Franchise Review: Return To Sleepaway Camp

It’s summer camp as usual at Camp Manabe where the kids torment each other for fun while the underpaid camp staff provides as little supervision as possible.

It was a very long wait but fans of the franchise finally got what they had long been yearning for.

Here we had a film that was a reunion of sorts of the original “Sleepaway Camp” film. In fact it actually serves as a direct sequel to the 1983 original with director, writer and producer Robert Hiltzik returning to the original story he started all those years ago, fans were seriously excited for this release, me being one of them.

This film completely disregards the two sequels starring Pamela Springsteen, It’s a shame but I kind of understand why. Hiltzik himself had no involvement with either of the sequels and wanted to continue his own story. Now I can look past all that but what I can’t look past is the films character of ‘Alan’.

Now if you’ve seen the film you’ll understand what I mean, if you haven’t then I have to warn you, if you do watch this film you will be subjected to one of the most annoying characters I’ve ever seen on screen, I don’t know if we were supposed to feel sorry for him in some sense but if that was their plan it well and truly didn’t work.

Other than that I think “Sleepaway Camp” films will be happy to see the cast back on screen, even ‘Ronnie’ and his shorts. I was so happy to see ‘Ronnie’ back on our screens, he looks exactly the same just obviously older. It’s also great to see ‘Ricky’ back and to see the effects of the first film had had on him.

It’s just a shame that the film falls a tad short, now don’t get me wrong it’s a fun slasher flick but admittedly my love for this film is mainly for nostalgic reasons.

Miscellaneous facts about the film:

Isaac Hayes’ final movie, though it was shot five years before his death, and he had a subsequent cameo in Soul Men (2008).

First sequel to be written, directed, and produced by Robert Hiltzik, who wrote, directed, and produced the original Sleepaway Camp (1983). Besides being credited for certain character creations, Hiltzik had no involvement with neither Nightmare Vacation 2 (1988) nor Nightmare Vacation 3 (1989).

Alan calls Frank (Vincent Pastore) a “big pussy”, which was Pastore’s character’s nickname on The Sopranos (1999).

Deron Miller auditioned for the role of Mickey.

Direct sequel to the first movie

In this film, Isaac Hayes plays Charlie The Chef. In the hit TV show, South Park, he voices the school cafeteria referred to simply as Chef.

Body count: 9

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