Sleepaway Camp II (1988) from Tuna

Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers (1988) follows all the rules for a slasher sequel. It ups the female nipple count from 0 to 4, ups the body count by killing all but two of the characters, who are saved to follow the most important rule: "leave room for a sequel".


The obligatory four nipples are provided by Valerie Hartman in several scenes, and by soap opera actress Susan Marie Snyder briefly flashing.
As the film opens, a female camper is telling the story of Sleepaway Camp, and explains that the murderer, Angel of Death, who was a transvestite, has now had a sex change operation, and has been released. Counselor Angela chases her back to her cabin, and kills her on the way. Angela then hacks and slashes through anyone at the camp who falls short of her moral code.

At the "surprise" ending, we learn that Angela is really Angel, after the sex change operation. She was released from the hospital for the criminally insane, and immediately hired as a camp counselor.

IMDB classifies this Humor/Horror. Taken as humor, I found very little, even set in a summer camp where the humorous possibilities are endless. As horror, there is a huge body count, and some inventive murders, such as shoving a girl through the seat of an outhouse so leeches could kill her, but the special effects are done so poorly that there is little shock value, and no suspense whatsoever.   

Scoop's Note: It stars some famous names: Springsteen and Estevez. Unfortunately, it's not the Boss and Emilio, but their sisters.
  • Pamela Springsteen (Angela) is Bruce's sister.
  • Renee Estevez (camper Molly) is Martin Sheen's daughter (Sheen's real name is Ramon Estevez), and therefore is the sister of Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen, whose real name is Carlos Estevez. Unfortunately, she seems to have inherited her movie career from her uncle, grade-z legend Joe Estevez.

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IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, this film is a C-. The film seems to have some cult following, mostly because of homages to several other Horror films. I was not at all entertained.

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