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A Beautifully Disgusting Box Set-Sleepaway Camp Survival Kit
Sheila Chilcote-Collins | Collinswood, Van Wert, OH USA | 05/20/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Well... Anchor Bay has done it again! This very cool box set of the cult classics - The Sleepaway Camp Trilogy has a cute "first aid" motif with bloody handprints on the slipcover. The red paint used on the slipcover for the blood actually FEELS STICKY, like real blood! Open the slipcover up and you have pictures of first aid items like band-aids, first aid cream, gauze, antiseptic wipes and the like with the DVD's right inside. Utter PACKAGING GENIUS! Also included is a "Sleepaway Camp Diary" that gives the history of all three films and includes addresses for cool Sleepaway Camp fan websites. All three of the features are presented in widescreen with audio commentaries, still galleries, theatrical trailers, outtakes, behind the scenes, deleted scenes and MUCH, MUCH GORE!!!You won't believe the odd cast list in these fun movies! The first installment has a group of total unknowns with Felissa Rose as the shy, teenaged Angela. In the second and third installments Pam Springsteen (Bruce "The Boss" Springsteen's little sis) takes over the challenging, over the top role of Angela. Also in the cast are Tracy Griffith (Melanie Griffith's sister)who plays "Marcia", Renee Estevez (sister of Emilio Estevez & Charlie Sheen)as "Molly" and even an Academy Award Nominee in Michael J. Pollard (Bonnie & Clyde, 1967)as a lusty "Herman"!!!The names of the characters are references to the pop culture for the times, with names purposefully taken from "The Brady Bunch", "The Munsters" and "West Side Story".The real star in these three pics, however, is the special effects! Great stuff, even compared to present day F/X. The soundtrack to Sleepaway Camp II, "Unhappy Campers" has the likes of Anvil, Obsession, and even the Dead Milkmen!Sleepaway Camp III, "Teenage Wasteland" is a very bold and different teen slasher movie as most of the "slashing, hacking, stabbing and the like" is done in the middle of the afternoon with the bright sunshine of Camp Sleepaway making the blood run "redder than ever"!If you enjoy The Friday The 13th series, "Slumber Party Massacre" films, "Halloween" movies, or other slasher movies in this genre, you will ABSOLUTELY LOVE Sleepaway Camp as it is really in a genre of it's OWN (don't wanna give away Angela's REALLY BIG SECRET, you know)!Happy Watching and KEEP ON CAMPIN'!!!"
Don't read the back of the box!!!
Sheila Chilcote-Collins | 08/08/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"For goodness sake, don't read the back of the box when you get this... it gives away the big secret of the first movie. I have no idea why they would do this. There ARE people who are interested in this, but never saw it, ya know?? I heard so many good things about this movie, especially about how there was a surprise ending, so I got the box set. Well, the first thing I did was read the back of the box... you wouldn't think they would give away the MAIN secret on the back of the freaking box, but they did. This was a really good, cheesy, 80's slasher film... with a surprise twist at the end... oh, did I mention though, that it is ruined by reading the back of the box??? I still really enjoyed the movie, even with the end being ruined for me, by the damn box it comes in. Soooo... take it from me... DO NOT read the back of this box before you watch the first movie. REALLY!!! It ruined what could have been such a freaking cool ending. In fact, during the whole movie, I felt I knew what was going on, but I thought, naaaa... surely that can't be it... they wouldn't say it on the back of the box... but yep... they sure did!! DON'T READ THE BACK OF THE BOX BEFORE YOU WATCH THIS MOVIE!!!! I really can't stress that enough."
Great Set for Great Horror Series
Eric Ashley | Elkhart, IN | 08/14/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The "Sleepaway Camp" series has long been known as a "Friday the 13th" knockoff by many mainstream critics. But to fans, this series is so much more. From its shocking and haunting finale of the original, to the pre-"Scream" self-mocking style of part 2 ("Unhappy Campers") to the full-circle feeling of part 3 ("Teenage Wasteland")... the "Sleepaway Camp" series has grown quite a devoted cult following.Anchor Bay Entertainment (aka the Horror Fan's Best Friend) has issued a boxed set of all three "Sleepaway" films. Featuring new cover art and a collectible booklet, this set is a must have for any fan. Here's a breakdown of what all three movies include:Sleepaway Camp -- Feature-length commentary by director Robert Hiltzik, star Felissa Rose and moderator Jeff Hayes; theatrical trailer.Sleepaway Camp 2: Unhappy Campers -- Commentary with director Michael A. Simpson; behind-the-scenes footage; video trailer; still galleries.Sleepaway Camp 3: Teenage Wasteland -- Commentary; behind-the-scenes footage; deleted gore scenes; video trailer; still galleries.The only complaint would be that the original movie is the same disc that was released in 2000... a non-anamophic transfer with no additional extras. But the extra footage on the next two films is a real treat for any fan, providing a rare inside look on the making of these classic films.Visit "Sleepaway Camp"... and become a dismember."
Sleepaway Camp Series Review!
Crazy Jim | Massachusetts | 07/30/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I make it the point in my DVD reviews to make the review more about what the DVD offers than what it is to review the movie. When I shop for DVD's, I often already own the VHS and am looking for lots of extra features.In the case of this latest box set from Anchor Bay, you really can't ask for more. All three movies with bonus commentary and tons of added features not to mention a "survival guide" and bonus DVD in a deluxe package edition. How can you ask for more?To be honest, I had only seen bits & pieces of the first "Sleepaway" when I purchased this boxed set but when I was done watching all three, I felt more than pleased with my purchase. All three movies are cheesy B-horror flicks similiar to that of FRIDAY THE 13TH. Admittingly, I was more partial to the two sequels with Pam Springsteen but the ending of the first film was just crazy. If you are a cult horror fan, this set is easily worth adding to your DVD collection."
THIS BOX SET IS A NO BRAINER !
creatureart | Massachusetts | 09/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"5 stars for the box set! 3 stars for "SLEEPAWAY CAMP"! 4 stars for "part 2(UNHAPPY CAMPERS)"! & 3 stars for "part 3 (TEENAGE WASTELAND)"! Slasher fans for the money you can't go wrong here! You got 2 good slasher ficks(part 1 & part 3) & one great slasher flick(part 2) & then you even get some production footage from the 1992 scrapped part 4(THE SERVIVOR) & once you watch this footage you will be so glad they scrapped it! It would have been a total insult to the saga! Anyway if your a sleepaway fan then get this box set."