Wednesday, October 6, 2010

31 Days of Halloween: Sleepaway Camp

Sleepaway Camp is not a good movie.  The acting is dreadful, the pacing is a bit on the slow side, the film is shot with no ambition past the B-grade teen slasher it already is.  For most of its run time, Sleepaway Camp proceeds as expected.  Two teen cousins (one of whom is silent) go to summer camp, the bodies start piling up, the counselors don't bother calling up parents, everyone is wondering who the killer could be.  No big deal.  Everything that makes this movie different from the others occurs in the final scene.  Trust me, those last few minutes are a doozy of WTF-edness.  Sleepaway's bizarre "twist" conclusion is one of the most absurd, laugh out loud horror wrap-ups I've ever seen.  I would post it here, but you honestly need to watch the standard build up to appreciate the context yourself.   This movie has 'Camp' in the title, and that's one thing it certainly isn't lacking in.  A horror film with killer kids, sexual identity issues, 80's short shorts, bad parenting, and curling iron murders, Sleepaway Camp is mindless detritus perfect for viewing with a group of friends and a few drinks.  Also: I really want someone I know to be the mom from Sleepaway Camp (Desiree Gould) this Halloween.

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