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Sleepaway Camp (1983)

R  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  18 November 1983 (USA)
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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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18 November 1983 (USA)  »

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Nightmare Vacation  »

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$350,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Jane Krakowski was originally cast to play Judy. See more »

Goofs

At the very beginning when the two kids are sitting on the boat they have a huge gap between them in the far shots, but when it switches to a closeup they are sitting right next to each other. See more »

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Angela: Meet me at the waterfront after the social.
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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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