Friday the 13th, Part III

Friday the 13th, Part III

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Director: Steve Miner

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Immediately after his mysterious escape at the end of Friday the 13th, Pt. 2, Jason Vorhees (Richard Brooker, the third of many actors to fill the role) kills a hardscrabble store owner and his nagging wife before heading back to Crystal Lake, this time to terrify rich girl Chris (Dana Kimmell) and her band of summer-cottage guests. Chris, it seems, is haunted…  See more details below


Immediately after his mysterious escape at the end of Friday the 13th, Pt. 2, Jason Vorhees (Richard Brooker, the third of many actors to fill the role) kills a hardscrabble store owner and his nagging wife before heading back to Crystal Lake, this time to terrify rich girl Chris (Dana Kimmell) and her band of summer-cottage guests. Chris, it seems, is haunted by an earlier encounter with Jason, and her romantic entanglements with local boy Rick (Paul Kratka) do little to ease her nightmares. Meanwhile, the gruesome antics of Shelly (Larry Zerner), a chubby practical joker who just wants to be loved (and get laid), leads to an escalating case of the boy who cried wolf. When he's not incurring the wrath of leather-clad motorcyclists, he's annoying the other guests with his mock mutilations. Soon, stage blood turns to real as guests and bikers alike fall prey to the killer lurking in the barn out back.

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Barnes & Noble - Greg Kalleres
When it comes to slasher flicks, the Friday the 13th series and its infamous antagonist Jason no doubt rank among the most influential ever, with eight (soon to be nine) sequels and one of the most recognizable villains of all time -- even if you do rarely see his face. The simple story -- which pays homage to the original slasher film, Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho -- follows a group of plucky young counselors as they head for infamous Crystal Lake despite warnings of a murderer by the town crazy. The campers soon fall victim to the legend by way of their own hubris. Among the leads is a then-unknown Kevin Bacon in his first big role. A generic script by Victor Miller and Ron Kurz is helped by director Sean Cunningham's talent for tension, but the true savior is Harry Manfredini's score, the theme of which is used similarly to that of Jaws, creating tension by announcing the killer. Gruesome effects master Tom Savini (Dawn of the Dead) deserves much credit for the creatively graphic gore, which carries the film's junk food excitement to new levels with moments including an axe to one poor soul's face and an arrow through the throat of another. Neophytes be warned: Don't expect to see Jason, as he doesn't show his face until the second installment, nor a hockey mask, as it doesn't show up until the third. Scream fans may already be aware of that, but even they cannot consider themselves true aficionados of scary movies until having seen the original Friday the 13th.

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Performance Credits
Dana Kimmell Chris
Richard Brooker Jason
Catherine Parks Vera
Paul Kratka Rick
Jeffrey Rogers Andy
Larry Zerner Shelly
Tracie Savage Debbie
Rachel Howard Chili
David Katims Chuck
Nick Savage Ali
Gloria Charles Fox
Kevin O'Brien Loco
Steve Daskawisz Actor
Dave Emann Actor
Bill Lytle Actor
Bruce Mahler Actor
Charlie Messenger State Trooper
Terry Ballard State Trooper #2
Anne Gaybis Cashier
Cheri Maugans Edna Hatcher
Steve Miner Newscaster
Steve Susskind Harold
Perla Walter Mrs. Sanchez
David Wiley Abel

Technical Credits
Steve Miner Director
Allan A. Apone Makeup Special Effects
Lisa Barsamian Executive Producer
Pamela Bebermeyer Stunts
Martin Becker Special Effects
Tony Bishop Co-producer
Frank Carrisosa Makeup Special Effects
Terry Collis Production Manager
Richard Davis Asst. Director
Michael Deluna Stunts
Tom Elliott Stunts
Dave Eman Casting
Gerald Feil Cinematographer
Carl Fullerton Makeup Special Effects
Maguerite Happy Stunts
George Hively Editor
Robb Wilson King Art Director
Martin Kitrosser Screenwriter
Bill Lytle Casting
Frank Mancuso Producer
Harry Manfredini Score Composer
Jimmy Medearis Stunts
Cheri Minns Makeup
Eric Van Haren Noman Camera Operator
Frank Perez Makeup Special Effects
Peter Schindler Associate Producer
John Sherrod Stunts
Steve Vandeman Stunts
Carol Watson Screenwriter
Doug White Makeup Special Effects
Michael Zager Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Friday the 13th, Part 3 3-D
1. Chapter 1 [7:37]
2. Chapter 2 [9:05]
3. Chapter 3 [5:45]
4. Chapter 4 [8:30]
5. Chapter 5 [5:00]
6. Chapter 6 [8:22]
7. Chapter 7 [4:01]
8. Chapter 8 [3:55]
9. Chapter 9 [3:39]
10. Chapter 10 [9:30]
11. Chapter 11 [4:22]
12. Chapter 12 [5:35]
13. Chapter 13 [9:24]
14. Chapter 14 [10:18]


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Friday the 13th, Part III 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
horrorhound More than 1 year ago
This is the film that Jason Voorhees becomes the icon, as he dons the hockey mask for the first time. This of course, is not the "new dimension" of horror, but rather that the film is 3-D. Considering the time period, the sight gags can be a little less than the spectacular effects they've come to pull off over the years. You can see wires at points. You are aware of the somewhat less than thought out set-up of scenes, but the film is truly a gem of 80s 3-D slasher nostalgia. There is a good reason this film is in my collection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is personally my second favorite of the Friday the 13th movies. It's got awesomely goofy opening credits and is the most blatantly 80's of the series. It was 3D back when that meant silly things popping out of the screen at you, like the awning of a convenience store. The story is pretty good. It's set right after Part 2 - the opening has the classic 'they're carting the previous final girl off in an ambulance while she laughs madly" opener that a lot of Friday the 13th movies wound up using. Jason is not dead as it turns out. He's headed back to town to terrorize the locals before following another group of campers back out into the woods. This final girl also has a creepy backstory involving Jason that plays out later in the movie. She is back at her folks cabin with her buddies to get over her lifelong fear of the place. She has very bad timing. This is also one of the first Friday the 13th movies where bad guys show up to get killed by Jason before he starts in on the heroes. In this case, a punk rock biker gang who hassles the kids at that convenience store and then follows them back to the cabin. This is by far not the scariest of the Friday the 13th movies, but it sure is fun to watch.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The first in the series... as far as slasher pic goes... not bad... suspense is pretty good, but the film's notorious death sequences/Betsy Palmer's nut-case character and Harry Manfredini's excellent score are the show-stoppers... Take it or leave it... it is a classic...
Guest More than 1 year ago
best movie i have ever seen in my entire life.classic horror movie.worth the time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was when jason found the mask which is cool since that is his trademark. Good if you're a fan but otherwise, you wont like it
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has to be my only favorite out of the other friday the 13th films maybe Jason X. This one is entertaining but can't remember if this was the one where he wore that hockey mask or if he had the machete but I think this one for his weapon he has some ax. Alright movie though.
Higginshaven More than 1 year ago
Being 2 years old when it originally came out i have never seen it in 3d but heared how fun it was I hope the dvd has atleast dect 3d and also nice 5.1 for a change sick of that flat mono that fgoes for all the finlms that r in mono (12345) the ones in ultra stereo (78) atleast new line gave us 5.1 i always wondered why only part 7 got 5.1 cause in my opinon its one of the weakest (personally i think 8 is the worse I like 5 over 8 cause atleast its funny anyways im babbling but I cant wait for these wonderful new dvds of my fav movie series I just hope the new movie does well so we can see more awesome dvd in the future
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
wow the Friday the 13th part 3 in 3d the movie is spooky but thats what i like about it Jason the killer with that mask creeps everybody out even me this is cool movie even around halloween its one of the best horrier films to sit down and watch
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