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Friday the 13th Part III

Theatrical poster
Directed by Steve Miner
Produced by Frank Mancuso Jr.
Written by Martin Kitrosser
Ron Kurz (characters)
Victor Miller (characters)
Carol Watson
Petru Popescu (uncredited)
Starring Dana Kimmell
Paul Kratka
Tracie Savage
Jeffrey Rogers
Catherine Parks
Richard Brooker
Music by Harry Manfredini
Michael Zager
Cinematography Gerald Feil
Editing by George Hively
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) August 13, 1982
Running time 95 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2,500,000 (estimated)
Gross revenue $36,690,067
Preceded by Friday the 13th Part 2
Followed by Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter

Friday the 13th Part III is the third film in the Friday the 13th series. The 1982 movie was the first film in the series to feature Jason Voorhees wearing the hockey mask that has become his prominent trademark. The film was released theatrically in 3-D. Much like its sequel Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, this film was intended to end the series. Unlike its sequel and the later film, Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, this film did not include a moniker in its title to indicate as such.

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Plot

Picking up one day after the events of Friday the 13th Part 2, the horribly deformed serial killer Jason Voorhees has survived his attack at the hands of Paul and Ginny and has migrated to a store where he steals new clothes; he then murders the store owners, Harold with a meat cleaver and Edna with a knitting needle, before moving on to a nearby lake front property named Higgins Haven.

At the same time, a girl named Chris, who was attacked by a mysterious, disfigured stranger in the woods near Crystal Lake two years earlier, returns to the property with her friends Debbie, Andy, Shelly, Vera, Chuck and Chili. On the road, they stop when they see an old man lying in the middle of the road named Abel, an inebriated, religious fanatic who found an eyeball (and other body parts) and construed it as an omen from God, indicating that Chris and her friends turn back and not continue their journey; the kids, incredibly disgusted and frightened, drive away and later meet Chris' boyfriend Rick at their destination (Higgins Haven). Chris intends to face her fears; however, none of her friends know that an unmasked and reclusive Jason has taken refuge in the barn to recover from his battle wounds. At the convenience store, Shelly and Vera run into trouble with a bullying group of bikers, one of whom Shelly runs over his motorcycle with Rick's car after he punched through the window. The bikers make their way to Higgins Haven to even the score. However, they are murdered one by one by Jason before they can do any real damage - except for siphoning gas from Chris's van.

Rick becomes very stressed and angry when Shelly and Vera return with his car window knocked out and decides he has to go get away from everybody else for a while, but Chris perusades him to let her come along too. While Chris and Rick take a drive, Shelly is rejected by Vera because of his obsession with practical jokes and decides to search for Chuck and Chili in the barn. Jason slashes Shelly's throat and takes his hockey mask (off-screen). Now with a mask to cover his hideously deformed face, he then proceeds to murder the rest of the gang. He shoots Vera in the eye with a speargun. While Andy is handstand walking to get some beer for him and Debbie, he looks up as Jason whacks him with a machete, splitting him in two. Debbie has a knife shoved through her chest while she rests on the hammock. Chuck enters the basement when the power seems to die and is thrown on a fusebox and electrocuted. Chili then gets impaled with a red hot fire poker.

When Chris and Rick return to find the place empty, they split up to find out what's going on. Rick is killed by Jason who squeezes his head until one of his eyeballs pops out. Jason then attacks Chris, chases her around the cabin, and the two exchange attacks until Chris leads Jason into the barn. She hides up in the loft and when Jason comes up to find her, she comes up from behind him, hits him in the back of the head with a shovel, and knocks him temporarily unconscious, long enough to place a noose around his neck and roll him off outside the barn, hanging him. When Chris goes back down and opens the barn door, to her surprise, Jason has survived the hanging, showing his real face to Chris at which point she recognizes him as the man who attacked her two years earlier. As Jason proceeds to attack Chris, one of the bikers (Ali), who survived his attack earlier, attempts his revenge, but Jason cuts off his hand and Ali ultimately meets his end. While Jason is busy hacking up Ali, Chris picks up an axe and strikes Jason in the head, apparently killing him. Chris then wanders over to the lake and falls asleep in a canoe that drifts into the middle of the lake. The next morning, Chris wakes up and sees Jason unmasked and alive staring at her through an upstairs window in the house. When he spots her, he runs out to attack her but as Chris tries to escape, she is grabbed and taken into the water by a decomposing "Pamela Voorhees". It is revealed that this was all a nightmare and at some point later, the police take a clearly mentally disturbed Chris off the property as the camera fades out on Jason's supposedly dead body.

Cast

Production

Some of the deaths were edited in order to avoid an "X" rating, including: Andy's death, which showed his right leg being cut off and his stomach being torn open; Vera's death was cut of bloodshed and her subsequent reaction (this was cut for supposedly looking "too real"); Edna's death was cut for excessive blood flow; Chili's impalement with the red-hot poker was cut of steaming blood hitting the floor; Debbie's original death showed blood spraying across her chest and face. The film was shot with the Arrivision "over and under" 3D camera, the same that was used with Jaws 3-D.

Reception

The film opened in 1,079 theaters in 3D taking in $9,406,522 its opening weekend. Domestically, the film made $36,690,067,[1] a greater figure than the $21,722,776 of the second film.[2]

3-D DVD Release

When originally released on Video and later on DVD the film was released in regular form.

The 3-D Version of the film was released on the Deluxe Edition DVD on February 3, 2009.

The Deluxe DVD and blu-ray disc includes: The 2-D and 3-D version of the film and 2 pairs of blue and red 3-D glasses designed to look like Jason's mask.

Footnotes

External links

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Friday the 13th Part III
Directed by Steve Miner
Produced by Frank Mancuso Jr.
Written by Martin Kitrosser
Ron Kurz (characters)
Victor Miller (characters)
Carol Watson
Petru Popescu (uncredited)
Starring Dana Kimmell
Paul Kratka
Tracie Savage
Jeffrey Rogers
Catherine Parks
Richard Brooker
Music by Harry Manfredini
Michael Zager
Cinematography Gerald Feil
Editing by George Hively
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) August 13, 1982
Running time 95 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2,500,000 (estimated)
Gross revenue $36,690,067 (Domestic)
Preceded by Part 2
Followed by The Final Chapter

Friday the 13th Part III is the third film in the Friday the 13th series. The 1982 movie was the first film in the series to feature Jason Voorhees wearing the hockey mask that has become his prominent trademark. The film was released theatrically in 3-D, and is notable as the first Paramount Pictures film produced in 3-D. Much like its sequel Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, this film was intended to end the series. Unlike its sequel and the later film, Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, this film did not include a moniker in its title to indicate as such.

Contents

Plot

Picking up one day after the events of Friday the 13th Part 2, the horribly deformed serial killer Jason Voorhees has survived his attack at the hands of Paul and Ginny and has migrated to a store where he steals new clothes; he then murders the store owners, Harold with a meat cleaver and Edna with a knitting needle, before moving on to a nearby lake front property named Higgins Haven.

At the same time, a girl named Chris, who was attacked by a mysterious, disfigured stranger in the woods near Crystal Lake two years earlier, returns to the property with her friends Debbie, Andy, Shelly, Vera, Chuck and Chili. On the road, they stop when they see an old man lying in the middle of the road named Abel, an inebriated, religious fanatic who found an eyeball (and other body parts, possibly Paul's) and construed it as an omen from God, indicating that Chris and her friends turn back and not continue their journey; the kids, incredibly disgusted and frightened, drive away and later meet Chris' boyfriend Rick at their destination (Higgins Haven). Chris intends to face her fears; however, none of her friends know that an unmasked and reclusive Jason has taken refuge in the barn to recover from his battle wounds. At the convenience store, Shelly and Vera run into trouble with a bullying group of bikers, one of whom Shelly runs over his motorcycle with Rick's car after he punched through the window. The bikers make their way to Higgins Haven to even the score. However, they are murdered one by one by Jason before they can do any real damage - except for siphoning gas from Chris's van.

When Chris and Rick go out for a drive, Shelly walks into the barn thinking that Chuck and Chili are in the barn. Jason slashes Shelly's throat and takes his hockey mask (off-screen). Now with a mask to cover his hideously deformed face, he then proceeds to murder the rest of the gang. He shoots Vera in the eye with a speargun. While Andy is handstand walking to get some beer for him and Debbie, he looks up as Jason slashes him with a machete, splitting him in half. Debbie has a knife shoved through her chest while she rests on the hammock. Chuck enters the basement when the power seems to die and is thrown on a fusebox and electrocuted. Chili then gets impaled with a red hot fire poker.

Chris and Rick return to find the place empty. Rick goes outside to look around while Chris remains inside. Chris goes to the door to call out to him, but Jason holds him and keeps his hand held over his mouth just a few feet away. After no response, Chris goes back inside. Then, Rick is killed by Jason who squeezes his head until one of his eyeballs pops out. Jason then attacks Chris, chases her around the cabin, and the two exchange attacks until Chris leads Jason into the barn. She hides up in the loft and when Jason comes up to find her, she comes up from behind and hits him in the back of the head with a shovel which knocks him temporarily unconscious, long enough to place a noose around his neck and roll him off outside the barn, hanging him. When Chris goes back down and opens the barn door, to her surprise, Jason has survived the hanging, showing his real face to Chris at which point she recognizes him as the man who attacked her two years earlier. As Jason proceeds to attack Chris, one of the bikers (Ali), who survived his attack earlier, attempts his revenge, but Jason cuts off his hand and Ali gets hacked up with jasons machete. While Jason is busy hacking Ali, Chris picks up an axe and strikes Jason in the head, apparently killing him. Chris then wanders over to the lake and falls asleep in a canoe that drifts into the middle of the lake.

The next morning, Chris wakes up and sees Jason unmasked and alive staring at her through an upstairs window in the house. When he spots her, he runs out to attack her but as Chris tries to escape, she is grabbed and taken into the water by a decomposing Pamela Voorhees. It is revealed that this was all a nightmare and at some point later, the police take a clearly mentally disturbed Chris off the property as the camera shows Jason's supposedly dead body. The final shot is of the lake finally at peace.

Alternate ending

An alternate ending was filmed, but later cut and reshot prior to the final release of the film. In the alternate ending, Chris wakes up the morning after killing Jason, only to find he is still alive when she opens the back door of the lake house. Jason then proceeds to cut off Chris' head, and the scene immediately switches to Chris waking up screaming in the back of the police car, revealing her entire death was a dream and Jason remains dead in the barn.

Cast

Production

from a 1950s Detroit Red Wings hockey mask, and would become a staple for the character for the rest of the series.]]

The script for Part 3 called for Jason to wear a mask to cover his face, having worn a bag over his head in Part 2; what no one knew at the time was that the mask chosen would become a trademark for the character, and one instantly recognizable in popular culture in the years to come. During production, Steve Miner called for a lighting check, but none of the effects crew wanted to apply any make-up for the light check, so they decided to just throw a mask on Brooker. Martin Jay Sadoff, the film's 3D effects supervisor, kept a bag with him full of hockey gear, as he was a hockey fan, and he pulled out a Detroit Red Wings goaltender mask for the test.[1] Miner loved the mask, but during test shots it was too small. Using a substance called VacuForm, Doug White enlarged the mask and created a new mold to work with. After White finished the molds, Terry Ballard placed the new red triangles on the mask to give it a unique appearance. Holes would be punched into the mask, and the markings were altered, making it different from Sadoff's mask.[1] There were two prosthetic face masks created for Richard Brooker to wear underneath the hockey mask. One mask was composed of approximately 11 different appliances, and took about six hours to apply to Brooker's face; this mask was used for scenes where the hockey mask was removed. In the scenes where the hockey mask is over the face, a simple head mask was created. This one piece mask would simply slip on over Brooker's head, exposing his face but not the rest of his head.[1]

Some of the deaths were edited in order to avoid an "X" rating, including: Andy's death, which showed his right leg being cut off and his stomach being torn open; Vera's death was cut of bloodshed and her subsequent reaction (this was cut for supposedly looking "too real"); Edna's death was cut for excessive blood flow; Chili's impalement with the red-hot poker was cut of steaming blood hitting the floor; Debbie's original death showed blood spraying across her chest and face. The film was shot with the Arrivision "over and under" 3D camera, the same that was used with Jaws 3-D.

Reception

The film opened in 1,079 theaters in 3D taking in $9,406,522 its opening weekend. Domestically, the film made $36,690,067,[2] a greater figure than the $21,722,776 of the second film.[3]

3-D DVD release

When originally released on VHS and later on DVD the film was released in regular 2-D form.

The 3-D version of the film was released for the first time officially on the Deluxe Edition DVD on February 3, 2009.

The Deluxe DVD and Blu-ray Disc includes the 2-D and 3-D versions of the film and 2 pairs of blue and red 3-D glasses designed to look like Jason's mask.

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