Friday the 13th Part III

Friday the 13th Part III ★★★

No! You CAN'T be alive!
-Chris Higgins

I'm not sure what is more important, that Jason started his body count in Part 2 or the origins of the hockey mask in Part 3. Maybe it's the fact he started wearing the mask, because it's origins actually involve a character named Shelly (Larry Zerner) who is unbearably annoying. His entire purpose is to instil misdirected scares and apparently constantly try to get people to feel sorry for him. God I hate you Shelly.

Steve Miner returns in the director's chair with a completely new visual effects crew, who get the job done but can't really fill the shoes of their predecessors. They do pull off a great tribute to Tom Savini's work from Part 1 however while it turns out to be one of the best kills of the film. Unfortunately the movie making it's transition to 3D includes a lot of hockey 3D gags. Their fun for a laugh or two, but the yo-yo, baseball bat and popcorn gag don't really add much to the movie.

You finally get Jason Voorhees wearing the iconic hockey mask as mentioned. I still find it chilling when it finally happens and good old Jason goes on his murdering spree. It's stereotypical Jason action, but before the franchise went too stupid. There is a plot detail that still annoys me to this day however. We get a story from Chris Higgins (Dana Kimmell) about how she was abducted by Jason two years earlier. She passed out when she was taken, but then woke up in her own bed and her parents refused to ever talk about what happened that night. Well that sounds mysterious doesn't? Too bad, cuz they never bring it up again in the film except for Chris recognizing Jason after he looses his mask. I know this is a b-horror film, but that still bugs me to this day. What were they suggesting exactly? She was apparently saved from Jason in a manner so horrible that her parents didn't want to tell her? I want to know damn it. I need closure.

*Note: Watched this in Anaglyph 3D for the first time ever.

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