Franchise Review: Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers

Angela Baker, from Camp Arawak, Is now Angela Johnson, a counsellor at Camp Rolling Hills. She hopes that the other campers are nice and aren’t getting in trouble.

Five years after the release of it’s predecessor fans were finally given a sequel.

‘Angela’ is all grown up now and after undergoing years of therapy, electro-shock and sexual reassignment surgeries, she’s been released. She’s also landed herself a job, problem is it’s in the last place she should be working – Camp Rolling Hills. You will also notice that ‘Angela’ also looks a bit different from the first film.

With this sequel we have Pamela Springsteen taking over for Felissa Rose. Rose was asked to return as ‘Angela Baker’ and even did a reading, but apparently things just didn’t click due to the comedic tone plus she was also preparing to attend college at the time. I often wonder what it would’ve been like if she had returned.

I have to say though that Pamela Springsteen does an excellent job of making the role her own and I have to admit that the comedic changes to the story really work well, actually they work really, really well. The writers seemed to know their audience well and played to it and gave us some memorable moments too.

The death scenes are again well thought out and again the comedic aspects involved in them are just so much fun. Admittedly you never expect much from a sequel, admittedly you expect even less from a slasher sequel but the film makers really hit gold with this one, in fact it’s one of my all time favourite sequels.

“Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers” is a very fun sequel that I think everybody should watch, I guarantee that if you watched it with a few friends and a few beers you’d have a great time!

Miscellaneous facts about the film:

Felissa Rose was asked to return as Angela Baker and she did a reading.

The characters Charlie and Emilio (played by Jason Ehrlich and Justin Nowell) are the real life names of Molly Nagle’s (Renee Estevez) brothers, Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez.

This film was shot in Waco, Georgia, at a camp ground formerly known to locals as Camp Waco. It is now private property. Most of the buildings used in the film are now gone. The restroom, abandoned cabin and swimming pool are the only things remaining.

According to some cast and crew members, during production/filming, Pamela Springsteen did not tell anyone that she was actually Bruce Springsteen’s sister. Several found out about it years later.

The characters are named after actors associated with quintessential 1980s film culture – predominantly members of the Brat Pack. Molly (Molly Ringwald), Sean (Sean Penn), Ally (Ally Sheedy), TC (Tom Cruise), Uncle John (John Hughes), Mare (Mare Winningham), Rob (Rob Lowe), Demi (Demi Moore), Lea (Lea Thompson), Brooke (Brooke Shields), Jodi (Jodie Foster), Anthony (Anthony Michael Hall), Judd (Judd Nelson), Charlie (Charlie Sheen), Phoebe (Phoebe Cates), Emilio (Emilio Estevez), Diane (Diane Lane).

Filmed from 20 September 1987 until 9 October 1987, back-to-back with its sequel, Nightmare Vacation 3 (1989), shot from 12 October 1987 until 31 October 1987. Both were filmed in five weeks.

Screenwriting credit is given to Fritz Gordon, which is actually a pseudonym for producer Michael Hitchcock, who later went on to star in several films by Christopher Guest.

Filmed on location at a YMCA youth camp in Waco, Georgia.

The model used to portray “Angela” for the original VHS box art is Connie Craig. Pamela was unavailable for the photo shoot that day.

It was filmed and wrapped in 1987, being released a year later.

Chris Jericho’s favorite slasher.

One of the campers mentions TV’s The Facts of Life (1979). Pamela Springsteen made a guest appearance on the show, several years earlier.

There is a poster of “Flotsam and Jetsam” band in the movie.

“The Gates of Hell” a novel of historical fiction set in Russia and the U.S.S.R. in the twentieth century, written by Harrison E. Salisbury, is seen on Uncle John’s desk near the end of the movie.

Body count: 19

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.

When Angela and T.C. are arguing over the pornography pictures, she tells him, “They should be sent home!” T.C. replies, “There’s no way! Uncle John would never go for that. Charlie and Emilio have been coming here for years.” This is a reference to Renee Estevez (Molly) as her real life brothers are Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez.

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