After two unoriginal wastes of time you would think that people would have the sense to back off, but no. Friday the 13th Part 3 was neither a logical or sensible decision because as with Part 2 it does little to distance itself from the first film. If you didn’t like the previous two films then you are unlikely to enjoy this idiocy.
We open with like the last five minutes of the second film, showing the defeat of Jason at the hands of Ginny, which makes it clear that Jason is still alive. If I wanted to watch the ending of the second film I’D WATCH THE SECOND FILM! So after that is over we move to a slightly different location called Higgins Haven aka Camp Crystal Lake 2. What follows is more of the same weak scripting and brutal death scenes that we saw in the last two films. I guess moving location wasn’t necessary in the end. Speaking of which, the conclusion is really just a hackneyed rehash of the first film’s final moments. What is with the writing of these films, were all the writers too stoned to care at all?
Good news. They brought in something other than heaps of gore. The bad news is that it looks fake and ridiculous. There is this one scene where a guy gets his head crushed and his eye pops out. If reading that doesn’t make you laugh then actually seeing it will make you wonder why you thought that something like that could be taken seriously. The 3D isn’t any good either, because the film does not use the technology effectively which leads to a lot of insufferable moments where in 2D the film looks really, really bad. There is one good use of special effects at the very end, but the moment is spoiled by how out of nowhere it is because it is just rehashing the ending of the first film.
The acting is just as shaky and uninteresting as before. Dana Kimmell is as unbelievable as some of the people who turned up in the previous two films. You can tell that her lame performance is average at best and just outright wooden at worst. Another unconvincing performance comes from Larry Zerner, who despite doing what was probably his “best” fails to get any more sympathy that the rest of the cast do. Gloria Charles is just horrible as the irritating Fox and the same can be said for Nick Savage and Kevin O’Brien who do nothing that resembles good acting. Jeffrey Rogers is on the same level as Kimmell and his character is about as convincing. Is it really surprising that they got yet another man to be Jason? Why can’t they just stick with one actor rather than going from one stuntman to another? The only difference is that Jason gets his iconic hockey mask.
Even if it is slightly better than the second film that doesn’t change the fact that Part 3 still has little to no personality, much like its famous villain. The premise has not changed and the 3D is simply pointless whether or not you have a pair of 3D glasses. The effects are rubbish and the story is almost non-existent. Skip over this mess of a sequel.