Monday, May 23, 2016

Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland (1989)

Director: Michael A. Simpson

Writers: Fritz Gordon, Robert Hiltzik

Composer: James Oliverio

Starring: Pamela Springsteen, Tracy Griffith, Michael J. Pollard, Haynes Brooke, Sandra Dorsey, Daryl Wilcher, Kim Wall, Kyle Holman, Cliff Brand, Kashina Kessler, Randi Layne, Chung Yen Tsay, Jarrett Beal, Sonya Maddox, Jill Terashita, Stacie Lambert, Charles Lawlor, Jerry Griffin, Mike Nagel, Richard Crabbe

More info: IMDb

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

Plot: 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.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again?  Maybe.

The SLEEPAWAY CAMP films are fun enough but are never as great as they could've been or I would like.  The second one of the trilogy is the best but not by an awful lot.  There are some laughs, lots of nudity (and Michael J. Pollard gets him some!) and bloody kills.  If you've seen the second film then you know who the killer is at the beginning of this one.  That doesn't spoil anything.  It doesn't take long before she's hacking and slashing.  Did I mention the funny?  They really put the camp in Sleepaway Camp.  The first film takes itself more seriously than the second and third.  The acting isn't all that good (I'm looking at you Pamela "sister of Bruce" Springsteen) but that doesn't matter.  She's just bad enough to make it funny.  There are some cute gags like fishing a hockey mask out of the lake.  Some land and some don't but it doesn't really matter.  They made the movie they set out to and it's kind of fun but never boring.  The Anchor bay DVD has a commentary track, behind the scenes footage & outtakes (8 minutes), 19 minutes of deleted scenes from the director's cut and the fullscreen trailer.  I wouldn't mind getting a box set of these but there isn't one currently available.  They're all on Blu-ray individually but they're still about twenty bucks each and that's just too much.  They're not THAT good.  

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