Now if you know me… You know I am a huge horror movie fan, no matter if it is old, new, or weird or not… I am just a huge fan of the horror movie genre! As a matter of fact, my favorite movie of all time is still the classic original babysitter slasher movie, that everyone else who does those types of movies try to live off of! That being, Halloween (1978)!
Now that you know my awesome secret! Just know this… I grew up watching some of the great horror movie series of the 1980s, including: ‘Friday The 13th’, ‘A Nightmare On Elm Street’, ‘Hellraiser’, ‘Child’s Play’ & ‘Halloween’…. And I have followed these series during the successes in the 80s, their near disappearance in the 90s, and the brief comeback in the first decade of the 2000s… But now there is something wrong here!
Ok, so before I go in to that, I am going to let you in on a dirty little secret about the industry that you may or may not know about, but that I recently found out about! That is that Studio Execs and the people in control of certain movie franchises can become incredibly harsh when it comes to who owns the rights to these movies!
Now the fight for the rights to horror movies has never been more prevelant than with in the horror movie genre, especially some of the biggest horror franchises of the 1980s! A great example of this is: Sleepaway Camp!
Now Sleepaway Camp (1983) was directed by Robert Hiltzik (Return To Sleepaway Camp), and starred a great group of B Movie actors and actresses… Well two of the future sequels as it turns out were directed by Michael A. Simpson (Funland) and starred Bruce Springsteen’s sister Pamela!
Well both directors did a phenomonal job in the films that they did… But after the late 80s, Sleepaway Camp looked like it was going to be sheleved indefinitely! But it wasn’t!
You see, a large reason for alot of this stuff had to do with ownership rights, and who was, and who was not allowed to make the movies… Now this culminated in the early 2000s to where both Michael A. Simpson and Robert Hiltzik were going to both make a sequel to the series… But instead of it being, ‘Part 4’ and, ‘Part 5’… They were both going to make part 4!
Well ultimately it seems Michael A. Simpson’s movie was shelved for Return To Sleepaway Camp (2008)… Which was a total dud, and will likely see the death of that series… Or going in to overly cheesy obscurity…
Now the other way that it feels like the studios are destroying these awesome horror movie series is by constantly going back to the drawing board with director changes, script changes… etc… It is to much!
Sometimes these movies are taking over a decade to make! And it is destroying the relevancy of the series for future generations! A great example of some of this stuff are as follows:
Halloween 3, Robert Zombie dropped out of the series after part 2, and about 6 directors dropped out of part 3… Scout Taylor-Compton (Halloween) dropped out… Then the script changed back to the original series… And now it is finally being made! Thank god! But couldn’t studio execs stop mucking things up and waiting a decade or more to get it right! I mean these franchises have been money makers for decades and can continue to be for decades more if the execs at the studios would just stop trying to destroy their relevancy!