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* AcceptableTargets: 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.
* AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame: You'll be fortunate if you didn't know this twist already. [[spoiler: This one and ''Film/TheCryingGame'' have more in common than you'd think]].
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation:
** It's never known if Ricky knows the truth about Angela or not. It could go either way whether he knew but was coerced into keeping it a secret or was kept in the dark his whole life. Or he once knew but has completely forgotten it.
** [[spoiler: Angela killing Paul. Did she reveal her true gender to him and kill him when he reacted with shock and surprise like the counsellors? Or did she just kill him straight away for kissing her without her consent?]]
* CatharsisFactor: Billy and Meg get particularly nasty deaths, but they're both so horrible that it's very satisfying. Meg in particular gets [[spoiler: stabbed through the shower wall and has her spine carved up]].
* EnsembleDarkhorse: ''[[AlphaBitch 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.
* HilariousInHindsight: [[spoiler: The UnsettlingGenderReveal as you discover Angela is actually Peter predates ''Film/TheCryingGame'' by nearly ten years]].
* HoYay: 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 TheEighties.
* ItWasHisSled: The film is famously remembered as a CultClassic for the TwistEnding alone: [[spoiler:Angela is a boy.]]
* MoneyMakingShot: [[spoiler: Peter standing up, revealing all his [[{{Squick}} 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.
* MoralEventHorizon: Aunt Martha crossed it when she [[spoiler: forced Peter to pretend to be a girl]] just to fulfill her own desire to have a daughter.
** Arguably, Angela herself crossed it when she [[spoiler:[[DisproportionateRetribution killed the little kids who threw sand at her]].]]
* MemeticMutation:
** "Any chips?" "Why of course! I believe there's a ''whole bag!''"
** "You're a real scumbag, Judy."
* {{Narm}}: More often than not, due to poor acting and writing, plenty of implausible scenes, and the ridiculously over-the-top ending.
* NightmareFuel: [[spoiler:Angela's aunt. Bitch is insane!]]
* NightmareRetardant: The ending isn't as scary if you know [[spoiler: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 UncannyValley feeling of the whole thing.
* RootingForTheEmpire: With victims like these, it's not really that hard.
* SignatureScene: The reveal, as noted many times above.
* UnintentionallySympathetic: The director had this reaction to [[spoiler: the children who got killed for throwing water on Angela]], feeling that was going a bit too far.
* ValuesDissonance:
** The frequent use of homophobic obscenities, while much more acceptable in TheEighties, 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 counsellors’ 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 counsellors do take steps to stop it and make it clear it's unacceptable behaviour.
** 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.
** [[spoiler: The reveal at the end about Angela is considered more than a bit uncomfortable and unintentionally harmful by many trans people, trans women especially.]]
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: 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. His neck does become much greyer in the shot, showing it was done with some kind of neck appliance.
* TheWoobie: Poor [[spoiler: Angela/Peter.]] Also a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds.


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