A United Film Distribution Company Release
Original Theatrical Release Date: November 18th, 1983
Who needs to go to an actual summer camp when one can watch movies about summer camp? This city raised boy never went, but I had Meatballs, Friday The 13th, Little Darlings, and Sleepaway Camp to tide me over. And boy does this one ever do that! Clearly there are superior films about the subject, but Sleepaway Camp was the only one bold enough to mix a story about actual kids and blood and guts. So suck it movies about teenagers played by 30 year olds!
Always alternating between dark & sleazy and mischievous fun, Sleepaway Camp is a giant Doritos's bag of heavenly contradictions. Not the least of which is that boffo, what the f! ending. We all walked out of the theater, or at the end of the tape in either complete shock or totally grossed out. Definitely a moment in film history that could never be repeated again.
Angela went on to be quite the slasher movie icon (and played by Bruce Springsteen's sister no less!) in the crazy, fun next two sequels. Those always teetered on high comedy, but how could you not follow up this movie with anything but? Sleepaway Camp is a true one of a kind.
Archery is always fun to play at camp.