After some hiatus… NEW EPISODE!!!!

Sorry for the Hiatus Horrorfiends! Technical difficulties…
A NEW EPISODE OF HIDDEN HORRORS IS HERE! and just for the incredibly hot summer. This episode is all about an underrated little talked about Summer Camp Slasher movie…no its not Friday the 13th…no its not Sleepaway Camp…. its THE BURNING !


HIDDEN HORRORS YOU MUST HEAR Episode 2 !!! RIP Christopher Lee with some Summertime Horrors while WE ARE STILL HERE

Hidden horrors you must hear EP 2 BannerHey there horrorfiends! the second episode of the Hidden horrors you must hear Podcast is here! Sterling SporkGuy Anno and James J. Coker remember and pay tribute to Betsy Palmer and Sir Christopher Lee, share some Hidden horrors starring Christopher Lee, talk about some obscure Summertime horror movies horror fans should really seek out, rant about why young Bloggers are getting so damn sensitive to movie deaths lately and finally RAVE about the indie ghost film that just came out called WE ARE STILL HERE. so hit that Download icon in the corner and enjoy!


madmanSummer is practically here horrorfiends! and for many horror fans that means summertime horror films. and what can be more of a summer time horror film then that of the summer camp slasher film, particularly ones from the 1980s. Now i know i covered “The Burning” last summer and since this blog is all about HIDDEN HORRORS i will of course never cover the friday the 13th movies because those are surely not Hidden Horrors, no this time i will be covering another summer camp slasher film that is well loved by horror fans but normal movie goers never heard of it, it is MADMAN!

At a summer camp for youths, cockey pre-teen calls out the name of mass serial killer “Madman Marz”. Suddenly, counselors are being maimed and slaughtered in various ways by the backwoodsman who has returned when his name was called.

Now it may seem “Madman” is your run of the mil 1980s summer camp slasher movie and in a way your right but DAMN is it a fun movie. though many of the characters are not very interesting the kills in the film are pretty damn fun with multiple axe murders, slashings and even a decapitation via car hood. Not only are the death scenes fun but the film oozes with atmosphere as well, the whole film is at night so there is this moody blue tone and chilling windy vibe to everything not to mention a scene with a very creepy dilapitated farm house, one can almost say that Madman is a summercamp slasher movie that can be viewed in October! given its atmosphere. and Finally the killer himself Madman Marz is a good one, this hulking beared mongoloid of a farmer is almost the epitome of the term “mongoloid slasher” among horror fans.

So pop this slasher classic in and see what slasher movie fans have been talking about – James J. Coker


jeff zHey There HorrorFiends! James J. Coker here saying Hidden Horrors would like to wish you all a Happy Friday the 13th or as horror fans have sometimes called it “Jason Day!” to help get you in the mood for all things Crystal Lake, The Hidden Horrors crew would like to direct you to two Friday the 13th movie movie we reviewed for the blog site, one being the INCREDIBLY under-rated Jason Goes to Hell reviewed by yours truly and another being the INCREDIBLY fun but neglected Friday the 13th part 6 Jason lives reviewed by Matthew McPhee.


OR you could just check out this robot Chicken skit about how Jason always manages to catch up to his victims when there running. Enjoy


TheBurningfinal The 1980s saw a hurricane of slasher movies from Friday the 13th to Nightmare on Elm Street as well as many many “one hit wonder” slasher films. A common setting for those 1980s slasher films was the summer camp as in the numerous Friday the 13th movies, Sleepaway Camp, and Madman. One summer camp slasher film  worthy of the “Hidden Horror” title is never heard of from normal movie goers and rarely talked about in the horror community because dear old Jason Voorhees gets all the summer camp horror love. That little known summer camp slasher film is THE BURNING.

It’s your typical slasher movie plot: A janitor at a summer camp is accidentally burned severely from a prank. Years later, he is released from an institute, and returns to the camp with a pair of hedge clippers to take revenge on a new group of young campers.

Though the plot is something we’ve all seen before, what makes The Burning stand out from the rest of the 80s slasher crop is that where in most slasher films the young victims are pretentious unlikable pricks waiting to be slaughtered, The Burning‘s  young camper victims are quite likeable and realistic. Hell even the bully is a likeable and realistic character. The film really takes its time with its characters, making you like them more and more as they get into hijinks, play pranks, and tell dirty jokes with each other. It’s practically a Meatballs movie with a young Jason Alexander (Seinfeld), still with a full head of hair! So because we spend so much time liking these wonderful young victims when the killer, Cropsy, does start killing them it’s quite heaving hitting and you feel bad for them. Cropsy is not a typical horror movie slasher who plays nice…or plays by slasher film rules for that matter. Where as a typical slasher will pick off the kids one by one, usually at night, Cropsy practically throws that rule right out the window in what is known as the infamous “Raft Massacre” sequence to lovers of the film. I am sorry but SPOILERS: In the “Raft Massacre” sequence Cropsy kills five, count em, five teens all at the same time in broad daylight with his garden shears in a mean spirited fashion, Tom Savini gore effects flying. How many horror movie slashers can take that title? Not many.

Another aspect of the film that shows its intentional ignorance of typical slasher cliches is while usually there is a “Final Girl” who survives the killers attack, here there is actually a “Final Boy” that is stalked and survives at the end. So not only does this wonderful film ignore several slasher cliches by actually having likeable characters, a terrific massacre scene in broad daylight, and a final boy, it also sports a good sense of direction from Director Tony Maylem, good gore effects from Tom Savini, a terrific score from Rick Wakeman that screams “synthesize horror” and a noteworthy and gruesome looking villain.

So if you want a summer camp slasher film this Summer but aren’t in the mood for a millionth viewing of Friday the 13th then seek out and give The Burning a watch. It’s hard to not enjoy this well-made slasher film with a terrific rule-breaking villain, gory and mean-spirited death scenes and very likeable characters.

– James J. Coker