Sleepaway Camp (1983)
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Critic Reviews for Sleepaway Camp
An atypical slasher movie that blurs the lines between high and low art, good and bad acting, male and female, proficiency and ineptitude, sophistication and primitivism.
even as the final sequence leaves first-time viewers reeling, those who rewind and rewatch the film can unzip all the hints and tells which Hiltzik has artfully concealed in the dialogue of his subversive screenplay.
A slog through teenage nightmares that has the gall to assume anyone is interested in social commentary, especially when it is all formulated by ideas carbon-copied from more talented filmmakers.
The story of Sleepaway Camp is pretty much everything you'd expect from a slasher movie and nothing you'd ever expect, which is what makes Hiltzik's campy and disturbing summer camp tale still one of the more memorable horror movies ever made.
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.
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.
Just when you thought you saw everything that the 80's slasher film had to offer, Sleepaway Camp shows you that you know nothing.
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.
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