PLOT: Angela from Sleepaway Camp takes a job as a camp counselor under an assumed name. It isn’t long before she reverts to her old, murderous ways.
I’ll give Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers one thing: it is a superior film to the original film, which I watched a couple years ago and despised it. But, for the most part, Sleepaway Camp II is kind of a pointless movie, and short of the story of the original film being used as the inciting incident for the killing to start again, it really doesn’t have much to do with it. It could literally be a completely unrelated story and we would have the same movie.
Angela has now moved on with her life. We never really get a sense of how the events of the first movie ended; like, the kids tell stories about what happened, but we never really find out what Angela went through between movies. Anyway, she now has a job as a no-nonsense camp counselor, which obviously hasn’t exactly made her popular with the campers or with the other counselors. When the kids start telling the story of Camp Arawak at a campfire one night, it sets Angela off back towards her murdering ways, killing everyone that looks at her cross-eyed.
This movie is super light on plot; basically, it’s a series of set-ups and murders, one after the other until Angela has basically killed off everyone at the camp. This film doesn’t take itself seriously at all, though; it’s sort of this series’ version of The Evil Dead 2. It’s tongue-in-cheek, but it’s not particularly funny. It’s tolerably short, though, but it just kind of goes through the motions. It kind of seems like this is part of a movie. I mean, there’s no arc for any character, no standard story structure; it’s just sort of incomplete. But it has some incredible mullets, so that’s something.
There’s some good kills to this, which makes this reasonably watchable, as it doesn’t offer much in plot or story. The filmmakers just kind of concentrated more on the various ways Angela would kill her next victim, which is admirable, but even a Friday the 13th movie has more plot than this.
Gore Rating: 4 out of 5
Not scary at all. This is more of a comical entry in the series and there’s not even a mystery to who’s doing the killings.
Scare Rating: 0 out of 5
This one provides plenty of nudity, so it has that going for it. You get a lot of flashes and a couple of sex scenes.
Sex/Nudity Rating: 5 out of 5
I’m not a fan of Sleepaway Camp, and this one is better, but there’s barely a plot to this movie, which just makes it feel very lazy. It’s just a string of deaths which are clever in their own right, but it’s barely a movie. It at least delivers on gore and nudity I suppose, and it’s rather short, so even if you don’t wind up enjoying it, it doesn’t even ask 90 minutes from you.