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Return to Sleepaway Camp

3.3 out of 5 stars 97 customer reviews

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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. Greedy camp owner Frank and junior partner Ronnie do their best to keep everyone in line, but something sinister is about to put a slash in the roster. When campers and staff mysteriously begin disappearing and turning into gruesome corpses, paranoid Ronnie can't shake the memory of a series of grisly murders that took place at Camp Arawak, where he worked two decades earlier.

After enduring years of tongue-in-cheek sequels, fans of the absurd 1983 slasher film Sleepaway Camp get the follow-up they've been waiting for in Return to Sleepaway Camp, which features original director Robert Hitzig once again orchestrating the blood-soaked shenanigans. Little seems to have changed at good ol' Camp Manabe in the 25 years since the slaughter of the first Sleepaway Camp: the kids are still foul-mouthed little monsters, the counselors still nitwits (and with Vincent Pastore--Big Pussy from The Sopranos--in charge, who can blame them?), and of course, there's still a killer on the loose who's brutally dispatching campers and staff alike. In short, it's business as usual for the Sleepaway Camp series, which is good news for those who found the 1983 film a gory, lowbrow guilty pleasure. Others who might've found it one of the more atrocious entries in the '80s slasher scene--or one of the weirdest, based on its infamous gender-bending conclusion--won't be swayed by the Return, which offers a heaping second helping of the original's moronic dialogue, loathsome characters and subtle-as-a-brick suspense. The low-wattage star power on hand--Isaac Hayes in one of his final roles as the camp chef and Felissa Rose, the killer from the first Sleepaway--aren't onscreen enough to generate much excitement, so what's left is a goofball exercise in gore that's probably best enjoyed by those whose love for the original film transcends all limitations. The DVD includes interviews with the new batch of campers-turned-corpses, a behind-the-scenes tour guided by Rose and producer Jeff Hayes, and a disposable music video for the theme song by Goat and Company. -- Paul Gaita

Special Features

  • Behind the Scenes Footage
  • Cast and Crew Interviews
  • Making of Documentary
  • Screensavers / Wallpaper
  • Music Featured in the Film

Product Details

  • Actors: Vincent Pastore, Jackie Tohn, Isaac Hayes, Paul DeAngelo, Jonathan Tiersten
  • Directors: Robert Hiltzik
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment / Mongrel Media
  • DVD Release Date: November 4, 2008
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CT876C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,056 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Return to Sleepaway Camp" on IMDb

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By trebe TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 1, 2011
Format: DVD
Known for having a shocking surprise ending, Sleepaway Camp (1983) is a classic 80's slasher, written and directed by Robert Hiltzik, that has gathered a huge cult following over the years. Two "unauthorized" sequels followed in the 80's, which did not involve Hiltzik, or stars from the original film, Felissa Rose and Jonathan Tiersten. With the support of fans still interested in seeing another sequel, Hiltzik resumes the story more than two decades later, in Return To Sleepaway Camp (2008) a direct to video release. This review contains significant spoilers, so proceed at your own risk.

Hiltzik completely ignores the events in the previous two sequels, and resumes his story some twenty years after the infamous events at Camp Arawak, where transgendered Angela Baker (Felissa Rose) went nuts and committed a number of shocking murders. At Camp Manabe, new owner and bird lover Frank Kostik (Vincent Pastore) has Ronnie Angelo (Paul DeAngelo), a former counselor at Arawak, on his staff. Life at summer camp is much the same, with lots of fun activities, adolescent pranks, and hormones running wild.

Hiltzik attempts to replicate the vibe from the original movie. This time the featured recipient of abuse is the camp troublemaker, Alan (Michael Gibney). Frequently provoking fights, harassing girls, and throwing tantrums, he is picked on, and made the brunt of cruel jokes by almost everyone, as he tries to make friends with fellow camper Karen (Erin Broderick).

As before, the first kill is set in the kitchen, as a cook takes a fatal dive into a deep fryer. The second kill is even more spectacular, where a stoner type kid is turned into a human torch. The crimes bring Sherriff Jerry to the camp to investigate.
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I freaking love this movie - no, it's not scary or creepy or anything like that, but if you've ever seen any of the SC movies, you know what you're in for. Personally, I thought this was was a pretty fun one, but only if you're in the mood for something light-hearted and you don't expect anything more than you've already gotten in the previous movie. The SC franchise really seems to have a love-hate relationship with the horror fan base. People either "get" it and are on board for cheesy jokes, cheesy acting, and cheesy kills, and love em, or they really, truly hate em. This one, for me, is the second best, after the original (which, while the same humor-wise) has one of the freakiest and most memorable final 30 seconds of any horror film ever made. I've seen this one probably five times, and I recently rented it again, just for the lolz.
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Return to Sleepaway Camp(2008) takes place after Sleepaway Camp(1983) and ignores the sequels produced by Double Helix Films.
I thought this horror comedy was a fun guilty pleasure. Critics and Sleepaway Camp fans consider this film the worst installment in the series. Kids and camp counselors at Camp Manabe are getting butchered. People suspect that a fat kid named Alan is doing the killing. This film delivers gory death scenes and lots of foul language! The film stars Vincent Pastore, Isaac Hayes, Johnathan Tierston and Felissa Rose. This film is packed with pretty girls with large breasts! This movie was shot in 2003, but it was shelved for five years. It was released straight to DVD in 2008. Return to Sleepaway Camp is no classic, but it's still watchable.
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By KCB on November 12, 2008
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First off i am a huge sleepaway camp fan, i love all 3 movies and can watch them all over and over again. When i heard that they were making another one i was more then thrilled. But i started to get impatient when the kept pushing it back further and farther, i was starting to think that it wasnt going to be released but it finally came out and i bought it that same day.

I loved the film but i do have a few problems with it. When i first watched it i wasnt really sure what to think, a part of me loved it and the other part was a bit disapointed. 1) Low body count, i was expecting a bit more but the first sleepaway camp wasnt to big in the body count area so i guess its not that bad. I did enjoy the creativity they put into the death scenes. The bunk bed one was nice 2) The character of alan was a little to over the top for me, was kinda getting annoying. They picked on him so much it was unbelievable. 3) The end...just watch it and you'll see. Your going to either love it or hate it but myself, i want to see what happens after that!!!

So despite the little problems it had i did enjoy the film. It really did feel like a sleepaway camp movie right out of the 80s. It was directed fairly well but i thought it could have been written a bit better. It was good to see most of the original cast return, and to see issac hayes(even though he was barely in it). I had a lot of fun watching it and if you dont take it too seriously and realize your watching a direct to dvd sequal to a slasher movie that was made 25 years ago then you should to.
So if you enjoyed the first sleepaway camp, then you'll want to see get this movie. So now i just have to sit and patiently wait for sleepaway camp reunion, lets just hope it gets made!!!
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