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A Fun Gift to Sleepaway Camp Fans
on October 13, 2013
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.