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Sleepaway Camp (1983)

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Slightly traumatized and painfully shy Angela Baker is sent away to summer camp with her cousin. Not long after Angela's arrival, things start to go horribly wrong for anyone with sinister or less than honorable intentions.

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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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"Carrie" meets "Friday the 13th." See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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R | See all certifications »

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18 November 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nightmare Vacation  »

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$350,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The original artwork for the Sleepaway Camp Survival Kit boxed set, which included the unauthorized sequels, was recalled after complaints were made by the American Red Cross. See more »

Goofs

When they show the girl water skiing in the far shots she's wearing a helmet, but when there is a close-up, the helmet is gone. See more »

Quotes

Meg: If she were any quieter, she'd be dead!
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The opening title card reads: "In fond memory of Mom, a doer." See more »

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Soundtracks

Angela's Theme
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User Reviews

Pretty Stupid, But the Ending is Cool.
16 October 2007 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

* 1/2 out of ****

The film is pretty much just another Friday the 13th ripoff. The acting, directing, and effects all could use a lot of improvement. It's never boring, but it isn't scary or interesting. The film never really moves. I wasn't particularly interested in any of the characters problems and i didn't really care about what was happening. It just didn't thrill me. Of course i wasn't expecting it to however. It seemed like a cheap kind of movie before i watched it. The ending, however, is a good jolt. It's a pretty cool twist that definitely makers the film a lot more memorable. It's kind of like a BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS sort of ending, only a little more unexpected and nowhere near as disturbing. It adds a nice dose of originality to an otherwise cheap outing.


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