Friday the 13th and other slasher movies have always struck me as a goldmine for video games, but it's never really materialized into anything more than forgettable NES action games. Slasher Vol. 1: Summer Camp, a new series from Gun Media worshipping 80s horror films, might take us a step closer.
In Summer Camp, players take on the role of the 6-8 teen counselors...or the killer. Everything plays out from the third-person, and the goal is to survive--or kill, if you're the game's walking embodiment of death.
Some of the creative talent involved should excite genre fans, too. Horror effects master Tom Savini (Friday the 13th, Dawn of the Dead, Creepshow) is contributing to the design, and composer Harry Manfredini, responsible for Jason's iconic cha-cha-cha entrance theme, will be scoring the music.
"They've [Gun Media] done their homework, and they are very passionate about the soundscape of Summer Camp," said Manfredini in a press release. "After our first meeting, I was already brainstorming the main theme in my head. It’s going to be so much fun."
To get a sense of Summer Camp's tone, I'm happy to premiere the trailer. It doesn't show any gameplay, but it's clear the creatives understand what makes the 80s schlock they're pulling from tick. Sign me up!