Completely underrated and over shadowed by Friday the 13th, this early 80’s slasher and cult classic from director Tony Maylam, takes place at a summer camp in upstate New York where a former summer camp caretaker (Cropsey) was badly burned years before in a prank gone wrong. After 5 years in the hospital, Cropsey is released and returns to camp with a pair of hedge clippers to seek revenge on a group of campers.
The reason I chose this film as my first review is because this is a perfect example of why I started this page. I only came across this film 2 years ago in the “you may also like” section on IMDB. After watching horror movies for nearly 25 years, I thought I had seen everything, meanwhile this hidden gem was there right under my nose. This film has everything you could ever want out of an 80’s slasher; a deformed killer hell bent on revenge, a summer camp atmosphere, a rambunctious group of teenagers, and they don’t hold back on the gore with this films graphic kills… well let’s be honest, you can’t go wrong with a big pair of hedge clippers. That being said, this movie isn’t for the faint at heart.
This film is actually based on an old campfire story told at summer camps in and around New Jersey and upstate New York areas. Though the film isn’t mentioned, there is a documentary named Cropsey (2009) that is also based on this old story. The campfire story is still told today.
Kill Count: 10
Movie Rating: 7 out of 10
Gore Rating: 8 out of 10