Sleepaway Camp (1983) feat. Ten Backe

For the last entry in our Camp series, we're finally tackling Robert Hiltzik's Sleepaway Camp (1983). Along for the short shorts and Judy of it all is returning guest - and big fan of the film - Ten Backe.

The big question is whether this film is homophobic and transphobic. Hiltzik doesn't have a lot of thoughts on the matter, but we, and many trans film critics, do. Is Sleepaway Camp worthy of praise and (re)appropriation by the queer community?

Plus: comparisons to Friday the 13th, thoughts on Judy's curling iron death, Art the pedophile cook, and the need for short shorts and male nudity!


-Ten Backe. "Is Sleepaway Camp Transphobic?" Phasr

-BJ Colangelo. "Going Back to Sleepaway Camp: Revisiting The Problematic Classic." Dread Central

-Harmony Colangelo. “The Transgender Defense of Angela Baker and ‘Sleepaway Camp.’Medium

-Alice Collins. “‘Sleepaway Camp’: The Elephant in the Room.Bloody Disgusting

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