Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers (1988) reviews and overview

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‘Angela… “The Angel of Death”‘

Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers also known as Nightmare Vacation II is a 1988 American comedy horror feature film and a sequel to the movie Sleepaway Camp, directed by Michael A. Simpson from a screenplay written by Fritz Gordon. The movie stars Pamela Springsteen, Renée Estevez, and Tony Higgins.


T.C., the head counsellor at Camp Rolling Hills, is at a campfire with the male campers. Also, there is Phoebe, who has sneaked away from her cabin to be with the boys. As Phoebe tells the story about the killings of the previous film at Camp Arawak, her head counsellor Angela appears and forces her to go back to the cabin. After the pair get into an argument, Phoebe becomes lost, only to be attacked by Angela who hits her over the head with a log before cutting her tongue out.

The next day, the campers question Angela on the whereabouts of Phoebe, however, she tells them she had to be sent home due to bad behaviour…


Reviews [click links to read more]:

‘Chock full of black humor and gruesomely twisted deaths, this film has twins getting barbequed and a girl being drowned in an overflowing leech-filled outhouse amid Angela’s wacky and off-the-wall murder quips. Homage is paid to past slasher movies and crappy 80s hair metal in Sleepaway Camp 2, the definite wildcard of the Sleepaway Camp series.’ Ronnie Angel, Best Horror Movies

“It doesn’t have much in the way of cultural value, but that’s kind of the point. It’s supposed to be lowbrow. It’s supposed to lack substance. It’s supposed to be an excuse to check out a bunch of people who wanted to make a buck by making us smile, laugh, and groan for ninety minutes. Like I said, it’s trash. Glorious trash.” Bryan Christopher, Daily Dead


‘ …a fun and campy comedy slasher with cool death sequences, a fantastic 80s soundtrack, a hilariously good Pamela Springsteen, fun characters and some witty dark humor. Not a movie I would consider ‘great’ by any means as some is left to be desired, like the non-effective ending but it does offer exactly what it promises and then some…’ Ferdi Akkulak, Slasher Studios

‘At its core Sleepaway Camp 2 is still just a daft ’80s slasher with a short running time (a whisker under 80 minutes), a variety of deaths and plenty of horny teen-pleasing nudity.’ That Was a Bit Mental




Cast and characters:

  • Pamela Springsteen as Angela Johnson / Angela Baker
  • Renée Estevez as Molly Nagle
  • Tony Higgins as Sean (credited as Anthony Higgins)
  • Valerie Hartman as Ally Burgess
  • Brian Patrick Clarke as T.C.
  • Walter Gotell as Uncle John
  • Susan Marie Snyder as Mare
  • Terry Hobbs as Rob Darrinco
  • Kendall Bean as Demi
  • Julie Murphy as Lea
  • Carol Chambers as Brooke Shote
  • Amy Fields as Jodi Shote
  • Benji Wilhoite as Anthony
  • Walter Franks III as Judd
  • Justin Nowell as Charlie
  • Heather Binion as Phoebe
  • Jason Ehrlich as Emilio
  • Carol Martin Vines as Diane
  • Tricia Grant as Girl Sent Home
  • Jill Jane Clements as Woman in Truck

Filming locations:

Bremen and Waco, Georgia

Technical details:

  • 80 minutes
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85: 1
  • Audio: mono


The film was released in theatrically on August 26th 1988 before being issued on VHS in the US by Nelson Entertainment two months later.

The film has been released twice on DVD in the United States by Anchor Bay Entertainment; first in 2002 as a single DVD, as well as in the Sleepaway Camp Survival Kit. Scream Factory are releasing the film and its sequel, Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland on Blu-ray disc on June 9th, 2015

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