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Sleepaway Camp (1983)

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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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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18 November 1983 (USA)  »

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Nightmare Vacation  »

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$350,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Final film role of Mike Kellin. He died from lung cancer three months before the film's release. See more »

Goofs

Angela gains a red bathing suit in the medium shot of her at the beach at the end (Media Video version only). See more »

Quotes

[Angela stands up and makes a sinister bear-like noise, and Paul's severed head falls from her lap. Susie covers her mouth in horror]
Ronnie: ...How can it be?
[Angela is revealed to be male, she's fully naked and has a bloody knife clutched in her hands]
Ronnie: My god, she's a boy!
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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 »

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Referenced in Goosebumps: Welcome to Camp Nightmare: Part 1 (1995) See more »

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Angela's Theme
("You're Just What I've Been Looking For")
Written and Performed by Frankie Vinci
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The 2nd best ending in cinematic history
13 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

When I first picked up the box cover of Sleepaway Camp, I said to myself, "Just another stupid slasher film with a camp setting." Yes, it was another stupid slasher film with a camp setting. It was the best damn slasher film with a camp setting of all time. It provided a simple story with sexy teenagers from the early 80s innocently attending a Christian sleepaway camp. It was really good. The acting and writing alone could not make the movie good though, it was the ending. It had the best movie ending in cinematic history (until I saw Multiple Maniacs). I will not reveal the specifics, but I will urge you to rent the movie and see for yourself, because it is one of the most surprising and shocking endings ever conceived. You will not be disappointed.


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