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Sleepaway Camp (1983)

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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 ...


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




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Release Date:

18 November 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nightmare Vacation  »

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$350,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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There were three original songs (which were not just orchestrated) used in the movie, but only one of them was released on a soundtrack album. See more »


After the kids on the roof throw the water balloon at Angela, Ricky starts cursing at them. After Mel grabs him, he gets out and yells more, then he obviously leans back for him to grab him. 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

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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There are two scenes in this film that I will never forget
13 July 1999 | by (Toronto, Ontario) – See all my reviews

Horror films seemed the easy way to make a quick buck in the 80's. There was an abundance of them that graced video. I don't think half of them actually made it to the big screen. You can add Sleepaway Camp to that list. This is a typical scary film. It has it's moments and it is scary in some parts. It has some nice humour especially when they play camp jokes on each other. But having said all that, this movie is as good as it is and it's not too bad ) because the mother in this film is creepier than Mrs. Bates and she actually makes you want to kill her. But the two parts that I will never forget are images that are firmly planted in my brain, especially the part of it that stores nasty horror elements in it.

The first was the death by curling iron. It is so horrific that it bothered me so much that I had to cover my eyes the second time I saw it. It is qutie graphic, not because of what they show, but because you know how nasty it is.

But the one thing that will stay with me and probably anyone else that has seen this film is the very end. That last shot is so horrific, so way out of left field that you never see it coming. It just hits you and then it ends. It has a power of its own. And judging by the comment on here from other users, they feel the same way. This is a film absolutely worth checking out.

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