Friday the 13th Part 3 (1982)

2 out of 5 stars

Cast: Dana Kimmell, Richard Brooker, Gloria Charles, Rachel Howard, and David Katims

Director: Steve Minor

Synopsis: Having revived from his wound, Jason Voorhees takes refuge at a cabin near Crystal Lake. As a group of co-eds arrive for their vacation, Jason continues his killing spree.


The third in the series is one of my least favourites. The overall film just lacks the punch the others have. It feels boring and just drags on, the pace is all a mess.

Again, the plot is the same but finally incorporates the iconic hockey mask the character is famous for, but unfortunately gets the mask in the first place by one of the most irritating characters in the whole series!

The counsellors are a great group of characters and the interactions between them are actually really fun to watch. They have good chemistry, which is one of the few good things about this disappointing follow up to the excellent Part 2.

The tone seems a lot lighter in this sequel and the setting is great as always, but it just feels as if 80% of the film is just filler, with forced 3D! Some of these filler scenes are entertaining such as the shop scene, but there s not enough of Jason being Jason.

The opening is also very slow and boring, and the first act as a whole is frustratingly boring. The film suffers from this and just appears mediocre compared to the other entries in the series. The climax is enjoyable enough, and the kills are really creative.

The script is amateur and the direction from Steve Minor is so disappointing after directing the predecessor, but when the film does good, it does good very well!