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Sleepaway Camp

by Ken Tasho
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Tuesday May 27, 2014
Sleepaway Camp

I'll never forget the first time I saw the cult classic "Sleepaway Camp".

It was around 2002 and a friend brought by this oddly humorous tale of Angela, a teenage girl sent by her idiosyncratic aunt to summer camp along with her cousin. At first glance, this spoof of such horror films as "Friday the 13th" seemed nothing but a low-budget slasher with a shocking climax. Upon reexamination, it really was one of the first horror films to deal with budding teenage sexuality, bullying, homosexuality, and transgender issues, even if its tongue is firmly in cheek.

You can see all the hoopla I'm referring to by purchasing the Blu-ray, restored in a 2K process from its original camera negative, and one in a string of films coming out under the "Summer of Fear" catalog from Shout Factory.

An abundance of bonus material includes "At the Waterfront After the Social: The Legacy of Sleepaway Camp." It reunites most cast members (albeit in separate interviews) and as Felissa Rose (Angela) tearily reminisces about making her first film, it seems it really was like summer camp making "Sleepaway Camp."

Some bizarre features complement the Blu-ray as well: actress Karen Fields stars in the short film "Judy", a tribute to her bitchy character from "Sleepaway." Jonathan Tiersten, who played protective cousin Ricky, has a music video called "Princess". Felissa Rose's "Camp Arawak Scrapbook" has nice behind-the-scenes photos, but the most intriguing feature takes a look at how the 2K Blu-ray process was generated.

"Sleepaway Camp"

Ken Tasho is a Corporate Drone by day and Edge Contributor by night. He has a love for all things ’80’s and resides in the Wayland Square area of Providence, RI...but would much rather be sharing an apartment in NYC with ’80’s rock goddesses Pat Benatar and Deborah Harry.


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