Sleepaway Camp (1983)

USA, 1983
35mm film, colour, 1.85:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Robert Hiltzik.

Plot Summary

After her family die in a boating accident, shy and withdrawn Angela moves in with her aunt Martha and cousin Ricky and is sent to Camp Arawak one summer. The campers are soon being stalked by a killer and Angela is about to reveal her secret…


Directed by: Robert Hiltzik
American Eagle Films, U.S. Films
Executive Producer: Robert Hiltzik
Produced by: Jerry Silva, Michele Tatosian
Written by: Robert Hiltzik
Director of Photography: Benjamin Davis
Editors: Ron Kalish, Sharyn L. Ross
Music by: Edward Bilous
Sound Mixer: Rolf Pardula
Costume Designer: Eileen Sieff
Hair and Make-up: Suzen Poshek
Makeup Illuions: Ed French
Special Effects Coordinator: Bill Billowit [real name: William Bilowit]
Special Mechanical Effects: Ed Fountain
Production Designer: William Billowit

Felissa Rose (Angela)
Jonathan Tierston (Ricky)
Karen Fields (Judy)
Christopher Collet (Paul)
Mike Kellin (Mel)
Katherine Kamhi (Meg)
Paul DeAngelo (Ronnie)
Thomas E. van Dell (Mike)
Loris Sallahian [real name: Loris Diran] (Billy)
John Dunn (Kenny)
Willy Kuskin (Mozart)
Desiree Gould (Aunt Martha)
Owen Hughes (Artie)
Robert Earl Jones (Ben)
Susan Glaze (Susie)
Frank Trent Saladino (Gene)
Rick Edrich (Jeff)
Fred Greene (Eddie)
Allen Breton (Frank the cop)
Mike Mahon (Hal)

Alternative Titles

Acampamento Sangrento – Portugal
Acampamento Sinistro – Brazil
Blutiger Sommer – West Germany
Campamento de verano – Spain
Campamento del terror – Mexico
Campamento sangriento – Spain (DVD)
A halál angyala – Hungary
Kamp za prespavati – Serbia
Kesäleiri – Finland (video)
Massacre au camp d’été – France
Nightmare Vacation – UK
Sommarlägret – Sweden (video)
Summercamp Inferno – Japan (video)
Uspiony obóz – Poland
Спящий лагерь – Russia

Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers (1988)
Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland (1989)
Sleepaway Camp IV: The Survivor (1992)
Return to Sleepaway Camp (2008)



  • Fangoria no.197 (October 2000) p.62 – review (DVD Dungeon by Michael Gingold)
  • Fangoria no.222 (May 2003) pp.70-72 – illustrated interview with Felissa Rose (The sleepawayer reawaken by Michael Gingold)
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.279 no.29 (22 November 1983) pp.3, 33 – credits, review
  • Variety 30 November 1983 p.24 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Video Business vol.3 no.45 (16 January 1984) p.33 – review


  • Educational Institutions in Horror Film: A History of Mad Professors, Student Bodies, and Final Exams by Andrew L. Grunzke pp.136, 152, 159-161, 195-196
  • The Films of the Eighties by Robert A. Nowlan and Gwendolyn Wright Nowlan p.525
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films III by Donald C. Willis pp.241-242
  • Horror Films by Subgenre: A Viewer’s Guide by Chris Vander Kaay and Kathleen Fernandez-Vander Kaay p.43
  • Horror Films of the 1980s by John Kenneth Muir pp.353-354 – credits, synopsis, review
  • The Mammoth Book of Slasher Movies: An A-Z Guide to Over Sixty Years of Blood and Guts by Peter Normanton pp.394-396
  • Regional Horror Films, 1958-1990 by Brian Albright p.267