I remember seeing the VHS box for this movie on the shelf at Video Today (which is no longer). A sneaker with a bloody knife through it & a sheet of crumpled spiral notebook, a letter home from a camper. I saw this when I was maybe 13 or 14, a bit younger than the demographic this movie was aimed at for sure.
All I can say is, this is the first movie where I truly understood the term “twist ending”. A killer is loose in a “sleepaway camp” (aka summer camp), each murder more bizarre than the last. But the ending, oh the ending.
It has spawned several sequels (2 involving Bruce Springsteen’s sister, Pamela) and The Shout Factory is releasing remastered Blu-Ray versions of the first three movies.
This is certainly not a movie for the squeamish. A warning.
Some kind soul has posted a copy of it online for everyone to view…