Sleepaway Camp

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Overview

A deadly boating accident derails the life of a sensitive youngster, leading to confusion, madness and murder. Years after the incident, Angela (Felissa Rose) is still withdrawn and rarely speaks, living a sheltered life with her aunt and cousin Ricky (Jonathan Tiersten). The two young teens are sent off to Camp Arawak to spend the summer, and though Ricky attends every year and has plenty of friends, Angela is unable to fit in and finds herself the target of cruel taunts from her bunkmates. Her cousin is always ...
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Overview

A deadly boating accident derails the life of a sensitive youngster, leading to confusion, madness and murder. Years after the incident, Angela (Felissa Rose) is still withdrawn and rarely speaks, living a sheltered life with her aunt and cousin Ricky (Jonathan Tiersten). The two young teens are sent off to Camp Arawak to spend the summer, and though Ricky attends every year and has plenty of friends, Angela is unable to fit in and finds herself the target of cruel taunts from her bunkmates. Her cousin is always ready to stick up for her, and she begins a timid romance with Ricky's best friend Paul (Christopher Collet), but it isn't enough to stop the abuse from their fellow campers. Soon a series of fatal accidents is plaguing Camp Arawak; a pedophilic cook is scalded alive, a practical joker drowns mysteriously and the boys' restroom becomes the scene of a horrific bee swarm attack. The campers are fleeing in droves, and the few who remain begin suspecting foul play. But who is the killer? The camp's owner (Mike Kellin) believes that the killings are only meant to ruin his business, and he's convinced that the hot-tempered Ricky is to blame. When the evening of the camp social arrives, it proves to be the bloodiest night of all, and a terrible secret is revealed in a bizarre confrontation on the beach. This offbeat slasher mystery (also known as Nightmare Vacation) has earned a sizable cult following for its twisted sensibilities and inspired a pair of direct-to-video sequels.
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Special Features

New commentary with director/writer Robert Hiltzik, Felissa Rose and webmaster Jeff Hayes New interviews with cast and crew Sleepaway Camp scrapbook Short film "Judy" by Jeff Hayes Theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Fred Beldin
This unique entry into the slasher canon of the early '80s was the result of director Robert Hiltzik's graduate school work; he wrote the script as his senior thesis. While most of the gender-bending story's sexual confusion is ultimately half-baked, the plot twists are like sharp smacks in the face when compared to the tedium of a hundred other Friday the 13th rip-offs. Combined with imaginative murders, some realistic touches from the preteen cast (who curse up a blue streak and treat their peers with a true-to-life cruelty), and plenty of guffaw-worthy dialogue, Sleepaway Camp offers an enjoyably creepy ride into revenge-slaying territory. The famous shock ending might be evident early on to some viewers, but it still packs a wallop, if only of the "I can't believe what I'm seeing!" variety. Director Hiltzik does an admirably professional job in this, his only film to date. (Though a number of sequels followed Sleepaway Camp, he was involved with none of them.) Apparently, this was the only story he felt compelled to tell, and it sure is a weird one. While still a basic slasher film at its core, Sleepaway Camp is distinctive enough to warrant required viewing for genre enthusiasts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/27/2014
  • UPC: 826663148213
  • Original Release: 1983
  • Rating:

  • Source: Shout Factory
  • Region Code: 1A
  • Presentation: Bonus DVD
  • Time: 1:24:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 11,389

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mike Kellin Mel
Jonathan Tiersten Ricky R
Karen Fields Judy
Christopher Collet Paul
Paul De Angelo Ronnie
Robert Earl Jones Ben
Felissa Rose Angela
Katherine Kamhi
Technical Credits
Robert Hiltzik Director, Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Del Acevedo Makeup
Edward Bilous Score Composer
Marshall Brikman Screenwriter
Carl Clifford Production Manager
Cliff Cudney Stunts
Benjamin Davis Cinematographer
Gerald Endler Special Effects
A.D. Flowers Special Effects
Ed French Makeup
Felix Giglio Musical Direction/Supervision
Jack Grossberg Producer
Dale Hennesy Production Designer
Ron Kalish Editor
Gary Moreno Set Decoration/Design
Rolf Pardula Sound/Sound Designer
Ralph Rosenblum Editor
Sharyn Ross Editor
Joel Schumacher Costumes/Costume Designer
Jerry Silva Producer
Michele Tatosian Producer
Dianne I. Wager Art Director
David M. Walsh Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Sleepaway Camp
1. Chapter 1 [6:23]
2. Chapter 2 [7:19]
3. Chapter 3 [8:53]
4. Chapter 4 [4:11]
5. Chapter 5 [10:54]
6. Chapter 6 [4:52]
7. Chapter 7 [8:47]
8. Chapter 8 [6:08]
9. Chapter 9 [6:55]
10. Chapter 10 [5:16]
11. Chapter 11 [8:46]
12. Chapter 12 [6:17]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Sleepaway Camp
   Play Film
   Chapters
   Bonus
      At The Waterfront After The Social: The Legacy Of Sleepaway Camp
      Judy-A Short Film By Jeff Hayes: Starring Karen Fields
      Princess-A Music Video By Jonathan Tiersten
      Camp Arawak Scrapbook
      Theatrical Trailer & TV Spots
      Rare Images From Make-Up Effects Artist Ed French
      A Demonstration Of The 2K Film Scan Process
   Audio
      2.0 Dolby Digital Stereo
      Audio Commentary With Actors Felissa Rose And Jonathan Tiersten
      Audio Commentary With Writer/Director Robert Hiltzik, Moderated By Jeff Hayes
      Audio Commentary With Writer/Director Robert Hiltzik And Star Felissa Rose
   Subtitles
      Subtitles: On
      Subtitles: Off
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    sleepaway camp

    first off the ending WTF, totally never seen like that before...ever. that's a compliment by the way. i can't remember we're i heard of this, i think it was from a robot chicken episode or something. anyway this is the story of cousins, a camp and to be honest creative killings for the most stupidest victims ever, the ending i bet caught everyone off guard and that's what makes it unique. check this out for yourself. what i liked about this was the little use of nudity and didn't actually show it but it was more about how the killings were set and etc and i have to say that maybe that's how it should be than what we have now then that way it would be more suspenseful that way. hope that makes sense.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This movie is a major shocker.

    When I first saw this movie, it gave me nightmares for weeks. The ending is what shocked me the most. It gave me more nightmares than Friday the 13th, Halloween, and Nightmare on Elm Street combined.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    nasty shocker with unforgettable chilling climax!

    great horror films are great when they can take something that is done to death: in this case slasher movie and create something different and memorable.In this case the director, has taken the hokiest horror movie cliche, mad killer at the summer camp and created a horror classic! Ricky and his very quiet cousin Angela decide to go to summer Camp and soon regret it as the kids there are targeted by a brutal killer! The director,Robert Hiltzik has created a low-budget nasty little shocker that explores the themes of homosexuality child abuse and abnormal behavior.Now stir in some gruesome murders, and last but not least unforgettable ending and you recipe for horror classic guarantee to chill the blood! The ending alone is worth price of admission because spotting the killer isn't that hard but the killer's secret(Oh boy what a secret is it)is what makes the film so memorable.This film also is quite controversial because most of the victims are preteens and the methods of their demise isn't for the squemish.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sleepaway Camp.....the best horror movie!

    This movie is my favorite scary movie! I recommend it to any scary movie fan! It might not be as popular as ''Halloween'', ''Friday the 13th'', or ''A Nightmare On Elm Street,'' but it's still a terrific movie regardless. It's not a typical scary movie either. Sleepaway Camp is realistic. What happens during this movie could possibly happen in reality. The ending of this movie will seriously freak you out! I know it scared the heck out of me!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    :)

    basically this movie is the funniest movie in the world because the acting was so terrible i couldn't stop laughing. people actually recommended this movie to me because it was so bad! i would recommend this movie if you are in for a good laugh... not a thriller at all.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    OMG! What the Heck!

    It movie was so bizarre and extremely random. The death scenes were horrible, the plot was bad, the acting was REALLY bad, and the end...WHAT? It was the most random ending EVER! Horrible, horrible movie. Did not even give me chills. I was really disappointed.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    one of the best originalhorror films ever

    this movie was made before scream , i still know what you did last summer and urban legands and is better and creepier. If you love horror films this is a must see

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 21, 2010

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