YMMV / Sleepaway Camp

  • Acceptable Targets: The killer's first victim is a pedophile chef, who at one point attempts to rape Angela when he sees how spaced out she is. Try to even pretend you're sympathetic.
  • All There Is to Know About "The Crying Game": You'll be fortunate if you didn't know this twist already.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Judy, one of the most iconic horror bitches of all time, and most the audience loves her for it! So much that they made a short film spin-off.
  • Ho Yay: The jocks. When the girls don't want to go skinny dipping they strip down to their underwear and go off on their own, and they like to pile on top of someone as a form of punishments. Plus all the tight shorts and t-shirts they wear, though that can partially be blamed on The '80s.
  • It Was His Sled: The film is famously remembered as a Cult Classic for the Twist Ending alone: Angela is a boy.
  • Money-Making Shot: Peter standing up, revealing all his naked body to the viewer, holding a knife and hissing like an animal. That image will be forever burned into the darkest corners of your mind.
  • Narm: More often than not, due to poor acting and writing, plenty of implausible scenes, and the ridiculously over-the-top ending.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Angela's aunt. Bitch is insane!
  • Nightmare Retardant: The ending isn't as scary if you know Angela’s face is just a paper mask, worn by a guy who had to get shitfaced to do the scene. Though on the other hand it does help with the Uncanny Valley feeling of the whole thing.
  • Rooting for the Empire: With victims like these, it's not really that hard.
  • Signature Scene: The reveal.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • The frequent use of homophobic obscenities, while much more acceptable in The '80s, would make viewers today cringe.
    • Some of the pranks used would be classified as sexual harassment these days, especially the ‘mind over matter’ trick.
    • The counselors’ casual attitude towards bullying is horrifying these days, but it was released back when bullying wasn’t seen as destructive as it is these days. That said, this is largely for the bullying among the boys (which in general has always been seen as more "normal" than with girls), and when Angela is picked on the counselors do take steps to stop it and make it clear it's unacceptable behavior.
    • Paul kissing Angela by surprise when he saw just how uncomfortable she was could be interpreted nowadays as a gross violation of her lack of consent.
    • The reveal at the end about Angela is considered more than a bit uncomfortable and unintentionally harmful by many trans people, trans women especially.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Mel's death by bow and arrow to his neck. To this day, the director will not say how the effect was achieved. It's that good.