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Return to Sleepaway Camp (2008)

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Camp Manabe is where kids torment each other but people soon start turning up dead.



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Alison (Carrie Chambers), a survivor of the Sleepaway Camp trilogy, is being plagued by nightmares which gruesomely force her to revisit the Sleepaway Camp... See full synopsis »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Gibney ...
Paul DeAngelo ...
Erin Broderick ...
Michael Werner ...
Jaime Radow ...
Shahidah McIntosh ...
Bella (as Shahida McIntosh)


It's summer camp as usual at Camp Manabe where the kids torment each other for fun while the underpaid camp staff provides as little supervision as possible. Greedy camp owner Frank and junior partner Ronnie do their best to keep everyone in line, but something sinister is about to put a slash in the roster. When campers and staff mysteriously begin disappearing and turning into gruesome corpses, paranoid Ronnie can't shake the memory of a series of grisly murders that took place at Camp Arawak, where he worked two decades earlier. Has a ghost from the past come back to haunt him? As the paranoia worsens, Ronnie's list of possible killers starts growing just like the body count. Everyone becomes a suspect from vicious kids to shady members of the camp staff, and even former Camp Arawak camper Ricky who mysteriously works nearby. Who is knocking off these victims and why? Only one thing is for certain, something is carving a bloody new trail at Sleepaway Camp where kids can be so mean ... Written by SleepawayCampMovies.com

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Kids can be so mean.


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for horror violence and gore, pervasive language, some sexual content and teen drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 October 2010 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Sleepaway Camp V: The Return  »

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Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


First sequel to be written, directed, and produced by Robert Hiltzik, who wrote, directed, and produced the original Sleepaway Camp (1983). Besides being credited for certain character creations, Hiltzik had no involvement with neither Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers (1988) nor Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland (1989). See more »


In the newspaper ad for Camp Arawak in the opening credits, the word volleyball is misspelled "vollyball". See more »


T.C.: [to Spaz, laughing] Dude, you're such a fuckin' spaz.
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Crazy Credits

Once the credits at the end are over, another short scene starts up. A female motorist's car breaks down on a deserted road. Sheriff Jerry stops to help. With the car jacked up, he crawls under it to check it out and it suddenly falls, crushing his head. The woman turns around, revealing herself to be Angela. See more »


Follows Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers (1988) See more »


Performed by Rodney Whittenberg
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7 February 2014 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

"Return To Sleepaway Camp" isn't as much a real movie as it is a joke that got a bit out of hand. Apparently there's a website entirely devoted to 80s slasher gem "Sleepaway Camp", and they moved heaven and Earth to get some of its cast and crew back together for a sequel. They even got Robert Hiltzik back in the director chair, even though he retired from filmmaking decades prior. Sadly though, that totally shows. Hiltzik has forgotten pretty much everything that made his first movie such an underground classic. The first one thrived on its inventive kills and compelling mystery (with an amazing conclusion). In this one, the kills just make no goddamn sense (the bed of spikes!?) and you've figured out the twist well before halfway. Even worse though is the handling of the characters. When someone teased cute innocent kids in the original, you were glad they died minutes later. In this one the protagonist is a teen that picks on little kids in the cruelest ways possible, and then gets picked on by adolescents in the cruelest ways possible. You just can't sympathize with anyone in this movie, which makes you indifferent to all the deaths. The biggest difference is in the acting though. Why is everyone acting so tongue-in-cheek all of a sudden, why the sudden shift in tone? I don't remember wanting to punch Jonathan Tiersten in the face any time he opened his mouth in the original, what happened? This movie was released four years after completion: that's rarely a good sign.

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