Written by: John Edward Betancourt
In film you will find that there are exact moments where an actor, director, writer or franchise absolutely peak. You know what I mean. When you look at their current work and simply know deep down that it isn't as good as it used to be.
In horror, this is an issue that shows up often. With sequel after sequel appearing before our eyes we quickly realize that the magic is gone and eventually the franchise disappears, only to be held in high regard in our memories. But sometimes, a franchise can fall quicker than expected, as is the case with today's spotlight: Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers.
Now before we get started, I have to warn you. If you haven't seen the original Sleepaway Camp I advise you to go ahead and spend time somewhere else on our site, or go out and see it, as since what lies ahead are spoilers and I don't want to ruin it for you. As for the rest of us, let's continue on.
It's been several years since Angela Baker a.k.a. Peter Baker went on a killing spree at Camp Arawak and his/her legend continues to hold true. In fact the story has found its way to other camps, those terrible events now serving as good old fashioned campfire stories, including for the kids at Camp Rolling Hills. But one counselor at this camp isn't a fan of those stories, or the kids who screw around and disrespect the other counselors. She goes by Angela Johnson, but as she begins to slaughter the campers one by one, they will all learn that she is really Angela Baker, now a full fledged woman, and they are all in horrible danger.
While the original film earned its status as a cult classic with its original take, the sequel leaves a lot to be desired. There is plenty of blood and guts in the film for anyone to enjoy, but if you expect to find a scary film, this is not for you. This film plays everything for laughs, with cheesy one liners delivered in rapid fire fashion by Pamela Springsteen, who plays the grown up Angela Baker. On an odd side note, her last name isn't a strange coincidence, this young lady is indeed the sister of rock legend Bruce.
But talent doesn't always run in the family, and the awful acting she provides us with is pure evidence of that. Yet she is not the real problem with the film, the issue here is the fact that this sequel had the opportunity to explore something far darker when it came to Angela Baker, but instead chose to give us a silly movie that feels so different from the original. If anything, see it out of respect, and see it if you love your slasher films quick on the kills and quick on the jokes.
If anything, Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers isn't total garbage. Perhaps the best way to describe it is to sum it up with one word; awkward.