ghostsarereal’s review published on Letterboxd:
Sleepaway Camp definitely captures the horror of being at a summer camp - horrible kids, grim enforced fun, mean counsellors, and nasty food - but the slasher element didn't really work for me.
Partly, that's because this film's ending is notorious, so I already knew ahead of time what was going to happen. But partly also, I think the slasher plot is just a bit lacklustre. You never really get to sympathise with Angela as a character, so you're never really tricked into thinking she's the final girl, which is how I think I would've preferred the twist to work? And there's also a complete lack of red herrings, so the killer is always obvious, because there are no other suspects. Or, no suspects at all, really.
That notorious ending, too... Doesn't work, does it? It just comes out of nowhere, and I kind of loved the over-acting aunt but she was so out of place in this film that it just tipped the whole thing over into nonsense. What are we supposed to make of that ending? What's the killer's motive? What's the point of any of it?
At least the kills were quite creative, I guess. That shower one was brutal, and the silhouetted hair curler scene was great. I think I just wish the whole thing had been smarter.