Friday the 13th Part 3 (1982)
Updated: May 13, 2022
This is my favorite of the franchise. It also has one of my favorite scores of any horror movie; a new disco version of the theme. I find this film to have the most rewatchability out of all the Friday the 13ths. In the first film we meet jason's mother, in the second we meet Jason, now in the third, Jason gets his iconic look. The characters are exactly what you'd expect from a slasher of this era: a disposable group of teens with one final girl hiding in the mix. These films are (fairly) criticized for the acting and generic dialog among other things. To be fair, this film is loaded with cliches and tropes, but it is also one of the films that helped establish those very tropes. This was filmed to be in 3D, and it will be obvious throughout the film. The shots don't look the best but I just see it as different angles to film the scenes. It was directed by Steve Miner who also directed part 2 and they do blend together well. The first three films were released in three consecutive years. They all share the same look and feel. In this film Jason maintains an ominous adult presence and features the first look at Jason's adult face. The kills are fun and creative. All together there is a lot to appreciate about this entry. By this point in the series, the story mostly writes itself. It's predictable but great for a watch with friends. A must watch for any horror fan. It is a 7 out of 10 for me. The first three films all blend together and are all an easy watch for casual horror fans.