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Summer Camp, Slashers, & Drive-In Soundtracks: On Today’s “The Freak Power Ticket” (Monday, July 15)

Ted Coe, producer/host of “The Freak Power Ticket” writes: “Last week’s ‘Atomic Beach Party’ broadcast shared sounds associated with Beach Party and Beach Horror movies of the 1950s and 1960s: film trailers, dialogue snippets, pop, surf, R&B, punk, rockabilly, psychobilly, garage, indie-rock, jazz, and tiki-lounge music.

James Cameron's PIRANHA II: THE SPAWNING

James Cameron’s PIRANHA II: THE SPAWNING

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the radio… later today (Monday, July 15th), we’re back to the beach, exploring horror and comedic offshoots of such cinematic works, this time mainly from the 1970s and 1980s.

We’ll focus initially on science-fiction and horror stories depicting ‘Nature in Revolt.’ With a nod to Alfred Hitchcock‘s The Birds, we’ll evoke the phenomenon that was Steven Spielberg‘s Jaws, including its sequels and ripoffs, such as Jaws 2, Tentacles, Joe Dante‘s Piranha, James Cameron‘s Piranha Part Two: The Spawning, plus Ridley Scott‘s Alien.

From there, we’ll address the rise of Slasher Films in the 1980s, primarily via the Summer-Camp Horror series, Friday the 13th (originally by Sean S. Cunningham), but also through kindred works: from Hitchcock’s Psycho, to George A. Romero‘s Night of the Living Dead, to Tobe Hooper‘s Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

David Wain's WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER (2001)

David Wain’s WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER (2001)

Finally, we’ll add some much-needed levity to the mix with a closing segment honoring Summer-Camp Comedies, from the Montecitan Ivan Reitman‘s 1979 box-office smash, Meatballs (with Bill Murray), to David Wain‘s 2001 cult spoof, Wet Hot American Summer.

Along with trailers and dialogue, the day’s playlist will include classical, symphonic, novelty-song, synth-heavy, a cappella, library-cue, country, punk, disco, soft rock, and rap selections.

“The Freak Power Ticket” airs on Mondays in the summer from 10am-12Noon on KCSB.