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Sleepaway Camp IV: The Survivor (2012)

Ruben Gomez  |  DVD
1.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ruben Gomez
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Rainbow Productions
  • DVD Release Date: March 23, 2012
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000N6O9C6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,844 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Allison Kramer (CARRIE CHAMBERS) suffers recurring nightmares and selective amnesia. She returns to camp to discover the truth only to find dark memories coming to life before her very eyes. In her exploration she encounters a sleazy ranger (JOHN LODICO) and kindly hunter (Scarface's VICTOR CAMPOS). Death awaits them, as the secrets of infamous killer Angela Baker are revealed.

Sleepaway Camp IV: The Survivor is a sequel in the long running cult classic franchise. A test shoot directed by legendary grindhouse editor Jim Markovic was conducted in 1992 which never graduated to full filming. However, over the past 20 years the footage was rescued and painstaking work began on reconstructing the project using archive scenes from previous films as well as newly recorded narration and visual effects to create a "clip" movie that would approximate the original intent to as final a degree as possible. The result of years of work is now available as a 70min feature approved by the director.

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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Flashback to Forget March 27, 2012
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"Sleepaway Camp IV: The Survivor" was the dreamchild of 1992 that sadly never came true. The film was originally intended to be the fourth installment "Sleepaway Camp" series. It was partially filmed in October 1992 but was never completed due to lack of funding. In 2002 the unfinished footage from the first day of shooting was released and made available as an exclusive fourth disc with the Best Buy edition of the Region 1 "Sleepaway Camp" box set.

But...all was not lost! John Klyza, webmaster of SleepawayCampFilms, helped put together an official final cut of the film which they said would bring closure to the Survivor's legacy. The final film would be 70% material from the first three films and 30% new Survivor material. Is the final film one to be cherished into the hearts of Sleepaway Camp fans everywhere or does it deserve to stay as archived material?

Well, the answer my fellow slasher fans is one that you do not want to hear. "Sleepaway Camp IV: The Survivor" is not good. Everything about it is terrible in every way that you could only imagine and in several ways that you would have thought they wouldn't have been able to screw up. What's wrong with it? In honor of this terrible movie I will be taking my comments and editing them into a half hearted review. Here we go!

* The flashback clips are the worst quality clips they could find. I'm talking VHS copy of a copy bad. It is grainy, distorted, and hard to make out.

* The sound quality is not good. The "new" footage is far too loud and you can't even hear the old footage. Prepare to have the remote handy for adjusting the volume...every few seconds!

* The new material doesn't make any sense whatsoever and doesn't flow with the editing of the first three films.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Big Bad Movie Hoax July 28, 2012
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Oh. My. Gosh.

Where should I even begin?! Well, let me start by saying that I have been an avid 'Sleepaway Camp' fan since my childhood years. So, the late 80's, let's see. I was around 12 and I was always into the horror genre. I also remember watching the first three movies in this series and wishing for a long time that the franchise would come out with a fourth sequel. Alas, you know how the old saying goes: Be careful what you wish for!

Now, I will share that I went into buying this movie with an open mind. I had already read the negative feedback before viewing it, along with some of the VERY limited positive feedback, but like I always do, I watch first and then pass my own judgement after the fact. Yup, and sadly, this time ... I got to say majority opinion rules here. How should I put this delicately for any sensitive fans out there who may have 'liked' this release?! I can't really, I'm so sorry, plain out: It SUCKED! I'm sorry, it did, and this is coming from a fan who usually ends up taking a liking to the 'underdog' films. I was one of the few fans who advocated for Halloween 5 when so many other fans put it down. Yeah, you heard me right: I liked that movie. But I don't like this one. AT ALL.

Which brings me to my main point: Why is this even called a movie again?! Essentially, it's a recap of the first three films in flashback form. This is what almost makes up the entire 'movie', which wouldn't be so bad in and of itself if the viewer wasn't deceived into believing that this, ahem 'movie, had it's own new and cohesive plot line. Seriously, this should have been labeled as nothing more than a special feature DVD, celebrating the first three movies and the lost footage for the uncompleted film of '92.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Gift to Sleepaway Camp Fans October 12, 2013
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Anyone familiar with the Sleepaway Camp franchise knows the infamous story of this one - the abandoned sequel that was never completed. Previously nothing more than a DVD bonus feature, you've really got to hand it to producer John Klyza and editor Dustin Ferguson for being able to pull together a feature out of this footage. Other fans wouldn't have bothered to put in the effort needed to make this work, but they did and it does work. Survivor is heavily mixed with clips from the three preceding films, of course, but that's the big idea - as a survivor of part III, Allison Chambers is trying to undo some serious mental blocking of whatever is was exactly that she survived. As she tries to remember the whole painful experience, we're treated to a best-of montage from the earlier films.

I've noticed complaints of the quality of the footage being on par with VHS, and while that's true, it's also in the very spirit of the film. The look of the entire production, which extends beyond the technical quality to the actual Survivor footage itself, oozes that late 1980s/early 1990s VHS feel in a great way that transports you back decades.

Set your expectations appropriately and you will enjoy this. Know that it is a clip film and that it's also a sequel rescued from the outermost edges of Oblivion. The secrets of the film aren't spelled out for you and a little work is required on the part of the viewer to grasp it all. I really can't believe how many people are complaining about something that never even existed before now. It's still way better than Return to Sleepaway Camp.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Even as an avid fan of the serious it was baddddd
Even as an avid fan of these films since I was young. This cut together movie was badddd. I'd actually purchase it though just as a collector but not until it reaches a bargain... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Quetzalcoatl Pineda
1.0 out of 5 stars Practically unwatchable
Unfortunately, I did watch this piece of garbage. All it did was piece together clips from the previous 3 movies and insert clips of the killer, who has somehow transformed into a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sinisa Krznaric
1.0 out of 5 stars REALLY BAD MOVIE!!!
I was so excited when I found out they actually finished the movie but when I got it I was soooooo disappointed...it's was horrible!
Published 3 months ago by Tammy
1.0 out of 5 stars I love the series
This movie should not have been made. I am not sure if I didn't understand, but I did not care for it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tony D.
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth renting (for fans of the other movies)
While I do agree this film wasn't as good as the others and the quality wasn't great, I think the filmmakers had a good idea going. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jennifer Avery
1.0 out of 5 stars Sleepaway Camp IV: The Survivor (2012)
Sleepaway Camp IV: The Survivor (2012) this movie SUCKS! It is nothing like the others and they should not have even bothered to make it!
Published 6 months ago by Michelle Copeland-Horrocks
3.0 out of 5 stars not what i expected
not what I expected it shows you all the sleep away camps parts and then it shows you a girl and sheriff
Published 6 months ago by seetheartsoftly
1.0 out of 5 stars Dont bother with this one
Mainly just clips from the first 3 films. Maybe 5-9 minutes of new footage and it is crappy footage. Not worth the buy even for avid horror collectors.
Published 8 months ago by sharon
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
This one was a waste of my time and money. Very disappointed with this movie, I could have kept my money.
Published 12 months ago by Elizabeth
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the greatest
It wasn't good as the first 3 movies and the 5th one. It's okay I just didn't know it wasn't like the first ones
Published 15 months ago by Byrdman
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