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Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland (1989)




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Angela (Pamela Springsteen), the murderous camp counselor of Sleepaway Camp 2, returns to the scene of her crimes in this no-frills installment. Assuming a camper's identity (after mowing her down with a Mack truck), Angela arrives at Camp Rolling Hills, which was purchased and renamed "New Horizons" after her last killing spree. Husband and wife entreprenurs Herman and Lily (Michael J. Pollard and Sandra Dorsey) have reopened it as an "experiment in sharing" to bring street-smart disadvantaged kids together with snobby rich brats. Splitting up into three groups of culturally mixed teens, they go off into the woods for a camping trip designed to break down barriers. Instead, Angela finds a myriad of reasons to off her fellow campers (thanks to their constant bad behavior), and gets the job done with axes, tent spikes, a lawnmower, and firecrackers up the nose. Even the presence of an off-duty police officer (Cliff Brand), who is familar with Angela's crimes, doesn't deter her from slaughtering everyone for the merest provocation.

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Michael J. Pollard
as Herman Miranda
Sandra Dorsey
as Lily Miranda
Kim Wall
as Cindy
Kyle Holman
as Snowboy
Cliff Brand
as Officer Barney Whitmore
Randi Layne
as Toni Richards
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Critic Reviews for Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

Both aimless and, more problematically, humorless.

July 21, 2005 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

If it's laughs you are after, however unintentional, this movie provides all the precious morsels. Starting with the idea that anyone felt the need to make it.

February 19, 2019 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Sleepaway Camp III is a fantastic follow-up to the previous sequel, and even if all the jokes don't necessarily stick the landing in the end, Pamela Springsteen is once again a superstar in this underappreciated sequel.

January 6, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Time for the tentpoles to come down (even if there are another two sequels).

June 18, 2013 | Full Review…

The direct-to-video sequel to a direct-to-video sequel; ah, the '80s!

September 9, 2009 | Rating: 3/10 | Full Review…

Think of the Sleepaway Camp trilogy as a live-action version of the "Itchy & Scratchy" cartoons that the Simpson kids love so much.

October 21, 2002 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland


So the Sleepaway Camp series continues with the third installment: Teenage Wasteland. Angela's back in camp under an assumed identity to mutilate more terrible teenagers. I love that this series has "camp" in the title because that's exactly what it is. Angela is just as bad as Freddy making bad puns after each kill. I haven't really cared for the series so far, but this is marginally more enjoyable than the rest. It's still campy as hell with weak death scenes but probably funnier than the first two.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer


The worst of the series, this camp movie is entirely routine and lame. It's not worth seeing, just watch the first two.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

The third instalment in the "Sleepaway Camp" series is terrific fun, featuring another strong performance by Pamela Springsteen. It's a great shame that Springsteen decided to follow a career in photography as I would have welcomed further movies from this actress. "Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland" is comic horror; the bloodshed is played for laughs but there are some effective scenes. While I'm a fan of the "Friday the 13th" films, I actually find the straight-to-video thrills of Angela more entertaining. The always-fantastic Michael J. Pollard is suitably seedy as the counsellor with a penchant for young girls. This is an entertaining straight-to-video horror flick that moves at a good pace and features strong performances from all involved. With some snappy one-liners, a dark sense of humour and some amusing scenes, this is a recommended genre film.

Cassandra Maples
Cassandra Maples

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