Return to Sleepaway Camp was to be the long-awaited sequel to the original cult classic Sleepaway Camp, rather than the cheesy sequels* starring Pamela Springsteen. That was what caught my interest. I thought that perhaps after twenty-something years the folks behind the original film might have come up with a real shocker to top the surprise ending on the first film.
90 minutes later...
Oh goody, I now have another film to use as an example of what not to do when making a movie. It was not quite as bad as Dead Clowns, but it was getting dangerously close to being crowned as my new least favorite movie. The acting was wretched, the script was generic and unimaginative, the "kids" all looked like they were in their 20s/30s, and you can spot who the killer is within three seconds of meeting the character.
I'm guessing that the audience was supposed to feel disgust at some point and apparently one of the main characters was put in there just to be sure this was accomplished. I kid you not, my stomach turned every time this fat, whiny camper with a repetitive four-line vocabulary showed up on screen. Come to think of it, most of the characters were just downright vile. The best way I can explain it is to imagine a summer camp for people with serious anger management issues.
Sadly, the film lacked the imagination of the original film, and the campyness of the previous sequels. This is one of those few times where I struggle to find something good to say about a film.
If you must watch this film, I suggest making a drinking game out of it. Take a stiff drink every time you hear the phrase "Your ass stinks." You'll be passed out on the floor before the film gets really bad.
Film information: Return to Sleepaway Camp