Friday the 13th Part III (Horror) [Movie/Review]

9/10

Year: 1982
Genre: Horror
Source: Blu-Ray (Warner Home Video – The Complete Collection)

Jason Voorhees, having barely survived a wound to his shoulder from his own machete, is back to revenge on all that visit “his” woods. A new group of friends come over to party at an area close to the campsite. This time, Jason will be stronger than ever, and getting a hockey mask from one of those friends.

This is my absolute favourite in the whole series. Amazingly ”fun” mix of awesome killing methods, a great location and a great cast. We also get a strong final girl, Chris (Dana Kimmell), the best of the whole franchise. She really fights back. A pretty high kill count with 10 casualties doessn’t make it boring either.

That this is my favourite could also have something to do with that this was the first horror movie I ever layed my eyes on (except from Hitchcocks ”The Birds”). We snuck home to a friend during lunch break and watched his olders sisters copy. I could have been around 10-11 years old.

Filmed in 3-D it was a sensation at the movie theaters. The film grossed $9,406,522 in its opening weekend and broke the opening horror film record held by Friday the 13th (1980). Domestically, the film made a total of $36.7 million.

The original plan for the film involved Ginny (Amy Steel) from the previous film being confined to a psychiatric hospital. Suffering from the trauma inflicted on her during the ordeal with Jason, she eventually finds that, intent on revenge, he has tracked her down, and he begins to murder the staff and other patients at the hospital. Steel ultimately declined the offer to return to the series as she was busy with other projects, but has since said that she thinks she should have accepted.

According to the book “Crystal Lake Memories,” Chris’ past encounter with Jason was originally intended to imply a sexual assault. The series was meant to conclude with this entry, and the writers wanted audiences to be pleased with Jason’s demise, reasoning that if he were portrayed as a rapist they would have no interest in seeing him come back. It was ultimately decided this was too dark a direction to take the character and those elements were removed from the film.

Jasons hockeymask is iconic, and it was in this one that he used it for the first time.

This is the only Friday The 13th film in which none of the characters actually say the name Jason. Maybe this is because Part 3 takes place 1 day after Part 2, and Jason’s legendary slasher exploits are effectively still developing over a long-weekend at that point.

To prevent the film’s plot being leaked, the production used the fake title “Crystal Japan,” after a David Bowie song. This began an on-again, off-again tradition of giving “Friday the 13th” films David Bowie song titles during filming.

Although it appears sunny and warm, the film was shot during a January/February winter. Several night scenes were trimmed in order to conceal the actors’ visible breath appearing on screen.

All versions on DVD and Blu-ray are of the R-rated US theatrical release. The following scenes were cut to avoid an “X” rating from the MPAA: 

(1.) The death scene of Andy showed his right leg and stomach being cut apart. 
(2.) Vera’s death was longer, it included more blood and a shot of her reaction. It was cut because the board said that it looked too real. 
(3.) Edna’s death was cut of excess blood. 
(4.) The impaling of Chili with the hot poker was cut. Originally, the impalement was shown, along with a splash of smoldering blood. 
(5.) Debbie’s death originally showed blood spraying across her upper half and face. 
(Information from IMDB/DVDcompare)

I wonder if this footage is lost (as the rumors said) or if we one day can hope to see this. The only way to see this film uncut is to get a copy of the early Dutch release on VHS, which is somewhat rare It includes all the uncut death sequences with added blood and gore, and facial reactions.

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