Return to Sleepaway Camp

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"Kids can be so mean."
  • R
  • 2008
  • 1 hr 26 min
  • 4.2  (3,824)

Return to Sleepaway Camp is a 2008 horror-comedy film directed by Robert Hiltzik, who also directed the original Sleepaway Camp film in 1983. The movie picks up years after the events of the first film, with a new group of campers arriving at Camp Manabe, which has been reopened after being closed for several years. The movie's protagonist is Alan, a shy and introverted camper who is bullied by many of the other kids at the camp. As the movie progresses, we see Alan struggle to make friends and fit in, while also encountering a number of bizarre and disturbing events that suggest that something is not quite right at Camp Manabe.

One of the key elements of the movie is its use of humor to balance out the horror and gore. While there are plenty of gruesome and violent scenes, there are also many moments of dark humor that help to keep the movie from becoming too intense or overwhelming. This lighter tone is also reflected in the performances of the movie's cast, many of whom deliver exaggerated and over-the-top performances that are clearly meant to be both scary and funny.

Another element of the movie that is sure to appeal to horror fans is its use of classic horror movie tropes and conventions. From jump scares to slasher movie-style kills, Return to Sleepaway Camp is packed with nods to classic horror movies from the 80s and 90s. At the same time, however, the movie also manages to subvert many of these conventions and tropes in unexpected ways, keeping the audience on their toes and keeping things fresh and interesting.

One of the most interesting aspects of the movie is the way in which it deals with issues of gender and sexuality. Without giving too much away, it is safe to say that the movie features a number of characters who do not conform to traditional gender norms or sexual identities. These characters are treated with respect and sensitivity, and their inclusion in the movie is both refreshing and important.

Overall, Return to Sleepaway Camp is a fun and entertaining horror-comedy that will appeal to fans of both genres. While it certainly has its flaws, including some uneven pacing and occasional lapses in logic, it more than makes up for these issues with its strong cast, clever writing, and inventive use of classic horror movie tropes. Whether you are a die-hard horror fan or just looking for a fun and entertaining movie to watch with friends, Return to Sleepaway Camp is definitely worth checking out.

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    4.2  (3,824)