April’s Cheeser – Sleepaway Camp

American Eagle Films

How this horror cult classic had escaped my eyes for this long is beyond me.

From 1983 comes this Friday the 13th-ish camp slasher flick that is…just simply bizarre.

The film itself is far from good: the script is laughable, the editing is nonsensical, and the acting leaves a LOT to be desired. (The atrocious acting is most likely due to younger actors being cast, as opposed to adults being cast to play the teens).  However, while physical makings are apt to put the viewer in stitches from laughter, the psychological implications that it throws at them will disturb, confuse, and muddle everything that they had just seen.

Known to have one of the biggest twist endings in the horror genre, Sleepaway Camp is shockingly complex, albeit full of technical flaws and weak writing.  Still, it manages to give us a killer who has more depth than most horror movie villains.

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