There are many great actresses in the horror movie genre. However, without question, Felissa Rose is and will always be my favorite. My first introduction to Felissa was in her iconic role as Angela in Sleepaway Camp (1983 – read our retro review here). I recall being completely enraptured by her performance. At times, she’s played Angela as a shy, introverted young girl, and at other, she’s portrayed her in a much more creepy manner. Who can forget that stone cold stare?
What amazes me is that Felissa discovered this wide range at such a young age. She was only thirteen-years-old when she starred in Sleepaway Camp. Now, I don’t want to spend this whole article only focusing on this cult classic. There is much more to her life and career than the work she did in Sleepaway Camp. I know Felissa would want her fans to know there is more to her than just playing the psycho transvestite, Angela.
Felissa’s Background In Theater
Felissa’s fans know that she is a great actress, but some might be surprised to learn that she has performed in quite a few plays, such as Limbo, Phone Sex, M. Butterfly, This Property Is Condemned, and William Shakespeare’s Othello.
Several years after her film debut in Sleepaway Camp, she attended The Lee Strasberg Institute where she trained to become a serious actress. I do hope that her fans don’t judge her for not taking on any other horror roles during this time. The fact that she decided to step away from horror to become a better actress makes me love her even more. A few uncredited roles she had during this time include Woody Allen’s Another Woman, Pain And Suffering, and The Night We Never Met. (1993). Yes, Felissa Rose was in a Woody Allen movie. It just shows you the kind of talent that she has as an actress.
Felissa Comes Back Home
At this point, her fans may had been tempted to think that Felissa wanted nothing to do with horror movies anymore. However, nothing could be further from the truth. She isn’t someone who stars in genre flicks just for the paycheck. Felissa is a 100% genuine horror fan, just like the rest of us.
Around 2003, a strange thing began to happen. The horror community became obsessed with the original Sleepaway Camp. It seems that that flick was all anyone was talking about. Eventually, we began asking, “Where’s Angela? We want Felissa Rose to come back, and reprise her role as Angela!”
The love of her many fans warmed her heart, and she came back home to horror where she belongs. In 2003, she starred in three horror films: Zombiegeddon, Scary Tales: The Return of Mr. Longfellow, and Horror. Finally in 2008, after doing a lot of indie horror work, fans were finally able to see her reprise her role as Angela in Return To Sleepaway Camp.
I hope that Felissa’s fans will read this article and fall in love with her all over again. She is one of the hardest working actresses out there. If I were to list every movie she has worked on since 2003 (over 100), this would be a much longer article. If you want to see every movie she has worked on, check out Felissarose.com.
I hope I have done justice with this tribute to Felissa Rose. I hope she realizes how much she is loved, and what an amazing actress she really is. Some might argue that this brunette is overhyped, but I say she deserves all the love and respect her fans give her. We are all looking forward to see what Felissa Rose does next.