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Friday the 13th Part III
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by Scott Weinberg

"Axes, harpoons, yo-yos, splatted spines, snakes, sticks & eyeballs-IN 3-D!"
3 stars

It's tough to be taken seriously as a "Feelm Critic" when you consistently recommend movies like Anaconda, Popeye and the Friday the 13th films to people. What's important to remember is this: I'm completely biased. Counter to everything I've learned and preached about what makes up a quality motion picture, I just love blood-drenched gore. Sue me for being sick.

Even compared to the other movies in the series, Friday the 13th Part 3 is a bad movie. The acting is awful, the special effects are laughable, the dialogue sounds like it was written by apes on crack, and this movie has the distinct dishonor of being released in 3-D! Ah, yes. 3-D. That bane of the early eighties moviegoer. What's even more annoying than watching a movie in 3-D is watching an old 3-D movie in plain old 2-D!

Whoa...look out for that yo-yo!

What a fake-looking snake that just jumped out at me!

Hey, watch where you're sticking that dismembered eye!

Unfortunately, the 3-D feature is no longer available, so instead we're subjected to all of these objects simply jammed up against the camera lens! I digress. As a big fan of the F13 series, I feel responsible to at least be honest. That 3-D revival? It ranks right below The Vietnam War in the book of bad ideas.

As for the movie itself, it's pretty weak, and that's taking into account the two movies that came before it. Tell me if you've heard this one before: Uninteresting group of teenaged stereotypes wander into the woods, only to be slaughtered in spectacularly messy style. Okay, so originality is not the strong suit of these movies.

What's particularly disturbing about this entry is the truly awful disco-sounding music. Why not just stick with the old Ch-Ch-Cha stuff? Just wait till you hear the Waka-Chiki-Waka stuff in the opening credits! You'll break out some bell-bottoms and get funky! This sequel is also notable for introducing completely pointless characters, solely to up the body count! There's a biker gang in this movie, for cryin' out loud! Why not just have the circus come to town?

The saving graces for me are usually the creativity of the killings and the amount of graphic gore. Yeah, I'm a sicko but we already knew that based on my other horror reviews. Friday the 13th Part 3 seems too preoccupied with the whole 3-D gimmick, but certainly doesn't get in the way of the gory fun. Jason comes across his soon-to-be-famous hockey mask, so this movie is at least worth a look for you film historians.

Body Count: 12
Total for series so far: 32

Cool Deaths:
This one guy gets slashed VERTICALLY, while walking on his hands! (in 3-D!)
One poor lass takes a harpoon in the eyeball!
Biker girl gets a pitchfork through her neck
Our hero (?) gets his head squooshed until his eyeball pops out! (in 3-D!)

While it's definitely not the worst of the series, Part 3 seems like a notably lazy and cheap affair. It's worth a rental for the horror freaks out there who have yet to see it, or for fans of that awful 3-D thing I had to live through. Never again.

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User Comments

7/16/18 morris campbell good 3d effects otherwise same old same old 2 stars
5/21/13 Marwan Barazi I love this series. For me it is a landmark in the horror cinema of the eighties 5 stars
12/11/12 Jamie Best of the series, by far!! 3 stars
8/06/12 keith miron Repetitive, but never boring 3 stars
10/25/10 art I TAKE IT BACK,THIS {FRIDAY THE 13th 3D} IS MY FAVORITE! 5 stars
1/18/10 art MY FAVORITE FRIDAYS WERE PART"S one AND two,3 was a DISSAPOINTMENT! 1 stars
11/30/09 Edward Great Beginning middle is mediocre end is awesome 4 stars
7/23/09 art FRIDAY THE 13TH ONE AND TWO are THE BEST,this {3Dsequal} is when it went downhill! ] 1 stars
7/11/09 hunt a pretty good friday the 13th 3 stars
11/22/08 Shaun Wallner Scary Film! 4 stars
10/18/08 AshleyRockO Great film. A lil dated, but still very well made for what it is. 5 stars
5/04/07 john I think they're all cheesy but part 3 is my favorite. I love the opening credits, so 80's. 4 stars
2/17/07 David Pollastrini one of the best in the series 5 stars
11/05/06 MP Bartley 3-D and the disco credits have dated horribly, but the cheapness gives a grim, nasty edge. 3 stars
9/26/06 RogerEbert Love those Friday the 13th films 5 stars
1/17/06 Anthony Feor How about no 2 stars
11/24/05 cr scary and jason get his trademark hockey mask, but the acting sucks, heroine sucks! 2 stars
10/21/05 cypress Jason needs to go to hell, oh wait, he did and that didn't even work 2 stars
10/14/05 Darren O Another solid entry, though somewhat cheesy. Dana Kimmell is the best FRIDAY heroine. 4 stars
10/13/05 ram1brn some people just dont know when to quit should have stopped at 1 1 stars
8/23/05 Sugarfoot Lame sequel lacks even the gritty edge of 1 and 2... 1 stars
7/14/05 Brandy Harrington Soooo scary! The knife is coming out of the T.V. I'm gonna have Nightmares!!! 1 stars
6/28/05 R 3-D!! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! 1 stars
5/27/05 tony pretty darn slow! But is good in 3-D 3 stars
10/12/04 kevin watts BEST OF THE EARLY FILMS 4 stars
7/31/04 delmar dartt like to have sent in mail of all of the movies 3 stars
7/17/04 Joe If this movie were a science expariment, it would be Chyrnobyl 1 stars
7/02/04 American Slasher Goddess Creepy and scary, another good entry in the series 4 stars
6/07/04 Ryan Clark It's just a rehash of the first two, but it's still a lot of fun. 4 stars
4/16/04 A Reader Dreadful and unoriginal movie, but great 80's nostalgia, and Dana Kimmell is a MAJOR babe. 3 stars
4/08/04 phoenix Awesome. Scary and atmosperic. They needed to cut down on the 3d effects. 5 stars
3/17/04 PAYNE_KillerZ DON'T BOTHER...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 2 stars
2/17/04 Ramey Unbelievably 80's- Pretty good installment- TERRIBLE music. 4 stars
2/06/04 c.r Jason in 3d cool, but a lot bad acting and weed smoking was fine! 3 stars
1/14/04 Hüseyin Demiray I saw this film 1983 at cinema and I was very good ,Now,I get vcd. I love this film 5 stars
12/13/03 G.K. good 3 stars
12/13/03 American Slasher Goddess Scary and creepy third installment in the series. 4 stars
12/13/03 J Finally, Jason gets his hockey mask, and one the movie best chases. 5 stars
12/13/03 Vinylspinr I saw in 3D. If you can find it playing for a buck or might be worth your time. 2 stars
12/13/03 Samuel a good movie, basically the same as part 2 tho 3 stars
12/13/03 Jason X This movie kicks ass!! 4 stars
12/13/03 Karie pretty scary!!! 4 stars
12/12/03 The Killer each of these films are worse than the last... 3 stars
12/12/03 Doofus good movie! 4 stars
12/12/03 Captain Spaulding The same as part 2 basically, but i liked part 2 so i like this one!! 5 stars
12/10/03 Samuel horror_blood you mutherfucking faggit, you bad mouth me on every review i do, burn in hell! 3 stars
11/02/03 American Slasher Goddess Scary and creepy third installment in the series. 4 stars
11/02/03 J Finally, Jason gets his hockey mask, and one the movie best chases. 5 stars
10/30/03 Vinylspinr I saw in 3D. If you can find it playing for a buck or might be worth your time. 2 stars
10/16/03 Erik Van Sant The hockey mask is born! Better than the second film and a killer opening song. 5 stars
10/08/03 Double G JAson Finally got his hockey mask! 5 stars
10/01/03 horror_blood Without 3-D, this is still worth a look. And shut up Samuel Justus you Scream loving fag. 4 stars
9/17/03 Samuel Justus why do ppl like these movies? they are the same over and over!! 1 stars
7/22/03 Double G This movie is the best Friday the 13th ever, starting after P3 they get more gay every time 4 stars
4/08/03 s truss not bad 4 stars
3/22/03 Jack Sommersby Gets the job done well enough -- but needed more damn nudity! 3 stars
11/28/02 Kyle Yeah. 2 stars
10/14/02 Charles Tatum The best of the series, but that's like picking your favorite cancer 4 stars
8/16/02 Shaun fun 4 stars
7/29/02 Titi I dont think the movie was THAT bad! 3 stars
7/15/02 Peschi420 "in my opinion, this is one of the greatest horror films ever made' 5 stars
6/12/02 jeff fucking loved it 5 stars
6/02/02 I'm in (L) with a Jedi oh mommy, oh daddy....i am a big ol baddie :'( 1 stars
4/25/02 maximal01 Wow..adolescense in the woods messes up good looks, 'cuz JASON'S FACE IS UGLY AS FUCK! 2 stars
4/13/02 Chutemaster Anyone that has seen this in 3D will find it very entertaining. 5 stars
4/04/02 cat Not since Jaws 3D have I wanted to shoot myself so much. At least include glasses with it. 2 stars
1/16/02 David A. Predictable but entertaining. Great fun on a Saturday night with pizza. 4 stars
11/30/01 Rutt13 Probably my favorite one, the motorcycle gang is funny 4 stars
11/05/01 Jake Dana is sassy! Can't be alive!! Jason chases well in this, not like 4 when he's anywhere. 3 stars
10/26/01 Sthenno Piece of cheap Shlock Shock, but Dana Kimmell makes the shit fun! 2 stars
10/01/01 Phoenix A study in stupid, stupid acting, stupid special effects, and stupid direction. 1 stars
9/16/01 Mr. Hat Better than later sequels. 3 stars
8/06/01 E-Funk Jason kills stoned of my favorites of the series. 5 stars
8/03/01 Chris K. This film ripped-off Mario Bava's TWITCH OF THE DEATH NERVE (1971), which IS BETTER! 1 stars
4/14/01 LiL I mean, come on, eyeballs popping out of head?! 1 stars
2/26/01 cheers bar bob verry good 5 stars
1/15/01 Sklorsh Worst movie in this series....and that's really saying something. 1 stars
12/05/00 Justin Who ever said that Dana Kimmell "Sucked all ass" can go fuck there fagotty ass selves. 5 stars
8/19/00 Rich Corle Great film. Could have been gorier and scarier 5 stars
8/13/00 Bender Not the most entertaining in the series, but it has the most scares along with Part 2. 4 stars
8/12/00 Justin Entertaining and suprisingly scary, the 3d is cheesy, but here Jason gets the mask! SWEET!! 4 stars
5/01/00 Bender In my opinion this and Part 2 are the scariest and best in the series 4 stars
4/13/00 SwatchDog Average acting, but has its chilling moments. Dana Kimmell was great, that Shelly guy funny 4 stars
3/02/00 Kyle Broflovski THAT'S how he got the mask?? Okay...whatever...thank you...fuck you... 1 stars
1/18/00 Jedi15 Well, Jason finally gets his hockey mask. Whoopiee. Horse shit! 1 stars
10/05/99 rob This is the one that ruined it. That stupid hockey mask killed it. 1 stars
3/07/99 KK Dusenbury No tits!? Oh well.. no wait the girls in this one were good looking... for 80's chicks.. 3 stars
2/15/99 Raheem Destiny Yo man! I be liking this shit yo! Slice that white bitch up some more yo! 5 stars
10/30/98 Negative Creep He gets His Hockey Mask from the funny kid in this one! 3 stars
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