I’m talking about the movie, not an actual sleep away camp. I mean, one time I was going to an all-girls camp and they had us walk through a cardboard box as a “rebirth” into womanhood so like, I’ve had some weird times but not as weird as Angela’s wheezing.
First off, I actually had some fun with this movie. There are a lot of silly tidbits, the acting is uncomfortable but keeps the plot moving, and the deaths are honestly creative. But I’m not going to lie, the entire reason I wanted to watch this movie was because of the end.
Warning: Spoilers (fuck you)
When I was like 12 or something I loved watching VH1’s I love the 80s. One day while watching it they showed the most-famous clip of Angela, naked, holding a head in her hand. She did this with her horrifying wheeze. I fell in love. I needed to see this movie. Who is this chick? What is going on? Why does this chick have a dick? What the fuck?
As I grew to love horror I learned more about this movie but could never find it. No torrent, no download, it was never on Netflix. And then one day it came up on my suggested watch list on my Prime account. If you don’t think for a second I forced a poor, unsuspecting roommate to watch it with me you are seriously wrong. I had to finish it on my own but the amount of satisfaction just knowing I had finished it was immeasurable.
So like my cardboard rebirth, I thought this movie was made to explore the idea of gender v. sexuality. It’s pretty clunky but honestly I was shocked by it’s forward-thinking for the 80s by the fact that it depicted people within the LGBTQA community.
That being said, it didn’t really present the community in a positive way. Unfortunately Angela and the family are mentally-scared by the idea of her uncle being gay. So much so that her aunt decides that her nephew will be raised as her niece. So her first encounter with gay people is negative. Then she (arguably a person from the trans community, albeit unwanted) is the murderer the whole time. Like, this is not a super progressive horror movie. It’s still kinda shitty. That being said, the scares and gore are a lot of fun.
I believe if you like horror, which a massive amount of humans apparently do, you should watch this movie. It has some neat camera work and their use of stereotypes is pretty fun (jocks, nerds, etc.) Just don’t expect to walk away feeling better about yourself or something. Like, take what you can from the movie, but don’t think it’ll teach you anything about race, sexuality, orientation or anything that you want. You just get to watch a pedophile die by gumbo.