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Classic Cult - Sleepaway 3 "Teenage Wasteland"
on July 18, 2002
Finally, at long last, the Sleepaway sequels are soon to be released, and it's about time (on DVD format, not to mention the VHS versions are long out of print).
Pamela Springsteen returns as the "angel of death" Angela, in this 3rd installment of the Sleepaway series. A group of select teenagers, some from wealthy families, some from lower class families are pulled together by new owners, Herman and Lilly Miranda, for an experiment in "caring and sharing" at Camp New Horizons, formerly Camp Rolling Hills.
Angela disguises herself as a registered camper for this camping trip (that's why the campers will know her as "Maria" in this one), and that's how she grabs the opportunity to take part in this project. Upon arrival, the campers are split into 3 diverse groups, and they go seperate ways to set up campsites for a few days of camping, and are supposed to meet up afterwards before they leave. Of course Angela finds that these campers are no different than the previous campers that she's dealt with before, so she sets to do what she does best - disposing of immoral teenagers. When she's finished with her original group of campers, she trades places with another camper from another group to join them, and then finally joins in on the third group when she's done with group #2. Of course the final night of camp is a thrilling adventure with the final 4 surviving campers, so I'll save that part for you to see. All I'll say is like in the "abandoned cabin sequence" in Sleepaway 2, you will get to see all the corpses of the dead campers one last final time in the "find Marsha" game that she sets up for Tony, Anita and Greg. The end of the film is a battle to the death fight between Angela and Marsha.
Definitely a cult horror favorite, as it's a no holds barred film...almost. About 20 minutes of film was cut from the finished version, but you will get to see the extras in the DVD release. For instance, if you remember the scene where Angela kicks Arab into the tent, and when Arab starts to crawl out of the tent, yelling obscenities at Angela, then Angela decapitates her, and all you see is a closeup of Arab, axe between her head and body, and hands twitching. You will get to see what was cut from the film, where Angela kicks the head towards the screen, Arabs hands still twitching in the background. Another scene that was cut was when Angela tied Bobby to the tree while enticing him with "S&M talk". All you got to see was Angela hopping into the jeep (where the rope was tied to), Angela flooring the jeep, watching the rope pulling along the ground and Bobby screaming, blood around his shoulder area and him dropping slowly down the tree. You will get to see the edited part, where his arms actually get ripped off as she's speeding away. Most of these scenes were cut to earn a "rated R", but you'll soon get to see what wasn't originally available. Interviews are also included on this disc. Definitely a treat for the Sleepaway fan! Be sure to check out the "Survival Kit" DVD Boxed set which includes all 3 Sleepaway movies. Enjoy and happy camping!!