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- File Size : 15863 KB
- Publication Date : February 18, 2019
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 343 pages
- Publisher : Turn to Ash Media, LLC (February 18, 2019)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07NWVZZJW
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 1727766741
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- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
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"Camp Ghoul Mountain" is Raab's stand-in for all those derivative 1980s slasher films whose lurid covers beckoned to you from the shelves of long-gone mom and pop video stores. This is, ostensibly, a (presumably faithful) novelization of the weird, unpopular sixth installment in the franchise, with copious kills of unwitting teen campers and various unfortunate yokels moving along at a rollicking clip.
But then the footnotes start mounting up, and you quickly realize this is something else. Soon, entire chapters detour from the film and relate an increasingly sinister story of the film itself, and how Raab came to be chosen to unleash its story on an unsuspecting world. Picture him as one of those old-fashioned TV horror hosts supplying banter between commercial-mandated breaks in the creature feature of the week, except, instead of groansome puns and Lugosi gags, Raab is trying to warn you about an impending doom even worse than a chainsaw decapitation courtesy of Ghoul Mountain's Henry the Horror.
Imagine Mulder and Scully trying to explain what happened at Crystal Lake and you're partly there, but that's before getting into the Christian fundamentalist comic tract (included, along with several other wonderful examples of "real" ephemera related to the film), the mysterious UFO sightings near the film set, and the tragic FBI raid on the mountain compound of its troubled director.
This is, first and foremost, an enormously fun novel, with knowing (and affectionate) send-ups of 1980s slasher film tropes, but it's also a smart and unsettling meditation on the question asked by one of the film's characters toward the end: "Is this what it means to serve the gods?"
The premise is that Jonathan Raab, the actual author, has been hired to do a novelization of Camp Ghoul Mountain part VI. The Camp Ghoul Mountain series is a transparent riff on the Friday the 13th series where an animal-masked serial killer murders teens in a mountain summer camp. The book is thus divided in telling the story of the slasher movie franchise's most infamous entry as well as giving a bizarre backstory about its troubled production history.
The more you love slasher movies, the more you'll enjoy the bizarre crypto-history that Jonathan Raab has woven around the fictional movie. In real life, movies like Halloween III: Season of the Witch, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Meyers, Friday the 13th: A New Beginning, and a few other films deviated from their formulas to introduce bizarre new elements.These include introducing a cult to control Michael Meyers, an imposter Jason Voorhees, and entirely ditching the franchise formula as a whole.
In this universe, a mushroom-addicted auteur director is given control of a well-established derivative slasher movie franchise to tell his own bizarre story about Satanism in America's government as well as counter-culture protests against the Vietnam war. The production company is left with a movie they don't understand and can't sell that ends up becoming a cult classic despite itself. The movie gains notoriety for all drawing down the wrath of the moral guardians who unwittingly provide it all the publicity it needs to escape its bizarre plot as well as nonsensical twists.
In addition to the behind-the-scenes, we also get the actual plot of the movie that is a surprisingly well-written slasher. A bunch of campers are horny and wanting to enjoy each other's company on the supposedly haunted mountain. However, Henry the Horror is not the only thing stalking him. He's aided by a cult that has sinister designs on them all and may be the people controlling the monster.
The book has a humorous conversational style as Jonathan Raab makes very believable characters out of the staff who produced the movies, even when they're acting utterly insane. You sympathize with both the director who wanted to make genuine art out of a horror movie that satirized America in the Eighties as well as the producer who just wanted to put out another nudity-filled gorefest to entertain its teenage audience.
There's a lot of bizarre and amusing diversions like the discussion of the role that UFOs played in the production of the movie, the slow mental breakdown of certain staff due to the changing politics of the time, and the role of drugs in virtually every decision made by the cast. The annotations are almost as good as the articles themselves as Jonathan Raab struggles to talk about how deep and well-written the Camp Ghoul Mountain series is despite the fact he's conceived of it as objectively one of the stupidest movie series of all time. It's a wink and a nudge at the banality of strictly formula slasher films that the vast majority of fans want.
A strong recommendation for this novel. I'd actually watch Camp Ghoul Mountain Part VI and I enjoyed reading about it more. I've been a lifelong slasher fan and it's nice to see something that celebrates both the good as well as bad in the genre. Since I'm a fan of documentaries like Never Sleep Again and Crystal Lake Memories, I got extra joy about this. I also got an extra bit of an enjoyment from the fact its basically what would happen if you got John Milinus to direct a slasher flick.
Filled with author commentary, interviews, and pictures of some of the behind the scenes material, this is meta-horror at it's finest. You could just read the "novelization" parts, and enjoy a over-the-top slasher story, but the "behind the scenes" stuff adds so many layers of mystery, conspiracy, and craziness. Aliens, 9/11, the American war machine. Who knew a low budget slasher movie form decades past could have so many layers? Jonathan Raab did; and he shares it with us, in this amazing piece of meta-fiction.
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Conspiracies, prophecies, shadowy cabals and strange happenings imbue this book to create a complex and fascinating tale. Trying to explain the book makes it sound very confusing however it’s an utter joy to read, I had so much fun with this book and found it to be remarkably clever and innovative.
I’d give this book my highest recommendation!