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Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers (1988)

Angela, supposedly reformed and living under an assumed surname, is working at a summer camp. However, when the campers start misbehaving, she soon reverts to her old ways.

Director:

Michael A. Simpson

Writers:

Fritz Gordon, Robert Hiltzik (based on an original idea by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pamela Springsteen ... Angela
Renée Estevez ... Molly
Tony Higgins Tony Higgins ... Sean
Valerie Hartman ... Ally
Brian Patrick Clarke ... T.C.
Walter Gotell ... Uncle John
Susan Marie Snyder ... Mare
Terry Hobbs Terry Hobbs ... Rob
Kendall Bean Kendall Bean ... Demi
Julie Murphy Julie Murphy ... Lea
Carol Chambers ... Brooke
Amy Fields ... Jodi
Benji Wilhoite Benji Wilhoite ... Anthony
Walter Franks III ... Judd
Justin Nowell Justin Nowell ... Charlie
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Storyline

Angela Baker has undergone years of therapy, electro-shock and sexual reassignment surgeries, and finally landed herself a job in the last place she should be working - camp rolling hills. She has an old fashioned approach as to how camp should be, and an old familiar deadly way of making sure that those who don't follow her rules don't get to come back next summer. Written by Dismal Angel

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When you go camping just take the essentials See more »

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Certificate:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sleepaway Camp 2: Unhappy Campers See more »

Filming Locations:

Bremen, Georgia, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Double Helix Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The sex scene between Ally and Rob was actually with Valerie Hartman and an extra since the actor playing Rob (Terry Hobbs) was only a minor during the filming. See more »

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Several "dead" bodies are seen moving, breathing or blinking their eyes. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
T.C.: But if anyone heard her, they didn't answer. Soon, she found herself in front of the old mausoleum. Michelle had no choice. She had to go inside and look for help. She opened the creaking door and crept slowly into the lobby. She called out. Again, there was only silence. Then suddenly, behind her, she heard a sound. She turned around and saw her boyfriend, Steve, with his belt wrapped around his neck, hanging from the back from the door! And he was drenched in blood.
Charlie: What happened...
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Alternate Versions

The following scenes were cut from the film:
  • An alternate version of the Rob/Ally sex scene was shot with Ally clothed, just in case the MPAA wouldn't allow the Ally naked version. The unclothed version remained intact and is in the film.
  • Some dialogue in the Molly/Angela conversation outside the cabin.
  • The decapitation of Sean was cut to avoid an "X" rating. It appears in the outtakes on the DVD.
  • The original end titles track. It also appears in the outtakes on the DVD.
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Followed by Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland (1989) See more »

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Happy Camper Song
Lyrics by Michael Hitchcock
Music by James Oliverio
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No Masterpiece But Very Fun
20 January 2006 | by ApolcoldSee all my reviews

Everybody's favorite transvestite serial killer is back…with her tongue firmly placed in her cheek… and a little something missing from between her legs. This time around, quirky Angela Baker (now being played by Pamela Springsteen) daringly returns to camp once again with a completely different persona; that of an overly blithesome camp counselor with good intentions for her naughty little campers. But her sinister past fails to stay buried as each one of the troublemaking kiddies begin to show their true colors and quickly secure a place on Angela's bad side.

Since the beginning of the slasher craze, the moral being sent out to teenagers wasn't something you'd consider subtle. Getting involved with drugs, alcohol and premarital sex wasn't just a sin in these movies, it was a first class ticket straight to hell by means of brutal slaughter. Failed attempts to instill values in these unlikable little drug-addled fornicating sinners (a.k.a. campers) leaves Angela with no choice but to follow this slasher trend and "weed out the bad". The ongoing mistake of most filmmakers, however, was allowing this sort of teen behavior to seem funny and hip instead of shunned. But in Unhappy Campers, we're given a much needed satirical take as we find ourselves rooting for the crazed killer instead of the victims, which is quite a welcomed departure.

As the campers quickly begin dropping like flies, Angela smoothly covers up her tracks by disguising all the disappearances as nothing more than kids who were sent home for unacceptable behavior. But good girl Molly (played by Renée Estevez) realizes that something isn't quite right. Even though she's the typical virginal sweetheart we're meant to root for, I was very much in favor of Angela's motive and couldn't care less if she murdered a few innocents along the way. That, my friends, is the power of Pamela Springsteen. She somehow manages to put a hold over her audience, allowing her to get away with anything and still be lovable. She made me feel free to point and laugh at the mangled corpses of these idiots and not feel guilty about it. Sure, that's an awful thing to do, but hey… these kids really had it coming, especially when they're named after members of the 80's Brat Pack and sport mullets among other things.

Although the death sequences don't have much gore and weren't executed to their full potential (as a result of budget limits I'm sure), they still came off creatively funny and deliciously mean spirited. Using silly one-liners just before brutally disposing her victims, Angela makes sure to get her point across of how uncompromisingly stupid teenagers can be, leaving us laughing and anxiously anticipating her next move. Adding to the satire, there happens to be plenty of girls who love to flash their wobbly bits just about every two seconds for no apparent reason. With acting that could barely pass as decent, there are also plenty of horribly delivered lines of dialogue peppered throughout. Don't be surprised if you're brought to laughter by the unintentional humor more than anything. But as long as you're laughing, who really cares, right? While most horror movie sequels tend to be nothing more than boring and unneeded retreads, writer Fritz Gordon thankfully brought us into new territory with his cheesy yet utterly lovable sense of cruel humor. Although Unhappy Campers isn't exactly a masterpiece and doesn't quite compare to it's predecessor, it still works nonetheless as a fun little guilty pleasure for us die hard slasher fans. After all, the world is a better place with killer Angela on the loose, ain't it?


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