Sleepaway Camp (1984)

R | 89 mins | Horror | 25 May 1984

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HISTORY

The following dedication appears at the beginning of the film: “In fond memory of Mom, a doer.”
       End credits include the acknowledgments: “The producers wish to thank the following for their help in the making of this motion picture: Charles Freihofer Baking Co., Inc.; Clearview Motor Lodge, South Glens Falls, N.Y.; Ronzoni Macaroni Co., Inc.; Doberts Dairy; Miller Brewing Company; Phillip Morris, Inc.; Casio, Inc.; Harley Davidson Motor Co., Inc.; U-Haul Corp., #814; Stanley Marine, Belvedere, N.J.; Yamaha Motor Co., USA; Bose Corp.; Beyer Dynamic, Inc.; Brother International Corp.; Olympus Optical Co., Camera Division; Long Beach Chemists”; and “Special thanks to: Fort Edwards Police Department; Fort Edwards/Hudson Falls Rescue Squad and Lucy and Coke Tatosian for having so many wonderful children.”
       According to an 8 Oct 1982 Back Stage brief, principal photography began early Sep 1982 in upstate New York. Although the brief noted that the production company was U.S. Films, based in Great Neck, NY, that company is not credited onscreen. The 30 Nov 1983 Var review stated that the film was shot in Great Neck.
       The Aug 1984 Box review reported that the first week box-office gross at fifteen Los Angeles, CA, theaters was $90,000.
       Sleepaway Camp represented the final film for actor Mike Kellin, who died 26 Aug 1983.
       To date, the film has generated four sequels: Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers (1988), Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland (1989), Return to Sleepaway Camp (2008), and Sleepaway Camp IV: The Survivor (2012).



Academic Network participant. University of Pittsburgh; student: Veronica Fitzpatrick; advisor: Lucy Fischer. lfr STUDENT DROPPED OUT ... More Less

The following dedication appears at the beginning of the film: “In fond memory of Mom, a doer.”
       End credits include the acknowledgments: “The producers wish to thank the following for their help in the making of this motion picture: Charles Freihofer Baking Co., Inc.; Clearview Motor Lodge, South Glens Falls, N.Y.; Ronzoni Macaroni Co., Inc.; Doberts Dairy; Miller Brewing Company; Phillip Morris, Inc.; Casio, Inc.; Harley Davidson Motor Co., Inc.; U-Haul Corp., #814; Stanley Marine, Belvedere, N.J.; Yamaha Motor Co., USA; Bose Corp.; Beyer Dynamic, Inc.; Brother International Corp.; Olympus Optical Co., Camera Division; Long Beach Chemists”; and “Special thanks to: Fort Edwards Police Department; Fort Edwards/Hudson Falls Rescue Squad and Lucy and Coke Tatosian for having so many wonderful children.”
       According to an 8 Oct 1982 Back Stage brief, principal photography began early Sep 1982 in upstate New York. Although the brief noted that the production company was U.S. Films, based in Great Neck, NY, that company is not credited onscreen. The 30 Nov 1983 Var review stated that the film was shot in Great Neck.
       The Aug 1984 Box review reported that the first week box-office gross at fifteen Los Angeles, CA, theaters was $90,000.
       Sleepaway Camp represented the final film for actor Mike Kellin, who died 26 Aug 1983.
       To date, the film has generated four sequels: Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers (1988), Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland (1989), Return to Sleepaway Camp (2008), and Sleepaway Camp IV: The Survivor (2012).



Academic Network participant. University of Pittsburgh; student: Veronica Fitzpatrick; advisor: Lucy Fischer. lfr STUDENT DROPPED OUT 3/30. sending back DVD. sbc 3/30/12. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Back Stage
8 Oct 1982.
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Box Office
Aug 1984.
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Hollywood Reporter
22 Nov 1983
p. 3, 33.
Los Angeles Times
28 May 1984.
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Variety
30 Nov 1983
p. 24.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT

PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
An American Eagle Films Corp. Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Gaffer
Gaffer
Best boy
2d elec
Key grip
Dolly grip
Cam and lighting equip
Spec equip consultant
Spec equip consultant
Spec equip consultant
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Asst ed
COSTUMES
Cost des
Asst cost des
Ward P.A.
MUSIC
Mus comp
Mus prod by, For B&G Music Productions
Mus prod for
Rec consultant
Eng consultant
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom
Sd ed
Sd ed, Magnofex
Sd ed, Magnofex
Re-rec mixer
Post-prod services
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec mechanical eff
Spec eff coord
Titles and opt eff
MAKEUP
Makeup illusions
Makeup eff lab asst
Makeup/Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Extra casting, N.Y.
Extra casting, Glens Falls
Unit mgr
Prod office coord
New York coord
Loc auditor
Scr supv
Catering consultant
Catering assoc
Loc tutor
Loc security
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Asst to the prod
Post-prod supv
Legal consultant
Accounting consultants
American Eagle Films logo des
American Eagle Films logo des
Some cars provided by
Rental cars by
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Asst stunt coord
Stunt helper
Stunt man
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
Col consultant
SOURCES
SONGS
"Angela's Theme (You're Just What I've Been Looking For)," written and performed by Frankie Vinci
"Tonight You're Mine," written and performed by Frankie Vinci
"Take A Chance," written and performed by Frankie Vinci.
PERFORMER
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Series:
Alternate Title:
Nightmare Vacation
Release Date:
25 May 1984
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 25 May 1984
Production Date:
began early September 1982
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Duration(in mins):
89
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Eight years ago, Angela survived a boating accident that killed her father, John, and her brother, Peter. Afterward, she was sent to live with her eccentric Aunt Martha and Martha’s son, Ricky. Angela is now a young teenager, and one summer Aunt Martha sends her and Ricky to Camp Arawak, located on the same upstate New York lake where the boating accident occurred. Ricky has previously attended the co-ed camp, but the visit marks the first time for Angela, who is extremely introverted. After arriving by bus, Ricky gives Angela a tour and tries to introduce her to Judy, a camper Ricky dated last summer, but the snobby girl ignores the cousins. As Angela settles into her assigned cabin, she does not talk to the other girls. After three days, she remains silent, and Ronnie, the lead camp counselor, is also concerned that Angela has not touched her food. He takes her to the kitchen and asks Artie, the head chef, to find something she might like to eat. Meanwhile, Ricky, who is very protective of his cousin, defends Angela, as Judy and other cabin mates poke fun at her. When Ricky wanders into the kitchen pantry to look for Angela, he catches Artie about to molest her. Artie threatens Ricky if he speaks about the episode. Later, as Artie stands over a large pot boiling on the stove, someone spills the scalding water on him, burning his face and body. While the ambulance takes Artie away, Mel, the director of Camp Arawak, does not want to upset the campers and urges Ronnie to keep the incident ... +


Eight years ago, Angela survived a boating accident that killed her father, John, and her brother, Peter. Afterward, she was sent to live with her eccentric Aunt Martha and Martha’s son, Ricky. Angela is now a young teenager, and one summer Aunt Martha sends her and Ricky to Camp Arawak, located on the same upstate New York lake where the boating accident occurred. Ricky has previously attended the co-ed camp, but the visit marks the first time for Angela, who is extremely introverted. After arriving by bus, Ricky gives Angela a tour and tries to introduce her to Judy, a camper Ricky dated last summer, but the snobby girl ignores the cousins. As Angela settles into her assigned cabin, she does not talk to the other girls. After three days, she remains silent, and Ronnie, the lead camp counselor, is also concerned that Angela has not touched her food. He takes her to the kitchen and asks Artie, the head chef, to find something she might like to eat. Meanwhile, Ricky, who is very protective of his cousin, defends Angela, as Judy and other cabin mates poke fun at her. When Ricky wanders into the kitchen pantry to look for Angela, he catches Artie about to molest her. Artie threatens Ricky if he speaks about the episode. Later, as Artie stands over a large pot boiling on the stove, someone spills the scalding water on him, burning his face and body. While the ambulance takes Artie away, Mel, the director of Camp Arawak, does not want to upset the campers and urges Ronnie to keep the incident quiet. At the recreation center, two campers named Kenny and Mike tease the uncommunicative Angela as she sits by herself. Ricky arrives and orders the boys to leave his cousin alone, inciting a fight. Afterward, Paul, Ricky’s best friend, comforts the nearly catatonic Angela by offering his condolences for her family’s accident. The young girl finally speaks when she tells Paul, “goodnight.” At the lake later that night, Kenny smokes marijuana with Mike, then persuades Leslie, a fellow camper, to join him on a canoe ride. When Kenny flips over the boat as a prank, Leslie swims to shore while Kenny, under the influence of the marijuana, enjoys the airspace beneath the overturned canoe. Suddenly, another person appears and drowns Kenny. A counselor finds the dead body the next morning. Concerned about the reputation of the camp, Mel is anxious for police to report the drowning as an accident, but Ronnie informs an officer that Kenny was a good swimmer. Meanwhile, the scheming Judy watches as Paul flirts with Angela. After a movie screening at the recreation center, Angela is surprised when Paul gives her a chaste kiss, and she runs away. The next day, Meg, one of the female counselors, pesters Angela for not swimming in the lake with the rest of the campers and begins shaking the silent girl. Judy taunts Angela for not taking showers with the other girls. After an arrogant camper named Billy and his friends throw a water balloon at her, Ricky defends his cousin, screaming obscenities at the bullies, until camp director Mel intervenes. When Billy goes to the bathroom, someone barricades the stall and throws an active beehive at him. Billy collapses and dies as bees swarm over his body. After the corpse is discovered, Mel tells Ronnie the camp’s reputation has been ruined, but he has an idea who is responsible for the killings. Meanwhile, Angela feels more comfortable with Paul and kisses him at the beach by the lake. While they are lying on the sand, Angela remembers a moment in her childhood when she watched her father having sex with another man. Suddenly, she pushes Paul away and leaves. The next day, Paul is frustrated when Angela tells him she is not ready to be intimate. Seizing the opportunity to steal Angela’s new boyfriend, Judy lures Paul to a secluded spot. As Angela walks in the woods, she encounters the two kissing and becomes upset. Paul tries to apologize the next day, but Judy interrupts and tells Angela Paul called her a “prude.” When Paul walks away, Judy and Meg throw Angela into the lake. Nearby, Mel accuses the tempestuous Ricky of being the killer. Ricky breaks free of Mel and runs to help Angela. That night, Meg arranges a secret date with Mel, but she is stabbed while taking a shower in one of the cabins. When Mel finds Meg’s body, he vows to avenge her death by apprehending Ricky. Meanwhile, Judy is alone in a cabin styling her hair when the killer appears and murders her with the hot curling iron. Mel finds Ricky walking alone and beats him, while the boy denies hurting anyone. As the director leaves Ricky lying unconscious on the ground, the actual camp killer appears and shoots an arrow through Mel’s throat. Police arrive at the gruesome scene, and Ronnie alerts the counselors there is a killer on the loose. At the lake, Angela arranges a rendezvous with Paul. She appears to forgive him for flirting with Judy and suggests they go skinny-dipping, but she drowns the boy. Afterward, she thinks back to when she moved in with Aunt Martha eight years before. At the time, “she” was a boy, because the child who survived the boating accident was not Angela, but her brother Peter. Since Aunt Martha always wanted a little girl, she decided to raise Peter as female and call him “Angela.” At the lake, Ronnie and another counselor encounter “Angela” standing naked over Paul’s body, and are shocked that the shy camper is actually a boy, who has become a diabolical killer. +

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