Thursday, October 27, 2016

SLEEPAWAY CAMP (1983)

Billy: "Eat shit and die, Ricky!"
Ricky: "Eat shit and live, Bill."

Awwww yeah, summer's here again at Camp Arawak!  You know what that means...volleyball, softball, camping, swimming and murder!!! Who could the murderer be? The guy with the really short shorts? The other guy with the really short shorts?  The hairy guy with the short shorts and the half shirt? The slutty chick with the shorts pulled up to her tits? The child-molesting cook? The counselor-molesting camp owner?  The kid with the Blue Oyster Cult t-shirt? The guy with the cobra iron-on shirt?  The cop with the glued-on mustache?  The kid in the Asia shirt? There's a ton of suspects, but you'd have to be semi-half-retarded not figure out who the killer is within the first 20 minutes. That doesn't take away from the fun though, because SLEEPAWAY CAMP is pure 80's cheese.  It's awesome! Yeah, it's a horror movie, but for whatever reason there's just a great sense of light-heartedness surrounding the whole thing.

SLEEPAWAY CAMP is a blast from beginning to end and probably the closest thing the world will ever see as to what might have happened if John Waters had jumped on the camp slasher bandwagon back in the early 80's.  Buckets of laughs, very little blood, zero gore, disturbing nudity, the largest cooking pot I've ever seen, water balloon fight on a slanted roof, an awesome softball game, the world's fakest looking mustache, a big cowboy hat, a Tasmanian Devil t-shirt, campy dialogue that I love to quote.  Check it out! If you don't like it, then you're probably taking life too seriously.

Now...if you'll excuse me, I have to go meet somebody at the waterfront after the social.

Part 2 - Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers (1988)
Part 3 - Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland (1989)