Written by: Michael Den Boer on May 24th, 2016
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1989
Director: Michael A. Simpson
Writers: Fritz Gordon, Robert Hiltzik
Cast: Pamela Springsteen, Tracy Griffith, Michael J. Pollard, Haynes Brooke, Sandra Dorsey, Daryl Wilcher, Kim Wall
BluRay released: April 25th, 2016
Approximate running times: 79 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Rating: 18 (UK)
Sound: LPCM Stereo English
BluRay Release: 88 Films
Region Coding: Region B
Retail Price: £14.99
Synopsis: Angela discovers that they have built a new camp on the same land she terrorized years before. She then assumes the identity of one of the camps counselors and form there she resumes her murderous ways.
Filmed back to back with Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers, Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland picks up right where its predecessor left off. And though this film does retread some ground covered in Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers, the end result is something more akin Evil Dead 2 which is essentially a remake of Evil Dead.
The narrative for Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland is well constructed and pacing is never an issues as there are ample amount of carnage in this film. And though the characters that populate this film are the stereotypical that one would expect to see in this type of movie. This actually is to the film’s advantage, since this plays right into this film’s use of subversive humor.
When it comes murder and mayhem this film’s delivers and then some. With one of the more spectacular kills sequences being a scene where an elderly woman has been buried up to her neck in the ground and the killer then takes a lawnmower and drives over her head. And not to be overlooked is the protagonist Angela and her murder rap.
Performance wise the entire cast are good in their respective roles. With this film greatest asset being its leading lady Pamela Springsteen (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Modern Girls) in the role of Angela. Back for more, she delivers a performance that is on par with her performance from Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers. Other performances of note include, Michael J. Pollard (Bonnie and Clyde) and Sandra Dorsey (Grizzly), they portray the couple that are in charge of the reopened summer camp.
Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland comes on a 50 GB dual layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. Colors and flesh tones look accurate, black levels remain strong throughout and details look crisp. Also there are no issues with compression or DNR and grain looks natural. And when compared to previous home video releases, this transfer is a marked improvement in every way.
This release comes with one audio option, LPCM stereo mix in English. The audio sounds clean, clear, balanced and robust when it needs too.
Extras for this release include, a reversible cover art, trailers for Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers (2 minutes) and Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland (1 minute 58 seconds), deleted scenes (18 minutes 46 seconds) and Unhappy Campers! An Interview with Academic Mikel Koven (25 minutes 18 seconds).
Topics discussed in the extra tilted Unhappy Campers! include, how summer camp in the UK is different then its North American counterpart, how horrible his own personal summer camp experience was and how it increased his enthusiasm for Horror films that take place at summer camps. He also discusses in depth many of the themes and motif’s that have become synonymous with Horror cinema.
Rounding out the extras is a 88 Films trailer reel – Creepshow 2,Subspecies 2: Bloodstone, Subspecies 3: Bloodlust and Trancers II. Overall Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland gets a first rate release from 88 Films.
Note: This film is also being released by 88 Films on DVD.