Because just being called Friday the 13th: Part 3 (1982) wasn't enough for the franchise. They had to shoot it in 3-D!!!
Credits & Solicit Info:
Written by: Martin Kitrosser, Ron Kurz (characters), Victor Miller (characters), Carol Watson, and Petru Popescu (uncredited)
Directed by: Steve Miner
Dana Kimmell as Chris Higgins
Richard Brooker as Jason Voorhees
Paul Kratka as Rick
Catherine Parks as Vera Sanchez
Tracie Savage as Debbie
Jeffery Rogers as Andy
David Katims as Chuck
Rachel Howard as Chili
Nick Savage as Ali
Zechs: Surviving the events of the previous movie, Jason gets his iconic look and hockey mask with this film as he once more goes after some more horny teenagers. Yep that about sums up the plot for this entry. About the only spice added to this one would be that a biker gang decides to also set up shop near the teens. Oh and of course the 3-D which is probably one of the best reasons to see this film besides this being the first movie with the hockey mask on our backwoods slasher.
I'll start with what I didn't like about this movie and it's a lot. Again the characters here are paper thin in character. Other than the last surviving female, who's pretty easy to pick out this time you have no other character to latch onto other than Jason himself. Honestly, the teen plot is for the final survivor to get over her fears of some years ago in when she got spooked by a disfigured stranger (take one easy guess who it was?) in these very woods two years prior.
Honestly, I would've rather the focus be on the biker gang. At the very least they provided me with more entertainment in the film than the teens. But more on them later. The kills in this one are more graphic than the sequel, but still are nothing compared to the original. Even more saddening is the fact they ape a couple of the kills from the original with their own twist (honestly killed via laying down again?). Also the head crush with the eye exploding was just too damn silly and felt like something out of a Looney Tunes cartoon. What you think Greg?
Greg: *empty chair*
Zechs: Dear God the movie was so bad it made him leave the
Also the ending of the film is flipped over, and really I didn't care for the redo ending of the original. Nor did I care with Jason sans mask. Honestly he looked like a complete doofus when maskless. I couldn't help but laugh and start ad-libbing country yucks when he was unmasked.
Okay for me the positives of this film are just a handful of things. Three of them are certain kills in the movie. The first two are just classic Friday the 13th moments. Of course I'm talking about the scene where Jason steps on the docks with his brand new hockey mask before shooting a spear into a teen's eye. That got me going hell yeah! It's one of the few moments of the movie that actually got me excited and really for me is one of the greatest moments in this film franchise.
The other kill was of course Jason splitting a teenager in two with his machete. Not only was it brutally portrayed but reading the info of the film it's even funnier to know that was toned down (the teen was more graphically slaughtered originally). Some think of it as one of the best kills in Friday, but me? I prefer another out of the next film. Also the scene did make me laugh my ass off at the teenager's utter stupidity added with the payoff Jason delivers.
Finally, the final biker. Again, I cannot help, but unintentionally laugh when the dude appears out of nowhere wanting a piece of Jason only for the later to take a piece of him off instantly. The look on the dude's face at the lost limb cracks me up.
And I guess that's my biggest problem with the film. I felt no fear utterly. This felt more a goofy comedic slasher film than a scary movie. Thankfully, the people behind this franchise realized this too, and decided to get WAY better talent for the next film, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984). I guess back to this film though, if there's any real desire to see it, please do so with the 3-D version floating around DVD and Blu-Ray. It adds something at least to the 3-D tactics in the film (the kills and certain moments). But still it can only do so much for this film, which is just an awful mess.
Zechs: 1.5 out of 5 (2 if you view it in 3-D)
Greg: So bad he couldn't give it a review.
Kills: 3 out of 5 (the spear gun and final kill in the film saved it from a 2)
Zech’s Favorite Kill: Jason showing
off his new hockey mask as he fires off a round from a spear-gun into
the eye of a teenager.
Next week, we start the Tommy Jarvis Trilogy with Friday the 13th: the Final Chapter (1984). I'll be sure to drag Greg back to this one.