Saturday, December 29, 2012

Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers (1988)

Director: Michael A. Simpson

Starring: Pamela Springsteen, Renee Estevez, Tony Higgins, Valerie Hartman, Brian Patrick Clarke, Walter Gotell, Susan Marie Snyder, Terry Hobbs

More info: IMDb

Tagline: When you go camping just take the essentials

Plot: 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.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again? Yeah.

So me and the fellas were looking for something to slap in (gee, that doesn't sound right, does it?) for some entertainment and it had to be 80s horror that had some promise of gore and nudity.  After a half hour of searching through my collection we settled on this one.  From the first couple of minutes you get some kills and then at the 6:02 mark...

How do you like them apples?  What do you guys think?

I though so.

This picture fulfilled our immature desires that night for some good ole 80s horror excess.  It's actually quite fun to watch and seeing it with a group of friends is definitely the way to go.  There's so much to goof on and enjoy.  The acting is about what you'd expect and the lead (played by Pamela Springsteen) is either so-bad-she's-good or she's just really good at being obnoxious and annoying.  I got the impression that she was a TV sitcom actress (she's not) but it turns out her first film was FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (1982) which automatically puts her on my list of gals that need to have my babies.

Say, look who's on TV!

This picture was a good deal of fun and it was the perfect movie for what we were looking for.  It's campy (ahahahahahahahahahahaha), loaded with kills and nudity, questionable acting (which helps, trust me), a pretty brisk pace, you can tell everyone involved set out to make a fun slasher, KIDS DIE (!) and it's all wrapped up in 80 minutes.  Not a bad after-dinner snack.  Oh, and it's got two things you don't expect - you know who the killer is from the get-go, something unusual to the slasher genre, and you get an appearance by General Gogol from the Roger Moore Bond pictures (Walter Gotell)!  I'm happy.  SLEEPAWAY CAMP (1983) was fun but this second picture made it more so.  Bring on part 3!

No comments:

Post a Comment