On the first day of Slashermas my true love gave to me Dark Night of the Scarecrow, on the second day of Slashermas my true love gave to me the shitty Nightmare on Elm Street remake, on the third day of Slashermas my true love gave to me 1983’s Sleepaway Camp.
This movie is WEIRD. And I can see why it’s such a cult classic.
The movie starts with a boating accident. A father and son are killed by a runaway motorboat. Eight years later, Angela (Felissa Rose) and her cousin, Ricky (Jonathan Tiersten) are going to Camp Arawak.
Ever since her father died, Angela has lived with Ricky and her crazy Aunt Martha (Desiree Gould.) She looks like a lady Pee Wee Herman impersonator.
The kids go to camp and the title of the movie should be changed to “Upsettingly Short Men’s Shorts of the ’80s.”
Angela is mostly mute at camp and doesn’t participate in activities. This earns the ire of camp counselor Meg (Katherine Kamhi) and Judy (Karen Fields), her fellow camper.
Most people make fun of Angela but she becomes friends with Paul (Christopher Collet.) Him and Ricky try to defend Angela from her bullies, including Artie (Owen Hughes), the pervy camp chef. Slowly, Angela’s tormentors start being attacked and killed.
Artie is burned with boiling corn-water.
Another guy, Kenny (John E. Dunn) tips over his canoe and then someone holds him underwater.
Who’s killing the campers and the counselors?
I can’t tell because there’s a big twist ending that I don’t want to give away. It’s a doozy and it took me by surprise, even though I’ve probably read about it.
This movie is so weird. It’s completely and hilariously overacted, so it ends up feeling like a menacing episode of Salute Your Shorts. Still, I ended up loving it. The kills are memorable and I ended up liking the characters, even the psycho jerks. Take a note, Nightmare on Elm Street remake, this is how you make a memorable slasher.
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