Sunday, December 26, 2010

Return to Sleepaway Camp (2008)

With Slasher remakes at their peak in the late 2000's, every property seemed to be springing back to life in one form or another. SLEEPAWAY CAMP found its way home thanks to 2008's long-awaited sequel, RETURN TO SLEEPAWAY CAMP. This fourth installment ignores the events of the second and third films, and feels much more like an attempted remake than it does a straight sequel. It's summer time once again at Camp Manabe, and poor misunderstood Alan is being tormented by the other teens. They tease him and play cruel jokes on him, but their evil acts only end up getting each of killed by a mysterious maniac that is stalking the campground. Unlike the lovable Angela, Alan is a slovenly jerk that deserves everything he has coming. He is often more cruel and obnoxious than his tormentors, which makes it absolutely impossible to empathize with his situation. The juvenile script and amateur direction only make the terrible performances that much more apparent. In a typical Slasher, most of these flaws could easily be overlooked in lieu of the graphic violence and gore, but even the deaths in RETURN are cheap and unimaginative at best. There are really only two things that writer/director Robert Hiltzik managed to complete successfully: Hiltzik captures a nostalgic 80's aesthetic that closely resembles the look and feel of the original film, and he has brought back several returning cast members as well, including Paul DeAngelo as Ronnie, Jonathan Tierstan as Ricky, and even Felissa Rose as Angela. Other than that, the film is an overwhelming failure.

Rating: 5/10.
Gore: 6/10.

11 comments:

  1. yep, pretty disappointing. Too 80s, too unimaginative, too dull

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  2. Double M I could have strangled Alan, glad we can be brothers in hatred.

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  3. Didn't this one start production in the 80s? lol. I do recall this film being in limbo for a number of years before being recently completed if I have the story correct.

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  4. Technically this is SLEEPAWAY CAMP 5, since 4 did begin in the early 90s before it was scrapped. This one was set to release in 2006 I believe, before the producers got pissed off at the shoddy CGI and sent it back into post. I would have also included some notes about how every single other element in the film was terrible, too.

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  5. this is actually the sequel to the original Sleepaway Camp. Hiltzik ignored 2 & 3 (and 4) and at the moment he's working on "Sleepaway Camp Renunion" to complete 'his trilogy'.

    Michael Simpson, director of 2 & 3, is currently working on a sequel to his sequels, called "Sleepaway Camp: Berserk"

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  6. I didnt even realize until just this moment that Hiltzik directed the original as well, but the sequel news is all brand new to me as well! I'll watch all of them even though I hated this one, I'll still a die-hard Slasher fan at heart.

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  7. God I hate this film. What a disgrace to the franchise. That main kid was so damn annoying! I was hoping he was the first one killed. What a huge disappointment.

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  8. I hope Hiltzik brings back his 'twin' brother for the next sequel to ensure its awfulness.

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  9. After some health-related delays, my review is up. It's not pleasant...but neither is the movie. Ouch.

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  10. Yep, pretty bad considering the fact that the first one is one of my favoirite slashers ever and the sequals were quite ok too. Mostly I looked forward to watching this film because it has cameo by the members of my favorite band CKY but that was sort of dissapointment too since they just flashed on the screen. Still this is quite fun film to watch thanks to the 80s wibe that is going on.

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