more than likely have seen this iconic image of a ghoulie popping out of a toilet. It was used on the original movie poster with the clever tagline “they’ll get you in the end”, and the toilet theme continued for the posters of the sequels in the franchise. Sadly, these movies are not about demonic beings attacking your behind while going to the bathroom, although maybe that’s a good thing since that would potentially traumatize me from using a toilet the way Sleepaway Camp traumatized me from attending summer camp. Ghoulies is what you’d expect: a low-budget horror film that capitalized on the popularity of Gremlins although the two films are nothing alike.
We all know from watching movies that camping can be downright deadly, and the film Sleepaway Camp does confirm this. After all, it’s tagline is “you won’t be coming home”. It was released in 1983 during the slasher movie era which consisted of fare such as Halloween and Friday the 13th, but Sleepaway Camp featured a very different type of serial killer which allowed it to separate itself from the rest of the pack. And if you’re looking for a low-budget, cheesy ’80s horror flick, this is it.
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