Friday the 13th Part III

January 28, 2012 6 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

As if he hasn’t killed enough people already, Jason Voorhees (Richard Brooker) is back again and this time, he plans on raising his body count higher than ever. His new stalking grounds involve a cabin filled with young folks looking to have a good time, which of course causes Jason to want to kill them in various painful ways. One of the girls in the cabin is haunted by an attack by a disfigured man near Crystal Lake, but little does she know how close that attacker is as she speaks. But now his face is hidden by a soon to be trademark hockey mask and this time, he seeks to finish what he started with her. So Jason starts with some nearby country bumpkins to sharpen his skills and then sets his sights on the cabin’s content. We all know Jason will make sure a few of them never take another breath, but will he be able to work his magic on them all?

This is the third film in the Friday The 13th series, but I am sad to report that this disc doesn’t contain the much lauded 3-D version of the movie. But I won’t dwell on that issue, as this is still a fun movie that is worth a look for horror movie fans. I know horror sequels are an acquired taste, but I happen to like them a lot and this one is no exception. I don’t think this one is close to the best in the series, but it does offer some fun times and another chance to see Jason in action, which is always nice. In case you’re wondering, yes I know this movie has poor acting and a bad script, but that doesn’t mean it is all bad. I guess I am just a sucker for these ’80s slasher flicks, but I think each installment in this series is worth a look. This one has some terrific murder sequences and lots of blood, which is more than enough to carry this film to fun levels. Is this classic good filmmaking in action? Of course not, but is fun and fans of the series will want to (re)visit this installment now that is on DVD.

At the helm of Friday The 13th: Part 3 is Steve Miner, who manages to keep this movie from tanking too badly. Miner didn’t have a lot of acting talent involved or a great script, but he still makes sure this one at least stands well within the series and that is worth a nod in my book. This was second film (after Friday The 13th: Part 2) and even here he shows some nice potential, which is impressive. I am not saying Miner works magic with this film by any means, but given what he had to work with, I am surprised how well it all turned out. Miner has evolved into a gifted filmmaker over his career and to think, we have this series to thank for putting him into the public’s eye. Miner has also directed such films as House, Warlock, Soul Man, Lake Placid, Big Bully, Forever Young, and Halloween: H20. The cast of this film is pretty weak and includes Paul Kratka, Rachel Howard (Deep Space), Gloria Charles (Brewster’s Millions), Dana Kimmell (Rivals), and Richard Brooker (Deathstalker).

Video: How does it look?

Friday The 13th: Part 3 is presented in a 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. It might not be the wonderful 3-D transfer we all wanted, but this is still a terrific overall presentation. There is some softness and such at times, but usually the black levels are well balanced and detail is sharp and high. The colors look good too, with bright hues and no signs of errors in the least. I also found the flesh tones to be natural, with no distortion or discoloration. A couple minor compression flaws surface, but nothing to be nervous about. If you’ve suffered through previous editions, this is one transfer you’ll be grateful for, trust me.

Audio: How does it sound?

No Dolby Digital 5.1 update on this one, as this disc contains the original mono soundtrack. I was disappointed somewhat with this track because of some muffled dialogue, but not enough to knock the score down much. I still think this is a solid audio presentation and as such, I retain the usual 3/5 rating for good mono tracks. The sound effects come across well, but of course lack the punch of surround sound and music falls into the same description. The vocals usually sound good, but as I said before, there are a few parts worse than others. But in the end, thanks to the clarity and lack of harshness, this one is more than adequate. You’ll also find a French mono track and English subtitles on this disc.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes the film’s theatrical trailer.

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