Written by: Fritz Gordon
Directed by: Michael A. Simpson
Starring: Pamela Springsteen, Tracy Griffith, Michael J. Pollard, Mark Oliver, Sandra Dorsey, Cliff Brand
- Running audio commentary by director Simpson & writer Gordon, moderated by John Klyza
- Deleted scenes from the Director’s cut featuring additional “Gore” footage
- Behind the scenes footage and outtakes
- Photo galleries
- Theatrical trailer
Released by: Anchor Bay
My Advice: Rent it.
The transgender serial killer Angela Baker (Springsteen) is back and she is going to have a good camp experience if it killsâ€¦everyone else. Camp Rolling Hills has changed hands and names and become Camp New Horizons. Run by the lecherous Herman (Pollard) and the lazy Lily (Dorsey), it’s supposed to be a place for kids, rich and poor, to bridge the class divide and reach a better understanding. It’s actually a way for Lily to afford her cruise trip. Angela takes the identity of one of the poor campers (by running her over with a garbage truck), but the same problems of vulgar language, fornication, and kids just behaving badly persist. Angela has to be careful in her murderous rampage. Barney (Brand), the cop father of one of the kids she killed last year is a counselor and campers Marcia (Griffith) and Tony (Oliver) might be a challenge. Let the games begin in Sleepaway Camp 3.
The extras are just as good as in the previous movie. Besides the extensive behind the scenes photo galleries, there is footage detailing the various shots, stunt work, and effects in the beginning scene with Angela driving the garbage truck of death. Simpson narrates how he puts together the various pieces to make a seamless whole. There is also “gore” footage that was cut by those weak willies at the MPAA. Personally, I didn’t find anything objectionable, but I’m a jaded child of the Mass Media Age. The commentary reveals that the rich campers were named after characters from The Brady Bunch and the poor campers were named after characters from West Side Story. However, the commentary goes over a lot of the themes and techniques from the previous film, so there is very little to be learned here.
Sleepaway Camp 3 is definitely the weakest of the trilogy, but it’s still worth a look.