Sleepaway Camp 2 has everything a horror movie sequel needs to fail, yet it doesn't. It is released in a time when audiences, fans and mainstream, have an appetite for slashers. It shamelessly takes what it needs from other movies to conceive an hybrid that’s captivating despite its many flaws. In the original film, we were left with Angela revealing his genitals and therefore his true gender.
This became one of the most shocking twists of the genre, but it also created gigantic pitfalls for this movie to avoid. Part 2 features Angela as the protagonist. He is a watered down and vocal version of Jason Voorhees, but he's socially inconspicuous. He has been recast has young adult, Felissa Rose not returning. Sadly, no allusion to his gender affects the plot, which seems like a cop out.
As a slasher, this is at least memorable. The effects look real but represent simple cinematographic challenges. It can get gory, but not if it’s “too much trouble”. Some kills are hits; some misses, the actors have up and downs and the photography is uneven. None of this really matters for those looking for late 80’s cheese. It has a catchy song, a generous body count and one-liners, too.