Over at the "Theme Thursday" site it is all about "Summer".
Like most everyone else, when I think of Summer, I think of the kids being out of school, of beaches and vacations, of cookouts and barbecues, of drive-in movies and baseball games.
But, when it comes to films, there is only one place that comes to mind when I think of Summer:
Camp Crystal Lake is the fictional setting for the "Friday the 13th" movies. A summer camp for kids, things were never the same after a small boy was left unsupervised by the counselors and supposedly drowned.
His name was Jason.
The camp was closed for years after this tragedy. A couple of attempts to reopen were thwarted by mysterious fires. The camp remained closed until 1980.
A man named Steve Christy tried to reopen the camp, putting lots of hard work into refurbishing the dilapidated cabins and training a new staff. His efforts would be in vain, however, since Jason's mother was determined to keep them from succeeding.
The camp, darkly nicknamed "Camp Blood", has been called cursed by many over the years. The local town attempted to rename the area "Camp Forest Green", but it didn't last long.
Yet some attempts to re-open the camp were successful, and little kids did fill some cabins over the years. But never for long.
Death is always on the itinerary of Summer visits to Crystal Lake.
Some Crystal Lake links to peruse:
The Official Friday the 13th Films site has Film Location photos from Blairstown, New Jersey. Great before and after pics here.
House of Horrors has a Friday the 13th Timeline.
Blairstown, New Jersey is the town where the original movie was filmed, at Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco, a Boy Scout camp that wants no part of their horror film legacy.
There is even an online "Escape from Crystal Lake" game!
If you choose to go camping at Crystal Lake this Summer...
Don't be surprised to find you aren't alone in the woods.
Check out what Summer means to other Theme Thursday participants!