• R, 1 hr. 28 min.
  • Horror
  • Directed By:
    Robert Hiltzik
    In Theaters:
    Jan 1, 1983 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 8, 2000
  • Anchor Bay Entertainment Inc.

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Sleepaway Camp Reviews

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Bryant Frazer
Film Freak Central

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.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 28, 2014
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

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.

Full Review Source: Aisle Seat | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 28, 2014
Scott Tobias
The Dissolve

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.

Full Review Source: The Dissolve | Original Score: 4/5

May 27, 2014
Jake Cole
Movie Mezzanine

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.

Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 23, 2014
Dustin Putman
DustinPutman.com

[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.

Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com | Original Score: 3/4

May 22, 2014
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

May 21, 2014
Anton Bitel
Grolsch Film Works

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.

Full Review Source: Grolsch Film Works

March 18, 2014
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette

Camp eighties slasher classic with a well disguised twist.

Full Review Source: Movie Gazette

June 18, 2013
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

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.

| Original Score: 3/5

March 26, 2010
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

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

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 6/10

August 25, 2009

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

| Original Score: 2.5/4

April 11, 2006
Bill Gibron
DVDTalk.com

[ 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.

Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com | Original Score: 4/5

July 29, 2005
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

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

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: B

July 21, 2005
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Evokes a period in time before Ritalin and common sense.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

April 20, 2005
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

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

| Original Score: 2/5

November 5, 2003
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

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

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

October 21, 2002
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

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.

Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You

April 3, 2002
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

| Original Score: 4/5

March 4, 2004
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
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