RETURN TO SLEEPAWAY CAMP (2008)


Today's sequel is a movie that actually took five years to make, but was an even longer time coming.  Original SLEEPAWAY CAMP director Robert Hiltzik wanted his own official follow-up to his cult classic.  So in 2008, we got RETURN TO SLEEPAWAY CAMP.

Breakdown:
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. Has a ghost from the past come back to haunt him? As the paranoia worsens, Ronnie's list of possible killers starts growing just like the body count. Everyone becomes a suspect from vicious kids to shady members of the camp staff, and even former Camp Arawak camper Ricky who mysteriously works nearby. Who is knocking off these victims and why? Only one thing is for certain, something is carving a bloody new trail at Sleepaway Camp where kids can be so mean and surviving this summer is gonna be a real killer!

From SleepawayCampMovies.com on IMDb

My thoughts:
I remember way back in 2003 when RTSC began filming.  I was so damn excited.  I had gradually evolved into a relative die-hard for the SC franchise.  And then I remember waiting.  Five years actually -- before RTSC was eventually released.  And I remember being quite disappointed.  It's obvious that director Robert Hiltzik tried to capture that same campy magic that first movie encompassed so well.  But it's twenty-plus years later.  Do kids today even know what summer camp is?  RTSC doesn't hold much re-watch value, so once is definitely enough.

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