The wonderful director who made Friday the 13th Part 2 returns to direct Friday the 13th Part 3: 3-D. Unfortunately, he didn't learn from his mistakes and Part 3 is shockingly worse than the last one.
Once again, the movie begins with an unnecessarily long and pointless recap of the previous movie, which subsequently gives way to a group of teens who have traveled to Crystal Lake to spend time at a summer home. One by one, the teens get picked off by Jason, who finally dons his infamous hockey mask. Other victims include members of a cheesy biker gang and some nearby residents. Plot is nonexistent, which is fine, but the lack of character development and the introduction of completely off-the-wall players (like the aforementioned biker gang) is painfully distracting.
The new deluxe edition DVD comes with both the regular and 3D versions, so I naturally chose the 3D option. After all, given that this movie was all but destined to be horrific, a little 3D could at least make it entertaining. Having just watched My Bloody Valentine 3D, a rather crappy movie that was saved by its gimmick, I had similar expectations for Friday the 13th Part 3. Unfortunately, considering that the 3D technology is 20-years old and uses the traditional blue-and-red glasses, the 3D is just not that good. It was hard to get the glasses positioned correctly on my nose to get the 3D working, and only occasionally was it effective.
In other words, the 3D didn't save the movie. Strangely, Part 3 sees a massive drop-off in sex and nudity, despite plenty of opportunities. The gore is OK, but nothing memorable. And, once again, director Steve Miner injects absolutely no excitement into the flick. The movie isn't scary, suspenseful, thrilling or even funny: it just is, and that's no way for a horror movie to act. Considering that Part 3 is worst than the last one, it's clear that Miner got caught up in the 3D gimmick and forgot to actually entertain his audience with real filmmaking.
Of the first three Friday the 13th movies, Part 3 is definitely the worst. And when we're talking about this series, that's not a good thing.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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