Starring : Dana Kimmell, Paul Kratka, Tracie Savage, Jeffrey Rogers, Catherine Parks, Larry Zerner, David Katims, Rachel Howard, Richard Brooker, Nick Savage, Amy Steel, John Furey, Gloria Charles, Kevin O’Brien, Cheri Maugans, Steve Susskind, Perla Walter, and David Wiley.
Directed by : Steve Miner.
Released : August 13th, 1982.
Friday the 13th Part III picks up a day after the second film. After getting decapitated in the last one, Jason Voorhees has somehow survived and now he’s back. Maybe he stocks up on extra body parts and organs somewhere? Or maybe that was part of his supernatural killer contract that he signed with Satan – We’ll supply you bodily repair free of charge, should anything happen to you. Anyway, Jason arrives at a local store where he murders the couple who own it and then he steals some new clothes, including his infamous hockey mask. This third chapter of the franchise marks the first film where Jason dons his trademark hockey mask.
Afterwards, we’re introduced to our latest new batch of teenage victims, I mean characters. we’ve got a stoner couple (Debbie and Andy), the typical jock with a pregnant girlfriend (Chuck and Chili), a single hot chick (Vera), a single loser who likes to scare people (Shelly), our female headstrong protagonist (Chris), and her useless boyfriend (Rick). Oh and then there’s a trio of bikers whom some of these kids get into trouble with, but they’re killed off like fifteen minutes after we meet them.
Should we expect these characters to be interesting? No, not really. Are any of them interesting to begin with though? Well, the only one who’s genuinely interesting is the character of Shelly. You see, Shelly likes to use fake make up and special effects to scare people, as creative as he is, this annoys his friends. However, his buddy Chuck has hooked him up with a hot date (Vera), whom only goes as far as liking Shelly as a friend. They spend so much time with these two characters that I actually thought they were going to be one of the surviving few, but I was wrong. The death scenes and kills are so-so, including that of Jason Voorhees (the guy has had better death scenes in his movies).
I don’t know what the deal is with the female protagonist here. Her backstory is that she was attacked by Jason (although she doesn’t know his name) a couple years back at the lake but this doesn’t fit in with the stories of Part 1 or 2, so I didn’t really see the point of this? Anyway, it’s definitely cool to see Jason Voorhees in his proper attire as he slaughters his victims. I’ll give the film props for that. With that said, I would have to classify Friday the 13th Part III as one of the Jason films that you would find at the bottom of the barrel for this franchise. It’s one of the least interesting ones that there is. It’s like all of the good Jason flicks didn’t really start popping up until The Final Chapter.