1982 Paramount Pictures
Despite critical scorn being heaped upon the Friday the 13th movie series Paramount Pictures continued to crank out a sequel every year. These movies were relatively cheap and made pretty good money so they kept on coming!
This entry in the series begins right after Part 2 ended. Jason has changed his face and his clothes and is looking for just the right face wear to replace his beloved head sack that he abandons at the beginning of this movie for some strange reason. Meanwhile a group of stereotypical characters are making their way to a vacation getaway unaware that Jason is on the prowl for murderous mayhem and cool face gear.
As you may have noticed on the poster a new dimension was added to this Friday the 13th. That’s right it was in 3d! Miraculous, beautiful, extremely gimmicky and silly 3D! In the early eighties 3D made a brief comeback in such classics as Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn (Jared-Syn was not destroyed in the movie), Jaws 3D, Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (with Molly Ringwald no less) and of course this movie. 3D died again shortly after.
Despite the 3D there is really no difference between this movie and the predecessors, it follows the same formula only this time Jason is not the dweeb he was in the last movie. The characters are all pretty dumb and the whole thing has all the redeeming qualities of a swarm of mosquitoes. But fans of horror don’t watch the movies for the redeeming qualities so who the hell cares? Not me I just watch these things because they’re fun (for the most part).
This movie holds a special place in the hearts of Friday the 13th fans because Jason finally dons his infamous hockey mask. Canadians partied for weeks following the release of this movie and still hold Friday the 13th Part 3 Day every year (not really I made that up).
It’s goofy, it’s ridiculous, but it’s fun.
The incredibly cheesy opening credits. God the eighties were weird!
Good battle between Jason and Chris, the lone survivor. The not so good: Questionable quality on the makeup effects this time around.
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