Sleepaway Camp

Sleepaway Camp | Robert Hiltzik | US 1983 | 84 Min | 35mm

Shy teenager Angela spends her vacation at summer camp, where the bodies mysteriously keep piling up. Sleepaway Camp is prime-cut American slasher cinema starting out with the usual ingredients of pent-up hormones and gratuitous nudity (here predominantly of young men). But it soon twists its way heavenward into a vulgar whodunit garnished with delectable gore, only to culminate in an unforgettable finale. Both controversial and venerated as cult, director Robert Hiltzik’s only cinematic feature remains a glittering gem of slasher art.

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Robert Hiltzik
was twenty-five years old and fresh out of film school when he made Sleepaway Camp (1983) with a self-raised budget of just 350,000 dollars. He was not involved in its sequels but instead attended law school and worked as a partner in a New York City law firm. After learning late about the movie’s fame, he later wrote and directed Return to Sleepaway Camp (2008), which is a straight-to-video sequel to the original. He has made no other films.
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Language eOV
Cast Felissa Rose, Jonathan Tiersten, Karen Fields, Christopher Collet
Writer Robert Hiltzik
Editing Ron Kalish, Sharyn L. Ross
Cinematography Benjamin Davis