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Sleepaway Camp
Directed by Michael A. Simpson
Written by Fritz Gordon
Robert Hiltzik (characters)
Starring Pamela Springsteen
Tracy Griffith
Mark Oliver
Kim Wall
Kyle Holman
Daryl Wilcher
Haynes Brooke
Michael J. Pollard
Running time 80 min.
Language English
Preceded by Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers
Followed by Sleepaway Camp IV: The Survivor
Sleepaway Camp: Berserk

Sleepaway Camp 3: Teenage Wasteland is a 1989 film written by Fritz Gordon and directed by Michael A. Simpson. It stars Pamela Springsteen, Tracy Griffith, Michael J. Pollard, Mark Oliver, and Haynes Brooke. It is part of the Sleepaway Camp series of films.

Several sequences of violence had to be trimmed in order for the MPAA to give the film an R rating. Anchor Bay Entertainment included some of this deleted footage on its 2002 DVD release.



The film opens with Maria Nacastro (Kashina Kessler) packing up and leaving her home, heading off to camp. As she walks across the street, Maria is chased into an alleyway and run over by a garbage truck driven by serial killer Angela Baker (Pamela Springsteen) who has the same hair and clothes of Maria. After killing Maria, Angela disposes of her body and most of the girl's belongings with the garbage truck's trash compactor before boarding a bus headed to Camp New Horizon, a camp where several youths from both upper and lower class areas are to live and work together in "an experiment in sharing."

Arriving at the camp, Angela and her companions meet camp owners Lilly (Sandra Dorsey) and Herman Miranda (Michael J. Pollard) and news reporter Tawny Richards (Randi Lane), who interviews the campers one by one, asking their names and where they are from (Angela assumes Maria's identity). After Tawny does her interviews, she mentions that Camp New Horizon was once Camp Rolling Hills, where Angela Baker had gone on a massacre the previous year, greatly upsetting Lilly, who sets about organizing the campers with Herman. Before she leaves, Tawny asks Angela if she can get her some cocaine, which Angela agrees to do, sneaking into a storage closet in the main cabin and taking some cleaning chemicals, which she gives to Tawny, who dies upon snorting the chemicals some distance away.

Once the campers are all settled, Lilly and Herman reveal they will be split up into three groups and will be camping in the woods for several days and proceed to introduce the third camp counselor, Officer Barney Whitmore (Cliff Brand), who Angela realizes is the father of one of her victims from Camp Rolling Hills. After a fight is broken up between Riff (Daryl Wilcher) and Tony DeRaro (Mark Oliver) by Barney, the campers are put into their groups, with Angela being sent out with Herman, Peter Doyle (Jarret Beal), Jan Hernandez (Stacey Lambert) and Snowboy (Kyle Holman). While fishing, Angela grows irritated by Peter constantly setting off firecrackers and returns to Herman's campsite, where she finds the counselor and Jan in the middle of having sex. As Herman attempts to explain the situation, Angela beats him with a log before impaling him through the mouth with it and bashing Jan's head in, hiding the bodies of the two and claiming they took off when Peter and Snowboy return. In the night, Angela kills Peter by blowing his face off with one of his own firecrackers and beats Snowboy into semi-consciousness with a log before burning him alive, disposing of the bodies of her other victims in the fire as well. Then she roasts marshmallows over the fire.

The next morning, Angela travels to Lilly's camp, telling her Herman told her to switch into this camp. As she escorts Arab (Jill Terashita), who she claims she was told to be exchanged with, to Herman's camp, Angela decapitates her with an axe and returns to Lilly's camp. During a trust exercise organized by Lilly, Angela kills Cindy Hammersmith (Kim Wall) by raising her up a flagpole and dropping her from the extreme height, having grown tired of the girl's whiny and bigoted behavior; Angela explains away Cindy's absence by saying she had fallen ill and returned to Camp New Horizon. During another trust game, Angela is tied to Bobby Stark (Haynes Brooke), who she tells to meet her at the main cabin later on after Bobby attempts to make out with her, claiming she will take care of Lilly. Upon returning to the camp, Angela convinces Lilly to go to the main camp, where she knocks the woman into a hole filled with garbage and buries her up to her neck, killing her by running over her head with a lawnmower. In the night, Angela kills Bobby outside Camp New Horizon by tying him to a tree and tearing his arms off with the Mirandas' jeep, the keys of which she had earlier taken. After killing Riff by pinning him to the ground with tent spikes, Angela heads out to the remaining camp.

In Barney's camp, Angela once again claims Herman told her to switch with another camper, in this case Marcia Holland (Tracy Griffith). Angela's plan is complicated when Barney insists on escorting the two to Herman's camp, prompting Angela to fake a leg injury. Taking Angela to the main camp to treat her wound, Barney correctly surmises that she lied about having to exchange with another camper. As Angela tells them about how she hated being with Herman and Lilly, due to the former’s pervertedness and the latter's laziness, she tells Marcia and Barney that Lilly is just outside. Upon finding Lilly's decapitated body propped up in a chair, Marcia reveals the situation to Barney, who checks outside. After being told by Angela how much she reminds her of her old friend Molly Nagle, Marcia flees while Barney confronts Angela, who reveals her true identity to him before shooting the officer dead with a gun she stole from Riff. With Barney dead, Angela chases and captures Marcia using the Mirandas' jeep.

At night, Angela meets Tony, Greg Nakyshima (Chung Yen Tsay) and Anita Burcham (Sonya Maddox) at Barney's camp, telling them that Barney and Marcia had told her to bring them to the main cabin. Upon reaching Camp New Horizon, Angela ties the three campers hands together under the pretense of playing a trust game, before revealing that she has murdered Barney and that they have two minutes to find Marcia, who is hidden in one of three cabins. After frantically searching the cabins, the group find Marcia in the third, where Greg and Anita are killed when they spring a trap set by Angela, which causes axes to swing down from the ceiling. Congratulating Tony on finding Marcia, Angela, who had noticed to the two growing very close to one another, prepares to leave, wishing them well and telling them that there is a payphone three miles away that they can use to call for help.

As she enters the Miranda's jeep, Angela is attacked by an axe wielding Marcia. As the two fight, Marcia gains the upperhand, repeatedly stabbing Angela in the stomach with a knife until she is stopped by Tony. As Marcia and Tony go off to seek aid, Angela lies severely wounded, exclaiming "You try to do something nice for someone....and look what happens". Later, while Angela is loaded into an ambulance, Tony, while waiting in a police car with Marcia, reveals his plan to move to Ohio to be with her, only for Marcia to tell him she already has a boyfriend, much to Tony's disgust.

In the ambulance, an attending paramedic and police officer discover Angela is still alive and contemplate killing her for all she has done. Before the paramedic and officer can act on their plan, Angela awakens and stabs them to death with a syringe before collapsing. When the ambulance driver asks what is going on, Angela weakly replies "Just taking care of business". it's unknown if Angela killed the driver and escaped or if she went to jail.


  • Pamela Springsteen - Angela Baker
  • Tracy Griffith - Marcia Holland
  • Michael J. Pollard - Herman Miranda
  • Mark Oliver - Tony DeRaro
  • Haynes Brooke - Bobby Stark
  • Sandra Dorsey - Lily Miranda
  • Daryl Wilcher - Riff
  • Kim Wall - Cindy Hammersmith
  • Kyle Holman - Snowboy
  • Cliff Brand - Officer Barney Whitmore
  • Kashina Kessler - Maria Nacastro
  • Randi Layne - Toni Richards
  • Chung Yen Tsay - Greg Nakyshima
  • Jarret Beal - Peter Doyle
  • Sonya Maddox - Anita Bircham
  • Jill Terashita - Arab

Lyrics to Angela's Rap

Angels are pretty, angels can fly,
and here is an angel that can make you die.
You've got no style, got no flair:
all you do is fight and swear.
So say your prayers and make amends,
'cause your life story is about to end.

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