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Sleepaway Camp (1983)

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Angela Baker, a shy, traumatized 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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Robert Hiltzik

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Robert Hiltzik
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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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After a horrible boating accident kills her family, shy, sullen Angela moves in with her eccentric Aunt Martha and protective cousin Ricky. One summer, Martha sends the kids to Camp Arawak. Soon after their arrival, bizarre, increasingly-violent accidents 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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You will go there in a bus...and come home in a box! See more »

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Trivia

Willy Kuskin who plays one of the bullied camp boys, was genuinely bullied during filming. Frank Trent Saladino who played a camp counselor, had to step in when the other members took things too far. See more »

Goofs

After the kids on the roof throw the water balloon at Angela, Ricky starts cursing at them. After Mel grabs him, he gets out and yells more, then he obviously leans back for him to grab him. See more »

Quotes

Judy: She's a real carpenter's dream: flat as a board and needs a screw!
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Crazy Credits

At the end when all the credits are finished, the freeze-frame of Angela stays onscreen for about 10 more seconds. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 1986 UK video was cut by 57 secs by the BBFC with edits to repeated shots of Meg's stabbed corpse. The cuts were restored in the 2004 Anchor Bay DVD. See more »

Connections

Spin-off Judy (2014) See more »

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Tonight You're Mine
Written and Performed by Frankie Vinci
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Horrific? Horrible? You decide...
27 October 1998 | by msptSee all my reviews

Way back in 1983, my friends and I ignored the preview warnings about this film that said that people with heart conditions and pregnant women should avoid attending, and we viewed what became our running joke for the rest of the '80s and most of the '90s.

Cheesey? Kraft Macaroni and Cheese doesn't hold a candle to this film. Badly written? Yes and no. Badly acted? Yes and no. Badly produced? You get the picture. Its biggest problem is that it seems so earnestly portrayed, and yet it has some of the worst acting to come from any camp horror film. But then, it looks like they've invested big-time moolah in it, since the death scenes are all very impressively staged. I mean, they even got the aerodynamics of an arrow going through someone's throat right (arrows spin as they fly, and so does this one, even as it goes into the person's throat--very impressive). It's truly weird...

Did the cast and crew really mean it to be this bad? There are a few honestly good actors in this. The actor playing Mel did a lot of dramatic roles in '50s and '60s tv, and even appeared in an episode of "The Twilight Zone." So why does he deliver a mumbled--what can only be called a soliloquy--over a woman's corpse? Did the woman playing Meg really think this was going to be her breakthrough performance? Why did the woman playing Angela need to look offscreen during emotional scenes? And why does the killer chop up all of those little kids anyway?

Horrific special effects, horrible script and performances.

Despite all of this, I am forced to admit, I still pull out the video when my high school friends visit, just to laugh and wonder all over again.


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

18 November 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sleepaway Camp See more »

Filming Locations:

Lake Luzerne, New York, USA See more »

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$350,000 (estimated)
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