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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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Nightmare Vacation  »

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$350,000 (estimated)
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Final film role of Mike Kellin. He died from lung cancer three months before the film's release. See more »

Goofs

The exterior shot of Aunt Martha's house shows a door without any glass in its frame, but as soon as Ricky and Angela leave to go to camp it's clear that glass is in the door's frame. See more »

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Paul: Hey, Rick, wait till you get a load of Judy! Man, oh, man!
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The opening title card reads: "In fond memory of Mom, a doer." See more »


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Angela's Theme
("You're Just What I've Been Looking For")
Written and Performed by Frankie Vinci
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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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