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Friday the 13th: Part 3


Jeff Nelson

Everything about this film is a formulaic slasher flick, but it remains to be undeniably entertaining.

Friday the 13th: Part 3
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The first two films in the Friday the 13th franchise are certainly the two strongest entries to the series. Paramount Pictures acted quickly and took advantage of the high success coming from the series. It's obvious that they wanted to collect as much money off of Jason Voorhees, especially by adding the 3D gimmick. Not many slasher fans were pleased that Friday the 13th: Part 2 had a limited amount of violence and gore. Well, the filmmakers pushed for a more violent movie this time around.

Jason Voorhees continues stalking and killing teenagers. This time, he terrorizes a group of friends in Higgin's Haven. A fun summer in the woods, which was supposed to be about sex, takes a turn for the worst. For those who thought that Friday the 13th: Part 2 didn't have enough of a plot will dislike hearing that Friday the 13th: Part 3 has even less of a story. However, the slasher fans will be glad to know that this film is all about the carnage. There's a bigger number of characters, meaning a larger body count. The screenplay may be as cliché as they get, but it continues to be very entertaining. Viewers aren't going to genuinely care about any of the characters, we just want to see how they will meet their demise. There's quite a bit of humor throughout, some intentional and some not, but audiences are guaranteed to be entertained.

Similar to the cast of Friday the 13th: Part 2, none of the actors are likely to be known by audiences due to their small list of roles. While none of them provide very good performances, nobody will expect that here. A lot of their poorly delivered lines add to the comic relief and atmosphere of the movie. Nobody will be paying much attention to whether or not the actors can act when they're too busy anxiously waiting for the next death scene.

While Friday the 13th: Part 3 isn't nearly as violent or bloody as the type of films being released in the horror genre today, it'll please the fans. There's a variety of ways that these teenagers are killed off. However, all of them are trying to spice up the 3D gimmick. Even watching it in 2D, you will see the lame attempts to have objects pop off of the screen. The filmmakers definitely take every opportunity they get to make more things fly towards the audience. Jason Voorhees wore a burlap sack in Friday the 13th: Part 2 that not all fans appreciated. In the third film of the series, Jason Voorhees finally finds the hockey goalie mask and wears it for the remainder of the series. This has become his signature look that was the most popular with fans.

The fans of the Friday the 13th franchise voice their opinions on their favorite entry in the series. I have see anybody label Friday the 13th: Part 3 as their favorite film in the franchise. Everything about this film is a formulaic slasher flick, but it remains to be undeniably entertaining. Don't expect a great slasher, but assume that you'll be entertained. This is only the beginning of the legend of Jason Voorhees.

My Rating = Three Stars

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