[[caption-width-right:275: The Hotel California of summer camps...]]

->''"Dear Mom and Dad, I've been at Sleepaway Camp for almost three weeks... and I'm getting very scared."''
-->-- Opening line of the trailer.

'''''Sleepaway Camp''''' is a film directed by Robert Hiltzik, and it was released in 1983 during the heyday of {{Slasher Movie}}s.

The plot follows two cousins, Angela and Ricky, who are attending a summer camp. Shortly after their arrival, people start to die. Especially those who pick on Angela...

The film became notorious for its TwistEnding and amassed a cult following over the years, mostly for its odd yet endearing mix of 80s slasher movie thrills and wistful summer nostalgia.

Several sequels also followed: The comedic ''Film/SleepawayCampIIUnhappyCampers'' and ''Film/SleepawayCampIIITeenageWasteland'', the troubled ''Film/SleepawayCampIVTheSurvivor'' and the return-to-form ''Film/ReturnToSleepawayCamp''. There is also a short film spinoff ''Film/{{Judy}}'', focusing on the character of the same name.
!!The first film contains the examples of:

* AdultsAreUseless: The rest of the kitchen staff know Artie, the head cook, is a pedophile and don't seem to care. The head of the camp is more concerned with the bad publicity and possible lawsuits that might arise from homicides than the fact that there's a potential murderer on the grounds that are filled with kids.
** [[spoiler: Aunt Martha. DEAR GOD, Aunt Martha!]]
* AlphaBitch: Judy. She seemingly goes out of her way to be bitchy and hostile toward Angela. And arguably worse than Judy is Meg, one of the counselors, who is extremely nasty and aggressive towards Angela in a way that would get her fired would anyone else be running that camp.
* AuthorAppeal: Once you learn that the director was gay, all the men in belly shirts and short shorts make a lot more sense.
* AssholeVictim: Most of the victims. Most notably Artie the cook, who ''really'' likes children (yes, in ''that'' way). Ironically, he's also the only victim who doesn't die. Though if he survived his grave injuries it's likely a AFateWorseThanDeath. He's horribly disfigured and likely blind by the time he's rolled off to hospital. However some of the victims are selected for very petty reasons, most notably [[spoiler: the young children murdered for being a bit bratty and kicking sand at Angela.]]
* AxCrazy: The killer has a lot of pent-up aggression as shown by the brutality.
* BeeBeeGun: [[spoiler: Billy]] is stung to death when a beehive is dropped into his bathroom stall.
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: The reason why [[spoiler: Angela]] spares Ricky, Ronnie and Susie.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Ricky was very protective of Angela throughout the movie. His behavior is the reason why camp owner Mel suspected him as killing kids that picked on Angela.
* BigOMG: During TheReveal.
* BiggerBad: [[spoiler: The demented Aunt Martha took a mentally fragile boy and forced him to be the daughter she always wanted. Worse still this involved pretending to be his recently dead sister. Add in the trauma of losing his family and being raised by a lunatic, Peter ends up becoming a psychotic serial killer.]]
* ButtMonkey: Mozart who is on the receiving end of several pranks in the boys cabin.
* ChekhovsGun: Aunt Martha gives Ricky and Angela signed physical examination forms so they can go to camp. [[spoiler: There's a good [[VillainousCrossdresser reason]] she doesn't want another doctor taking a look at Angela...]]
* ClassClown: Kenny.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Aunt Martha is a particularly creepy one [[spoiler:[[BiggerBad that is ultimately responsible for the whole mess due to her madness]]]].
* CradlingYourKill: [[spoiler: Angela, or rather Peter, holds Paul in his arms.]]
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler: Judy]] has...[[ShadowDiscretionShot ''something'']] done to her with a curling iron.
* {{Dedication}}: The director Robert Hiltzik dedicated the movie to his mother.
* DontGoInTheWoods: Several kids take a trip to the woods, and never return.
* EightiesHair: Mullets!
* FinalGirl: Inverted with Angela [[spoiler: who is the killer and really a guy]]. A better example would be [[spoiler: Susie]] considering she's one of the few survivors.
* FlippingTheBird: Ricky delivers one to Judy after she makes out with Paul just to hurt Angela.
* FollowTheLeader: So wait, an old summer camp is being reopened and a killer starts offing people. [[Film/FridayThe13th1980 Sounds kinda familiar]].
* {{Foreshadowing}}: There are clues hidden throughout the film that allude to [[spoiler: Angela's real identity.]] For example, [[spoiler: Angela refuses to swim in the lake with the other campers, and at one point, Judy asks why she always showers alone.]]
* FreudianExcuse: The killer has a doozy of one. [[spoiler: Peter's family died in a boating accident and his aunt forced him to dress in women's clothing and otherwise pretend to be her niece, who she preferred but actually died in the accident.]]
** [[spoiler: Also attributed to Peter/Angela going catatonic is the implication that he once witnessed his father with his homosexual lover.]]
* GroinAttack: Strongly implied to have happened to [[spoiler: Judy]]. With a curling iron to boot! However whilst the scene indicates the possibility, it never explicitly shows what happened.
* HarmfulToMinors: Angela witnessing the death of her family. [[spoiler:Well, Peter witnessing his father and sister's deaths more accurately]].
* [[HasTwoMommies Has Two Daddies]]: Angela's dad's boyfriend didn't get custody after the accident.
* HellIsThatNoise: The creepy breathing/moaning that [[spoiler:Angela]] does at the end.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Judy is incredibly self centered, insecure and jealous. Her ego is so massive that she becomes envious of Paul and Angela despite having several other men fawn over her constantly. Apparently the idea of a girl who isn't like her, that also has a man's attention, just rubs her the wrong way. Interestingly it's implied that before she hit puberty she wasn't such a jerkass with a high opinion of herself.
** Angela's aunt is a variant. [[spoiler: She wants a little girl to raise, not a boy. So she decides that when she is left with custody of Peter due to the death of his entire family, she has a ''right'' to force him to adopt his sister Angela's identity.]]
* ImpendingDoomPOV: Both subverted and played straight.
* InfantImmortality: Averted, even kids are not safe from the killer.
* InsaneTrollLogic: [[spoiler: Aunt Martha wanted to raise Peter as a girl because "she already has a son and it won't do", so as said above, she forced Peter to live with Angela's identity.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Pretty much every one who is targeted by the killer. There's also [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg Aunt Martha.]]
* JerkJock: Campers Billy and Mike.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Peter/]]Angela's aunt.
** Although [[spoiler: there is a FreezeFrameBonus in Film/ReturnToSleepawayCamp that shows a newspaper clipping about what Aunt Martha did to Peter and mentioning that she is in police custody. So presumably she did face the consequences of her actions, albeit offscreen.]]
** [[spoiler:Angela/Peter her/himself. Nothing is said to have to her/him.]]
* KickTheSonOfABitch: [[spoiler: Angela]] scalds the pedophile cook with boiling water.
* KnifeNut: [[spoiler: Meg]] is killed with a knife pulled down through her spine.
* KubrickStare: Angela seems to pull this off frequently.
* MaleFrontalNudity: [[spoiler:Peter]] at the end.
* MayDecemberRomance: Mel and Meg.
* MyBelovedSmother: Aunt Martha to Angela.
* NerdGlasses: Mozart is the sole character wearing glasses, which makes him the "loser nerd" of the cast.
* NightmareFace: [[spoiler:The final shot of the film.]]
* NothingIsScarier: [[spoiler: Judy's]] death is more disturbing because we're not shown what happens when she is killed with the curling iron.
** Same thing with the [[spoiler: kids Angela hacked]] and [[spoiler: Paul]]. All were killed offscreen, and we don't know the events that lead to them.
* OffWithHisHead: [[spoiler: Paul is decapitated off-screen with a hatchet.]]
* OhCrap: The ending and its reveal.
* PeekABooCorpse: Several victims are discovered this way. One beneath a boat and another corpse falling from behind a shower curtain.
%%* PrimalScene
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Ronnie, the buffed-up, muscle-shirt-wearing counselor, really does care about the kids and their safety in the face of the killings, far moreso than the selfish, asshole owner of the camp. He gets a PetTheDog moment early on when he politely tries to get a homesick Angela to eat her lunch. Another counselor, Susie, also counts, as she's always kind towards Angela, to the point that she loses it and slaps Judy in the face when the latter wouldn't stop her nasty verbal abuse towards Angela.
* RedHerring: Hints that [[spoiler: Ricky]] is the killer. While this is obvious to the more GenreSavvy viewers it later works in the film's favor, as TheReveal is more terrifying. There's a twist, just not of the nature you thought you were getting. This was all made more confusing by the fact that [[spoiler:Ricky's]] actor did all the 'kill scenes'.
* RightForTheWrongReasons: Mel soon connects the dots as to why the victims are being targeted. [[spoiler: They have all wronged Angela.]] But then blames the wrong person. He suspects [[spoiler: Ricky is murdering people out of some twisted desire to protect Angela. When in reality "Angela" is actually killing them personally.]]
* SickeninglySweethearts: Everyone makes fun of Paul and Angela for being this. They sort of are for a while until [[spoiler:the end]].
* SirSwearsALot: Ricky.
* ShadowDiscretionShot: [[spoiler: Judy's]] death. We don't explicitly see what the killers done, only that it involves a curling iron and an awful lot of pain.
* ShesAllGrownUp: PlayedWith. Paul, in an admittedly juvenile manner, points out to Ricky that Judy's hit puberty since last they met. However she doesn't think Ricky's any good for her now that she's "more mature" and Ricky takes an instant disliking to her new found personality.
* ShrinkingViolet: Angela. [[spoiler: Until it turns out that "she" is a psychotic killer.]]
* SoundtrackDissonance: On the ending credits.
%%* SummerCampy
* SympathyForTheDevil: [[spoiler:Angela. Rather than view "her" as aimless psycho killer, you can actually pity her]]. And that's pretty scary in itself.
* ThousandYardStare: Again, Angela, [[http://needcoffee.cachefly.net/needcoffee/uploads/2008/01/scamp1.jpg as seen here]].
* TwistEnding: One of the most infamous ones, perhaps because it has multiple twists. [[spoiler: Sweet little Angela is the killer. And wait, she's not even Angela: she's Angela's brother Peter, as the real Angela died with the rest of his family, but Peter's crazy Aunt Martha forced him to adopt Angela's identity.]]
* VillainousCrossdresser: [[spoiler: Angela is actually Martha's nephew, Peter; the crazy old bat, upon winning custody of him, forced him to dress up as and pretend to be a girl because she wanted a girl and not a boy.]]
* TheVoiceless: Initally Angela. Though she soon upgrades to TheQuietOne.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Craig and Mary-Ann, the two teens in the opening who [[spoiler: accidentally cause the boating accident that kills most of the Baker family and kicks off the entire franchise.]]
** A less innocent example would be [[spoiler: Aunt Martha.]] True, [[spoiler: her forcing Peter to adopt the identity of his dead sister was horrifying and abusive]] but she probably didn't expect it [[spoiler: to escalate to serial murder.]]
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Jeff upon discovering [[spoiler: the bodies of butchered camp children.]]
* WhamLine:
-->'''Aunt Martha:''' Angela. Such a lovely name. Why I believe it means 'angel'! Why, yes, I'm ''sure'' it does! [[spoiler: I know you're going to like that name, won't you, Peter?]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler:The movie ends on Ronnie and Susie discovering "Angela's" secret, leaving their fates unknown.]]
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: It gets increasingly difficult not to see [[spoiler: Angela/Peter.]] as this.
* YourCheatingHeart: Paul kissed Judy while he was trying to build a relationship with Angela. Though he regrets doing it immediately. Needless to say, [[spoiler:Angela]] wasn't happy about this, and made him [[spoiler: the last victim of the film.]]


--> ''[[RobotChicken Oh my God! Someone remembered this movie and wrote a TV Tropes article about it!]]''