Sleepaway Camp

Year: 1983

Director: Robert Hiltzik

Written by: Robert Hiltzik

Threat: Psychopath

Weapon of Choice: Knife

IMDb page: IMDb link

       Sleepaway Camp

Rish Outfield's reviews
If this isn't the worst summer camp horror film ever, they surely show the winner in Hell. Jeez, this makes Friday the 13th look like Wuthering Heights! Sick! Sick! Sick! The dialogue, acting, writing, and direction were a step below abominable, and the only character I found likable, we were supposed to hate. At least there was a lot of cursing. The fade-outs, nauseatingly melodramatic music, and the overall feel reminded me of an after school special. Directed by Clive Barker, maybe. Boy, this was sick. There was one cute (albeit sick) prank they showed (which I will describe for you so you don't have to ever see this film): a blindfolded kid is lying on the floor, being told that through mental control, he won't be able to do a situp. On the count of three, he is to try, and when he does, another kid has pulled his pants down and placed his buttocks in the path of the hapless boy's face. Definitely the highpoint of the sick film. Still, this is, by no means, a favourable review of this...'film.' It was disquieting to watch, and I developed a terrible headache during its viewing (this may have had nothing to do with "Sleepaway Camp," but I choose to believe that it did). Afterward, I think everyone felt a little bit dirty about watching it.
Best Scare: Well, the final shocking ‘revelation' was pretty, well, shocking. Did I mention sick?
I'd Recommend This To: The very sickest of souls. With the exception of you fine folks.

The tyranist's thoughts
This movie was bad beyond belief. It was obviously pitched as Carrie meets Friday the 13th and was leagues worse than both of those films. I repeatedly wondered if I could endure another second. There is a sort of cool surprise twist at the end that I did not see coming at all, but nothing is really worth putting up with that much bad acting and writing.

Owes everything to/rips off earlier film skull Friday the 13th
Sequel setup
Bad title skull
Bad premise skull
Bad acting skull
Bad dialogue skull
MTV Editing
Girl unnecessarily gets naked
Wanton sex
Death associated with sex
Characters forget about threat skull
Secluded location skull
Power is cut
Phone lines are cut
Someone investigates a strange noise
Someone runs up stairs instead of going out front door
Camera is the killer skullskull
Victims cower in front of a window/door
Toilet stall scene skull
Victim locks self in with killer
Killer is in car with victim
Cat jumps out
Fake scare skull
Laughable scare skull
Blood hits camera
Beheading skull
Killer doesn't stay dead
Stupid discovery of corpse skullskull
Dream sequence
Victim running from killer inexplicably falls
No one believes only witness
Blood fountain
Poor death effect skull
Excessive gore skull
Music detracts from scene skull
Horror film showing on TV/in theater in movie
Future celebrity appears
No one dies at all
Death in first five minutes skull
Virgin survives
Geek/Nerd survives
Little kid lamely survives
Dog/Pet miraculously survives
Villain is more sympathetic than heroes
Unresolved subplots skull
"It was all a dream" ending
Unbelievably happy ending
What the hell? skull

Total Skulls: 21

Other movies in this series:
Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers
Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland