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Sleepaway Camp (1983)

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Angela Baker, a traumatized and very shy young girl, is sent to summer camp with her cousin. Shortly after her arrival, anyone with sinister or less than honorable intentions gets their comeuppance.

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Robert Hiltzik

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Robert Hiltzik
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Felissa Rose ... Angela
Jonathan Tiersten ... Ricky (as Jonathan Tierston)
Karen Fields ... Judy
Christopher Collet ... Paul
Mike Kellin ... Mel
Katherine Kamhi ... Meg
Paul DeAngelo ... Ronnie
Thomas E. van Dell ... Mike
Loris Diran ... Billy (as Loris Sallahian)
John E. Dunn ... Kenny (as John Dunn)
Willy Kuskin ... Mozart
Desiree Gould ... Aunt Martha
Owen Hughes ... Artie
Robert Earl Jones ... Ben
Susan Glaze Susan Glaze ... Susie
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Storyline

After a horrible boating accident kills her family, Angela, a shy and sullen young girl, moves in with her eccentric aunt Martha, alongside her protective cousin Ricky. One summer, Martha sends the kids to Camp Arawak. Soon after their arrival, a series of bizarre and increasingly violent accidents begins to claim the lives of various campers. Who is the twisted individual behind these murders? The disclosure of the murderer's identity is one of the most shocking climaxes in the history of American cinema. Written by Drew

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Taglines:

...you won't be coming home! See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sleepaway Camp See more »

Filming Locations:

Lake Luzerne, New York, USA See more »

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Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie and Friday the 13th: Part III (1982) inspired 'Weird Al' Yankovic's song "Nature Trail to Hell." Both films feature the cutting up of campers and an ending you have to see to believe. See more »

Goofs

During the baseball game, Ricky runs for home and slides into it. His hat flies off his head and he leaves without it. Then they show him at the bleachers and he has it on. See more »

Quotes

Artie: Look at all that young fresh chicken. Where I come from, we call 'em baldies. Makes your mouth water, don't it?
Ben: Artie, they're too young to even understand what's on your mind.
Artie: There ain't no such thing as being too young. You're just too old.
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Crazy Credits

At the end when all the credits are finished, the freeze-frame of Angela stays onscreen for about 10 more seconds. See more »

Alternate Versions

The version re-released by Anchor Bay in 2000 is cut in the following places. the old Media Video and Video Treasures releases are the most complete versions other than the 2014 DVD and Blu-ray sets released by Scream Factory/Shout! Factory.
  • In the prank scene in which Mozart's face hits the kid's naked buttocks, the slap sound effect is missing and then his you-guys-are-gross line is out of sync with his lips.
  • A shot of the naked guys running down the dock is completely missing replaced by a weird over-dubbed cat howl.
  • The water-snake slithering out of Kenny's mouth is cut drastically to the point where you only see the final few frames of the shot after the snake has emerged.
  • After Mel accosts the guys for throwing water balloons at Angela, and Ricky and Paul tend to her, a shot of the guy's reaction to Mel leaving is cut, where one calls him a wrinkled old dick.
  • After Ricky sticks his finger up at Judy and walks off, a shot of Judy coming back with "Same to you!" is gone.
  • Many frames of Meg's corpse on the bathroom floor are cut, and Mel's reaction is cut up too: "He did it" should be followed by "to get back at me!"
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Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Bollywood Friday the 13th (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Tonight You're Mine
Written and Performed by Frankie Vinci
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one of the most outrageous slasher movies you'll ever see
24 August 2018 | by JamesMovieGuy_117See all my reviews

A tragic boating accident strikes a family. Many years later, Angela along with her cousin, are sent to Camp Arawak where a series of grisly murders take place.

Sleepaway Camp is one of the most outrageous slasher movies you'll ever see. I'm not sure if it's intentionally hammy or that it takes itself too seriously to the point where it becomes unintentionally hilarious... the point is that it's one unforgettable movie!

There's so many cliches you come to expect from slasher flicks, whether it be the dumb ignorant teenagers who always get their comeuppance or the sexy youths who always fall victim to the killer. Sleepaway Camp has that and more! The identity of the killer remains inconspicuous right to the very end, very much like the first Friday the 13th. In the lead up you get your usual high body count slasher flick, but it's somewhat unique because of its tone- a mix of schlocky horror and a certain self awareness to subvert the genres conventions.

This also features one of the most unexpected plot twists to a movie of all time! It will either leave you terrified or just in awe at how unexpected and well done it actually is...


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