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Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland (1989)

After murdering a young girl, Angela Baker assumes her identity and travels to Camp New Horizons, built on the grounds of the camp she terrorized the year before, and starts killing again.

Director:

Michael A. Simpson

Writers:

Fritz Gordon, Robert Hiltzik (based on an original idea by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pamela Springsteen ... Angela
Tracy Griffith ... Marcia
Michael J. Pollard ... Herman
Mark Oliver Mark Oliver ... Tony
Haynes Brooke ... Bobby
Sandra Dorsey Sandra Dorsey ... Lilly
Daryl Wilcher Daryl Wilcher ... Riff
Kim Wall ... Cindy
Kyle Holman Kyle Holman ... Snowboy
Cliff Brand Cliff Brand ... Barney
Kashina Kessler ... Maria
Randi Layne Randi Layne ... Tawny
Chung Yen Tsay Chung Yen Tsay ... Greg
Jarrett Ellis Beal ... Peter (as Jarrett Beal)
Sonya Maddox Sonya Maddox ... Anita
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Storyline

Angela is back, in the form of an angry inner-city camper on the hunt for blood. Camp New Horizons, on the recycled grounds of the former murders, intends to pair high class teens with underclass counterparts. Angela, however, has a different plan. Will it be door number one, number two, or number three? Written by <cecily_frazee@usa.pipeline.com>

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Taglines:

She's back to Slash last year's record.

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sleepaway Camp 3: Teenage Wasteland See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Double Helix Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (uncut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's subtitle, "Teenage Wasteland", comes from one of the director's favorite songs, The Who's "Baba O'Reilly". See more »

Goofs

Cindy calls Riff's music "rap", but no rapping is ever heard on his tapes. See more »

Quotes

Angela: Good thing you're dead 'cause in a couple of years your breasts would have been sagging something terrible!
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Alternate Versions

The following scenes were deleted for pacing reasons. They are NOT included on the DVD:
  • Longer scene of Maria walking down the street, with Angela passing her.
  • While waiting for the camp van, Angela is bemused by a hulking, tall heavy metal dude who passes.
  • Slow pan down Angela's body before Peter throws firecrackers.
  • Longer scene of Herman flirting with Jan. Lilly catches him.
  • Longer conversation between Lilly and Snoboy on why the girls and boys can't sleep together.
  • A scene where Anita goes to the bathroom after becoming tired of all the 'Angela talk'.
  • Extended scene of the girls leaving Angela behind in the cabin.
  • A scene where Lilly hands Barney a map and asks where Anita is, and Marcia tells her.
  • A longer scene of Barney's group walking in the woods.
  • Before Bobby is killed, he remarks that Angela probably went to get a condom.
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Connections

Follows Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers (1988) See more »

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Wild Eyes
(Anvil) Anvil Songs CAPAC
(P)1987 Metal Blade Records
Performed by Anvil (uncredited)
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Chores for a crazy person.
10 July 2007 | by jaywolfenstienSee all my reviews

Fairly early in the film, our lovable murderess asks, "Why did I think this year would be any different?" And this unlocks why part 3 still works: gone is the chipper camp counselor and her hopes of making good clean friends. Now, returning incognito as a camper, she realizes the world is a terrible terrible place filled with terrible terrible people. Round 3 of the chaos, and she picks up her axe with the same sigh and groan you might hear from a daughter assigned to "wash the dishes, make your bed, clean the toilets, and take out the trash." Why can't she find people who deserve to live for once?

That's not to say Sleepaway Camp 3 has lost its sense of humor. Far from it. It delights in exploiting a silly trust building exercise: Angela gets to tie up and lead her blindfolded partner through the woods. "You do drugs?" Angela quizzes her buddy. To which the girl replies, "Doesn't everyone?" Like the good girl-scout she is, Angie leads this poor misguided soul to miraculous deliverance, and I say miraculous because of how far fetched the murder is (but it's still a treat to watch.) Angela, herself, still has her sly wisecracks and all-too-honest answers to questions (questions like "where'd you learn to chop wood like that?"), only the delivery has changed from cheerful optimism to "why me?" (although she does sing the Happy Camper song over one of the murders.)

And this time she gets to play with more colorful, over the top, (read: annoying) fodder! We have a perverted old man, lazy hypocrite, a rapper, a rich snob, a dufus, a—why I am even bothering? Never mind, them. Angie'll get to them sooner or later (hurry up on the rapper … please, God, hurry up.) The group of campers split up into 3 smaller groups, and our heroine dispatches each sub-group one at a time and then shows up to the next group like a lost puppy, "I was told to switch with someone from this group" and the fun starts again.

Unlike most slashers, the kills largely take place in broad daylight giving the whole scenario a matter-of-fact quality that I liked. This *is* Angela's day job, after all. She's not Jason or Freddy – the girl has to sleep sometime. Besides, I like the idea of her moonlighting as a jazz musician or a dance instructor or a cop with Stendhal Syndrome or something.

Once again the series misses a number of opportunities to really rip into the genre's shortcomings (like poking fun at the gore obsession.) But the film's unwillingness to do anything significant with Barney (father of Sean in the previous film) bothered me the most. Here was a chance to actually build up a sympathetic character – someone we'd actually root for to stop Angela. Or perhaps even build him up as a character we really despise who could actually threaten Angela (early in the film he's asked what he would do if he came across Angela Baker. Without hesitation he answers, "I'd kill her.") War of the killers? Who do we root for – the wickedly fun Angela, or a revenge-driven father? This would take Sleepaway Camp into entirely new territory, allowing it to stand apart from the existing entries. But, nope, Barney exists as another victim for Angela, and after a brief unsatisfactory confrontation it's a moot point.

Like it's predecessor, SC3: Teenage Wasteland never hits the grand slam it should. But, what the hell, I love it anyway.


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