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Sleepaway Camp (1983)

Felissa Rose , Jonathan Tiersten , Robert Hiltzik  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (240 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Felissa Rose, Jonathan Tiersten, Karen Fields, Christopher Collet, Mike Kellin
  • Directors: Robert Hiltzik
  • Writers: Robert Hiltzik
  • Producers: Robert Hiltzik, Jerry Silva, Michele Tatosian
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: August 8, 2000
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (240 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305841985
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,153 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sleepaway Camp" on IMDb

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Teenagers at summer camp are dying mysteriously, and the cause may be the return of a dark secret from the past.
Item Type: DVD Movie
Item Rating: R
Street Date: 08/20/02
Wide Screen: yes
Director Cut: no
Special Edition: no
Language: ENGLISH
Foreign Film: noSubtitles: no
Dubbed: no
Full Frame: no
Re-Release: no
Packaging: Sleeve

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87 of 90 people found the following review helpful
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[PLEASE NOTE: This 2007 review was posted to, and concerns, the Legacy Entertainment edition DVD as compared to the Anchor Bay edition DVD, both of which are out-of-print. Amazon often places all reviews under the same title, despite which release page the review was originally posted. This does not contain a detailed review of the Blu-ray/DVD edition of Sleepaway Camp, released on 27 May, 2014. Though I have yet to do a full frame-by-frame comparison of that newest release, it appears to include the complete, remastered edition of this film in widescreen. All scenes absent from the Anchor Bay release (as detailed in the original 2007 review below) are included! The original, 9-reel negatives were scanned in 2K for the best quality and most complete edition ever available.]

The Legacy Entertainment (VHS generation loss affected) 1.33:1 ratio edition DVD is otherwise uncut (if not widescreen), unlike the Starz/Anchor Bay (cleanly remastered) 1.85:1 ratio edition DVD of which most customers purchase.

This is classic low-budget horror with the most memorable ending of any such film in its genre, whether you care for it or not. Instead of elaborating on my opinion of the film, I thought some would be interested in knowing what makes the Legacy Entertainment edition DVD uncut.

In the Anchor Bay (abbreviated as AB) edition, five scenes are missing. Those scenes can be found in the Legacy Entertainment (abbreviated as LE) edition. The total cut is only 23 seconds, but they are interesting if not odd omissions. The cuts are as follows:

1. The 'skinny dipping' scene where the boys are shown running and jumping in to the water is cut by seven (7) seconds. The uncut LE version shows them naked from behind as they were running.

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Summer Camp Horror...With A Twist! April 22, 2000
By matt
Format:DVD
Sleepaway Camp is first and foremost, another summer camp slasher film. A very popular slasher subgenre originated with the 1980 classic Friday the 13th. Angela and Ricky are young teenagers off to camp Arawak for the summer, Ricky the likable popular type, and Angela, the quiet and 'different' type. When all kinds of scuzzy camp regulars begin to give Angela a hard time, they start dying rather brutally...much to the dismay of the camp's burnt out owner Mel (Mike Kellin). Sleepaway Camp is a slasher film, however, it goes a bit deeper than that, what gives Sleepaway Camp its distinction, is the bizarre homosexual themes running throughout the film. Why they are there are anybody's guess,but from the strange transvestite (?) Aunt Martha, to Angela's gay father, the truly shocking and disturbing final shot and more, Sleepaway Camp is sick, grisily, twisted, yet always fascinating. Of course, its not always great, many scenes in this film are just laughable, like the melodramatic boating accident at the film's start, or the character that wears a shirt with her name on it, and even the scenes with Chef Artie, the local camp sleazeball. Sleepaway Camp however, always manages to be charming, despite its warped themes and lurid subject matter, this one certainly isn't for everybody, but those with a taste for something not quite the norm will find much to savor here with Sleepaway Camp, a truly strange film that stands in a tired subgenre, but stands out as a unique achievement-even if partially a fluke.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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Who knew that there was a good 80's slasher film that I somehow over looked. I really do miss that genre of movies, and I was ecstatic to see in all the pile of mixed baggage there was one that came out on top. Even though this had a lot of the same qualities as all of the other slasher films ( Friday The 13th in particular) Sleepaway Camp still brings you enough originality and twists to make it an instant classic.

After surviving a horrific accident 8 years prior Angela is forced to live with her crazy Aunt Martha and cousin Ricki. Ricki and Angela are persuaded by Angelas aunt to go on a vacation at camp Arawak. Angela is a very quiet girl that makes all of the other teenagers at the camp uncomfortable, which in return makes her the object of everyones taunting. Ricki tries to stick up for his cousin, but it seems he is always too late to do anything helpful. After a few people end up dying the individuals at Camp Arawak are all suspects and victims at the same time.

Never did the film become dull nor was it over the top exciting edge of your seat thrills. The film is not overly gory, but does not take away from the greatness. There is some descent acting, and if you are familiar with slasher movies you will understand the rareness of good acting in that genre. I know there are a lot of other reviewers that have raved about the very twisted ending, I agree with all of them. I will admit that the finale is one of the very top finales in a horror movie ever. It had me sleeping with my lights on that evening, and like I stated in a another review, I am a very hard person to scare. The last image of this cinematic adventure will be forever implanted in my brain. If you go into this film blind you will be nothing less of blown away, just by the ending alone.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It's a weird cult film that is perfect for a lazy summer night.
Published 23 days ago by Andrew
4.0 out of 5 stars Sleepaway camp
Hells yeah
Published 25 days ago by The Jackal
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favorite's
Published 1 month ago by Jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome thanks for your fast delivery.
Published 1 month ago by Alex
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
This is a Bad Movie. Worth watching for the laughs at its expense and not for much else
Published 1 month ago by Sindar
5.0 out of 5 stars Where I come from, we call 'em baldies
This movie is totally classic. If you haven't seen it you will love this freaking movie. Once you see the ending the replay value goes down but still classic.
Published 1 month ago by Jack
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't be coming home...
Wonderful 80's movie, with great deaths and an even better ending!
Published 1 month ago by Twenty2point8
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy Fun!!
If you like cheesy horror movies from the 80's This is one of the best. The acting is really bad. I saw this one as a kid. Loved it then, love it now.
Published 1 month ago by jeffery barker
5.0 out of 5 stars welcome to camp arawak
A wonderful classic 80's horror film finally gets it spot on blu-ray and dvd.
Published 2 months ago by Kathy P.
4.0 out of 5 stars Minor-But Bona Fide-Slasher Classic
This may be the freakiest of all the 80's slasher films. The ending is notorious, for good reason, but the entire film has a disturbing aura about it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by G. Garner
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