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One of the things that I love most about being a horror writer and a longtime rabid 80s horror nut is getting the opportunity to meet other fans like myself and talk about the films that we sat through as kids for the first time and how we have grown to become so attached to them as adults so many years later. While established franchises like Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street have their own masses of followers, it warms my heart when I meet a fan of the Sleepaway Camp series and get the opportunity to banter back and forth with them and discuss what we both love and hate about the original trilogy. Surprisingly, there is a sort of divide among fans about which sequel they prefer most – Unhappy Campers or Teenage Wasteland. It’s fascinating to get to hear them speak so passionately about »
- Leonel Benavides
The Sleepaway Camp series has been a longtime favorite of mine, as I’ve always found Angela Baker to be one of the more fascinating villains and cinematic serial killers the genre has ever seen. When we first meet her in the original Sleepaway Camp, she’s a precocious pre-teen (portrayed by Felissa Rose) who has endured one messed up childhood. By the time we are reunited with an adult Angela (Pamela Springsteen) for the next two sequels, she’s embraced her complicated nature through the "help" of some professionals and has evolved into the perfect camp counselor.
Far more decisively comedic in tone than their predecessor, both Sleepaway Camp II and III are a ridiculous amount of fun for anyone who grew up on a steady diet of slasher movies. They do a fantastic job of fully embracing and celebrating everything great that was happening in the horror genre at that time. »
- Heather Wixson
Get ready, campers! It’s a big week for all you Angela Baker fans out there as this Tuesday the good folks at Scream Factory are releasing Collector’s Edition Blu-ray/DVDs for the first two Sleepaway Camp sequels: Unhappy Campers and Teenage Wasteland.
June 9th will also be the day that two great cult classics—Society and Spider Baby—are being celebrated with their very own Special Edition releases from Arrow Video. The folks at Turner Classic Movies are giving The Hunchback of Notre Dame a high-def upgrade as well. And as if all that wasn’t enough, TV lovers have The Strain Season 1 Collector's Edition Blu-ray Box Set (available exclusively on Amazon ahead of a July 14th wide home media release) and Teen Wolf Season 4 to look forward to, and we also have a ton of indie horror titles coming to DVD and Blu-ray, including Debug, »
- Heather Wixson
After making blood-splattered summer memories at Camp Arawak, the Sleepaway Camp franchise pointed its cameras at two new seasonal spots: Camp Rolling Hills and Camp New Horizons. Crackling bonfires, burned flesh, and slice-and-dice slayings wound their way into the busy camp curriculums in both Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers and Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland, and to help kick off their Summer of Fear: Part 2, Scream Factory will release both Pamela Springsteen-starring sequels in bonus features-packed Blu-ray / DVD Collector's Editions on June 9th:
Press Release - "This summer, Scream Factory™ invites horror enthusiasts and movie collectors to further venture into the great outdoors and experience what Camp Rolling Hills and Camp New Horizons have to offer – nature walks, randy campers, puritanical camp counselor, murder and a feast of gory goodness! Fans of the popular Sleepaway Camp movies rejoice as the collector’s editions of Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers »
- Derek Anderson
With today being Friday the 13th, many horror hounds have Camp Crystal Lake killer Jason Voorhees on the mind, but the thought of summer camp slashers might also lead a good portion of fright film fans to think about Angela Baker from the Sleepaway Camp movies.
Following their release of the Sleepaway Camp Collector’s Edition Blu-ray/DVD last May, this summer Scream Factory will release Collector’s Edition Blu-ray/DVDs of both Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers and Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland. To celebrate the big 13 on the calendar today, the diligent distributor has unveiled the cover art for both upcoming Sleepaway Camp home media releases.
The Sleepaway Camp II and III Collector’s Edition Blu-ray/DVDs will be released on June 9th. The new cover art was crafted by Nathan Thomas Milliner, who designed the creepy look of last year’s Sleepaway Camp Blu-ray/DVD. Those nostalgic »
- Derek Anderson
5 items from 2015
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