Friday the 13th Part III

By Brett Mullins

Released: 1982

Directed by Steve Miner

Friday the 13th Part III follows Jason on another rampage of vacationing teenagers a day or so after the events of the second film. The third entry in this franchise is the best of the first three films in terms of both spooks and an engaging storyline. With that being said, however, Part III features severe continuity errors, bad acting, and a handful of overthetop scenes, such as the exploits of a faux-biker gang, that the series is known for.

This incarnation of Jason is quite menacing; not only does Jason dwarf all of the other characters in size, he dawns the trademark hockey mask about halfway through the film which adds an instant nastalgic level of tension. As time goes on, it appears that Jason becomes much more violent. One need look no further than the handstand scene for evidence. He has also expanded his stealth tactics somewhat mirroring Michael Myers from Halloween.

A strange note is that the audience does not know all that much about Jason despite this being the third film involving him. At this point, he doesn’t even have much of a motive. Putting this concern aside, Part III provides a good deal of closure and could have sufficed as a final entry in the series; this is not the best Slasher series, mind you.

While the goofy/awkward scenes are still present, this Friday the 13th is slightly better than most.

Rating: 5/10

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