For fans of the Sleepaways Camp films, the 4th installment, Sleepaway Camp IV: The Survivor, has remained as enigmatic as the franchise’s gender-elusive protagonists. Filming began in 1992 but the production was completely shuttered with only 34 minutes of footage in the can. It was “completed” in 2012 using archived footage from the previous Sleepaway chapters. A limited DVD was released but has since been put on a moratorium.
Filming began in October 1992 at Camp Tamarack in Oakland, New Jersey. Unfortunately, Double Helix Films, the film’s production company, went bankrupt during this time, causing the production to shut down. Roughly 34 minutes of footage was shot before shut down; a trailer was also made. In 2002 the footage from the first day of shooting was released as an exclusive fourth disc for the Best Buy Red Cross edition of the Region 1 Sleepaway Camp Survival Kit DVD box set. There were 2 versions of the Survival Kit released, with only the Best Buy edition including the fourth disc. Both versions are now long out of print, with the 4-disc edition being the rarest and more sought after by fans and collectors.
Collectors will finally have a chance to add Sleepaway Camp IV: The Survivor to their libraries when the film enjoys a Blu-ray re-release later this year. The announcement came from Sleepaway Camp Films Facebook Page.
SLEEPAWAY CAMP 4 COMING TO BLU-RAY! It’s true, for those wishing to complete the saga on their collection (there’s still one more yet to hit Blu-ray, but we have no control over that one). The DVD is now on moratorium as we commence to completely recompile the movie, from the campground up! The new edition will the “final cut”, be in hi-definition remastered quality and contain new extras. This long-lost sequel combined the original trilogy into one feature jam-packed with hidden Easter eggs & revelations for the eagle-eyed hardcore fans – not to mention all 30 death scenes in a cavalcade of carnage, Angela-style! At this stage, we’re looking to gauge interest so we can determine the number of copies we do for the run, so if this is something you’re interested in purchasing – LET US KNOW HERE! If you’re not interested, no need to let us know – we understand, you need to save up for STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI. Note: Cover art TBD.
Sleepaway Camp IV: The Survivor is directed by Jim Markovic and stars Carrie Chambers, Victor Campos, and John Lodico. We don’t have an exact release date for the Blu-ray re-release, but we’ll keep you posted as details emerge. Stay tuned!
Official Synopsis: Allison Kramer suffers recurring nightmares and selective amnesia. She returns to camp to discover the truth only to find dark memories coming to life before her very eyes.
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