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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
Loris Diran ... Billy (as Loris Sallahian)
John E. Dunn ... Kenny (as John Dunn)
Willy Kuskin ... Mozart
Desiree Gould ... Aunt Martha
Owen Hughes ... Artie
Robert Earl Jones ... Ben
Susan Glaze Susan Glaze ... Susie
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nightmare Vacation See more »

Filming Locations:

Lake Luzerne, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$11,000,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The reboot of Sleepaway Camp is planned to be released in 2018 or 2019. See more »

Goofs

Angela gains a red bathing suit in the medium shot of her at the beach at the end (Media Video version only). See more »

Quotes

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... Oh, well, that's all water under the bridge, as I always say. Water under the bridge! But it certainly will be a nice little surprise when...
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Crazy Credits

Jonathan Tiersten's last name was incorrectly spelled in the opening credits, spelled as Tierston instead. See more »

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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Crime of the Age (2016) See more »

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What a mean, spiteful slasher film this is.
6 October 1999 | by progeriaSee all my reviews

"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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