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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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A nice place for summer vacation - a perfect place to die! 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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Jane Krakowski was originally cast to play Judy. See more »

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Judy: She's a real carpenter's dream: flat as a board and needs a screw!
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New York Kids At Camp!
8 July 2007 | by (Valencia, Spain) – See all my reviews

This is a really fun movie for me. I grew up in New York City, and all those nasty kids constantly dropping the F bombs on each other reminded me of NYC. I bet there were lots of summer camps back in the Pre-Politically Correct days, where the kids smoked, swore, and spent all their time trying to score with the teen girls. Sleepaway Camp captures that rough 1970s New York teenager attitude perfectly.

Angela is a girl whose Dad and sister died in a tragic accident caused by dumb teenagers goofing off. Angela is traumatized and does not talk much. Unfortunately, the mean girls of this camp are merciless, and the boys are just as bad when they are not trying to force themselves on the poor girl. The only person who tries to help is her cousin, and he soon gets blamed for the mysterious deaths that happen at the camp.

The surprise ending to this film will really blow you away because everyone likes to root for the underdog. Angela plays her role very well, mostly because she has beautiful eyes and does not have to do much except react to the vicious bullies at the camp. Judy and Meg are especially relentless. The fact that there are so many mean kids at the camp is what makes the ending so surprising. Almost any of those kids could have been the serial killer. Sleepaway Camp is a gem of the 1980s era. It is unique and twisted in more ways than you can imagine.


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