Next up in the Horror Babies photoshoot series:
Looks like Nanny chose a background close to Camp Arawak.
Not sure if that was a good idea…
Just watched the movie Sleepaway Camp, and while it definitely has it’s flaws and problematic implications, I really enjoyed it. I originally watched it for the infamous ending but I’d rewatch it for Angela Baker. Spoilers below.
Angela is both girl and boy, sweet and brutal, submissive and aggressive, quiet and violent, innocent and villainous, they have so much duality and ambiguity in their character. Like what gender does Angela indentify as? Do they still see themselves as Peter? Or Angela? Or possibly both?
Since the 2nd and 3rd movies were made by a different director, and I believe the original was made without a continuation in mind, I won’t consider them in my analysis of Angela. But I will say that by taking them into consideration the sequels would affirm that Angela has embraced her transwoman identity. If that’s how she always felt is still debatable. Also for sake of this post I’ll be using they/them pronouns for Angela.
Angela Baker identifies as a boy but genuinely trys to identify as a girl. After losing their whole family it’s not unreasonable that Peter would allow their aunt to force a female gender onto them in order to appease their new guardian and fit in with the only family they have left.
Angela’s shyness is them feeling uncomfortable with their perceived gender identity. They’re definitely aware of their male body, avoiding showers and unveiling themselves infront of Paul. They seem especially uncomfortable with kissing Paul, with the flashbacks to their dad embracing another man parallelng their embrace with Paul, it shows that Angela views their relationship as a gay relationship.
This implies that Angela isn’t attractived to men but feels like they should be in order to be a true girl, as taught from their Aunt Martha. I believe Angela does like Paul a lot, since he’s one of the few to show them affection, but the attraction isn’t there. All of this confusion in a gender and sexuality that isn’t theirs creates immense emotional turmoil and inner anger, which they vent through violence and murder. Having to constantly repress their masculinity they use murder as a way to regain their manhood and feel in control.
This thoery can be seen as pro trans, showing the emotional anguish from forcing a gender identity onto your kids that they don’t want. Including forcing a cis gender onto trans kids.
Angela does indentify as a girl. Throughout the movie Angela doesn’t seem too bothered being referred to as a girl, nor seems resentful being seen as a girl. Perhaps they already indentified as a girl, the scene showing young Peter pointing at his sister could be read as them wanting to wear her dress.
Angela being shy and quiet is because they’re afraid of being found out or not fitting in and being even further outcasted than they already are. Their flirtation with Paul is geniune, even adorable, but they’re afraid of being rejected or seen as a boy, because what transgirl wouldn’t be afraid of that.
They only became aware of their identity after their aunt forced them to be a girl, leading to confusion as to whether their female identity is truly their own. Their anxiety and frustration with their gender, combined with being bullied and mistreated, along with the trauma of losing their family is what causes a mental breakdown at the camp. Turning against those who have hurt them by punishing them. To Angela they’re just dueling out justice, but their mental stability declines leading to a complete breakdown at the ending.
Perhaps Angel’s story can be a release for those who feel a similar pain and a desire to unleash on those who hurt them. Angela could be reclaimed by the trans community and be seen as a badass transwoman and a horror icon, BUT I’m not trans and therefore cannot speak for the trans community. If there is any person who belongs to the trans community reading this, I would love to hear your opinion on this, and whether you believe Angela should be seen as trans representation or not.
Angela is genderfluid, who identified as a boy when they were Peter then eventually began to identify with being a girl and saw themselves as Angela. Or maybe they’re bigender and see themselves as both. They still struggle with their gender and sexuality as well as with fitting in and dealing with trauma and bullying leading to similar emotional turmoil as stated above.
There’s so many ways to interpret Angela Baker as a character. Like when she craddles Paul’s head after beheading him, there’s a lot going on there. Perhaps that’s why the ending is so scary, because she’s still a human like any other but still capable of so much violence. What other slasher icons are there without supernatural abilities?
If anyone has actually read this whole thing, please, leave a thought.
Angela Baker is mtf and Wendy has adopted her as her newest daughter.
sleepaway camp 1 angela is just…. a ball of sunshine, isn’t she?
summer camp vibes ✨
>makes this instead of doing my biology assignment
angela baker really deserved better huh 😔
Did a lil redraw of an old sleepaway camp sequel promo!
Inktober day 4 - Angela Baker