Sleepaway Camp 2
Fritz Gordon and Robert Hiltzik
Michael A. Simpson
Pamela Springsteen as Angela Baker
Renée Estevez as Molly Nagle
Tony Higgins as Sean Whitmore
Valerie Hartman as Ally Burgess
Brian Patrick Clarke as T.C.
By Ronnie Angel
The last time I personally reviewed one of the flicks in the Sleepaway Camp series, it was the original, and boy oh boy… The original and the rest in the series are complete polar opposites of each other! Literally miles apart! The originalSleepaway Camp had dark, serious and disturbing undertones to go along with all the cheese and it didn’t appear that there was much deliberate humor. The film is indeed humorous, but it is largely unintentional, which is part of the fun. The killer in the original was also a shy, insecure, low key individual with zero social skills.
In the first sequel of the series, Sleepaway Camp 2, the killer is turned completely upside down with the film earning a solid horror/comedy tag. Killer Angela takes on more of a wisecracking Chucky/Freddy type of personality… a very interesting changeover.
It is important to have a good grasp of what to expect from Sleepaway Camp 2 to avoid disappointment as the series was changed forever from disturbing horror to disturbing horror/comedy with this sequel. The plot jumps to years after the original massacre at Camp Arawak where a new camp is opened on the exact spot. In the beginning the camp seems like a happy little place… that is until we run into Angela again. Clearly background checks had not caught on as a common practice when hiring camp counselors as the grown up Angela is busy singing camp songs and tending to the campers.
Angela has a new lease on life along with some screwed up “wholesome ideals”. While she seems to try (not very hard though) to fit in and wants everyone to love her, she just can’t seem to let her inner psycho lie still. Thus, not surprisingly, she soon earns the nickname ‘Angel of Death’ and begins to “thin the herd” of what she believes to be the bad kids… and adults. As time goes by she begins killing whoever crosses her path – good, bad or indifferent.
Chock full of black humor and gruesomely twisted deaths, this film has twins getting barbequed and a girl being drowned in an overflowing leach-filled outhouse amid Angela’s wacky and off-the-wall murder quips. Homage is paid to past slasher movies and crappy 80s hair metal inSleepaway Camp 2, the definite wildcard of the Sleepaway Camp series.
This is certainly not the greatest in the series, yet still manages to be highly entertaining nonetheless. If you are a fan of quirky dark humor and graphic deaths being carried out by a smart-ass camp counselor of questionable gender then you must give Sleepaway Camp 2 a watch immediately… You will not be disappointed.