The Comical Body Count Piles Up in "Sleepaway Camp III"


Scream Factory pairs its release of Part Two in the slasher franchise with “Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland.” Both films were made at the same time and carry similar styles which successfully place them in the Hall of Horror Cult Classics. However, Michael A. Simpson’s second sequel to Robert Hiltzik’s original doesn’t quite hold the charm of his first one. It ends up feeling like a simple, yet still amusing, repeat of what we’ve already witnessed.

In "Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland," psychotic Angela (Pamela Springsteen) is itching to do what she does best: slaughter dozens of teenage campers. As luck would have it, the previous site of her murders has been renamed and converted into an experimental summer camp meant to bring together privileged and lower-class teens. On the day the youths are boarding the buses to camp, Angela runs over a potential camper with a garbage truck and assumes her identity. Once she has infiltrated the camp, the real terror begins.

“Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland” is rated R for violence and gore, sex and nudity, profanity, alcohol, drugs, smoking, and frightening and intense scenes. Everything we saw in Part Two is echoed here. Of course Angela finds new and creative ways to off the naughty campers, but the level gore is about the same.

Scream Factory loads the Blu-ray / DVD combo of “Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland” with some great special features. Director Michael A. Simpson and Writer Fritz Gordon provide us with audio commentary. Interviews with the cast and crew are found in the featurette “A Tale of Two Sequels - Part Two.” A new short film entitled “Tony Lives!” lets us know the character survived the slaughter. There’s also a workprint of a longer cut of the movie with more gore that was removed. We get behind-the-scenes footage, deleted scenes, a home video trailer, and still gallery to round out the bonus material.

Although “Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland” feels like we’re simply following a trail of dead bodies, the film still manages to give viewers enough slasher enjoyment and self-aware humor to merit more than one watch. You can tell writer Fritz Gordon couldn’t really come up with much more storywise for Angela to do except what she’s good at. That’s not surprising considering he was working on two scripts at the same time because the second and third movies were filmed back to back. However, some of her methods of killing in this one up the fun quotient a bit.

“Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland” Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack: Collector's Edition is available here.