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Terror Tuesday: Return to Sleepaway Camp (2008)

Updated on January 24, 2023
Ronnie (Paul DeAngelo) and Ricky (Jonathan Tiersten) begin to relive their nightmare at Camp Manabe
Ronnie (Paul DeAngelo) and Ricky (Jonathan Tiersten) begin to relive their nightmare at Camp Manabe

You Won't Be Losing any sleep over this "True" Sequel

Back in the early days of horror flicks, one of the originals Sleepaway Camp turned into an immediate cult classic. Not only for the storyline but for the ending.

With a demand for a sequel, two were shot back to back which starred Pamela Springsteen and they were as far away from horror films as can be. Both mixed comedy and horror to bring in a new type of film (think of it as a pre Scream).

Fans weren't really impressed with these two sequels so the series died so to speak. An attempt was made for a fourth installment, but the production company went bankrupt and there were only a few scenes which were shot. The short was eventually released as a bonus disk when the series was sold as the Sleepaway Survival Kit DVD in 2002.

When it was announced a "true" sequel was going to be made fans became elated and couldn't wait for its release. Fans don't consider the second and third installment as true sequels but I've always enjoyed them more than the original.

After much hype and delays Return to Sleepaway Camp was finally released in November of 2008. It didn't take long for fans to start talking.

Finally after tracking the movie down, I couldn't wait to see how they were going to explain the time period from 1983 to the present.

Returning cast members include Jonathan Tiersten as Ricky and Paul DeAngelo as Ronnie (the camp counselor who is now a junior partner in Camp Manabe) but when campers and employees mysteriously die Ronnie thinks back to the gruesomeness from two decades earlier.

If you're a fan of the series you might want to stop at Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland since this "true" sequel is boring from the time you hit your play button.


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