Sleepaway Camp
Sleepaway Camp (1983)

When Angela (Felissa Rose) and her cousin Ricky (Jonathan Tierston) go off to the dilapidated Camp Arawak for a summer vacation, a series of murders coincidentally occurs: a boy drowns in an overturned rowboat, a sex pervert is scalded to… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: January 1, 1983
DVD Release Date: August 8, 2000
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Anton Bitel
Projected Figures

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.

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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.

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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.

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David Keyes

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.

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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.

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Dustin Putman

[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.

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Heather Wixson
Daily Dead

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.

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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.

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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."

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Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Cory Taylor
My first and hopefully only disappointment of the month, 'Sleepaway Camp' is a tawdry, sleazy slasher film without any distinguishing qualities until… More
Tim Salmons
I'd certainly call it a cult classic, but not a fantastic one. It does have some hilarious moments and a tiny bit of gore, but overall just on the… More
Reid Volk
Just when you thought you saw everything that the 80's slasher film had to offer, Sleepaway Camp shows you that you know nothing.
Alex roy
Sleepaway Camp is a very weird horror film to watch. It's not the type of film that will be enjoyed by the majority of horror fans, however it's one… More
Aj V
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.
Eric S
I know this is considered to be a cult classic slasher film, but I'm at a loss here. That's 84 minutes of my life I'll never get back.