Friday, 10 September 2010

Friday The 13th Part 3 (1982)

The edition I just picked up of Friday the 13th Part 3 is a pretty cool package for any fan of ol' Jason's merry escapades from back before he became a joke. The movie itself, presented in 2D rather than the original 3D, is a solid horror flick with an almost believable take on Jason (remember, this is before he became some kind of undead tank). The lack of the original release's 3D is a good thing, as 3D didn't really add much to the film unless it's one of the many shots that were specifically designed for 3D. In 2D though, they look forced and very oddly composed.

Still, the film itself is a great example of the Friday the 13th series, and is about as archetypal as it gets. This is the film in the original series of Jason yarns where he gets the famous hockey mask. Yeah, that's right noobs, he didn't wear the mask until, the third film (in part 2 it was a rudimentary bag over his head with a hole cut out for his good eye).

As far as the story goes, it is possibly the most generic of the bunch- Bunch of teenagers being teenagers at Crystal Lake and getting butchered. That's no bad thing really, and if you're in the mood for some brainless slasher fun, then you can do much worse than picking up Friday the 13th part 3.

Favourite moments? How about the head-crushing scene in which an eyeball hurtles at the screen, or possibly the machete-to-the-balls scene. Ouch. Jason is a big scary hick in this movie, which is probably the last one of the F13 movies that were made before the series got very silly indeed. The extras on this slipcase edition are fantastic, with a feature on the 3D and features on the mask, documentaries, a look a the slasher film genre and the theatrical trailer. They really don't make films like this any more. Want the real thing instead of a pale imitation? Here you go. Altogether now- ch-ch-ch-ah-ah-ah!

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