This week we're continuing our Halloween Movie Marathon with a double-feature of dismembered campers: 1980's Friday the 13th and 1983's Sleepaway Camp

First, we're having a brief discussion about slasher films, before sitting down to enjoy two landmark examples from the golden age of the genre.

Friday the 13th is the better known film, but Sleepaway Camp holds a special—even notorious—place in the history of horror cinema. Can either film stab its way into Nakea's heart?


0:00: Prologue: Scene from Friday the 13th
0:40: Pre-Viewing Conversation: Slasher Films
16:30: TV Spot for Friday the 13th
16:57: Post-Viewing Discussion of Friday the 13th
37:00: Original Trailer for Sleepaway Camp
37:56: Post-Viewing Discussion of Sleepaway Camp
1:24:41: Outro and Next Week's Movie
1:25:50: Outtake

Notes and Links

—Movies Reviewed: Friday the 13th (dir. Sean S. Conningham, Paramount, 1980) and Sleepaway Camp (dir. Robert Hiltzik, American Eagle Films, 1983).
—Articles Mentioned and Resources: "What is a Slasher Film?",; "Women in Danger," Siskel & Ebert's Sneak Previews, 1980; Gene Siskel's review of Friday the 13th, Chicago Tribune; "One Good Scare – How Does Jamie Lee Curtis Feel About Her Slasher Legacy?",; “'How Can It Be? She’s a boy.' Transmisogyny in Sleepaway Camp," Willow Maclay,; "Sleepaway Camp," Scott Tobias, The Dissolve.
—The Unenthusiastic Critic's earlier Horror Movie Marathons are available (in prose form) at
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