SLEEPAWAY CAMP somehow manages to pull off being simultaneously homophobic in tone (Peter’s father is revealed to be homosexual, in a flashback sequence that is bizarre and genuinely uncomfortable in its staging and implications) and hysterically homoerotic (did guys actually wear shorts that short in the 80s?)
The real cornerstone of my youth was TNT’s MonsterVision, hosted by the brilliant Joe Bob Briggs (as portrayed by John Bloom.) He sat in front of a trailer set in a lawn chair and introduced that night's line up of films, which could be anything from an all-night FRIDAY THE 13TH marathon, to a John Carpenter double feature to a George Romero-themed lineup to even classics accepted by the public at large. He added such a sense of fun to watching these films, and obviously took a great sense of pride in hosting this series.
"And get this—after nine films, they had a new concept: Jason Voorhees… in space... Would horny teenagers played by actors in their late twenties still be punished for exploring their new found hormones in the future? Would Jason find new and inventive ways to use home gardening tools and kitchen utensils in zero gravity?"