Camp Fever

What most people remember about Sleepaway Camp is the absolutely batshit-crazy twist at the end. But Jonathan Tiersten, who played Ricky in the film, says that’s not the real reason the movie is more popular than ever thirty years after its release.

“The thing I would say about Sleepaway Camp is that if it were about the shocking ending, you wouldn’t have people who’ve watched it bunches of times,” Tiersten explains. “The thing about it, that makes any good movie, is about relationships. Ricky and Angela are interesting characters, and people love them.”

That could be the reason the summer-camp slasher has endured. Of course, the creative kills, the ’80s fashion disasters and, yes, even that shocking ending don’t hurt. Or maybe it’s the revenge fantasy every kid who was ever bullied at camp has, a possibility Tiersten understands. “I went to summer camp,” he acknowledges. “There’s that whole Lord of the Flies thing.”

Whatever your reason for loving it, you can see Sleepaway Camp on the big screen tonight at 7 p.m. at the Alamo Drafthouse, 7301 South Santa Fe Drive in Littleton. Tiersten will be on hand to introduce the film, do a post-film Q&A and run games inspired by the movie. Tickets are $12.50; for more information, visit
Wed., Aug. 21, 7 p.m., 2013

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Cory Casciato is a Denver-based writer with a passion for the geeky, from old science fiction movies to brand-new video games.
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