Jason Takes on a New Dimension: “Friday the 13th Part 3” Review

Something about 1982 just pisses me off. I don’t know what it is about the year but I do know that not a lot of great or even good horror movies were produced. Of course, by saying this, I know that I will get a message or a comment from someone reminding me of a hidden gem that I overlooked. To which I would say, you’re right, there probably are one or two. But one or two? In an entire year? At the peak of the slasher craze? Well that’s just unacceptable in my book. But, I seriously doubt that anyone would include “Friday the 13th Part 3” in this list of the great horror movies of 1982. It’s bad…really bad. Let me count the ways.

“Part 3” opens just moments after its predecessor ended. Potato sack Jason is died. Well, if you believe that, I have a Part 4, 5, 6, 7…to sell you. Well it turns out that Jason, having barely survived a blow to his shoulder from his own machete, is back to continue his revenge on all those 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 the most annoying member of the bunch.

I really can’t say how much I dislike this movie. The 3D effects are lame, the characters are painfully bland, and the movie drags on and on and on. After the opening kill it is seriously at least a half an hour until the next death. You have the annoying fat kid, a group of bikers?!?!, and one of the most annoying final girls in Friday history. Yet somehow I still find some charm with this film. Maybe it is the fact that this is the only Friday shot in 2.35:1 widescreen (effects aside, the film looks great) or maybe its just all the cheesy goodness. I cannot in good faith recommend this film but it still isn’t the worst of the series.

Buy It Here: Friday the 13th, Part 3, 3-D (Deluxe Edition)


5 thoughts on “Jason Takes on a New Dimension: “Friday the 13th Part 3” Review

  1. I simply love “Friday the 13th 3D” I saw it for the third time in 3D this week and still loved it. The 3D effects are cheesy fun and reminds one of the 3D effects in “House of Wax” so many years before. It’s played tongue in cheek sure but I have a blast every time. Lets agree to disagree!
    And the picture quality of the Blu-ray is awesome even in 3D.

  2. Hey hey hey. Here’s the post you were hoping for! :P

    Alone in the Dark, Basket Case, Blood Link, Brimstone & Treacle, Cat People, Creepshow, Poltergeist, Q: The Winged Serpent, The Sender, The Slumber Party Massacre, Tenebre and The Thing to name but a few…

    I also didn’t mind the characters in Part 3 that much. To me, they had a little more spunk than in most of the other entries, though NONE of these movies have great characterization. I do agree that Chris is kind of annoying and whiny as hell, though!

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