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If there was one horror movie growing up that was my favorite to show friends at a slumber party, it had to be Robert Hiltzik’s cult classic shocker Sleepaway Camp, which proved that eighties slashers weren’t always a dime a dozen. Scream Factory brings this often overlooked gem home to Blu-ray with a stunning transfer and presentation that would certainly live up to Aunt Martha’s high standards.
The story of Sleepaway Camp is pretty much everything you’d expect from a slasher movie and nothing you’d ever expect, which is what makes Hiltzik’s campy and disturbing summer camp tale still one of the more memorable horror movies I’ve seen. It follows a traumatized teenager, named Angela (Felissa Rose), who witnessed her entire family gruesomely killed after a tragic boating accident. She’s been living with those haunting events for the last eight years as »
- Heather Wixson
The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. There will be a quiz later. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “Sleepaway Camp” — Scott Tobias at The Dissolve celebrates the cult majesty of the horror film footnote perhaps most famous for its shock value. “One of the many great comic sidebars to Sleepaway Camp is Arawak’s cigar-chomping, skirt-chasing, pastel-ensconced leader (Mike Kellin), who frets, after three corpses and counting, that no one will want to send their kids to Camp Arawak anymore. There’s really no end to the strange revelations and bits of business, some of which are foregrounded, and other of which demand repeat viewings.” “Why Mad Men Ended Its Season With a Lie” — Katey Rich at Vanity Fair digs into the all-singing, all-dancing, all-suited sales pitch that the best things in life are free. “Do Filmmakers Ever Change Their Mind About Their Own Documentary?” — Chris Campbell »
- Scott Beggs
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