It's summer camp as usual at Camp Manabe where the kids torment each other for fun while the underpaid camp staff provides as little supervision as possible. Greedy camp owner Frank and junior partner Ronnie do their best to keep everyone in line, but something sinister is about to put a slash in the roster. When campers and staff mysteriously begin disappearing and turning into gruesome corpses, paranoid Ronnie can't shake the memory of a series of grisly murders that took place at Camp Arawak, where he worked two decades earlier. Has a ghost from the past come back to haunt him? As the paranoia worsens, Ronnie's list of possible killers starts growing just like the body count. Everyone becomes a suspect from vicious kids to shady members of the camp staff, and even former Camp Arawak camper Ricky who mysteriously works nearby. Who is knocking off these victims and why? Only one thing is for certain, something is carving a bloody new trail at Sleepaway Camp where kids can be so mean ... Written by
First sequel to be written and directed by Robert Hiltzik, who wrote and directed the first film. See more »
A boom mic is visible during the scene near the end when the campers are gathered around the bunkhouse. It is visible right before Ricky enters the scene. See more »
[to Spaz, laughing]
Dude, you're such a fuckin' spaz.
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Once the credits at the end are over, another short scene starts up. A female motorist's car breaks down on a deserted road. Sheriff Jerry stops to help. With the car jacked up, he crawls under it to check it out and it suddenly falls, crushing his head. The woman turns around, revealing herself to be Angela. See more »
As far as horror movies go, Sleepaway Camp is definitely one of my favorites. The news that the creator of the original would be coming back to make this sequel got me excited.
And then we waited. And waited some more.
Now it's finally here, so the question now is whether or not it actually delivers. The answer? Yes and no.
When the movie started, I hated it. I guess I expected more than an opening scene of lighting farts. But the real problem relies primarily in the main character, Alan. Both due to his acting and the stuff he does and what happens to him, it's impossible to care. I couldn't figure out if we were supposed to care or hate the guy who picks on people but also gets picked on. He just ends up annoying. Yes, the acting wasn't all that great in the original, but we did actually care about the main characters. Here, there's nothing.
I was, in all honesty, ready to give up on it, but stuck with it just because of a last sliver of hope. And it did get better. Once the body count began to rise, it really improved. What we ended up with was a fun slasher with inventive kills that I was really into by the time the time the climax hit.
Don't expect much in the way of characters from the original. Ricky is there for basically a cameo, although Paul DeAngelo's Ronnie has a prominent role. And as for the ending, well, it sure isn't as shocking as the first.
But for fans of the original, this one is worth a shot. I gave it a chance, and I'm glad I did.
Now I'm ready for the next one.
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