Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Friday the 13th Part 3 (1982)


Friday the 13th Part 3

Written by Martin Kitrosser & Carol Watson
Directed by Steve Miner

Shelly...Larry Zerner
Vera...Catherine Parks
Chris...Dana Kimmell
Rick...Paul Kratka


Having thought that they had stretched the Jason Voorhees concept as far as they could without throwing in a little extra kick, this addition to the series was released in 3-D.

The story here is the same as ever. A group of horny, pot-smoking teenagers in a pimped out minivan decide to take a nice R&R at a farm house near the town of Crystal Lake. They choose to ignore the warnings of the local town crazy they find napping in the middle of the road, curled up with a human eyeball, and after a clash with a rather generic looking biker gang they begin to be killed off in the usual--or unusual--ways.


The killer, of course, is the unstoppable Jason whom the heroine Chrissy had survived a run-in with only a few years before. Rick is her unconvincing tough-guy boyfriend who whines a hell of a lot about not getting laid, and Shelly is the unfortunately named Boy Who Cried Wolf, an amazingly well-developed character in terms of slasher flicks--but that doesn't make him any less annoying. Most notably, he is indirectly responsible for Jason donning his now-trademarked hockey mask, a historic Friday moment to be sure.

Despite Jason finally solidifying his more standard killing gear, the character also takes another step backwards by vocally reacting to pain. It's strange to hear him moan and groan when he's hurt, and I much prefer the strong silent stalker type he eventually becomes.


I can appreciate the filmmakers attempting to add complexity to the character of Chris via her previous experience with Jason...albeit only a very brief encounter not previously shown in any film, and one that doesn't prepare her in any way to deal with him again.

It would have been better if they had brought back a survivor from one of the previous two films than craft a new one. But then again, it also would have been better if they hasn't killed off Crazy Ralph last time, since they just replaced him with some new loco local anyway.

The 3D shots are distracting when you're watching the 2D version, and they are headache-inducing when watching the 3D version.

AN ABBREVIATED LIST OF ITEMS BLATANTLY SHOVED TOWARDS THE CAMERA FOR THE 3D EFFECT

  • bed sheets
  • wooden pole
  • an attacking snake
  • meat cleaver
  • Jason's hand
  • baseball bat
  • bale of hay
  • pitchfork
  • machete
  • juggled fruit
  • popcorn
  • yo-yo
  • and a flying eyeball


This movie has a lot going against it, including a cheap and ineffective gimmick, noisy bowel movements, and Shelly, one of the more obnoxious losers in modern cinema. A mediocre slasher flick, and a far step down from the schlocky entertainment of Part 2.

Fans of the series will appreciate this film for its sly nods to the original, which seem a bit premature (seeing as how there are 8 more sequels to follow.) For example, Debbie reads an issue of Fangoria in bed, flipping past an article on make-up artist Tom Savini, who supplied the special effects for part 1, and the ending is torn directly from the original's script.

Overall, this film is exactly what you've come to expect. No more, no less. Take it as you will.

1982
Rated R
95 Minutes
Color
English
United States

"What would a weekend in the country be without sex?"
--J/Metro

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