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Episode 48 — Sleepaway Camp


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Posted 29 October 2012 - 11:04 PM

Paul, Jason, June Diane, and MTV's Zach Pearlman talk 1983's Sleepaway Camp on this Halloween episode of How Did This Get Made.   We learn about incest, how much salt to add to boiling water, and, most importantly, to be cautious of water snakes.  Also, we discuss the performance of Robert Earl Jones (father to James Earl Jones) and Paul's understanding of the AIDS epidemic.  Enjoy this not-so-low-budget ode to side pony-tails and short shorts.  Happy Halloween!

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 11:12 PM

When I watched this movie, all I could think about was how much she looked like a young Sarah Silverman, which gives a whole new context to the parts of her book that talk about going away to camp.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 03:20 AM

Heavyweights reference? I'm in.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 04:39 AM

Guys...at 18:49, Paul says this, "The movie opens with...". This is, maybe, my favorite HDTGM ever. Just for the discussion at the start about relationships in the movie. I am now, so much more confused than when I saw that movie.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 05:15 AM

Let's get to the meat of this movie.-Paul
Literally. -Jason

BEST USE OF 'Literally' EVER!

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 06:16 AM

You guys owe it to yourselves to find the version with the most awkward director's commentary ever.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 06:53 AM

The part of this movie that always made me laugh the hardest is that strange six man water balloon fight on the roof (!) that ends up setting Ricky off when one of the bros hit's Angela with a balloon. Ricky goes from zero to batshit insane in no time flat. "You fucking bastards are going to pay for this! Cocksuckers! Pricks! Come down here and fight, you chickenshit!" and so on. Just amazing.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 06:55 AM

View PostLowercase Steve, on 30 October 2012 - 06:53 AM, said:

The part of this movie that always made me laugh the hardest is that strange six man water balloon fight on the roof (!) that ends up setting Ricky off when one of the bros hit's Angela with a balloon. Ricky goes from zero to batshit insane in no time flat. "You fucking bastards are going to pay for this! Cocksuckers! Pricks! Come down here and fight, you chickenshit!" and so on. Just amazing.


But, if you take it with the context that he is trying to hide the secret of what 'she' is, it kind of makes sense.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 07:07 AM

View PostLukas Holmes, on 30 October 2012 - 04:39 AM, said:

Guys...at 18:49, Paul says this, "The movie opens with...". This is, maybe, my favorite HDTGM ever. Just for the discussion at the start about relationships in the movie. I am now, so much more confused than when I saw that movie.

Agreed. Strong contender for best episode ever. I was on Jason's side during that whole opening conflict, btw. I thought Paul and the rest were crazy...until they weren't.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 07:14 AM

It is hilarious how much Mel sounds like Dr. Zoidberg when he's bemoaning the death of his teenaged paramour.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 07:40 AM

I was listening to this episode today and I felt I had to register to make this comment... Please, please, please, please, PLEASE work out your confusions about the plot beforehand if you're going to bicker and talk over each other for 10 minutes before actually getting to anything funny. I've loved your podcast ever since I discovered it, but all too often lately many episodes have been downright STRESSFUL to listen to. It's not fun, it's not enjoyable, and if it continues being a regular thing instead of a rare occasion, I can't listen anymore.

I almost stopped and gave up a few times before it got good. That said, once the confusions were worked out, it was a great episode.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 07:57 AM

I'm glad you guys picked this one, I'd never seen it before. I must say this is one of the creepiest movies I've ever seen, just due to all the pedophiles obviously involved with it. Your confusion over the "plot" was priceless.

Also, if anybody wants some more 80s horror movie set in a summer camp related podcast, then good news. Our show was able to score the man himself, Jason Voorhees for nearly the entire episode. He's a surprisingly verbose dude. Check it out won't you?

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 08:02 AM

The absolute best part of this movie is that it takes about 15 minutes to figure out the relationships between the main characters... which doesn't even make it clear. I need to see this movie.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 08:11 AM

View PostRottenRedRod, on 30 October 2012 - 07:40 AM, said:

I was listening to this episode today and I felt I had to register to make this comment... Please, please, please, please, PLEASE work out your confusions about the plot beforehand if you're going to bicker and talk over each other for 10 minutes before actually getting to anything funny. I've loved your podcast ever since I discovered it, but all too often lately many episodes have been downright STRESSFUL to listen to. It's not fun, it's not enjoyable, and if it continues being a regular thing instead of a rare occasion, I can't listen anymore.

I almost stopped and gave up a few times before it got good. That said, once the confusions were worked out, it was a great episode.

Incorrect. Listening to them figure what the heck is going on in these crazy movies is part of the fun!

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 08:11 AM

I have not heard so many New York accents saying "Angela" since the last time I saw Who's The Boss?

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 08:51 AM

I'm NEVER scared by any horror movie, campy or not, but Angela's snarl at the end genuinely freaked me out. It's like her jaw unhinged like a snake.

What is creeping me out more is thinking about the film production- some prop guy telling the teenage actress, "ok, time for us to attach your prosthetic penis."

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 08:56 AM

View PostJacob C, on 30 October 2012 - 08:11 AM, said:

Incorrect. Listening to them figure what the heck is going on in these crazy movies is part of the fun!
That has nothing to do with it. Later on, when they were talking about the absurd scenes and trying to make sense of them, it was fun. The early argument was over basic plot details that weren't funny or crazy, and the argument came before we even knew the basic details of the movie, so it made no sense. And listening to them yelling over each other is not fun, especially for the amount of time it went on. They should have just looked up on Wikipedia right away who was related to who (which they finally did to end the argument) instead of everyone trying to get the last word in for 10 minutes.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 09:11 AM

For me, the podcast is only ever half as fun if you haven't seen the movie. HDTGM is amazing because it captures that moment when you walk out of a bad movie with your friends and begin freaking out with them over wtf you just saw. If you watch the movie beforehand, you get to join them in their confusion. Them trying to figure out the very first scene for 20 minutes was easily my favorite part of the show because I was just as confused as they were. I can see how it would be frustrating if you hadn't seen the movie, but IMO you should always watch the movie beforehand. Especially if it's Sleepaway Camp.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 09:32 AM

"Bone-zoning" is my new favorite gerund. I just have to find a way to sneak it into polite conversation.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 09:33 AM

View PostRottenRedRod, on 30 October 2012 - 07:40 AM, said:

I was listening to this episode today and I felt I had to register to make this comment... Please, please, please, please, PLEASE work out your confusions about the plot beforehand if you're going to bicker and talk over each other for 10 minutes before actually getting to anything funny. I've loved your podcast ever since I discovered it, but all too often lately many episodes have been downright STRESSFUL to listen to. It's not fun, it's not enjoyable, and if it continues being a regular thing instead of a rare occasion, I can't listen anymore.
I almost stopped and gave up a few times before it got good. That said, once the confusions were worked out, it was a great episode.


I understand your frustration. Especially if someone had not seen the film beforehand.
One of the things I loved about the podcast was they each seemed to already have intimate love/hate and established 'explanations' for the film.
When they come together, they start stepping us through their version/interpretations and retell the story as they go along.
Somehow it didn't quite work this time :(
Guest did not help any cause here either.

Having said that, I was laughing out loud trying to figure out the bizarre relationships... who's the aunt.. is that the dad... who the hell died and who the hell is adopted and who left her?
But,
Yes, I see your point and I think there was so much crazy nonsense to be enjoyed past that and that might have been too hurried.

'Return to Sleepaway Camp'. I like to think I am quite good at spotting out put-ons. I cannot decide if 'Return' is just sincerely as crazy bad,
or,
Is the director (now older and aware of all the cult classic criticisms) deliberately making a bad movie?