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Sleepaway Camp (1983)

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Release Date: Jan 1, 1983 Wide

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A deadly boating accident derails the life of a sensitive youngster, leading to confusion, madness and murder. Years after the incident, Angela (Felissa Rose) is still withdrawn and rarely speaks, living a sheltered life with her aunt and cousin Ricky (Jonathan Tiersten). The two young teens are sent off to Camp Arawak to spend the summer, and though Ricky attends every year and has plenty of friends, Angela is unable to fit in and finds herself the target of cruel taunts from her bunkmates. Her

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Robert Hiltzik

Aug 8, 2000

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The justly-famous closing image is one of the most baffling and incongruous climaxes in a genre known and celebrated by devotees for its WTF factor.

June 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

The movie won't be everyone's cup of tea, but for those with a strong interest in cinematic scares, it is most definitely a gutsy picture that deserves to be seen and discussed.

May 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

There are great films and then there are magical films, glorious oddities that pop up sui generis out of nowhere. Sleepaway Camp falls squarely into the latter category.

May 27, 2014 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

Take out the twist, and the film could piggy-back off of her into a stilted and tasteless but nonetheless unique exploration of sexual awakening.

May 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
Movie Mezzanine

[Blu-ray Review] From the awesome newly commissioned cover artwork, to the terrific A/V elements, to a slew of new bonus content going above and beyond the call of duty, this is nothing less than a dream release. Buy it. Like, now.

May 22, 2014 Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com
DustinPutman.com

A definite eighties gem with a twisted mystery that really is rather brilliant in countering any resemblance toward "Friday the 13th."

May 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Robert Hiltzik's debut takes the usual co-eds, the usual tropes of adolescent longing, gruesome slayings, whodunnit dynamics and hidden psychohistories, and weaves from them a smart scenario that delivers every kind of camp.

March 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Grolsch Film Works
Grolsch Film Works

Camp eighties slasher classic with a well disguised twist.

June 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Gazette

Capaz de despertar risos graças ao estilo datado (vide figurinos), ao roteiro ridículo e à direção capenga (o acidente que abre a narrativa é genial neste aspecto), merece créditos pelo plano final, que é simultaneamente hilário e perturbador.

March 26, 2010
Cinema em Cena

Not a particularly effective movie... [but] it is an exceptionally memorable one - one that lingers in the brain, disturbing and discomfiting.

August 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Comment (1)
Antagony & Ecstasy

classic stuff, the ending is the creepiest since "invasion of the body snatchers"

April 11, 2006 | Comment (1)

[ Sleepaway Camp] is...a gritty, sleazy Grade-Z rip-off of what Sean Cunningham and the gang more or less perfected over at Crystal Lake.

July 29, 2005 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com | Comments (2)
DVDTalk.com

Still the finest Sleepaway Camp, if only because of its memorable final shot.

July 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Comment (1)
Lessons of Darkness

Evokes a period in time before Ritalin and common sense.

April 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Comment (1)
Slant Magazine

Cheap F13 knock-off. Good 'camp' value.

November 5, 2003 | Comment (1)
Juicy Cerebellum

When Sleepaway Camp focuses on something other than the rapidly growing pile of corpses, the movie nearly grinds to a halt.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Sleepaway Camp belongs to a pool of slasher films known for their generic prolificacy; it must be noted that it is one of the first and best.

April 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Audience Reviews for Sleepaway Camp

My first and hopefully only disappointment of the month, 'Sleepaway Camp' is a tawdry, sleazy slasher film without any distinguishing qualities until a mesmerizing shock-to-the-system ending that redefines everything that came before. The performances are so abysmal and amateurish that, for the majority of the film, Felissa Rose appears almost comatose and her aunt is so mannered, obnoxiously loud and theatrical that she acts as though she mistook the part for a Stanley Kubrick satire. The slice-and-dice murders are interminable and prosaic set pieces that range from boiling pots of water to shower stabbings (although a curling iron scene is hinted to be a gruesome phallic rape implement). The saving grace of this dross is the unforgettably hair-raising final shot and that feral, animalistic growl from the killer. If nothing else, the agape mouth of the killer will be imprinted in your mind while the rest of this hoary flop will wash away.
October 10, 2011
Cory Taylor

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Just when you thought you saw everything that the 80's slasher film had to offer, Sleepaway Camp shows you that you know nothing.
April 6, 2011
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Reid Volk

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An unique slasher horror movie, the ending is such a surprise, I wont ruin it, don't worry. I love this movie, it's cool.
January 14, 2011
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