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We waited 25 years and this is unfortunately what we got.
Ronnie (Paul DeAngelo), now a co-owner of a new Camp becomes very suspicious when kids and camp staff begin falling victims to gruesome "accidents" again. Ronnie can't seem to shake what happened 20 years ago at Camp Arawak and with good reason. So as he deals with his paranoia, a large cast of kids and camp staff run amuck doing all the things they can get away with when there is no supervision around and everyone gets wrapped up in the murders.
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Ronnie (Paul DeAngelo), now a co-owner of a new Camp becomes very suspicious when kids and camp staff begin falling victims to gruesome “accidents” again. Ronnie can’t seem to shake what happened 20 years ago at Camp Arawak and with good reason. So as he deals with his paranoia, a large cast of kids and camp staff run amuck doing all the things they can get away with when there is no supervision around and everyone gets wrapped up in the murders.
Wow. I didn’t think we’d ever get to see another Sleepaway Camp movie, unless it was a remake of the original or something of that nature — a sequel was definitely unexpected. This film finally gets released 25 years after the original was released, and it appears that this movie completely disregards the other two sequels that were made: Sleepaway Camp 2: Unhappy Campers & Sleepaway Camp 3: Teenage Wasteland. Either way, we now have a new sequel to check out, so let’s get to it.
First off, let’s go ahead and talk about some of the familiar faces in this flick. Firstly, we have Isaac Hayes. Ironically, he plays a Chef in this film; just like his character in South Park. Next, we have Felissa Rose, whom played Angela in the first film. Next, we have Jonathan Tiersten, who played Ricky in the first Sleepaway Camp film. Also, we have Paul DeAngelo who plays a decent part in this film. Man, this guy is a tank, and he looks exactly the same as he did in the original Sleepaway Camp, which is pretty crazy. It’s nice to see these people together onscreen again. Oh, and let’s not forget that this film has the original director/writer who did the first Sleepaway Camp film, Robert Hiltzik.
The camp in this film, which is now called Camp Manabe, isn’t very different from the camps in the other films. We have snobby teenage girls, pranksters, sex fiends, drug abusers, etc… We also get introduced to a teenage outcast: Alan. This kid is definitely troubled, as he acts immature and likes to mess with his fellow campers, but he doesn’t like it when they give him a taste of his own medicine. Eventually people start messing with the kid hardcore, until he becomes an outright victim.
This movie can be a bit confusing at times. There were at least two camp counselors that were very hard to identify as counselors. One of the counselors acted just like the kids in the film, and heckled Alan as well, which was very weird. Also, I’m not even sure if this other person was a camp counselor, but I think she was supposed to be. She was nice to Alan, unlike most people. I don’t know, maybe they should have made these characters wear their Camp Manabe t-shirts? It could have at least helped in determining who is who here.
Even though this movie had a great 80’s feel to it, it just didn’t cut it for me. The acting was terrible and most of the effects were terrible, as well. This is especially true when they try to pull off some CGI fire. There wasn’t very much detail put into the movie, it seemed like they just went out and tried to figure out the easiest way to do something, without making it look good at all. It just seems like there was a complete lack of effort.
However, there were some pretty clever death scenes which I didn’t see coming. I didn’t expect they would put that much thought into something. They did, and I really enjoyed how clever some of them were. Also, the movie just seemed to rush into the ending. It looked like they were going to start developing the ending of the movie, and then all of a sudden the ending just happened. They just jumped right into the end, which felt very weird and forced, if you ask me.
It was good to see all of these familiar faces back on film together.
Some of the death scenes were cool.
The main character, Alan, is annoying as fuck.
It was hard to distinguish some characters as camp counselors.
The acting wasn’t the best.
The dialogue wasn’t the best.
Extremely low budget.
The CGI was not good, to say the least.
The ending was sudden and forced.
It was definitely nice to see these characters in another Sleepaway Camp movie. I liked seeing them all together again. Unfortunately it just wasn’t pulled off very well. The movie looked really low budget, and it just seemed like there was a lack of effort. The acting was horrible, which also didn’t help out the annoying characters that were in this film. It’s too bad, I like the Sleepaway Camp films, and was hoping that this one was going to be a good one. Unfortunately for me, it wasn’t.