Friday the 13th Part 3
There's nowhere to hide. We dare you to try.
An idyllic summer turns into a nightmare of unspeakable terror for yet another group of naive counselors. Ignoring Camp Crystal Lake's bloody legacy, one by one they fall victim to the maniacal Jason who stalks them at every turn.
No! You CAN'T be alive!
I'm not sure what is more important, that Jason started his body count in Part 2 or the origins of the hockey mask in Part 3. Maybe it's the fact he started wearing the mask, because it's origins actually involve a character named Shelly (Larry Zerner) who is unbearably annoying. His entire purpose is to instil misdirected scares and apparently constantly try to get people to feel sorry for him. God I hate you Shelly.
Steve Miner returns in the director's chair with a completely new visual effects crew, who get the job done but can't really fill the shoes of their predecessors. They do pull off a great…
I'm not sure if these are getting increasingly worse because, that's just the way they are, or because I'm getting tired of the concept already.
I'm already not a big fan of brute force slashers.
The kind of slashers where the killer relies on immortality and minimum use of brain.
I've always been leaning more towards the cunning and clever serial killers.
A) They can actually be killed, so there's still a fighting chance.
B) They tend to get very creative.
C) The plots are normally better, because they won't start out with: "and then he resurrected, because he was an immortal beast of unknown origin."
Back to Friday The 13th Part 3.
While it got a bit bloodier,…
By '82 Paramount had perfected the Jason engine and had a well-oiled runaway tractor-trailer of full-blown 80s cheese barreling out the wazoo. This is the one where Jason becomes a superhuman and the seeds of anti-heroism are planted slightly and unintentionally. The manboy has become a bit of a badass for the first time. Every single cliche and trope and repeated plot beat is here and to an umpteenth level of gratuitousness, but it is one of more gloriously fun entries for these lower depths of shamelessness it takes you. It's not a bad looking movie at all either. If someone asked me to pick a quintessential "80s slasher" in aesthetic, mood and content, I'd probably narrow it down to Friday the 13th Part 3 and maybe one or two others.
Jason Vorheese + Hockey Mask = Love at first sight
The rest, as they say, was history.
I really hate these recaps at the beginning of each movie. I hope they're not common in the series. As for the movies themselves, I'm starting to get bored by them as it seems I'm watching the same one over and over again. Maybe the quality of this one is higher than the second or the first but it comes after those two so it's just redoing the same things slightly different, making the whole series (so far) feel extremely bland and progressively more boring, even by slasher standards. At least the Halloween movies tried different things in almost each movie. Here, the first three are basically the same. But yes, the hockey mask and the last third are decent.
Not the best FRIDAY THE 13TH but far from the worst.
Right now, I'm in the middle of reading the very, very awesome book CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES by Peter M. Bracke, which exhaustively chronicles the making of each film in the series, complete with great production photos and interviews with cast, crew and Paramount brass. This is the first film in the series I've watched after reading all about its making, and it was very interesting this time knowing how difficult this shoot was (especially the cast and crew's difficulty working around all the 3D technology).
The early '80s were the last time 3D was a big deal before its recent resurgence, and back then it was more of a…
All I felt after watching this movie was "meh". This really didn't do much to further any of the concepts in the franchise, and I felt the acting was bad and the script was derivative. Unlike other horror franchises, like let's say "Final Destination" or "Halloween", this didn't even further or continue the same plotline, but rather just retooled the same ideas independent of any of the other films. Not only was I not scared, I was actually BORED!
Jason finally gets his iconic hockey mask. Friday the 13th Part 3 utilizes gimmicky 3D whilst a bunch of disposable teenagers find themselves meeting even more imaginative and grisly ends, but it's actually pretty enjoyable. I definitely prefer this to Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) but it's not quite as good as Friday the 13th (1980).
Strong sub plots sustain this. A better than normal cast. Distracting (ex) 3D shots.
Not as awful as feared, with a finale that was something approaching pretty decent. Originally released in 3D, so expect to tired very quickly of phallic object firing towards the screen.
Steve Miner is actually a pretty good director.
From the moment Jason puts on the hockey mask, the movie changes from being centered on the teenagers to being centered on him. No more mystery killer and no more showing only hands killing people. No, only Jason.
Extra half star in the review for a) the hockey mask; b) 3D. This is a great 3D movie - lots of things pointing out the screen at you.
This rating is for how enjoyable the film is, not how well made it is. Friday 3 is one of the most enjoyable bad horror movies out there, with the added bonus of the film rarely letting you forget it was shot in 3D, whether it be the needlessly long shot of a yo-yo going up and down, or one of the two bits where eyeballs come at you. Wonderful. Also there is a tough biker woman who loves barns. LOVES them.
A classic bad horror movie. I didn't care about anyone and was excited for each onscreen death. Jason finally put his mask on and the fun really started.
I had a good laugh watching this on AMC and seeing all of the slight tricks that were utilized to create the 3D effect. It was pointless then and its still pointless now.
The Friday the 13th films may not be that great but the franchise will and has gone down as a lucrative and easily accessible franchise. Even though this one was extremely bad, I will be checking out some of the other ones that I've missed throughout the years. (I will suffer through Jason X and most likely love it.)