RIP The Real Uncle John


Sleepaway Camp Films was saddened to hear of John Hughes’ passing last week. The legendary teen comedy/drama auteur had considerable impact upon Michael A. Simpson’s pair of Sleepaway Camp sequels.

It bears repeating that in Sleepaway Camp 2: Unhappy Campers, writer Fritz Gordon named characters after the so-called ‘brat pack’ and specifically name-checked the cast of The Breakfast Club: Molly [Ringwald], Ally [Sheedy], Emilio [Estevez], Judd [Nelson], Anthony [Michael Hall] and even Uncle John, a reverent position referring to Hughes.

Overall, the atypical character interactions and soap operatic elements of the sequels are in direct response to the direction John Hughes took teenage-centric cinema in the 1980’s.

Interestingly, at some point post-Teenage Wasteland, Gordon extended his appreciation of The Breakfast Club into a never-realized treatment entitled The Angel Of Death which positioned Angela as a teacher in high school bumping off kids stuck in detention.

I urge you all to read this amazing secret story about John Hughes.

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4 Responses to “RIP The Real Uncle John”

  1. Sonny Baker says:

    So sad,I loved Mr.Hughes even though I was never in the 80s’,I wasalways wishing for him to do a comeback something really 80′ like a sequel to the Breakfast Club but no,also we will never see the daylight of the deleted scenes to any of his good films.R.I.P. John Hughes

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