Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Sleepaway Camp (1983)
Sleepaway Camp is a low budget horror film set on a lake at camp Arawak. Angela is a quiet girl that is uninterested in the activities and is constantly picked on by the other campers at the camp. She is the survivor of a motor boat accident that killed her father eight years earlier and is very removed from the rest of the camp. When murders start to happen the owner of the camp tries to keep them quiet because he does not want his camp to be shut down. More dead campers and employees are found, but the killer remains a mystery until the end of the film when we find out that Angela was the killer all alond and the she was in fact a boy and not a girl.
Although it is cheesy and the murders throughout the story aren't very scary, I thought that the ending was great. When i watched the film, i actually had to watch the Texas Chainsaw Massacre to calm down. With that being said, the ending doesn't really make up for the rest of the story which is weakly thrown together and sometimes boring. I can appreciate the fact that the movie was probably a little creepier when it came out in 1983, but it would definately be an overstatement to call Sleepaway Camp a good horror movie. The only way to enjoy this film is to go into it knowing that you'll probably feel like laughing more than anything. And if you read this blog and already know the ending, don't even bother.