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Sleepaway Camp (1983)

After a horrible boating accident kills her family, Angela Baker (Felissa Rose), a shy and traumatised young girl, moves in with her eccentric aunt Martha (Desiree Gould), alongside her protective cousin Ricky (Jonathan Tiersten).

One summer, Martha sends the kids to Camp Arawak.

Angela is subject to multiple accounts of bullying and trauma from counsellors, other campers and even a pedophiliac chef. Soon, everyone who torments Angela begins to die . . .

A lot of the acting is forced or just bad, some scenes are bizarre, and some dialogue is questionable, but the incredible twist ending gave it gravitas that more generic slashers didn’t have.

The film received positive reviews upon its original release and was even the top-grossing film in New York on its opening weekend. It spawned several sequels (none of which were as good as the first)

This was the final film role of Mike Kellin (Mel). He died from lung cancer three months before the film’s release.

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Angela
Felissa Rose
Ricky
Jonathan Tiersten
Judy
Karen Fields
Paul
Christopher Collet
Mel
Mike Kellin
Meg
Katherine Kamhi
Ronnie
Paul DeAngelo
Mike
Tom Van Dell
Billy
Loris Sallahian
Kenny
John Dunn
Mozart
Willy Kuskin
Aunt Martha
Desiree Gould
Artie
Owen Hughes
Ben
Robert Earl Jones
Susie
Susan Glaze

Director
Robert Hiltzik