As the weather began to heat up in the summer of 2016, Cinematic Void decided to offer up a seasonal variation of its brand of cinemadness with Camp Void. Featuring a mix of summer camp slashers, animal attacks, Italian zombies, and disco Godfathers, Camp Void was a weekly onslaught for three months straight.
Predominantly housed in the Egyptian’s Spielberg Theatre (AKA the little room), Camp Void also took a canoe ride down to Santa Monica and the Aero Theatre for the first time for a pair of triple features, aptly titled THE FINAL CAMP OUT parts 1 & 2.
To keep things festive like any good summer camp, there were plenty of activities. Live music performances, special guests, camp games, and photo booths.
Also to help separate the die-hard campers from the weekend warriors, a Camp Void endurance test was created. Whomever attended the most events, ended up winning a blu-ray prize back from Arrow Video, Vinegar Syndrome and Severin Films.
Two brave souls actually attended every single event and graciously split the prizes amongst themselves.
Lastly, we’d be reminisced if we didn’t mention that Camp Void was also the debut of sometimes mascot Birthday Badger. Originally a taxidermy prop for one of the photo booths, Birthday Badger ascended to celebrity status when he debuted on the first night of camp.
Birthday Badger fever spread all summer long, with many a camper seeking photos with him and few marriage proposals.
As August drew to a close, a black cloud emerged over the camp. Due to the death of the counselors from alcohol poisoning and rabies Camp Void was shut down. Years passed several campers wondered if those hallowed gates would re-open.
In 2019, their prayers were answered as Camp Void re-opened for one day only for a six-film marathon of summer time fun.
As the summer fades into fall, there is no telling if Camp Void will be back. But, as long as there is a taxidermy badger haunting the woods of Los Angeles, you best beware!
This is Phyllis. The only camper to survive every single Camp Void event.
CAMP VOID LINE-UP
6/30/16 DAY OF THE ANIMALS in 35mm & WILD BEASTS
7/2/16 BURIAL GROUND in 35mm with live set by Umberto
7/9/16 SEVERIN FILMS 10TH ANN. PARTY with DRIVE-IN MASSACRE, BAG BOY LOVER BOY & BEYOND THE DARKNESS
Severin Head Honcho David Gregory, BAG BOY LOVER BOY director Andreas Torres and star Theodore Buloukos
DRIVE-IN MASSACRE writer/star John Goff
7/15/16 DEMONOID & THE BEES with director Alfredo Zacarias in person
7/30/16 RAW FORCE
RAW FORCE director Edward D. Murphy and camera operator Bob Hayes
8/5/16 THE BURNING, SLEEPAWAY CAMP & TWISTED NIGHTMARE - all in 35mm
Special co-host Ryan Turek, SLEEPAWAY CAMP star Felissa Rose and TWISTED NIGHTMARE effect artist/star Cleve Hall
8/12/16 THE HUMAN TORNADO & DISCO GODFATHER
8/13/16 YOUNG WARRIORS & DON'T GO NEAR THE PARK in 35mm
YOUNG WARRIORS producer Victoria Paige Meyerink, director Lawrence David Foldes and star Jimmy Van Patten
8/19/16 FRIDAY THE 13TH in 35mm, SUMMER CAMP NIGHTMARE in 35mm & SLEEPAWAY CAMP 2
SUMMER CAMP NIGHTMARE co-writer Penelope Spheeris and co-writer/director Bert L. Dragin
6/15/19 FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER in 35mm, MEATBALLS PART 2 in 35mm, HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP, PRIVATE RESORT in 35mm, TOURIST TRAP in 35mm & THE HILLS HAVE EYES in 35mm
All posters by Eagle Barber. All photos by Andrea Macias and Robert Enger