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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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Robert Hiltzik

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Robert Hiltzik
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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 »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Felissa Rose (Angela), Karen Fields (Judy), and Katherine Kamhi (Meg) were actually all quite close during filming. Katherine Kamhi said the scene where they throw Angela into the water was hard for her to shoot for that reason. See more »

Goofs

In rec hall fight: Same 2 girls in white shirts, 1 with green collar and 1 with color stripes across chest, are in both shots. Holding hands with boys when older boys are seen, and in a small group chatting when Ricky is being restrained. See more »

Quotes

Camper #2: Can I go with you?
Eddie: [Annoyed] What are you, my shadow?
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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 version re-released by Anchor Bay in 2000 is cut in the following places. the old Media Video and Video Treasures releases are the most complete versions other than the 2014 DVD and Blu-ray sets released by Scream Factory/Shout! Factory.
  • In the prank scene in which Mozart's face hits the kid's naked buttocks, the slap sound effect is missing and then his you-guys-are-gross line is out of sync with his lips.
  • A shot of the naked guys running down the dock is completely missing replaced by a weird over-dubbed cat howl.
  • The water-snake slithering out of Kenny's mouth is cut drastically to the point where you only see the final few frames of the shot after the snake has emerged.
  • After Mel accosts the guys for throwing water balloons at Angela, and Ricky and Paul tend to her, a shot of the guy's reaction to Mel leaving is cut, where one calls him a wrinkled old dick.
  • After Ricky sticks his finger up at Judy and walks off, a shot of Judy coming back with "Same to you!" is gone.
  • Many frames of Meg's corpse on the bathroom floor are cut, and Mel's reaction is cut up too: "He did it" should be followed by "to get back at me!"
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Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Take a Chance
Written and Performed by Frankie Vinci
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Brings back memories
26 March 2004 | by mbrown001See all my reviews

This film hold some personal memories since is was filmed so close to my home town. I remember a good friend of mine missing school in 6th grade to go and be an extra in the film. He actually got in the film longer than intended by sneeking into the frame. Ironically, there was a murder of a young girl just down the road from the lake this was filmed at. It occured about 15 years prior but it was strange to see a movie along the same lines made in such an obscure town. If you look closely at the paramedics carrying away the cook scalded by hot water, you will see their jackets that say Ft. Edward Rescue squad. They were the actual on-site emergency care workers required by law. Funny stuff


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