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18 November 1983 (USA) See more »
Tagline: won't be coming home! See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Felissa Rose ... Angela

Jonathan Tiersten ... Ricky (as Jonathan Tierston)
Karen Fields ... Judy
Christopher Collet ... Paul

Mike Kellin ... Mel

Katherine Kamhi ... Meg
Paul DeAngelo ... Ronnie

Thomas E. van Dell ... Mike (as Tom Van Dell)
Loris Sallahian ... Billy
John E. Dunn ... Kenny (as John Dunn)
Willy Kuskin ... Mozart
Desiree Gould ... Aunt Martha
Owen Hughes ... Artie
Robert Earl Jones ... Ben
Susan Glaze ... Susie
Frank Trent Saladino ... Gene
Rick Edrich ... Jeff
Fred Greene ... Eddie
Allen Breton ... Frank the Cop

Michael C. Mahon ... Hal (as Mike Mahon)
John Churchill ... Doctor
Dan Tursi ... John

James Paradise ... Lenny
Paul Poland ... Craig
Alyson Mord ... Mary Ann
Carol Robinson Alexander ... Dolores (as Carol Robinson)
Bram Hand ... Scott
Brad Frankel ... Joey
Dee Dee Friedman ... Marie
Julie Delisio ... Betsy
Michael Lerman ... Greg
Lisa Buckler ... Leslie
Colette Lee Corcoran ... Young Angela
Maximo Gianfranco Sorrentino ... Young Peter (as Frank Sorrentino)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tim Clark ... Boy (uncredited)
Glenn-Thomas Ford ... Asst. Cook (uncredited)
Archie Liberace ... Naked Angela (uncredited)
Mike Tatosian ... Assistant Cook (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Hiltzik 
Writing credits
Robert Hiltzik (written by)

Produced by
Robert Hiltzik .... executive producer
Jerry Silva .... producer
Michele Tatosian .... producer
Original Music by
Edward Bilous 
Cinematography by
Benjamin Davis (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ron Kalish 
Sharyn L. Ross 
Casting by
Michele Tatosian 
Production Design by
William Bilowit  (as William Billowit)
Art Direction by
Joan Brockschmidt  (as Joni Brockschmidt)
Ellen Hopkins 
Jorge Luis Toro 
Costume Design by
Eileen Sieff Stroup  (as Eileen Sieff)
Makeup Department
Ed French .... makeup illusions (as Edward French)
Diane Lawrence .... makeup effects lab assistant
Suzen Poshek .... hairstylist (as Suzan Poshek)
Suzen Poshek .... makeup artist (as Suzan Poshek)
Production Management
Carl Clifford .... production manager
Ron Kalish .... post-production supervisor
Philip Murphy .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David DeClerque .... second assistant director
Richard Feury .... first assistant director
Mitchell Wood .... second assistant director
Sound Department
Oded Carmi .... boom operator
Jack Cooley .... sound re-recording mixer
Rolf Pardula .... sound mixer
Sharyn L. Ross .... sound editor: Magnofex
Linda Shamest .... sound editor: Magnofex
Ron Kalish .... supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
William Bilowit .... special effects coordinator (as Bill Billowit)
Ed Fountain .... special mechanical effects
Cliff Cudney .... stunt coordinator
Norman Lopez .... stunt helper
Rick Schierbaum .... stunt man
Webster Whinery .... assistant stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Sam Bender .... gaffer
Julie Gant .... best boy
Darryl Green .... dolly grip
Jeff Levy .... gaffer
John McElwain .... second electrician
Abe Schrager .... camera operator
Nick Tallo .... key grip
Frank Williams .... second assistant camera
John Wilson .... first assistant camera
Chaim Kantor .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Rebecca Brizee .... extra casting: Glens Falls
Mike Kara .... extra casting: New York
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nancy A. Palmatier .... assistant costume designer (as Nancy Palmatier)
Lucy Tatosian .... wardrobe production assistant
Editorial Department
Sandra Kaufman .... assistant editor
David M. Perkins .... final colorist (2000 DVD)
Joe Violante .... color consultant: Technicolor
Music Department
Bradford Giaimo .... music producer: B&G Music Productions
Scott Hendricks .... engineering consultant
Piers Plaskitt .... music recording consultant
Other crew
David Baldwin .... production assistant
Murri Barber .... assistant to producer (as Muri Barber)
Pamela Bowring .... production assistant
René Simon Cruz Jr. .... production assistant (as Rene Cruz)
Scott Fleischer .... consultant: special equipment
Glenn-Thomas Ford .... production assistant (as Glen T. Ford)
Kevin Freeman .... production assistant
Sal Giarratano .... consultant: special equipment (as Sal Giarrantano)
Robin Grey .... location auditor
Ben Jordan .... location security
Alexander Kahn .... production assistant
Deborah Lee .... production office coordinator
Joel Mann .... legal consultant
Paul Marcus .... coordinator: New York
Malia Scotch Marmo .... production assistant
Shamus McGarry .... production assistant
Martha Mitchell .... script supervisor
Matthew Oscar .... logo designer: Amercian Eagle Films
Betty Pattinian .... catering consultant (as Aunt Betty Pattinian)
Clara Rodriguez .... production assistant
Steven Scott .... production assistant
Robert Supino .... consultant: special equipment
Susie Sweet .... catering associate
Mike Tatosian .... production assistant (as Michael Tatosian)
Victoria Tatosian .... caterer
Pete Williams .... location tutor
Kathryn Winn .... production assistant
Coke Tatosian .... special thanks: for having so many wonderful children
Lucy Tatosian .... special thanks: for having so many wonderful children

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Summercamp Inferno" - Japan (English title) (video title)
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84 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Australia:R18+ (DVD rating) | Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 (1988) (uncut) | Finland:K-16 (1986) (cut) | Norway:18 | Singapore:PG (cut) | UK:15 | UK:18 (original rating) (cut) | UK:15 (re-rating) (2004) (uncut) | USA:R | West Germany:16 (cut)

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Some of the campers seen getting off the buses at the beginning of the film are relatives of the cast and crew.See more »
Revealing mistakes: The large pile of corn that they intend to boil for the campers appears to be feed corn for animals and not sweet corn.See more »
Aunt Martha:Oh, you're going to enjoy living with us so much. Yes, I know you are! As a welcome home present, I bought you such wonderful new clothes. I just hope that Richard doesn't get jealous that I didn't get him anything. Oh, but then, he is such a dear. I'm sure that he won't mind. You see, I've always wanted a little girl. But, of course, when my husband left...See more »
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
One of the Very Best Slashers of the Early 1980s, 20 October 2010
Author: gavin6942 from United States

Slightly disturbed and painfully shy Angela Baker (Felissa Rose) is sent away to summer camp with her foul-mouthed cousin Ricky Thomas (Jonathan Tiersten). Not long after Angela's arrival, things start to go horribly wrong for anyone with sinister or less than honorable intentions.

This film is either loved or hated, and with good reason, but it has been embraced more and more as the years go on by fans of the horror genre. The acting is excessively cheesy, especially from Desiree Gould, but purposely so. The kills are grisly and nasty, even if not always shown on screen. When that curling iron strikes, you know the situation. And the pedophile cook? Oh man... that is pushing boundaries that even horror films dare not cross (Freddy Krueger can be a child killer, but not a child molester).

One cannot vouch for the next two sequels, which have little connection to this film, but the original stands as a true modern classic, and if you have not seen it, you are really missing out on an important piece of horror history. What could have been a ripoff of other horror slashers that take place at camp (notably "Friday the 13th") turns out to be far different from any other title out there. And keep in mind the whole crew, more or less, had just come from "Creepshow", so these were folks who knew what they were doing.

Writer-director Robert Hiltzik (who graduated NYU with Ang Lee) mysteriously went decades without directing again. Many of the actors also never acted again, at least for a long time. And then you have Christopher Collet, going on to make such things as "Prayer of the Rollerboys"... does that make him the biggest success from this film?

Not only does the film get better with repeated viewings (which make the humor and camp more fun), but there are actually some clever subplots that will likely be missed on the first time or two. Mel Kostic (portrayed wonderfully by the late Mike Kellin) not only is one of the best characters, but has his own story and relationship with the campers and counselors that may not be immediately evident.

The Scream Factory Blu-ray is ridiculously good and worth owning. Beyond the excellent presentation, it has three different audio commentaries, where you learn odd trivia like Felissa Rose's husband Deron Miller meeting her as a fan, and much more. There is even a short film showing whatever happened to Judy (although it is not very good).

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