October Screening 41: Sleepaway Camp (1983)
Now this is a surprisingly appropriate movie for when you’re so tired you can’t even be bothered to ask wwwhhyyyyy. People start mysteriously dying at a filthy summer camp filled with a lot of mean-spirited horny kids and also one shy girl, basically. I really meant “filthy,” though; Sleepaway Camp feels flat-out dirty to watch, like you ought to check yourself for open wounds first & try not to get any of it in your mouth. The kills are harsh & disgusting (my god, that poor attempted rapist who gets drenched in boiling water) and nobody is safe, to the point that you almost want it to stop and please show a little restraint. But it has none. It just keeps locking eyes with you and shouting “Call the cops! I DON’T GIVE A FUCK.” It pushes the envelope until the big-reveal climax, then starts wiping its hairy ass with it.
That, uh, “big reveal” of the murderer is a real shocker, by the way - I actually had this movie spoiled for me years ago & I still let out a “holy shit" at the ending. Again, this movie really doesn’t give a fuck, it does whatever it wants, but that kind of gross relentlessness is a little refreshing given the amount of forgettable PG-13 single-serving slasher movies that have been wheeled through theaters in the past couple decades. I’m definitely not going to forget about Sleepaway Camp anytime soon.
Changed my life.