Friday the 13th Part 3: Fan Poster/Movie Review


Hand-drawn fan poster for Friday the 13th Part 3, colored in Photoshop

Movie Review: Friday the 13th Part 3D (1982)

(Director: Steve Miner, Special Effects: Martin Becker, Music: Harry Manfredini, Jason: Richard Brooker)

Director Steve Miner returns for Jason’s next foray into the night, this time around Crystal Lake (which is apparently quite large) over to Higgen’s Haven where more sexy teenagers, a dork, and one troubled girl are sharing the weekend. Jason here is a monster—a mongoloid, crazed monster haunting the woods. This film is pretty tight and quickly paced and the sound design is really excellent.

Though a tad more crude (two people interrupted on the toilet), this film is not as violent or gruesome as the first two films, opting instead for tension and stalker-creepiness. The setting, an old, isolated farm on the lake, is a nice change of pace for the series and the old barn serves as a great set piece.

All the characters are fun to watch, even Shelly (as unlikeable as he is) still has redemption when he fends off a biker gang at the local grocery store.

The 3D, which apparently was a nightmare to shoot, adds a fun tension and depth to the movie and the credits still look great in 3D. It’s not necessary to watch it in 3D, however, as the movie stands up well on its own if you don’t mind some awkward broom-in-the-camera shots.

I also love that Debbie is reading a Fangoria article about Tom Savini just before being killed in a fashion directly nodding to Savini’s work in the original Friday the 13th.

Chris, the final girl, is the most terrified and feeble of Jason’s antagonists. And yet, she is also one of the most aggressive, attacking Jason multiple times rather then simply trying to escape.

The tension in this film has always gotten to me, and Jason’s new look in the hockey mask started he down the road to becoming a horror icon.

Movie Trivia:

  • This was the first Paramount 3D film in nearly 30 years; the same crew and techniques would be used throughout the eighties, including Jaws 3D
  • Friday the 13th Part 3 knocked ET out of first place at the box office
  • This is the fourth highest-grossing film in the series, and 10th all-time for slasher movies
  • Stan Winston originally designed Jason’s look, which would have been featured in an alternate ending where Christ gets decapitated; Winston’s design was ultimately scrapped

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