Monday, December 20, 2010

Sleepaway Camp (1983)

One of the greatest Camp Killers of them all, SLEEPAWAY CAMP will always be remembered more than anything else for its jaw-dropping finale! Young Angela is adopted by her bizarre aunt after her father and brother are killed in an unfortunate boating accident. Years later, she heads off to summer camp with her cousin Ricky, where she is picked on by the other kids for being different. One by one, the dead bodies of her teen tormentors start turning up all around camp, but cute little Angela can't be the killer... Can she? Unlike so many other Slashers, this cast is actually filled with teen actors and not 30yr old stand-ins for a nice change of pace. While there is surprisingly little blood, SLEEPAWAY CAMP has no shortage of grisly murders, including a violent drowning, a boiled cook, death by bee stings, countless stabbings, and a curling iron up the c... skirt? The starry-eyed Angela is sweet and unassuming, as compared to her foul-mouthed cousin who is always looking out for her when he's not getting into trouble. This sets up two potential killers who each have their own reasons for revenge. SLEEPAWAY CAMP offers a lighter twist on the Slasher genre with plenty of mean-spirited fun and brutal kills!

Rating: 7/10.
Gore: 5/10.
Entertainment: 8/10.

If you liked SLEEPAWAY CAMP, check out:
THE BURNING, HOMICIDAL, FRIDAY THE 13TH.

7 comments:

  1. I saw this for the first time only very recently... an absolutely pitiful and pathetic little film until that final moment. But that conclusion makes it worth watching, I didn't telegraph it at all, which is unusual for me.

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  2. But isn't it at least a little more entertaining than the more 'adult' Slashers? What do you make of Angela's crazed aunt? She(he/it) cracks me up every time Shaun! Unfortunately, this film has become notorious in the States, so the ending was far ruined for me before I ever saw it.

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  3. This is one slasher I could never understand what the fuss was all about. The ending was a shocker, but it didn't make me wanna see it again. Awful movie. Haven't seen it in years, but should probably do so. There's another movie with a similar shock ending called UNHINGED that gets a similar bad rap and also has a similar degree of bad acting.

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  4. I love the acting in this one, its so deliciously 80s! They're a bunch of kids at least, so I cut them some slack. UNHINGED, on the other hand, is pure garbage. A chore to watch!

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  5. Sleepaway Camp is one of my favorites. Maybe it is because I have spent many summers as attending camping and latter working as a counselor. There are so many non horror elements that the film gets right. The sleazy cooks, the romantic drama, and capture the flag are all nostalgic to me. Add that in with absurdly awesome 80s slasher and this is a classic!

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  6. See, someone gets it lol.. Jason did you get my e-mail about this weekend? Just got back home to SD but dropped you a line to see if you wanted to link up!

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  7. I love this film. So much fun to watch. The curling iron scene - ouch. And that ending - man, did that rattle me for weeks when I was a kid! Definitely a great 80s slasher film with one of the most memorable horror film moments of all time.

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