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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.
“Who are you? What are you doing? Hey, cut that out, that’s not funny!”
Imagine, if you will, that you are a feral man-beast who has lived nearly your entire life in a remote wood, your only animating emotions being fear and anger. Imagine further that you have just completed a remarkably successful killing spree—your lack of formal education and human interaction apparently not having stunted your evasive maneuvers or way with instruments both blunt and bladed. Police have arrived on the scene, collecting bodies and escorting the sole survivor of your rampage to the local hospital, and you have been injured, said sole survivor having proven pluckier than you might have imagined. What, exactly, is your next move?
Though the series still exists only to cinematically knock off twentysomethings in gruesome ways while avoiding engaging narratives, Steve Miner's "Friday the 13th Part 3" finds the still-fresh horror franchise gaining some traction. The formula remains the same, but the filmmaking and storytelling are tighter this time around. It may not be great, but the third entry into the slasher series works better than the previous chapters.
What little story there is here simply retreads that from the first two films: questionable-decision-making young people find themselves at a lakeside retreat where they are stalked by a masked killer. The narrative is without twists or mystery, but it adds a touch of self-awareness and character to the murderous mayhem.
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…
Rick ain't no Paul, his eye-popping charm & good looks will only get him so far. Jason owes Shelly a beer for lending him his hockey mask. Chris is my favorite of the first 3 "final girls." Awesome Fangoria Tom Savini homage. Jason looks so badass in the first shot of him on the pier in his mask. Ali! Ali! Ali!
God dammit, Shelly, why do you always have to be such an asshole?
Who the hell would bring Shelly on a weekend at a cottage? Better yet how much would you have to hate your friend to set them up with Shelly? I also to this day don't understand the abduction story Chris tells... she blacked out when Jason took her and woke up in her own bed? Her parents never wanted to talk about that night? What the hell is going on?
In 1982, the third instalment of the popular Friday series was released. This time, Jason returns to terrorise a group of teenagers on their vacation. Directed by Steve Miner, Friday the 13th Part III may not be the best of the series, but it's still a lot of fun, especially if you're a Jason fan.
The film takes place after the events of Friday the 13th Part 2, where we see the news of Ginny miraculously escaping from the hands of the demented Jason Voorhees. This happens while Chris and her friends make their way to a vacation house where they plan on spending some time there. Meanwhile, Jason has healed his wounds and restarted his killing spree by killing…
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Three down, 9 more to go...another one bites the dust.
I think...yes that's it. I don't care anymore. The characters are so bland and expendable, that nothing really matters at this point. Jason is getting lazy, because he is actually getting majorly hurt for a change. His hockey mask is a nice addition enough, but it did not improve the film too much.
The movie tried to use 3D, they failed. I don't think what they were doing was 3D, it was more like using close-ups with a wide angle to try and poke your eye out. It was quite sad to be perfectly honest.
So ya, death stab blood blood. Nothing new. Cheap jump scare at the end, just…
A solid entry in the series. Jason is quite menacing in this one, the biker gang is pretty cool, and there's several attractive ladies in the cast. That awkward back story with Chris encountering Jason in her past didn't work for me at all, and the 3D was absurd, but I was still kind of down with it. There's definitely a good amount of classic Friday moments in part III.
Having grown up with this film being my go-to slasher/horror movie as a kid, Part III holds a special place in my heart. That being said, parts of this just don't hold up as well as I remember them, with the "LOOK AT THAT THING FLYING STRAIGHT AT US OMG 3D IS AWESOME" moments becoming quickly tiresome. The movie as a whole is still enjoyable enough, and the characters are much more memorable in this one than its predecessors. I'd like to get my hands on the Blu-Ray copy so I can sit down with the blue and red 3D version and enjoy the film the way it was supposed to be.
Definitely one of the better sequels with a lot going for it. I think it's safe to say that the first four films in this series are the best. This film, like it's early cousins has that creepy vibe that sends shivers down the spine. The low budget makes the film have that grindhouse-y feel and the music really adds to the feel of the film. Jason is still mysterious and scary stalker and here he finally gets the right look, the iconic hockey mask. This instalment also manages to have the best group of teens, from loveable goofball Shelley, to the stoner couple and the heroine Chris. Loads of blood and violent set pieces with arguably one of the best kills in the series, the handstand split down the middle scene.
Jason finally makes his debut with his ever famous hockey mask. Why did he choose a hockey mask? Why does a group of idiots keep coming to this lake knowing that people have been killed? What is character development? Should you care about this movie? Unfortunately the latter is the only question this movie makes clear. Friday the 13th PART 3 belongs in the trash.
The goofiest entry in the series so far, with so much effort put into 3D bits that it adds to some of the charm* watching it in non-3D mode. At this point, I think they're just going out of their way to make the acting poor on purpose, complete with about 4 different types of comic relief and about a dozen 80's movie tropes.
*lol at using the word "charm" to describe any aspect of these movies
Boring and cheesy to a fault, 13th Part 3 introduces the iconic version of Jason we know today, but it doesn't do much else, aside from annoy you with horribly gimmicky 3D shots.
You can't talk seriously about Friday the 13th without reading Alex Jackson, and that's that. I love his contention that prankster Shelly--the owner of the original hockey mask--is Jason's "author," although I think that speaks more to the series' motive than to Jason's. Perhaps prompted by its 3D, Part III indulges in an obnoxious number of false scares--so many, in fact, that it must eventually congregate them into one avatar, before finally running out of opportunities to cheat. Shelly must hand off to Jason, who turns false scares into "real" scares, unfair shocks into (ostensible) thrills. Then, once Jason dies, it kicks in with the false scares again--three movies in, and we're already/still making pointed statements about how…
Weird movie. So much of it is like a goofy, Hollywood riffing on the indie lightning in a bottle of the first two films. Jason is some maskless Dane Cook-like gesticulating spaz who, in the biggest character assassination of the series, somehow lets Dana Kimmell live after she passes out in the classically Hollywood-named "Higgins Haven". And he did this 2 years before all the killings in Part 2, so only 3 years removed from when he was a boy in Part 1 despite being 6'2" and a good 200 pounds. Then there's the other goofy shit like the biker gang with a leader named ALI in some bumpkin bluff, yeah, that'll happen. Why the fuck is there some 40-year-old…
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