Filmed back-to-back with part 2, the third film in the
Sleepaway Camp series plays more heavily on the jokey angle, in which Angela
(Pamela Springsteen again) goes back to camp, which
has since re-opened as an outdoor centre for underprivileged teens.
The fun begins as the teenage tearaways, who are all gang
members from various inner-city slums, all start fighting and calling each other
politically incorrect names. But Angela, who's posing as one of the kids, wastes
no time in carving her way through the immoral bunch, before starting on the
staff members, which includes character actor Michael J Pollard (House of 1000
Corpses, American Gothic).
This definitely boasts some of the more interesting killer
scenes of the series, which includes death by tent peg, death by camping stove
and best of all death by lawnmower!!!!!
Though not overly gory (thanks to the US censors making
the film makers cut virtually everything) this is a worthy follow up, that fans
of the series should enjoy.
Overall marks : 5/10.
Tracy Griffith, who
plays Marcia, originally auditioned for the role of Angela in part
2. She's also the half sister of Melanie Griffith.
The films sub-title
"Teenage Wasteland" comes from the song Baba O'Reilly by "The Who" .
The film was made on
the same set and at the same time as part 2.
The hockey mask
Angela drags from the water during the fishing scene was the same
one used by her in the previous film.
single death scene was shortened at the insistence of the US censors
board to avoid getting an NC17 rating. Most notably the lawnmower
death scene. The original full length death scenes are included on
the current US and UK DVD's by Anchor Bay as extras, along with an
alternate longer and gorier ending with Angela singing the "Angela
rap" before the end titles cut in.
approximately 10 scenes, either shortened or removed, for pacing
reasons from the final cut of the film that were not included in the
extras on current US or UK DVD's. These were a longer intro scene of
Maria passing Angela in the street and Angela being bemused by Heavy
Metal fan who passes her. A longer shot of Angela's body before
Peter throws the firecracker and a longer scene of Herman flirting
with Jan. Lilly and Snoboy's conversation on why the girls and boys
can't sleep together was longer, and there's a couple of extra
scenes where Anita goes to the bathroom after becoming tired of all
the 'Angela talk' and where Lilly hands Barney a map and asks where
Anita is. The scene where the girls leave Angela behind in the cabin
is extended and there's a longer scene of Barney's group walking in
the woods. Lastly, before Bobby is killed, he originally remarked
that Angela probably went to get a condom.
The original UK
release as "Nightmare Vacation 3" was not cut by the BBFC, but was
the same as the pre-cut US R rated version. The current UK DVD is
this same version.