July: Summer Camp

Time to dust off the hiking boots and stock up on marshmallows! July means summer camp, which, if movies have taught me anything, means getting laid, plotting against other campers, and trying to avoid the serial killer in your midst. (Summer-camp-themed food encouraged all this month. I know someone wants to bring vegan s’mores, right?)


July 10: Meatballs (1979) — In his first starring role, Bill Murray plays goofy camp counselor Tripper, who tries to lure shy camper Rudy out of his shell. Rudy helps Tripper woo head counselor Roxanne while the campers prepare for a showdown with a rival camp.

July 17: Sleepaway Camp (1983) — When the happy and hormonal teenage campers of Camp Arawak begin to die in a series of horrible accidents, they discover that someone — or something — has turned their summer of fun into a vacation to dismember. Has a dark secret returned from the camp’s past … or will an unspeakable horror end the season forever? And what’s the deal with shy camper Angela, anyway?


The Burning (1981) — Years after a summer camp janitor is severely burned and disfigured as the result of a teenage prank gone awry, he’s released from the local insane asylum and returns to the scene of the crime to seek revenge against those who harmed him. Several yet-to-be-famous stars pop up in this classic summer-camp horror film, including Holly Hunter and Jason Alexander of “Seinfeld.”


July 31: Wet Hot American Summer (2001) — It’s the last day of summer for Camp Firewood’s staff and patrons, and everyone wants a final shot at some action. Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, and Michael Showalter star in this spoof on summer-camp camp.