Sleepaway Camp

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Sleepaway Camp is a standard teen slasher elevated by occasional moments of John Waters-esque weirdness and a twisted ending.

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Bunks and the showers are a mad stabber's beat at a summer camp strictly for teens.

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Critic Reviews for Sleepaway Camp

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (5)

  • 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 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Still the finest Sleepaway Camp, if only because of its memorable final shot.

    July 21, 2005 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • Evokes a period in time before Ritalin and common sense.

    April 20, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Director Hiltzik is so focused on creating a twist ending that he forgets to design an actual conclusion, leaving behind a number of loose ends and unresolved plot points.

    September 7, 2020 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…
  • The big, infamous end reveal actually suggests the screenplay's focused on psychological damage inherent in enforcing gender roles on children.

    April 28, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    October 23, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sleepaway Camp

  • Apr 07, 2014
    OMG THE ENDING!! MY EYES!! 7/10.
    Mesh B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 16, 2012
    The ludicrous twist is all anyone ever remembers, probably because the rest of it is just plain awful.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 29, 2011
    I think this low budget slasher certainly offered a lot of shock to the audience, the twist(s) were so shocking, I loved it. A highly successful cult classic for the blood thirsty horror fans.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Oct 10, 2011
    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.
    Cory T Super Reviewer

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