Sleepaway Camp (Cult Review)
I was originally going to write a review for Into the Badlands (Season 2), but then I thought: “Everyone else is doing it. So why the hell should I?” Instead I am going to write a review for a cult classic horror film and its sequels. Oh, and from now on I’d like to be called “Susan.” It’s my right as a strong independent black woman.
Now for the half-dozen horror fans that are here let me introduce you -or reintroduce you- to the legendary “Sleepaway Camp” and its legion of sequels.
Now the original film was released in 1983, and follows the story of a group of campers who indulge in whatever it is American campers engage in whilst at camp. Naturally the more popular members of the camp find a “victim” to abuse, as is their want, only to all be wiped out by a mysterious killer. Do recall this was 1983, so this is one of the first true slasher flicks. A slasher flick with balls that is. (Not so subtle joke for fans. -Ed)
Now I am not going to reveal who the killer is. Instead I’ll say this: it was a mind-blowing experience for any horror-thriller fans.
Now, 5 years after the end of the first film the universe was gifted with a plethora of sequels, each one worse in many ways than the last.
- Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers (1988)
- Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland (1989)
- Return to Sleepaway Camp (2008)
- Sleepaway Camp IV: The Survivor (2012)
Now I’ve seen all of them. Firstly Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers (1988) was one of the best horror-comedies of all time. Firstly, it had more in common with the modern day “Scary Movie” franchise than the original Sleepaway Camp. (Someone is killed with Freddy Krueger’s glove. Another with Leatherface’s chainsaw.) It’s essentially an inside horror joke from start to finish.
The sequel, Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland (1989) is pretty much a run of the mill American slasher film. Not much else is needed to be said of it.
Now, Return to Sleepaway Camp (2008) sees itself as the direct sequel to the first film -though it happens decades after the first one. In this film the bullying revolves around a young lad named Alan, though he is not the killer. (I wonder who is? -Ed)
Now, Sleepaway Camp IV: The Survivor (2012) was originally set for release in the early ’90’s, but it took until 2012 for them to complete the project by cutting old footage together with a smattering of new tech. The film ignores the other sequels and thus follows on a short time after no.1. (It’s pretty bloody awful film. -Ed)
Now each of these sequels is riddled with plot holes, bad characters, terrible acting, and a plethora of fun and entertaining murders. There are some bloody classic deaths in this film. I enjoyed the 4×4, a piece of wire and a man’s private parts murder myself. (We’ll let you put that one together yourselves. -Ed)
Bottom line, the Sleepaway Camp franchise is one of the most entertaining and twisted slasher series in history. It’s so bloody bad that it’s bloody good.
Spoiler Alert at the bottom of the page.
SPOILER ALERT: Sleepaway Camp Series was the first horror series to have a transgender serial killer as the antagonist.