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Details: Released theatrically 1983, 84 mins, Rated R.

Credits: Starring Mike Kellin, Katherine Kamhi, Paul DeAngelo. Produced by Michele Tatosian & Jerry Silva, Written & Directed by Robert Hiltzik.

Story: Welcome to Camp Arawak, where teenage boys and girls learn to experience the joys of nature, as well as each other. But when these happy campers begin to die in a series of horrible 'accidents', they discover that someone - or something - has turned their summer of fun into a vacation to dismember.

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Notes: Film student Robert Hiltzik created a horror movie based on his childhood experiences at camp. The results were a mix of drama and horror that some love, some hate, but everyone remembers.

The narrative begins with a family enjoying a summer day in the lake. The actions of two bonehead teens causes a speedboat to kiss Daddy. One of the two kids drown, as we jump eight years later to find Angela, the silent survivor, and Ricky, her feisty cousin, heading to camp. Once sent off by sole parental figure Aunt Martha, Angela encounters her fair share of lewd advances and camper cruelty. Ricky is always there to protect her and Camp Owner Mel is always close by with suspicion in the eye. The subsequent murders that occur form only one facet of this tangled web.

Hiltzik gathered a decent cast from NY. Midnight Express' Mike Kellin, soap actress Katherine Kamhi and buff stuff Paul DeAngelo took the leads. Supporting the cast was young Felissa Esposito (stage name Rose), a flat chested male-looking girl who was vital to carrying off the sordid plot and ensuring six inch shocker of an ending.

The key to making the most of Sleepaway Camp is not in stripping away (pun not intended) its homosexual subtextual layers but simply removing the rod and reveling in what it can provide. The sometimes unintentional laughs Sleepaway Camp bring make it one of the best party movies ever. Admit it. Cheese never smelt so good.



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