Sleepaway Camp (1983)

R  |   |  Horror  |  18 November 1983 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ricky (as Jonathan Tierston)
Karen Fields ...
Christopher Collet ...
Paul DeAngelo ...
Mike (as Tom Van Dell)
Loris Sallahian ...
John E. Dunn ...
Kenny (as John Dunn)
Willy Kuskin ...
Desiree Gould ...
Owen Hughes ...
Robert Earl Jones ...
Susan Glaze ...


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 Perfect Place to meet young girls, might just be the perfect place to die! See more »




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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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Did You Know?


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


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 »


Judy: How come Angela gets to talk to the boys all day, and WE have to play volleyball?
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Crazy Credits

The opening title card reads: "In fond memory of Mom, a doer." See more »


Referenced in The Initiation (1984) See more »


Angela's Theme
("You're Just What I've Been Looking For")
Written and Performed by Frankie Vinci
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A great bad slasher movie(not for everyone)
26 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This 1983 horror slasher gem was written and directed by first time director Robert Hiltzik. The story begins with a boating accident which kills the main character Angela's father and brother. We then move forward in time, now Angela is living with her Aunt Martha and her cousin Ricky. Angela and Ricky then go to camp and it is Angela's first time going but Rickey has been there before. Angela doesn't get along with the other campers and is very quiet. A series of murders begin and it is a mystery who is killing all these people. Could it be Ricky who made death threats, could it be Mozart killing these campers because he was picked on, could it be Angela, or could it be someone else? This movie has very interesting and unique deaths without gore. This movie is not for everyone, if you are a fan of cheesy horror movies or just slashers definitely check out this movie. You will never forget the ending.

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