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theatrically 1983, 84 mins, Rated R.
Mike Kellin, Katherine Kamhi, Paul DeAngelo. Produced by Michele
Tatosian & Jerry Silva, Written & Directed by Robert Hiltzik.
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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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
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.
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.