An unknown killer, clad in World War II U.S. Army fatigues, stalks a small New Jersey town bent on reliving a 35 year-old double murder by focusing on a group of college kids holding an annual Spring Dance.
A decades-old folk tale surrounding a deranged murderer killing those who celebrate Valentine's Day turns out to be true to legend when a group defies the killer's order and people start turning up dead.
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
Mike Kellin's final film. Likewise, he was sick during filming, but did his best to conceal it from everyone and passed away in August 1983 from lung cancer, three months before the film's release. See more »
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 »
Look at all that young fresh chicken. Where I come from, we call 'em baldies. Makes your mouth water, don't it?
Artie, they're too young to even understand what's on your mind.
There ain't no such thing as being too young. You're just too old.
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At the end when all the credits are finished, the freeze-frame of Angela stays onscreen for about 10 more seconds. See more »
"Sleepaway Camp" had been talked up to me by friends and associates as a unique entry into the slasher film sweepstakes, and they're right. Never before do I remember slasherfilmvictims being so mean, foul-mouthed, and spiteful. Not a single character in this film exists above redemption. And most of them get killed off.
There's an uneasy sexual undercurrent plodding about this film, from the camp chef (who calls the kids "baldies") to the treatment of homosexuality to the shot of a dozen bare-assed guys going for a night swim ... to a teenage counselor going on a "date" with the old, crusty camp owner. Perversions run high here, and not on a level that most will enjoy. The killing scenes are inventive, plentiful, and happen on a regular basis throughout the movie, and the reaction shots to these killings seem to go on forever, which make them all the more difficult to endure.
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