Friday, September 9, 2011

Sleepaway Camp

Year: 1983
Director: Robert Hiltzik
Writer: Robert Hiltzik
Genre: Horror: Slasher

Sleepaway Camp is your typical teen horror slasher flick. It's got predictable deaths that come to sexual or cruel teenagers just like you'd expect. Basically, the whole movie is pretty average except for a twist ending. Presumably, the twist ending was meant to bring more value to the movie as a whole but it fails completely. All the ending does is make you go "what?" before going off to watch something actually good.

Well, that might be a little cruel. The movie is relatively interesting to watch. A brother and sister are sent off to a summer camp. The sister is painfully shy and will barely talk to anyone at all. Her brother is super protective of her and he's got a lot to protect due to many campers making fun of her awkward ways. Then, people who mess with her begin to die...

There's nothing much beyond that in the movie. There is a strange attempt to make a twist ending but, again, it seems to be there just to be a "twist" and makes no sense at all. The twist ending doesn't even resolve anything. It just comes out of nowhere like "yes this is the murder but OH HEY how about we reveal this random fact instead?" It's certainly unexpected but useless. Honestly, it might be worth watching the movie just to have your jaw drop at the completely nonsensical conclusion.


  1. For some strange reason, I was a bit obsessed with this movie as a kid/teen. I also was obsessed with a horror flick from the 80s that featured on its box cover what looked to be a female teacher with her hair braided into a noose -- although I can't remember the name of that one. Anyway, I never saw Sleepaway Camp, despite this obsession. I may have to fix that soon just so I can see this twist ending you're talking about :)

  2. Ahhh, I know what movie you're talking about! That's April Fools Day I think ( ).

    When I was younger I was obsessed with movies that I didn't watch too (mainly Dead Alive and The Rocky Horror Picture Show). Anyway, yeah, check out Sleepaway Camp! It's a decent little film.

  3. The twist ending didn't make any sense? Angela was really Peter, the boy who died in the beginning of the movie..Aunt Martha was raising him as Angela. This movie is priceless.


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