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Sleepaway Camp (1983)

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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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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18 November 1983 (USA)  »

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$350,000 (estimated)
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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 »

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Jonathan Tiersten's name is spelled "Tierston" in the opening credits. See more »

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Judy: How come Angela gets to talk to the boys all day, and WE have to play volleyball?
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The opening title card reads: "In fond memory of Mom, a doer." See more »

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Referenced in Can of Worms (1999) See more »

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Tonight You're Mine
Written and Performed by Frankie Vinci
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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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