Sleepaway Camp Sleepaway Camp (United Film Distribution)
4. Angela Baker (Felissa Rose, Sleepaway Camp)
Friday the 13th isn’t the only great horror film series to take place at a summer camp. Sleepaway Camp tells the story of outcast Angela Baker spending her summer at one. It’s bad timing, as this is the same year a killer starts massacring people at the camp. Will Angela survive with this maniac on the loose?
Angela has nothing to worry about, because she is the killer. But the ending isn’t as simple as just unmasking somebody Scooby-Doo style. The way this movie reveals Angela’s true nature is done in such a crazy way, that the image of it still haunts my dreams to this day.
In the film’s climax, the survivors realize Angela is the killer. She appears completely nude by the beach, holding a severed head, while hissing like some kind of reptile. But on top of all that, Angela is also revealed to not be a female at all. Her, uh, male genitals are on full display in the closing moments of the flick.
Considering the way Sleepaway Camp ends, I’m not entirely sure if I can technically count Angela as a female horror movie character. But as recent political controversies have taught us, what matters most is what gender someone identifies as. Whichever parts one might be born with isn’t as important. I would include Angela on this list either way, as Sleepaway Camp is a classic, and I absolutely love the character.