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(Nightmare Vacation)


Directed by:  Robert Hiltzik

DVD Information
Anchor Bay
Back of Box:
Welcome to Camp Arawak, where teenage boys and girls learn to experience the joys of nature, as well as each other.  But when these happy campers begin to die in a series of horrible 'accidents,' they discover that someone - or something - has turned their summer of fun into a vacation to dismember.  Has a dark secret returned from the camp's past...or will an unspeakable horror end the season forever?
From its grisly special effects to the truly shocking climax, SLEEPAWAY CAMP is no ordinary 'body count' movie.  See for yourself why this killer thriller spawned two sequels and became one of the most surprising horror hits of the '80s!
Special Features:
  • Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs
  • Audio Commentary with Director Robert Hiltzik, star Felissa Rose and Moderator Jeff Hayes.
  • Theatrical Trailer

Rated:  R

Run Time:  84 Minutes

Cast List

Felissa Rose...Angela
Jonathan Tierston...Ricky
Karen Fields...Judy
Christopher Collet...Paul
Mike Kellin...Mel
Katherine Kamhi...Meg
Paul DeAngelo...Ronnie
Tom Van Dell...Mike
Loris Sallahian...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 The Lifeguard
John Churchill...Doctor
Dan Tursi...John
James Paradise...Lenny
Paul Poland...Craig
Alyson Mord...Mary Ann
Carol Robinson...Dolores
Bram Hand...Scott
Brad Frankel...Joey
Dee Dee Friedman...Marie
Julie Delisio...Betsy
Michael Lerman...Greg
Lisa Buckler...Leslie
Colette Lee Corcoran...Young Angela
Frank Sorrentino...Young Peter
Tim Clark...Boy (Uncredited)
Glenn-Thomas Ford...Assistant Cook (Uncredited)
Mike Tatosian...Assistant Cook (Uncredited)
  • Filming Location(s)Argyle, New York, Fort Edward, New York, Glens Falls, New York.
  • Alternate Tagline(s)You won't be coming home, Sleepaway Camp has never been so scary, A nice place for summer vacation, a perfect place to die, A perfect place to meet young girls, might just be the perfect place to die.
  • The Anchor Bay release of this film is cut.
  • The DVD released by Legacy Entertainment is uncut.  The only thing said to be missing is the opening title sequence where Robert Hiltzik dedicates the film to his mother.
  • A shot of Judy dead was cut for being way too grisly.
  • Jane Krakowski was originally cast to play Judy.
  • Some campers getting off the busses in the beginning of the film are relatives of cast and crew members.
  • The original artwork for the Sleepaway Camp Box Set was recalled after complaints made by the Red Cross.


  • At the end, when you first see Angela sitting and humming, a person is visible over on the other side of the bleachers.
  • Obvious dummies inside the speeding boat when it runs over John.
  • The two boys sitting by Judy in the rec hall, when Paul first hears Angela talk, change between shots.
  • The girl skiing in the opening scene wears a helmet in long shots, but not in close ups.

Personal History

  • Originally bought a VHS of this film from a Blockbuster in Traverse City, MI.
  • Bought my DVD as part of the Sleepaway Camp Box Set.

Don't Move, Don't Breathe, and Whatever You Do...DON'T LOOK BEHIND YOU!