Friday the 13th Part III (1982) (3-D) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Steve Miner
Starring: Dana Kimmell, Tracie Savage, Richard Brooker
Rated: R/Region: A/2:40/1080p/Number of disc: 1
Available from Warner Brother (As part of the Friday the 13th: The Complete Collection Set)
Jason Voorhees, having barely survived a wound to his shoulder from his own machete, is back to revenge on all that visit “his” woods. A new group of friends come over to party at an area close to the campsite. This time, Jason will be stronger than ever, and getting a hockey mask from one of those friends.
I’ve been hard on this entry into the Friday the 13th franchise over the years for a few reasons. I still don’t think the Jason here is very good per say, but I’ve come to still respect this movie and as often as I’ve seen it I’ve grown fond of it, even if I don’t agree with some the characteristic of Jason. I mean come on! We have a Jason that grunts and dives out the front of cars. Later in the series the Jason we know and love would stand there and take it head on. It is just the little stuff like that which has really gotten under my skin over the years personally to spite most people having this one ranked pretty high on their Friday lists. I also think some of the movie’s better characters are killed off way too soon as the more boring characters live and I never did really care for the gang we get in the movie either. Still, as much as it pains me to admit it, I’ve grown to appreciate this one a little more so than I did before. Have I grown to love it? Maybe, just maybe I kinda have. If you boil it all down, this is another one of the Friday the 13th films that helped write the book of the style of slasher that everyone wanted to copy. By the third film here (second for Jason as the killer), you really start to notice that there is a sick art to way that Jason kills these teens. If you can’t have fun with that, then you must not really love slashers as much as you think.
Not only does this movie need respect for tossing the hockey mask on the face of Jason (the single greatest idea in the entire history of horror in my book), but I feel to spite its flaws it gives us a great leading lady in Chris, even if she might not be the most compelling lady in the movie. I’d go as far as to say that she’s my favorite of the final girls in series and that even tops fan favorite, Ginny, from the previous film. Her only real competition might be Tommy’s sister from the next movie, but she’s a bit overshadowed by Tommy. Still, Chris is very likeable and seems like a perfect foil to this particular brand of Jason. She has a story, a very odd one that just so happens to involve Jason and make fans of this movie torn, but they build her up well enough. While I’d argue the Jason training wheels came off starting with the next film, in the right setting and situation this movie can be fun. It can also cause a bit of a headache if you try to watch this version with those darn 3D glasses. It will never ever be the first Friday film I reach for when I have to choose between which one to watch, but I can tolerate it much more than I use to and I have grown to respect it. Seeing as how it was one of the only two I had at my house on VHS as a kid, I’ve probably seen it more than most probably will see in a life time anyway. We got some cool kills, Jason gets his mask, and we have a great final girl. That pretty much sums this one up. Shame the blu-ray its self looks pretty bad by most standards, but what can ya do?
– Fresh Cuts: 3-D Terror
– Lost Tales from Camp Blood part 2
– Legacy of the Mask
– Slasher Films: Going for the Jugular
– Theatrical Trailer
– 3D and 2D versions of the film (with 2 pair of Jason styled 3D glasses)
Quality of Transfer: 82%