Angela, honey? I love you but you need to cover yourself because you’re scaring the children! Hey folks, I told you I’d be back. But you might not like what I have to say. Basically if you’re reading this and havent seen “Sleepaway Camp”, I would check it out before reading any more, I’d hate to ruin any surprises for you.
Ok, now that I have that out of the way I can continue. This movie fucked my world up as a kid, I was thrown into a brand new world of transgenders, homosexuality, pedophiles, and boiling pots of water larger than my body. We are presented in the beginning with an accident where either a brother or a sister and their dad are killed by a boat that runs over them…hehehe. I mean, What a horrible tragedy, but shut that little girl up, for real. Then, its eight years later and we find out this fuck off weirdo aunt is now taking care of “Angela” and her cousin Ricky. She is shipping them off to summer camp where she meets a 1980 Tony Danza and he says “ANGELA” a lot and they fall madly in love. Ok, Maybe that doesn’t happen, but if you know what I’m talking about, you are probably laughing right now. The 80s were amazing, lets just stick with that…worst clothes and hair, EVER! So the crazy eyed aunt sends the kids off the Camp Arawak where the campers are DYING to have fun…ha, get it. DYING? Yea I’m an idiot. The deaths are pretty engaging; boiling flesh, arrows through the neck, killer bees, hot curling irons(ha! Fucked Up!), canoes, and decapitation. The camp is in an uproar and the body count is rising by the minute. Poor, innocent Angela is constantly getting fucked with, Ricky defends her, the old man and Tony Danza think its Ricky, but no one knows shit. The crotch shorts are getting smaller and we find out Angela’s parents are a gay couple and she might have had sex with her sibling. Then, the penis. Best ending to an 80s slasher, ever. Angela and her boytoy are alone on the beach getting naked and ready to bump uglies, then two councilors walk up on Angela, she’s sitting down and humming…then she stands up to reveal her junk, it’s a weird looking bushy nub too. Her fucked up aunt raised Angela as a girl because she already had a boy and “that simply will not do”. Anyone who has seen this film has that image in their head pop up when you mention the title, I guarantee it. Totally underrated and lost among the rubbish that was being pumped out at the time because of the success of “Halloween” and “Friday the 13th”, i would honestly rather see that pop culture than American Idol or these damn remakes and contrived genre reimaginings. So hopefully I provoked some not so fond memories or introduced you to a long lost gem of a slasher film. I am on my 2nd week of my back surgery bedrest and am so excited for this in two weeks, Blood On The Beach. There will be an Angela and Ricky reunion there that I am really looking forward to, among the many other celebrities that will be there. So if you live near Virginia Beach, I would definitely check it out if you can, I want this convention to come back every year, it’s our first and I don’t want to be the last. IT WILL BE A PARTY! But anyway, leave me your feedback, let me know what thoughts are in your head about Angela’s androgynous excursions. As always, Thanks for stopping by and reading.
Listening To: Band Of Horses “The Funeral”, Hot Water Music “Remedy”, Alice In Chains “Man In The Box”, XTC “Meccanik Dancing”, Mmford And Sons “Little Lion Man”, The Living End “Pictures In The Mirror”, The Black Heart Procession “Tropics Of Love”, Nada Surf “Blonde On Blonde”, The Strokes “Someday”, Bright Eyes “Gold Mine Gutted”, The Strokes “Juicebox”, Hot Hot Heat “Middle Of Nowhere”, Rival Schools “Eyes Wide Open”, Death Cab For Cutie “Lightness”, TV On The Radio “Shout Me Out”, Fake Problems “Ramblin’ Man”, Velvet Underground “Pale Blue Eyes”, Foo Fighters “Walk”, Lily Allen “22”, !!! “The Step”, Jane’s Addiction “Jane Says”, The Merton Parkas “Face In The Crowd”, Bloc Party “This Modern Love”, Interpol “Obstacle 1”