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     Amy Hughes 

Amy Hughes

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Played by: Elizabeth Lail

The "good girl" among the counselors, Amy Hughes is a newcomer to the area trying to fit in. She is wracked with guilt at the death of Margot Tate, the first real friend she made upon arriving in her new town.


  • Betty and Veronica: She plays the role of Betty to Garrett while Jessie plays Veronica.
  • Break the Cutie: She comes into contact with a corpse in the first episode, and is dealing with the guilt of her friend Margo, and then everything at the camp happens.
  • The Chick: Being naturally friendly and earnest, and new to the area of Camp Stillwater.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Her family, her parents and older brother were emotionally abusive and neglectful towards her. They all died in a housing accident when she was little.
  • Death by Origin Story: The reason she moved to a new town was because of the death of her parents and brother.
  • Demonic Possession: She gets possessed by Holyoke and Malphas.
  • Dude Magnet: Amy's had the attention of both Alex and Garrett.
  • Fish out of Water: Amy initially finds herself out of her league at the camp though she does catch on.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She has the sweet and friendly nature and the blonde hair to match.
  • Hidden Depths: Amy catches on to the fact that Jessie lied about her grandmother dying, and plays along to get on better terms with her.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Her reason for becoming a counselor.
  • It's All My Fault: Blames herself for the death of her school friend Margo, whom she convinced to go to a party with her.
  • New Transfer Student: At her school in episode 1's backstory.
  • Nice Girl: Amy Hughes.
  • Walking Spoiler: After The Reveal of "Home Sweet Home", there's no way to talk about her without spoiling a major plot twist.
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     Carolina "Cricket" Diaz 

Carolina "Cricket" Diaz

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Played by: Amber Coney

A counselor at Camp Stillwater, Cricket is insecure about her weight and her lack of sexual experience. Her parents' marriage is on the rocks, with her father cheating on her mother with their neighbor, and her mother only staying because she has nowhere else to go.


  • Character Development: Initially appearing as a deeply insecure teenage girl with self-esteem issues regarding her looks and everyone's perceptions of her. Eventually grows more confident.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Blair. Formerly with Jessie.
  • Killed Off for Real: When the killer pushes her and she falls head first onto a bear trap.
  • Morality Pet: For Jessie and Alex.
  • Ms. Fanservice: In a red bikini, being rather well-endowed.
  • Really Gets Around: Averted. She's still a virgin, she only wants to put herself out as this because of her self-image issues.
  • Troubled, but Cute: She's rather cute, but aspires to write promiscuous comments on bathroom walls about herself so people will notice her.

     Blair Ramos 

Blair Ramos

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Played by: Mark Indelicato

A longtime attendee at Camp Stillwater who's starting his first year as a counselor, Blair is openly gay, artsy, and can't wait to party with his old friends.


     Garrett Sykes 

Garrett Sykes

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Played by: Alberto Frezza

A local "townie", Garrett is a Former Teen Rebel turned police deputy who has a past with Damon Crowley and Camp Stillwater.


     Jessie Tyler 

Jessie Tyler

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Played by: Paulina Singer

An attractive but fairly conceited counselor, Jessie arrived at camp frustrated that her attempts to get into college may well have been thwarted by her incompetent, absentee mother.


  • Action Survivor: One of three people to survive, along with Blair and Drew.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: She gets into college (presumably the one she wanted to get into), suggesting she turned her mother in and got her name cleared.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Cricket.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Subverted. Her attempt at one of these made her pure-hearted enough to survive the effort.
  • Hidden Depths: Of the two people Drew chooses to tell about being transgender, she isn't the one you'd think would be cool with it, but she handles the news far better than Blair.

     Alex Powell 

Alexi Fayvinov / Alex Powell

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Played by: Ronan Rubenstein

An immigrant from Soviet Ukraine, Alexi Fayvinov, aka Alex Powell, is obsessed with living out The American Dream, especially after seeing his father get beaten down by it.


  • Sticky Fingers: Before he left for camp, he snatched some nice clothes from his job at a laundromat out of contempt for his adulterous boss.
  • Troubled, but Cute
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     Drew Reeves 

Drew Reeves

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Played by: Zelda Williams

A trans boy who was born a girl named Andrea, Drew struggles with revealing who he is to his family and fellow counselors. Holds a very proto-grungey outcast attitude and fashion sense.


  • Action Survivor: One of the three councilors to survive, alongside Jessie and Blair.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Had a mother who absolutely refused to see him as a boy, even telling him that as long as he lived in her house, he would be Andrea. His mother seemed to have finally accepted the fact that Drew was a boy after she followed Drew to a rave party when he snuck out, but then abandoned him and left a note saying that while she accepted that Drew was a boy, she couldn't accept that Andrea wasn't real.
  • Disappeared Dad: Drew's mother says that his father died.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: He and Blair are seen kissing, suggesting that they've started a relationship.
  • Transgender: Drew is female-to-male transgender, but this being The ’80s, it's not something he likes to talk about. Only three people (his mother, Blair, and Jessie) know about it.
  • Parental Abandonment: His mother left after she "accepted" that Drew was a boy, but couldn't accept that her daughter Andrea wasn't real.
  • The Quiet One

     Joel Goodson 

Joel Goodson

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Played by: Eli Goree

Joel is haunted by the suicide of his brother Michael, who was seemingly driven mad by Holyoke after his stay at Camp Stillwater. Following in his footsteps as a counselor, Joel carries a camera wherever he goes.


  • All Men Are Perverts: He spies on Deb whilst she's changing, though whilst he thinks she's leading him on. Subverted, when he discovers the camp was playing tricks with him.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: Well, spirit really. He was one of the ones who Amy controlled after she killed him, along with Cricket, Deb, and Blotter.
  • Black and Nerdy: He aspires to become a filmmaker, hence his tendencies towards...
  • Camera Fiend: Joel is almost never seen without his camera. Turns out it's so he can distinguish what is real from what is not, thanks to Holyoke haunting him.
  • Driven to Suicide: Because of Holyoke haunting him. Averted thanks to Amy's efforts.
  • Killed Off for Real: He gets stabbed in the neck by a Malphas-possessed Amy.
  • Likes Older Women: He lusts after Deb early on.
  • Manly Tears

     Deborah "Deb" Carpenter 

Deborah Carpenter

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The owner of Camp Stillwater, Deb has a longtime attraction to the camp, having been a counselor there in her youth when she met her first love Keith.


     Jason "Blotter" Cohen 

Jason Cohen

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Played by: Zachary Gordon

A former camper turned counselor, Blotter is there to turn on, tune in, and drop out.



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Villains

     Damon Crowley 

Damon Crowley

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Played by: Andrew J. West

A friend of Garrett's in childhood, Damon has since grown up into the leader of a cult of Satanic bikers trying to raise Malphas.


     Boyd Heelan 

Boyd Heelan

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Played by: Charles Mesure

Boyd is the local sheriff, a seemingly easy-going man who turns out to have some darker secrets.


  • Evil All Along: Is revealed to be The Teacher, the current leader of the Satanist cult.
  • Fair Cop: A part of his facade to hide the fact that he's The Teacher.
  • Killed Off for Real: Garrett shoots him dead after finding out that he's The Teacher and his father's murderer.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: The reason he killed Garrett's father is because he knew too much about Holyoke and the cult.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To the real villain, Amy Hughes.

     Malphas 

Malphas

A demon that a local Satanic cult is trying to raise, and who has a long connection to the land where Camp Stillwater is now located.


  • Greater-Scope Villain: He's the demon that haunts the camp and has, in one way or another, been responsible for everything that has happened in the series.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Along with Amy, he had them all think that he needed to possess a purely innocent person. He actually wanted someone evil, someone just like Amy. Who was in fact Evil All Along.
  • A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: While possessing Amy, he uses her Nice Girl qualities to fool everyone into thinking she's not possessed and even tricks Joel into thinking that his "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight was working. According to a book about demons, this sort of thing is his MO.


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     Holyoke 

Holyoke

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Played by: Tony Todd

In the 19th century, Holyoke led a spiritualist coven in the area that perished in what was an apparent mass suicide. His ghost has haunted the woods around what is now Camp Stillwater ever since.


  • Big Bad: Subverted. He's actually a good guy. The "mass suicide" that we saw in the Pilot was actually an attempt to purify the lake. The ceremony was interrupted by a group who worshiped Malphas, who murdered his followers and put the blame on him.
  • Meaningful Name: He's a religious leader named Holyoke.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: His efforts to make Joel kill Amy were an attempt to prevent her from being used as the vessel for Malphas. When he told Joel that someone else would die if he didn't kill Amy, it was a warning, not a threat.


SPOILER CHARACTER

WARNING: The following folder contains a massive plot twist revealed in the penultimate episode. You Have Been Warned.

    The Killer 

Amy Hughes

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"It's no fun when you don't play, Jessie. Where's your camp spirit?"

Played by: Elizabeth Lail

Far from the good girl she presented herself as, Amy was actually the primary antagonist, seeking to raise Malphas and serve as his vessel. Having long felt like an outcast, she saw Malphas as the only one who "understood" her. Most of the murders on the show were her doing, including the death of her family and her friend Margot before the show started (the latter done to take her spot on the counselor roster), with the Satanic cult serving as her Unwitting Pawns.


  • Abusive Parents: Her parents- in particular, her father- were neglectful and often outright cruel to Amy, favoring her older brother.
  • An Axe to Grind: Her Weapon of Choice after The Reveal, as seen in the picture to the right.
  • Ax-Crazy: It turns out that she murdered Dave, Blotter, and Cricket. She also killed her parents and brother when she was a little girl, and had intentionally let Margot fall to her death at the party. All because she was a social outcast, so she committed the murders to ensure Malphas was summoned and he could take possession of her because she only ever felt kinship with.
  • Big Bad: She was the murderer all along, deliberately trying to summon Malphas.
  • Big Brother Bully: Her brother was incredibly rude to her, once convincing her their parents didn’t love her and were going to give her away. She responds by murdering him as well as their parents.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: That Nice Girl we've gotten to know throughout the season? She's actually an Ax-Crazy psychopath who let her best friend Margo die just to steal her spot at Camp Stillwater. She committed the murders to ensure that Malphas would be summoned so that she could serve as its vessel.
  • Cop Killer: She kills several state police officers in the final episode.
  • Demonic Possession: She gets possessed by Malphas in "The Devil Inside". Worse, it turns out she wanted this to happen.
  • Evil All Along: She's revealed to be in the penultimate episode.
  • The Fake Cutie: Her adorable, sweet and kind persona: it was all an act.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Part of her carefully crafted act. In truth, Amy fits the trope White Hair, Black Heart.
  • Hoist By Her Own Petard: Jessie kills her with her own axe.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Her stated reason for becoming a counselor. It's Metaphorically True, in that the "friend" she wanted to make was Malphas.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Even before she was possessed by Malphas, she had everyone fooled into thinking she was a sweet, innocent girl, when in fact she was a murderous psychopath. Even after, they had no idea what she was really like until the finale.
  • Nice Girl: Not really. It turns out this was an act to hide her true nature.
  • Powers via Possession: Being possessed by Malphas grants her telekinetic and telepathic powers as well as inhuman strength and durability.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Murdered her mother, father, and older brother as a child.
  • Serial Killer: She killed a bunch of characters over the course of the summer, and before.
  • The Sociopath: She killed her own family when she was a little girl. She then murdered her only friend Margot so she could take her place at the camp, and then her fellow counsellors one by one all so she could summon a demon Malphas and be possessed. Without a shred of remorse.
  • Villainous Friendship: With Malphas, who she claims is the “only one” who ever understood Amy and who she felt a connection with.
  • Visionary Villain: Wants to summon and be possessed by Malphas, killing and manipulating anyone she needs to in order to accomplish this.
  • Walking Spoiler: After The Reveal of "Home Sweet Home", there's no way to talk about her without spoiling a major plot twist.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: A blonde psychopath with no empathy for others.
  • Willing Channeler: For Malphas.


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