Friday the 13th Part III

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Friday the 13th Part III
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Steve Miner
Produced by Frank Mancuso, Jr.
Written by Martin Kitrosser
Carol Watson
Petru Popescu (uncredited)
Based on Characters 
by Victor Miller
Ron Kurz
Starring Dana Kimmell
Paul Kratka
Tracie Savage
Jeffrey Rogers
Catherine Parks
Richard Brooker
Amy Steel
John Furey
Music by Harry Manfredini
Michael Zager
Cinematography Gerald Feil
Edited by George Hively
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • August 13, 1982 (1982-08-13)
Running time 95 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2,500,000 (estimated)
Box office $36,690,067 (domestic)

Friday the 13th Part III (also known as Friday the 13th Part 3) is a 1982 slasher film and the third entry in the Friday the 13th franchise, directed by Steve Miner. Originally released in 3-D, it is the first film to feature antagonist Jason Voorhees wearing his signature hockey mask, which has become a trademark of both the character and franchise, as well an icon in American cinema and horror films in general. As a direct sequel to Friday the 13th (1980) and Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981), the film follows a group of co-eds on vacation at a house on Crystal Lake, where Jason Voorhees has taken refuge.

When first released, the film was intended to end the series as a trilogy. However unlike its sequel Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984) and the later film, Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993), Friday the 13th Part III did not include a moniker in its title to indicate it as such.

Despite poor reviews from critics, Friday the 13th Part III was released to commercial financial success, bringing in over $36.6 million at the domestic box office on a budget of $2.5 million. The film was the first to remove E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial (1982) from the number-one box office spot and became the second highest-grossing horror film of 1982, behind Poltergeist. The film has also obtained a cult following within recent years,[citation needed] with many fans celebrating the introduction of the hockey mask, the over-the-top characters, use of 3-D, and disco soundtrack. Jason's look in this film, which varies greatly from its predecessor, became the look to which the character was modeled after in later incarnations.

Plot[edit]

Picking up one day after the events in the previous film, Jason, severely injured after his encounter with Ginny Field goes to a lakefront store to find clothes and a replacement mask. While there he kills owners Harold with a meat cleaver to the chest, and Edna with a knitting needle through the back of her head before moving on to Higgin's Haven, a local farmhouse. At the same time, Chris Higgins returns to the property for the first time in two years, following a traumatic event. With her is her best friend Debbie, who is also pregnant. Her boyfriend Andy. Stoners Chuck and Chili, prankster Shelley and his love interest Vera, who does not reciprocate his feelings. When they get there, they meet Chris' boyfriend Rick, who agrees to give his and her relationship a slow revival.

Shelley and Vera inadvertently come afoul with a biker gang; Ali, Loco and Fox at the local store. After being wronged, Shelley stands up for himself by running over their motorcycles, impressing Vera, but not changing her opinion of him as a romantic interest. Rick loses his temper after seeing the window of his Volkswagen Beetle smashed in and leaves with Chris. Meanwhile, Jason has hidden in the barn to recover, and when the bikers show up to siphon their gas and get even, he kills Loco and Fox with pitchforks, he bludgeons Ali into unconsciousness. As night falls, Jason dons a hockey mask he stole from Shelley after a prank he pulled on Vera and shoots her eye out with a harpoon gun. He moves into the house where he kills Andy by bisecting him as he walks on his hands, then Debbie by stabbing her through the hammock she is laying on. He turns off the power in the house, prompting Chili to send Chuck down to check on the power. Jason throws Chuck into the electric box and kills him, severing power to the house. Shelley appears to Chili with a slashed neck, but she ignores him, thinking he's pulling a prank and he dies. She discovers Shelley is dead, then discovers her friends' bodies upstairs. As she tries to escape, Jason kills her by impaling her with a red hot fireplace poker.

Chris tells Rick about a time she was attacked by a horrible, disfigured man two years earlier, which was the reason she moved away. Rick's car dies and they have to walk back to the Haven, which they find in disarray. Rick steps out to search the grounds, but his head is crushed, and his body is thrown through the window, terrorizing Chris who runs as Jason tries to attack her. She discovers Debbie's body, and narrowly escapes the house and tries to escape in her van, which breaks down after having been siphoned by Ali and the others. She makes her way to the barn where she tries to hide and is attacked again by Jason, she lures Jason up to the loft and sends him through the window, hanging him, but he keeps coming, much to Chris' horror. Ali recovers and attacks him, but he is brutally butchered as Chris finds a large axe and strikes Jason in the head with it, who staggers a few feet and collapses. Exhausted, Chris pushes a canoe out into the lake and falls asleep, wakening in fright the next morning. She sees Jason in the barn and tries to escape as he comes after her, but it all turns out to be a hallucination. As she calms down, the decomposing body of Pamela Voorhees emerges from the lake and grabs her, dragging her into the water, which turns out to be another hallucination

Later, police are escorting a clearly disturbed and hysterical Chris from Higgins Haven, stating that she was deeply shaken by the deaths of her friends. As she is driven away, Jason is shown lying dead in the barn and the lake seems to be once again at peace.

Cast[edit]

(Steve Daskawisz (also known as Steve Dash) appears as Jason during flashback from Part 2) (Betsy Palmer appears as Mrs. Voorhees during flashback from Part 2)

Production[edit]

Jason's original hockey mask was molded from a 1950s hockey mask, and would become a staple for the character for the rest of the series.

The script for Part III 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.[1] [2] 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 3-D 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.[3] Miner loved the mask, but during test shots it was too small. Using a technique 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.[3] 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.[3]

This was the first Paramount Pictures film produced in 3-D since 1954. The film was shot with the Arrivision "over and under" 3-D camera, the same that was used with Jaws 3-D.[4] It was also the first film in the series to be presented in Dolby Stereo upon its theatrical release.

Some of the deaths in the film 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;[citation needed] Vera's death was cut of bloodshed and her subsequent reaction (this was cut for supposedly looking "too good");[5] Edna's death was cut for excessive blood flow;[citation needed] Chili's impalement with the red-hot poker was cut of steaming blood hitting the floor;[citation needed] Debbie's original death showed blood spraying across her chest and face.[citation needed]

Music[edit]

The film's music was composed by Harry Manfredini, who previously composed the scores of the series' first two installments.[6] Upon the release of the third film in 1982, Gramavision Records released a LP album of selected pieces of Manfredini's scores from the first three Friday the 13th films.[3] On January 13, 2012, La-La Land Records released a limited edition 6-CD boxset containing Manfredini's scores from the first six films. It sold out in less than 24 hours.[7]

Reaction[edit]

Box office[edit]

The film opened in 1,079 theaters in 3-D taking in $9,406,522 its opening weekend. Domestically, the film made $36,690,067,[8] a greater figure than the $21,722,776 of the second film.[9] Up to 2009, it still stands the fourth highest grossing film in the Friday the 13th series. The movie also stands as the tenth highest-grossing R-rated film of 1982, the second-highest grossing horror film of 1982, the sixth largest box office opening of 1982, and adjusted for inflation it is the ninth highest-grossing slasher film of all time. [10]

Critical response[edit]

Friday the 13th Part III received generally negative reviews from critics upon its theatrical release. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 14% of 22 film critics have given the film a positive review, with a rating average of 3.5 out of 10.[11]

Janet Maslin of The New York Times gave the a mediocre review stating that it "would be a little better than Part I or Part II even without 3-D." In continuing to compare the film to its predecessors, Maslin commented that "it's a little more adept at teasing the audience."[12] The entertainment-trade magazine Variety provided a general consensus stating, "Friday the 13th was dreadful and took in more than $17 million. Friday the 13th Part 2 was just as bad and took in more than $10 million. Friday the 13th Part III is terrible, too." The magazine added, "There are some dandy 3-D sequences, however, of a yo-yo going up and down and popcorn popping."[13]

For his appearance in the film, Jason Voorhees was nominated for AFI's 100 Years...100 Heroes and Villains as one of the Top 50 Villains.[14]

Home media[edit]

Friday the 13th Part III was first made available on home video on VHS, Betamax, Capacitance Electronic Disc, and LaserDisc and later on DVD, with the film presented only in 2D form. There was also a VHD release for Japan (Part IV and Part V would follow). The 3-D version of the film was eventually released as a part of the film's DVD "Deluxe Edition" on February 3, 2009. The "Deluxe Edition" and eventual Blu-ray release include both the 2D and 3-D versions of the film, as well as two pairs of blue and red 3-D glasses designed to look like Jason's mask.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Friday the 13th Part 3 Script". Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "11 Looks of Terror!!! Jason's Mask Throughout The Years!!!". Bloody Disgusting. 26 July 2013. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d Bracke, Peter (October 1, 2006). Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday The 13th (First ed.). Los Angeles, California: Titan Books. pp. 84–94. ISBN 978-1845763435. 
  4. ^ Hayes, R. M. (October 1998). 3-D Movies: A History and Filmography of Stereoscopic Cinema (Second ed.). Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company. pp. 96–97. ISBN 978-0786405787. 
  5. ^ Thomas McGee, Mark (March 2001). Beyond Ballyhoo: Motion Picture Promotion and Gimmicks (Second ed.). Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company. p. 97. ISBN 978-0786411146. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Harry Manfredini Filmography". Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "La-La Land Records: Friday the 13th". La-La Land Records. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  8. ^ "Friday the 13th Part III (1982)". IMDB. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)". IMDB. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  10. ^ "Friday the 13th Movies at the Box Office". IMDB. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  11. ^ "Friday the 13th Part 3 (1982)". Flixster. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  12. ^ Maslin, Janet (13 August 1982). "Movie Review – Friday the 13th Part 3". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 December 2012. 
  13. ^ "Variety Review – Friday the 13th Part III". Variety. 1982. Retrieved 9 December 2012. 
  14. ^ "400 nominated screen characters AFI's Top 50 heroes and top 50 villains". American Film Institute. 2005. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  15. ^ Liebman, Martin (12 June 2009). "Friday the 13th Part 3 Blu-ray Review". Blu-ray.com. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 

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