FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 3: 3D (1982)
Directed by Steve Miner
Starring Dana Kimmell, Paul Kratka, Tracie Savage, Larry Zerner, Richard Brooker
After I saw Friday the 13th Part 1, I went back to Blockbuster to get Part 2… no dice. It wasn’t there, but Part 3 was. So I followed up Part 1 with Part 3 and got spoiled with the end of Part 2 in the beginning. According to Part 3’s opening, Part 2 really ended with Amy Steel getting Jason with the machete. Part 3 picks up right as he pulls it out of him.
The credits open with funny big letters, and even funnier music. Harry Manfredini goes hard on the soundtrack score and even has a full band. So many Chh Chh Chh’s. I didn’t find out til I started using the internet, that this was originally in 3D. It was a nice surprise when they re-released it with the glasses. More on the 3D part of it later.
This one is notable for Jason first dawning the iconic hockey mask. Steve Miner now working with a bigger budget continues the familiar Friday style this time with more comedy added in. I actually do like that even though it took away a bit from the suspense the first 2 had. In fact one of Jason’s first victims in this is played by actor Steve Susskind, who played one of Al Bundy’s buddies on Married With Children.
The movie moves along at a good pace in the beginning when we are introduced to the next batch of teens or in this case, young adults. Chris (played Dana Kimmell) is going to her parents’ summer house with her friends for the first time in 2 years. Last time she was there she was attacked by someone (Jason) but got away. She is trying to overcome her fear in this by returning, but of course Jason makes his way over to her spot near the camp and the counselor training center. Crystal Lake is an interesting area.
The body count is a little higher than Part 2 but not by much. It also takes a little longer to get the kills. I guess it all depends on who you’re watching the movie with. Shelly (played by Larry Zerner) is the idiot prankster that has the hockey mask. But not long after that part and Vera gets it, game on. Jason does some great memorable kills as usual, and the first time with the hockey mask on! Classic. Hate to spoil it for you, but…
Rick’s crushed head with the eyeball popping out death is the best part.
There are some pre-hockey mask kills that are really cool, too. After the biker gang getting killed, there’s a lot of filler time till we get to the next kills. But its okay, kind of worth the wait once Jason kicks in with the mask. I kind of get a kick out of Jason being more human-like and not as dead and rotted looking as the later sequels. He moans, moves back when a knife is in his face, and even uses his hand to go down the steps! Although he is human-like, this is also the first Jason he dies more than once at the end.
My only big complaint is a rotted, decayed Mrs. Voorhees (with head attached) jumping out of the lake at the end to grab Chris. So dumb. I guess its part of her mental breakdown/freaking out at the end. It was all a dream though because it ends on Jason with the ax still in his head.
Once the DVD came out with the 3D glasses, I had to give it a try. It hurt my eyes, but at other times I could see the objects that were coming out at me. My only advice for fans watching in 3D the first time, you have to really, really relax your eyes so that they can adjust. All I can say is, Rick’s eyeball is worth giving a watch in 3D. But 3D or not, still another great Friday the 13th movie.
FUNNY THOUGHTS/NOTABLE OBSERVATIONS
I wonder if Abel, the old hermit that warned them about Jason, was drinking buddies with Crazy Ralph?
The first time I watched this I thought bong-tokin Chuck resembled Tommy Chong and Harold the shop store owner looked like an older, married Cheech Marin.
Rick not being super pissed about the car situation. Seriously, Rick? You should’ve punched Shelly in the face for letting your car get fucked up, man. Not cool.
There’s a nice nod to Tom Savini in the Fangoria magazine Debbie reads.
Chris going crazy could’ve possibly added more ideas for a sequel, but looks like they went with the Tommy Jarvis character going crazy instead (see Part 5 in future blog post).