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Sleepaway Camp (1983)

Cast: Cliff Cudney, Cliff Cudney, Mike Kellin, more...
Director: Robert Hiltzik, Robert Hiltzik
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Studio: Anchor Bay
Genre: Horror, Slashers
Running Time: 84 min.
Languages: English
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A deadly boating accident derails the life of a sensitive youngster, leading to confusion, madness and murder. Years after the incident, Angela (Felissa Rose) is still withdrawn and rarely speaks, living a sheltered life with her aunt and cousin Ricky (Jonathan Tiersten). The two young teens are sent off to Camp Arawak to spend the summer, and though Ricky attends every year and has plenty of friends, Angela is unable to fit in and finds herself the target of cruel taunts from her bunkmates. Her cousin is always ready to stick up for her, and she begins a timid romance with Ricky's best friend Paul (Christopher Collet), but it isn't enough to stop the abuse from their fellow campers. Soon a series of fatal accidents is plaguing Camp Arawak; a pedophilic cook is scalded alive, a practical joker drowns mysteriously and the boys' restroom becomes the scene of a horrific bee swarm attack. The campers are fleeing in droves, and the few who remain begin suspecting foul play. But who is the killer? The camp's owner (Mike Kellin) believes that the killings are only meant to ruin his business, and he's convinced that the hot-tempered Ricky is to blame. When the evening of the camp social arrives, it proves to be the bloodiest night of all, and a terrible secret is revealed in a bizarre confrontation on the beach. This offbeat slasher mystery (also known as Nightmare Vacation) has earned a sizable cult following for its twisted sensibilities and inspired a pair of direct-to-video sequels. ~ Fred Beldin, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Pricks! by WAkers December 24, 2002 - 11:48 AM PST
7 out of 8 members found this review helpful
Filmed at the same location as the original Friday the 13th -- at the same time, no less -- Sleepaway Camp was something DIFFERENT in a sea of slash 'em up summer camp movies.

With its bizzare characters (Mel, the owner. .with those black hiked up socks is my favorite. And Aunt Martha is SO fucked up!) and its taboo subject matter (kids killing kids, incest, pedophilia, and ultimately transvestitism) it still is shocking -- especially for those that haven't seen it.

A good movie, totally 80's, and the Anchor Bay release has a fun commentary with Felissa Rose (Angela) and the director as well as the kid that made the Sleepaway Camp fan site. Rent it!

GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 6.58)
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