Written by: John Edward Betancourt
Hitting rock bottom is more than just expression. It happens in life, and it happens often in television and film. When it comes to our favorite movies or television shows we can only sit there and watch in horror as everything falls apart before our eyes and can only wonder what went wrong.
You've heard the expressions used to describe a decline, "jumping the shark" or "nuking the fridge," but the end result is all the same, a slaughter of what used to be a franchise we knew and loved. For the Sleepaway Camp series its rock bottom moment arrived with the release of the third film in the series: Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland.
It has been one year since Angela "The Angel of Death" Baker murdered everyone at Camp Rolling HIlls. Now new ownership is in place and has re-opened as Camp New Horizons, a place where teens from all walks of life can come together. Unfortunately for them, the still at large Angela has killed a camper and taken her place and identity, now with new teens around her the Angel of Death will begin her murdering spree once again.
Filmed back to back with Unhappy Campers the third entry in the Sleepaway Camp series wastes no time in getting right to the kills. From the first minute when Angela runs over young Maria, we know that we are in for a slaughter, if only the kills were as thought out as the first one, this film would have been so much better.
I say that only because this is by far the worst entry in the franchise. The kills do their best at originality but the bad acting from Pamela Springsteen leaves us worn out and actually makes her acts of violence well, boring. There is little that is redeemable about this motion picture. It's hokey. Even the one liners induce groans as we plod from one boring kill to the next. In fact this sequel was so bad that the franchise would not see another "official" sequel for another nine years.
It is hard for me to recommend this one to anyone. I would just say once more to see it out of respect for the franchise, and after you are done, pop in the first one once again to wash away the bad memories of this awful mess.