Horrorfest 2018 Presents: Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers (1988, Michael A. Simpson)


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While I liked the first film quite a bit, Sleepaway Camp II is better. There are a few notable changes, particularly having Angela, the villain of the series, go from silent to wise cracking. Naturally a new camp is set up, and Angela (now played by Pamela Springsteen, in a great performance), is hiding her identity and has gone back to killing anyone who crosses her. This film also has references to other slasher movies and a bleak sense of humor, elements that were needed since by the late 1980s slasher fatigue had set in.

Unlike the first movie, where most of the characters were awful people, this one has some okay folks. However when it comes to Angela, she doesn’t care: be annoying, do foolish things, or cross her path and things end badly. Two sisters find out the hard way, as do numerous other campers. The body count is higher, a characteristic of most horror sequels, and the kills are more gruesome.

Although it sometimes comes off as really campy, Sleepaway Camp II is mostly fun, even meta at times. If you like slasher films that are humorous and self aware, this one is for you. Viewed thanks to TubiTV, a good resource for movie fans. Oh and I think I hear the happy campers song echoing off in the distance…

 

Horrorfest 2018 Presents: Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (1988, David DeCoteau)


How to discuss a movie called Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama? I am literally shaking my head as I write a review for a film that I only saw because of Joe Bob Briggs. This is what I get for being a fan. Poor¬†Linnea Quigley (from Davenport, Iowa! Neat!) agreed to make this gutter ball of a film (using turkey would imply something good) after rising to fame in Return of the Living Dead, a much better film in every way. Regardless a movie that doesn’t even really live up to its title has a few charms, and this flick was not a total waste.¬†Andras Jones is actually likable as the film’s goofy hero, and Quigley gets some cool moments. If only the film’s villain was not Uncle Impie, and yes if that reminds people of a drunken uncle who gets busted for multiple crimes then it should. Uncle Impie is one of the worst horror villains of all time, and he lives up to his awful name in every way. Oh and this film was made in 12 days, and it really shows. If you want to be a filmmaker, this movie should be an inspiration to you to follow your dream: I doubt you can make a movie any less outrageous than this one.

The plot…is really not important. A bunch of idiots end up locked in a mall with Quigley and Uncle Impie, who they unleash and then fail to realize that he is an evil creature that causes mischief. At least the film has a reason they can’t leave: the mall is locked by doors that Impie electrifies. If we are going by reasonable film standards I cannot recommended this film, and even if we are going by horror movie standards the same applies. Yet I was not bored at all, and I did enjoy some of the kills. Also having a girl turn into the Bride of Frankenstein was kind of amusing. In the hands of a better director this could have been more than a curiosity, a type of “Geek show” to somewhat quote the late great Roger Ebert.

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