Oct. 29, 2008, 12:23 a.m. CST
With a review like this it sounds like a must get.
Oct. 29, 2008, 12:27 a.m. CST
Opening weekend, so the audience was decent-sized... and I remember how everyone seemed kind of stunned, after it was over and they were filing out, that they'd paid to see this, and sat through it.
Oct. 29, 2008, 12:42 a.m. CST
I watched for Horrormovieaday.com. I didn't write a review though, so I figure that when the day comes that I can no longer remember anything about it and would have to watch it again, I would and that would be the day I step down from my "post". Even now, less than 2 years later, I'm a bit fuzzy on it other than I didn't like it much other than the awesome love scene with the sparks and cheesy rock song.
Oct. 29, 2008, 12:46 a.m. CST
Still enjoying the column.
Oct. 29, 2008, 12:49 a.m. CST
In all that "So bad it's good" thinking? I think Ebert defined true camp as unintentional. The film makers actually believed in what they were doing was a good job. (Battlefield Earth-Dungeons and Dragons)<p> Shouldn't Rocky Horror, 1960's Batman and this movie be called successful comedies?
Oct. 29, 2008, 12:58 a.m. CST
Ed Wood is definitely camp and that's the appeal to it. It's not good filmmaking, but he's taking it so very seriously that you can't help but enjoy it. Rocky Horror is definitely successful at being a bizarre comedy, a satire of sci-fi films that came before it, and the '60s Batman movie is completely aware of what it was. This movie is in some no-man's land between those and true failures. I think this movie was trying to be smarter and better than it ended up being, but is still goofy enough to enjoy.
Oct. 29, 2008, 1 a.m. CST
As Quint said, this movie is so cheap, yet he's right - it's a bit more natural because of it. And there are some kills that really surprised me (the killer even slays - well, something Jason never did). But the ending alone makes Sleepaway Camp amazing in its own right. It is one of the more disturbing (and surprising) endings.
Oct. 29, 2008, 1:50 a.m. CST
I'm impressed dude-- I never thought you'd last this long! How are you holding up-- has there yet been a day where you almost didn't file a review on time? Are you sick of watching movies yet? I hope not-- we're all loving your reports. Great job!
Oct. 29, 2008, 2:41 a.m. CST
Never seen it but I guess I have to before someone ruins whatever this strange ending is.
Oct. 29, 2008, 2:49 a.m. CST
Growing up a teenager in Australia, my parents finally agreed to buy a VHS (we had beta...stupid us) and we could actually go to the video store and not be relegated to one little corner of the store. We could branch out and look at everything. I went directly to the horror section and wow, cheap and nasty titles such as these were 2.95 for five days. Needless to say, i stocked up big. Mum would roll her eyes at my selections, but never once stop me from my horror fetish. God bless her. I discovered a lot of gems and a LOT of crap. Quint...you are sending me back to the video store man. Thankyou. I gotta relive my childhood and stock up on some horror treats I haven't seen in years. Hope my girlfriend doesn't roll HER eyes.
Oct. 29, 2008, 3:09 a.m. CST
The director of Return To Horror high is Bill Froehlich. Froehlich (Or Fröhlich) means happy or cheerful in German. :D
Oct. 29, 2008, 3:09 a.m. CST
I had one published half a day late, but that's the only slip-up so far. Fingers crossed I'll keep it up, but I'm feeling good so far!
Oct. 29, 2008, 3:16 a.m. CST
...the epitome if you will. amazing, awesome, and genuinely better than the films it imitated. can't wait til next week for the new one.
Oct. 29, 2008, 3:18 a.m. CST
Hi Quint! You shoulda read a little more on IMDB. The world of cinema was robbed, when the official sequel to 1976's "Grizzly" went belly-up (as a long-time fan of "Jaws" rip-offs, especially "Grizzly", it saddens me). Anyways, somebody's got some footage of it on YouTube. Where the hell they found it, I got no idea; possibly a garbage dump. Some glimpses of 80s darling Deborah Foreman, but no sign of Clooney, or the bear for that matter, just a shitty 80s song and dance... Check it out. Don't forget to pick your jaw up from the floor. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afTW0E_iNQg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jA699zaY0s http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLZ327Hsyu0
Oct. 29, 2008, 6:46 a.m. CST
Quint, I loved Die Monster Die. It's another Lovecraft film, too, being loosely based on "A Colour Out of Space." Great stuff. I think you'll enjoy it.
Oct. 29, 2008, 7:15 a.m. CST
in a good way
Oct. 29, 2008, 7:19 a.m. CST
So good. so pure. so kind. so Impossible. Holy crap the 80's were painful.
Oct. 29, 2008, 7:31 a.m. CST
Congratulations on discovering the new "rick-roll"! Everyone should be punished with that clip ;)
Oct. 29, 2008, 7:58 a.m. CST
When I randomly searched YouTube and stumbled across that stuff, I thought I'd died and gone to Heaven, er... I mean, Hell. Happy to share the pain. I messaged the guy who posted it, but he never replied. I'm betting he has a lot more footage. Maybe we should gang up and bombard him with requests to post everything he has -- this is clearly the "Magnificent Ambersons" of nature gone nuts movies. So good, so pure, so kind. Holy crap indeed! Peace. Out. Cinemaniac
Oct. 29, 2008, 8:20 a.m. CST
by Anna Valerious
Anyhoo... "Oh my God, someone remembered this movie and made a comedy sketch about it!"-"Robot Chicken" on "Sleepaway Camp".
Oct. 29, 2008, 8:54 a.m. CST
was in some shortlived CBS sitcom with, I believe, Jon Cryer..The Fabulous Teddy Z..or something like that. All I remember is that Rocco was awesome in in. Rocco's got one of those classic gangster/sleaseball voices.
Oct. 29, 2008, 9:46 a.m. CST
I got this on Amazon for like $3 and it wasn't worth that. I love Karloff like some people love taffy, but this is a phoned in performance. But I always thought Brendan Hughes was kind of sexy in a Eurofag sort of way.
Oct. 29, 2008, 9:51 a.m. CST
by Major Hockshtetter
This studio churned out the dreckiest of dreck during the Reagan/Bush years... Avenging Angel, CHUD, Body Rock, Reform School Girls. Even luminaries like Ken Russell and John Carpenter got sucked in with Crimes of Passion and Black Moon Rising! Good days, good days...
Oct. 29, 2008, 10:53 a.m. CST
by T 1000 xp professional
we just entered the season for home movies
Oct. 29, 2008, 10:56 a.m. CST
This movie is currently in their rotation and if you have On Demand with them you can watch it anytime.
Oct. 29, 2008, 11:02 a.m. CST
by Lenny Nero
One of the most gleeful movies of all time, horror or night. And oddly romantic.
Oct. 29, 2008, 11:35 a.m. CST
Absolutely the most out of left field line in horror movie history.. I remember thinking "Did that white guy just call that other white guy a honky after pulling off a black man mask"??
Oct. 29, 2008, 11:50 a.m. CST
If I heard the sound HHHHHHHUUUUUU HHHHHHHHUUUUUU HHHHHHHHUUUUUU in deep baritone coming out of my air conditioning ducts after watching Sleepaway Camp, I would burn the house down on general principle. Grandparents be damned.
Oct. 29, 2008, 11:52 a.m. CST
by El Borak
still haven't seen it but in high school one of my friends recommended it to my other friend and they rented it. he said it was the "scariest movie ever made" ha ha! long story short, my close buddy was like "what the fuck!" and told me all about it. ha ha! we made fun of that dude for weeks.
Oct. 29, 2008, noon CST
by El Borak
last night i caught an old "incredible hulk" episode. in it banner befriends a blond-midget-wrestler-dude named "half-nelson". at one point the hulk shows up and grabs a blonde midget lady off the street then lifts her up and stares at her.<br> <br>fucking priceless.
Oct. 29, 2008, 2:32 p.m. CST
Ugh, what a turd. I suppose it could have camp/nostalgia value for some, but Jesus, what a mess. The twist on the ending really had nothing to do with the rest of the movie (or at least the slashy part) and that adopted mother in the beginning and end was utterly fucking painful to watch. Don't bother with it. Some may call it a horror classic, but that's probably only because they remember it being so cool when they were 12.
Oct. 29, 2008, 2:46 p.m. CST
by Lenny Nero
...the twist has everything to do with the rest of the movie (including the slashy parts). Behold an actual reasonable psychological explanation for mass murder in this kind of a movie. <p>And the adopted mother stuff is supposed to be awkward and weird as hell.
Oct. 29, 2008, 3:07 p.m. CST
And the adopted mother had man-hands... genuine, certified man-hands.<BR><BR>Cheap and some horrible acting, but it's the rare type of movie where the bad acting only improves the overall tone of bizarre lunacy. And man-hands.
Oct. 29, 2008, 3:50 p.m. CST
seen it on VHS back in '83-man,what a fucked up F13th clone...not sayin' it's a bad thing at all.the sequels were rather meh,but at least ol' Springsteen and the Estevez's(Charlie and Emilio) have hot sisters. if you want REAL hilarity,watch "Madman" when it pops up on the IFC. OMFG it's sooooo bad!
Oct. 29, 2008, 3:52 p.m. CST
please!!! The Burning has Jason Alexander when he had hair!
Oct. 29, 2008, 4:38 p.m. CST
by Zoviet Squid
I watched it the first time a couple years ago and it definitely left an impression - no childhood nostalgia involved: the ending is fucking nightmare inducing. My girlfriend just recently watched it on my recommendation and now it's one of her favorite horror films, and she's in her mid-30's. It has it all: ridiculous and cheap enough to make you laugh, with some genuine chills to earn it an unlikely place in the pantheon of horror classics.
Oct. 29, 2008, 5:02 p.m. CST
by Matthew Martinez
A friend and I rented Sleepaway Camp several years back. (Nearly ten years! Crap, I feel old!) We were laughing pretty much the whole way through, thinking it cheesy and dumb, and then along came that ending, which shut us right the hell up. After it was over, we just kinda looked at each other, and we each could tell that the other had been scarred for life. (Okay, that's a bit of an exaggerated, but we were both more than a little disturbed.)
Nov. 10, 2008, 7:25 a.m. CST
by The Amazing G
and yeah Sleepaway Camp is fucking funny, but even though I knew about it before-hand the ending defiantly still gave me the creeps