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/2X35/1080p/Number of disc: 1
Available from Paramount
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. 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 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. And it wasn’t the overly gimmicked 3-D aspect to it that helped.
Not only does this movie need respect for tossing the hockey mask on the face of Jason, but I feel to spite its flaws it gives us a great leading lady in Chris. I’d go as far as to say that she’s my favorite of the series and that even tops fan favorite, Ginny, from the previous film. She is very likeable and seems like a perfect foil to this particular brand of Jason. 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 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. 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.
– Fresh Cuts: 3-D Terror (HD)
– Lost Tales from Camp Blood part 2 (HD)
– Legacy of the Mask (HD)
– Slasher Films: Going for the Jugular
– Theatrical Trailer (HD)