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Thursday, December 8, 2016
SLEEPAWAY CAMP / RETURN TO SLEEPAWAY CAMP
RETURN TO SLEEPAWAY CAMP (2008). Writer/director: Robert Hiltzik.
With its obvious model being the original Friday the 13th, this slasher film makes its camp's victims both counselors and kids. The opening depicts a boating accident in which Angela (Felissa Rose) loses her family and is taken in by her weird Aunt Martha (Desiree Gould, who turns her character into a ludicrous caricature). Angela and her cousin Ricky (Jonathan Tierstein) attend the festivities at Camp Arawak, where Angela is bullied because of her habit of giving everyone the silent treatment. A boy named Paul (Christopher Collet) is attracted to Angela and helps bring her out of her shell, but still there's something amiss. Then the murders start, with one pedophile cook being boiled in oil, and assorted bullies getting set on fire, stung by bees (that, incredibly, seem to eat human flesh), and so on. The "shock" ending packs a decided wallop -- until you think about how far-fetched and rather silly it is; it is also similar to the ending of The Incubus. Mike Kellin gives a lousy performance as the owner of the camp, but both Rose and Tierstein give effective performances, as does Karen Fields as the bitchy Judy. Most of the victims in this, aside from three little boys, are so obnoxious that their deaths are almost welcome. The make up effects are good and the film holds the attention.
Verdict: Sleepaway Camp. **1/2.
Return to Sleepaway Camp. **1/2.