Sleepaway Camp (1983)

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Sleepaway Camp

1983 | R | 1hr 24mins

 

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{Director Robert Hiltzik dedicated the movie to his mother. -IMDB}

Director: Robert Hiltzik

Starring: Felissa Rose, Jonathan Tiersten, Mike Kellin & Karen Fields

Description:

After surviving a tragic boat accident, Angela moves in with her eccentric Aunt Martha and cousin Ricky. Years later Angela and Ricky attend a summer camp where bizarre and deadly “accidents” happen to various campers.

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My Review:

Summer camp, minimal supervision from camp counselors and multiple deaths??? Not exactly a new concept, considering Friday the 13th came out 3 years prior to this film. HOWEVER, before I get raked over the coals, I’d like to say that I really enjoyed this film.

“THIS IS A MUST SEE FOR 80s HORROR FANS!!”

Unlike Friday the 13th, sex and nudity aren’t really the focus in this film, just the typical adolescent boy mentality and antics. You have your “slut” type character, who recently filled out in all the right areas and a camp counselor interested in a man twice her age. However, nothing sexually explicit. The most you see are some butt cheeks. Even the obligatory shower scene is carefully framed as to not reveal too much skin.

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The deaths are quick, interesting and for the most part justified. Seeing some bullies get knocked down a peg or two is satisfying. Then there is the presumed pedophile, who has a delightfully unfortunate kitchen accident. It kind of proves that boiling water and human flesh just don’t mix, which leads to a painfully long screaming scene. (Not that I mind his agony at all, but realistically he would have passed out from the pain)
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The movie progresses, maintaining focus on the shy, seemingly fragile, Angela. Despite her innocent demeanor, Angela gets bullied from multiple campers, including a counselor named Meg. Ricky and Paul do their best to defend her and can’t seem to get help from the camp owner, Mel.

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The first death doesn’t occur until 34 minutes in to the film. {Bit of drag but sit tight, there’s more to come} Mel tries to convince everyone that it’s just an accident  but as soon as another body drops, he realizes he is going to lose everything. He seeks revenge but doesn’t last long, poor greedy Mel. The killer’s identity is revealed after the total body count hits 13.

Body count courtesy of http://sleepawaycamp.wikia.com/wiki/Sleepaway_Campsleepaway-camp-dead-camper

Final Thoughts

There is some serious cheese and over acting in this film. {Be sure to turn the volume down for the first 15 minutes, while the actors unnecessarily shout their lines.} It definitely has some humorous moments, both intentional and unintentional. And can we please take a moment to appreciate clothing trends……. Could you imagine rocking these rad clothes???? Totally Awesome…

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so why 4 bloody stars?? First, the practical effects are FANTASTIC!! Second, THE ENDING IS EVERYTHING!!! And I don’t mean that in the “ending is good because it’s over” kind of way. It’s completely unexpected and jaw dropping. You have to see it to believe it!!

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Trailer below:

 

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Rating
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4 out of 5 Stars

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