A New Dimension in Terror...
"As a tried-and-true slasher film, it has its moments... Dustin Putman, TheMovieBoy.com
|The tender, tragic saga of jason vorhees, the world's unhappiest camper, continues when yet another batch of hormonally advanced teens decide to ignore past history and spend some time at the woodsy, pine-scented slaughterhouse known as camp crystal lake.|
"...more sex, more nudity and more creative kills. Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
Jason Voorhees (Richard Brooker) returns again to Camp Crystal Lake, where he drowned nearly three decades before while some negligent camp counselors made out on the beach. Understandably upset by this turn of events, Jason continues to haunt his old stomping grounds, dealing death to those thrill-seeking teens who venture into the woods. This time around, Jason faces tougher victims in the form of a motorcycle gang and dons what is to become his trademark hockey mask. The original theatrical release featured 3-D effects.
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New York Times
"...Better than Part I or Part II even without the 3-D..."
Classic-Horror 6 of 10
After two excellent predecessors, loyal Friday the 13th fans were raving for another romp in the woods with Jason when this movie came out in 1983 (and it was even going to be in 3D!). I know that I for one was plotting and scheming to find a way into a theater to see it. After several thwarted attempts, I eventually did. The question is, was it all we thought it would be? Was I disappointed? No, I wasn't, but I was 11 and had even lower viewing standards than I do now and they still aren't that high. Even with the excitement of seeing a new Friday the 13th movie, I felt, even then, that something was just not the same...Perhaps it is because we have seen it all by the time the third film comes along and we are no longer shocked by these brutal murders. Perhaps it is because the characters aren't engaging and we don't care what happens to them. Perhaps, as Freddy would do a few years later, Jason was becoming too familiar to the audience. We had a good idea of who he was and what he would do. I know people will argue that every Friday film is just an excuse to show elaborate murder scenes. This is, in part, true. However, the first 2 movies were able to overcome this and they turned out to be pretty good horror movies...Most of us come to Friday the 13th looking for a lot of machete mayhem. Part 3 delivers in this area. Although the kills are not, for the most part, as bloody or shocking as they are in the first 2 movies, they are still well planned and mostly effective...If you are Friday fan like me, you will probably like it, but you will have to admit that it isn't the movie the first 2 are. I was afraid that I had just become to jaded after years of subsequent horror. So, I have recently been working my way through the series again. The bottom line is this: the first 2 movies are still effective and of a higher quality. This third installment, although still pretty good, just isn't quite on the same level.
- Aaron Edgell