Taglines: A New dimension in terror…
Jason Voorhees, having barely survived a wound to his shoulder from his own machete, is back to revenge on all that visit “his” woods. A new group of friends come over to party at an area close to the campsite. This time, Jason will be stronger than ever, and getting a hockey mask from one of those friends.
Friday the 13th Part III is a 1982 American 3D slasher film directed by Steve Miner and the third installment in the Friday the 13th film series. 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.
Originally, the film was supposed to focus on Ginny Field, who checked herself into a mental institution after her traumatic battle with Jason Voorhees in the previous film. The film would have been similar to Halloween II, with Jason Voorhees tracking down Ginny in the mental hospital similar to how Michael Myers stalked Laurie Strode in the sequel. This concept was abandoned when Amy Steel declined to reprise her role.
About the Story
Following the events of the previous film, a seriously injured Jason Voorhees goes to a lakefront store to find clothes. While there, he kills the owner named Harold and his wife named Edna. Some time later Chris Higgins and her friends travel to her old house on Crystal Lake, the Higgins Haven, to spend the weekend. The gang includes pregnant woman named Debbie, her boyfriend named Andy, prankster named Shelley, his blind date named Vera (who does not reciprocate his feelings), two stoners named Chuck and Chili, and Chris’ boyfriend named Rick.
Shelley and Vera get into a confrontation with three bikers named Ali, Loco, and Fox at a convenience store. Ali smashes Shelley’s car windshield, and in retaliation he runs over their motorcycles, impressing Vera. Meanwhile, Jason has hidden in a nearby barn to recover from his injuries, and when the bikers show up to burn down the barn to get even, he kills Loco, Fox, and seemingly Ali. As night falls, Jason slashes Shelley’s throat and dons the hockey mask to conceal his face. He then kills Vera, Andy, and Debbie in cold blood. When the power goes out in the house, Chili sends Chuck down to the basement to check on it. Jason throws Chuck into the fuse box like a rag doll and kills him, severing power to the house. Jason then goes to the main floor and kills Chili.
While they are out, Chris tells Rick about how she was attacked by a disfigured man two years earlier, causing her to leave Crystal Lake in order to escape the trauma. Rick’s car dies and they are forced to walk back to the Haven, which they find in disarray. Rick steps outside to search the grounds, but Jason grabs him just beside the cabin and fatally crushes his skull with his bare hands. Chris discovers bloody clothes in the overflowing tub upstairs. She runs outside and sees Loco’s corpse dropping down from a rope on a tree limb. Surprised, Chris runs back inside, and Jason throws Rick’s corpse through the window like a rag doll.
Chris narrowly escapes the house and tries to escape in her van, which breaks down due to its gas being siphoned by the bikers earlier. She makes her way to the barn to hide, but is attacked again by Jason, who she hangs. Jason removes his mask to free himself, revealing his disfigured face, and Chris recognizes him as the man who attacked her two years ago. Before he can kill Chris, Ali returns and attacks Jason. Ali is quickly dispatched, but Chris uses the distraction to find an ax and strike Jason in the head with it. Jason staggers around momentarily before collapsing.
Friday the 13th Part III (1982)
Directed by: Steve Miner
Starring: Dana Kimmell, Tracie Savage, Richard Brooker, Gloria Charles, Anne Gaybis, Rachel Howard, Paul Kratka, Catherine Parks
Screenplay by: Martin Kitrosser, Carol Watson
Cinematography by: Gerald Feil
Film Editing by: George Hively
Set Decoration by: Dee Suddleson
Art Direction by: Robb Wilson King
Music by: Harry Manfredini
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: August 13, 1982