Welcome back to the Sleepaway Camp Retrospective series. Today Jeff Konopka and Jimmy Terror are back to discuss Sleepaway Camp 2 and 3, Unhappy Campers and Teenage Wasteland respectively. These are not the serious horror pictures that the original tried to be. Sleepaway Camp 2 and 3 are full of cheesy gore, 80’s fashion and style as well as well-timed comic relief. Oh and boobs. And Bruce Springsteen’s sister. These two entries are personal favorites of mine. Sleepaway Camp 2 was one of the first VHS tapes I ever bought (if not the first one). I nearly wore the tape out and memorized the fairly short, one liner equipped movie. My retinas have been burned with the breasts of Valerie Hartman and crew. If you’re a fan of the 80’s slasher boom, early, borderline meta-horror and creative kills a-go-go, Sleepaway Camp 2 and 3, companion movies filmed at the same time, are perfect for you.
Listen to Jeff and Jimmy goof on TC’s mullet, sing campfire songs and discusses the finer points of low budget horror movie creation. Also keep an eye out for the next installment of the Sleepaway Camp Retrosepctive series (yes, there are Sleepaway Camp movies BEYOND the wasteland).
Why are we covering two movies in the same podcast? Are these films worthy follow-ups to the original? Does Michael A. Simpson really deserve all the credit for creating the first self-aware Horror-Comedy? How deep is James’ obsession with Valerie Hartman and her lady parts? Will Chris from Exorcast finally stop sending death threats to us now that this episode has been released? More importantly, does James sing the “Happy Camper” song for us?
Find the answers to these burning questions here – along with talk of the film’s history and origins, its critical reception, and its place in pop culture and the franchise. As always, the guys give you their unfiltered opinions… Oh, and expect some reflection on the series as a whole in there, too…
I have a question for every horror fan with kids. Knowing what you know about summer camps from your experience watching countless movies about them, do you let your kids go to them? Do your kids currently go to them? Do you send them with condoms and DARE Tees? Life Alert badges? Inquiring minds want to know.