|Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Michael A. Simpson|
|Written by||Fritz Gordon|
Robert Hiltzik (characters)
|Music by||James Oliverio|
Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers (released as Nightmare Vacation II in the United Kingdom) is a 1988 American black comedy slasher film and a sequel to the movie Sleepaway Camp. Written by Fritz Gordon and directed by Michael A. Simpson, it stars Pamela Springsteen as Angela, and Renée Estevez. The film takes place five years after the original film, and features transgender killer Angela targeting misbehaving teenagers at a summer camp.
Unlike the original Sleepaway Camp, which featured a serious tone,Sleepaway Camp II blends elements of black comedy, and satirizes various horror films, such as Friday the 13th, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and A Nightmare on Elm Street.
Five years after the events of the first film, a girl, Phoebe, tells a group of boys at a campfire about the killings at Camp Arawak. Her head counselor, Angela, forces her to go back to the cabin. After the pair get into an argument, Angela hits Phoebe over the head with a log before cutting her tongue out. The next day, campers Molly, Ally, Mare, Demi, Lea, and twins Brooke and Jodi, question Angela on the whereabouts of Phoebe. She tells them she had to send her home.
Later that day, Angela discovers Brooke and Jodi smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol. Afterwards, Brooke wakes up on a grill and discovers Jodi's charred remains. Angela then pours gasoline over Brooke and burns her to death as well. That night, the boys start a panty raid where Mare flashes her breasts. Angela decides to drive her home and murders her with an electric drill.
The next night, campers Anthony and Judd try to scare Angela, dressed as Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees. The plan backfires when Angela, dressed as Leatherface, slashes Anthony's throat and murders Judd with a chainsaw. The next day, Angela sets a trap for Ally and forces her down an outhouse, drowning her in feces and leeches.
That night, Demi reveals to Angela that she phoned the families of the girls "sent home" and discovered the girls aren't at home. Realizing she could be caught, Angela strangles Demi with a guitar string, before stabbing Lea to death when she finds Demi's body.
The next day, head counselors Uncle John and T.C. fire Angela for "sending the many campers home". Molly and Sean go into the woods to cheer her up but the pair discover the bodies of the other campers, before Angela ties them up. Learning the whereabouts of Molly and Sean, T.C. goes after them but Angela throws battery acid in his face, killing him. Sean is decapitated after he realizes Angela is the murderer from the previous movie.
Later, Angela leaves the cabin and Molly frees herself. Upon returning, Molly knocks Angela out and escapes. After an extended chase through the woods, Molly falls onto a rock and is presumed dead.
After killing the remaining campers, Angela hitchhikes but the driver quickly annoys her and she kills her. Molly regains consciousness and makes it out of the woods but the truck pulls up behind her. Molly is horrified to learn that Angela is the driver and she screams as the movie ends.
Like Sleepaway Camp, Sleepaway Camp II was released theatrically on a limited basis. It was released in theaters on August 26, 1988 before being released on VHS in the United States by Nelson Entertainment two months later.
The film has been released twice on DVD in the United States by Anchor Bay Entertainment. The first release was in 2002 with a single DVD edition, as well as in the Sleepaway Camp Survival Kit. Both these releases are currently out of print.
Anchor Bay Entertainment also released this movie on DVD in the United Kingdom on the 31 May 2004, whilst Futuristic Entertainment released it on VHS in the nineties under the alternate title "Nightmare Vacation 2"; also release on DVD via 23rd Century Home Entertainment.