Let’s just get one thing out of the way: the Sleepaway Camp trilogy isn’t going to win any awards for political correctness. It is doubtful that these films would even see the light of day in times such as these. However, they do exist – relics of cheesy eighties horror that fans of B-grade (maybe Z-grade) cinema can indulge to their hearts delight.
The transgendered psychopath from the first film, Angela, is back – only this time, she has been dubbed “counselor of the week” at Camp Rolling Hills. No one suspects any foul play of any kind on Angela’s behalf. Well, not yet, anyway. As urban legends spread of the horrors that took place at Camp Arawak in the previous film, the campers start to become uneasy after a few of their friends go missing.
It turns out that Angela has a low tolerance for naughty campers – especially the insatiably horny females that seem to dominate the group. As the girls disappear one by one, Angela explains that she had to “send them home”. In reality, she’s burning them alive on grills, scrambling their brains with her electric drill, or dressing up as horror icons and terrorizing the pot smoking teenyboppers. And then there’s that murder involving a toilet full of shit and leeches.
Things only escalate from their, and soon, some of the braver campers attempt to end Angela’s reign of giddy terror.
Sleepaway Camp II is disgusting, but it’s also good fun. The entire film has a tongue in cheek tone that encourages more laughs than screams. Shout Factory has packaged this film in a lovely Blu-ray/DVD combo pack collector’s edition, featuring original artwork on the slipcover and a treasure trove of special features.
Special features include:
• Audio commentary from the director and writer
• A Tale of Two Sequels featurette
• Abandoned – a featurette on the filming locations.
• Behind the Scenes footage
• Home video promotional trailer
• Still gallery
This is yet another excellent release from Shout Factory! Fans are encouraged to seek it out.