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Sleepaway Camp 2: Unhappy Campers Blu-ray Review

Sleepaway Camp 2- Unhappy Campers Blu-ray

“Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers” pales in comparison to the first film.

Set 5 years after “Sleepaway Camp,” the sequel (dubbed “Sleepaway Camp 2: Unhappy Campers”) finds Angela as a counselor at Camp Rolling Hills. As you might guess, Angela is by no means a model counselor as she punishes/kills any camper who is behaving badly (which is pretty much all of them). Can Angela’s reign of terror be stopped?

In the pantheon of classic 80’s slashers, the first one ranks among the best if for no other reason than the iconic out there ending. Instead of taking a similar approach to the first film, the sequel goes for a comedic tone which doesn’t quite work. Angela’s one liners fall flat, the nods to films like “Friday the 13th” and “A Nightmare On Elm Street” feel forced, and the tongue-in-cheek death scenes are decidedly hit-and-miss. Add in the incredibly routine plot that offers up zero surprises and there’s not much to admire here aside from a respectable performance by Pamela Springsteen (who portrays Angela).

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? While not a perfect transfer due to the grain and dirt specs, this is still a nice hi-def upgrade.

Audio Track: DTS-HD MA Mono. How does it sound? This is a pretty flat audio track.

Extras:
* A still gallery and a home video trailer.
* “Short Film: Whatever Happened To Molly?”- A short visualization of an unmade scene from the original script.
* “Behind The Scenes Footage”- Michael Simpson narrates a 13 minute collection of set footage.
* “Abandoned- The Filming Locations of Sleepaway Camp 2 and 3”- A tour of various filming sites.
* “A Tale of Two Sequels- Part One”- A great new featurette that contains interviews, set footage, the story behind the 2 sequels, film clips, discussions about the shooting locations, and more.
* A passable commentary by John Klyza, Michael Simpson and Fritz Gordon.

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September 1, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | ,

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