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Friday the 13th was dreadful and took in more than $17 million. Friday the 13th Part 2 was just as bad and took in more than $10 million. Friday the 13th Part III is terrible, too.
Eventually, the novelty wears off, and what remains is the now-familiar spectacle of nice, dumb kids being lopped, chopped and perforated.
The Friday the 13th saga continues with this typically underwhelming entry...
Not since Psycho has a movie taken such advantage of the phallic nature of slasher horror. [Blu-ray]
...the casting director continued to find young performers who were wonderfully cute people and woefully bad actors.
With this film, there's more sex, more nudity and more creative kills.
The gore is surprisingly suggestive, rather than blatant, and therefore the audience doesn't quite get what it pays for.
easily the worst film in the series up until that point, partially because it was so redundant, but also because it is the most technically clumsy
The funny thing is: as lame as the story and characters are, the movie actually works as a crowd-pleasing piece of junk entertainment.
Shot in such a way to capitalize on the brief fad of Reagan-era 3D movies, there's less memorable POV shots from the killer and more images from the perspective of the victims.
As a tried-and-true slasher film, it has its moments, but ... it grows tedious by the end.
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Jason gets his trademark hockey mask, the deaths are gorier (despite the cuts to avoid an X rating), the music is even worse than before and there are cheap scares all over this stupid, overwhelmingly brainless piece of junk that even copies the end of the first movie.
I liked it about the same as the first and a little more than the second. I was getting sick of the first person viewpoint of the killers and it was nice to actually see what Jason was doing for once. He FINALLY gets his mask in this one too (that's when the perspective changes). This was probably the most entertaining one so far, but the formula is getting old. There was no difference in story or setting yet and it's just getting boring. Still get the fake ending (and it's STILL the same thing, I don't understand why they keep doing it other than to joke with the audience) and the stupid 10 minute recap/flashback at the beginning of the movie so that we know the story continues...even though there is a PART III IN THE TITLE.
The sequels to Friday the 13th always have their pros and cons, mostly cons from critics and a mixed bag of both from fans. Some are better than others while some are just not that great. Friday the 13th Part 3 is, to me, one of the very least of the sequels while still having some decent moments. This time around, we're treated to some characters who we don't give a hoot about and are cheering on their eventual demise, which is a gimmick that would flourish throughout the rest of the series. The cast is ok, although some of the actors don't play off of horror very well while others don't seem to know what the hell is going on. Dana Kimmel is ridiculously annoying most of the time while Larry Zerner winds up being one of the most three dimensional characters of the series (in a film that was shot in 3-D, no less). Richard Brooker, who plays Jason, still plays him as human, but more of a superhuman. He can take about as much as he dishes out, even being hanged at one point only to survive. This was the start of the loss of humanity in the character, something that disappeared entirely in the following sequels, and this jarring change of character is very much felt and one of the reasons why this one doesn't work for me. The lack of visuals this time around is no real fault of the filmmakers, including the director of the previous entry Steve Miner, who had to shoot everything in 3-D, leaving the 2-D look of the film out in the cold. I personally prefer to watch the film in 2-D, mainly because the 3-D is so difficult to sit through that it gives me headaches. I suppose if I had saw it on the big screen, I'm sure it would have been properly aligned and worked much better, but at home on TV, it just looks terrible. The special effects are about average for the series with nothing that really stands out. The only death sequences in the film really worth mentioning would be Andy's split in half and Debbie's machete through the chest from underneath. The music here is about the same as previous scores, although the new opening and closing theme is funky and catchy. And that's pretty much it. It's a weak sequel that would be turned around a bit in the next film, but Part 3 is suffers mostly from a plethora of 3-D gimmicks that don't work in 2-D, as well as having weaker characters, story and death sequences.
This movie was made to cash in on the popularity of the franchise and the 3-D market. Needless to say, with those lofty aspirations, this film accomplishes very little creatively. Continuity is a massive flaw in this series, but it's absence is most insulting in this volume. The back story the writers attempt to interject for Jason, is as unnecessary as it is ridiculous. The most notable example is his implied moonlighting as a rapist. Really? Speaking of Jason, the model of an unstoppable, zombie, killing-machine was far from perfected at this point. His stalking is more comparable to the lumbering of a drunk, retarded hillbilly in "Part-3". The real reason to watch "Friday the 13th" is for the murders, but the makers of this film were too busy attempting to cram crude 3-D effects down the viewer's throat to worry about quality. You might want to avoid this one.
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