'80s slasher flick Sleepaway Camp slicing its way back as a reboot

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Nov 1, 2013

One of the freakiest slasher flicks of the 1980s is coming back for another go-round — so you should definitely skip camp that summer.

The 1983 horror classic Sleepaway Camp, which spawned about a half-dozen sequels of worsening quality, is reportedly getting the reboot treatment. The psychosexual original was set at a summer camp where someone starts axing the campers.

You know, the usual slasher-flick fare. But this one still stands out above the rest of the 80s pack for its freaky, gender-bending twist ending, which was a straight-up shocker at the time.

The remake rights have been optioned from original writer-director Robert Hiltzik, producer Michele Tatosian and original star Felissa Rose. According to Deadline, studio exec Jeff Katz (Snakes on a Plane) hopes to reimagine the Sleepaway Camp mythos “in a modern setting with a new film series that echoes its legacy and the psychosexual elements that made the first pic such a memorable cult favorite.”

It’s tough to shock moviegoers these days, but this franchise did it once — and would probably be a pretty good jumping-off point to do it again. But does the slasher genre still hold the freaky allure it did a few decades ago?

What do you think? Does the world need a new Sleepaway Camp?

(Via Deadline)

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