June is Great Outdoors Month, a celebration begun by former U.S. President Bill Clinton in 1998 and recently honored with a proclamation by current President Barack Obama. The proclamation showcases the benefits of heading outdoors to play, as well as celebrating the parks, forests, and landmarks across the United States. The issues emphasized during Great Outdoors Month include health, volunteering, and recreation.
While the great outdoors is a wonderful place to spend your summer, it is not always the safest. Here are three movies that prove there are many dangers while enjoying the nation's natural resources.
John Boorman directed one of the scariest wilderness horror movies with "Deliverance." Four businessmen decide to canoe down a river in the Georgia wilderness when everything that can go wrong does.
Burt Reynolds's Lewis is the most experienced outdoorsman while Jon Voight, Ronny Cox, and Ned Beatty star as his companions. The movie remains best known for the "squeal like a pig" scene, but there is much more to fear in this movie than crazed hillbillies. The canoe trip turns deadly and the friends find themselves fighting for their lives against real dangers as well as those that might only exist in their fractured imaginations.
"Friday the 13th"
While the guys from "Deliverance" slightly brought the violence upon themselves, the kids in "Friday the 13th" paid for the sins of those who came before them. Summer camp is supposed to be a fun place for kids to discover the wonders of the great outdoors,but, for the kids at Crystal Lake, summer camp is a place they go to die.
The movie features a vindictive killer mother hellbent on exacting revenge against the people who remind her of her son's death years prior. While subsequent entries turned the psychotic mother into a hulking, supernatural murderer stalking and killing kids in gruesome ways, the first movie was a tight horror tale about a faceless killer hunting her victims in the woods. The end was a shocking twist, and the great outdoors was never as frightening as when Sean Cunningham placed his boogeyman in the forest.
"Into the Wild"
If horror movies are not your cup of tea, "Into the Wild" presents the true story of a young man who abandons the city life for a trek to the Alaskan wilderness, a trip that ultimately kills the determined city slicker. The movie is based on the life story of Chris McCandless, an Emory graduate who donated the remainder of his college funds to charity and then set off to live in the wilderness.
"Into the Wild" was directed by Sean Penn and starred Emile Hirsch as McCandless. While the life of the man profiled is a source of controversy, some considering him foolish while others respect him, Penn focused on showcasing the amazing acting performance of Hirsch. While the movie shows how the wilderness can kill, it also shows how beautiful it can be to someone who loves it.
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