In writing this review for Friday the 13th Part 3 in 3-D, I should probably waste as little time as possible on the plot - if it sounds unfamiliar to you, then you've probably never seen a slasher movie before in your life. For those uninitiated with the series, here goes:
Major plus: the 3D is outstanding! Each DVD comes with two pairs of 3D glasses and offers the movie both in regular format and 3D format. I took a chance watching the 3D version of the film, and I could not believe how well it worked. Objects such as a TV antenna, a wooden pole, a yoyo, a canoe and (heh-heh) an eyeball literally burst off of the screen and definitely kept me watching.
Major minus: it's good the 3D worked so well, because the movie itself is atrocious, even worse than Part 2 and nowhere near as effective as the original. Not only is the plot generic and mostly scare-free, but the attempted jump-scare at the end simply falls flat. It's too much of an attempt to recreate the jump-scare from the first one, as well as senseless and ridiculous (even for a Friday the 13th movie).
The main negative, though, is that the acting is beyond bad. The lead heroine's big scene, where she emotes and acts traumatized over an event in her past, nearly had me laughing out loud. Furthermore, the male lead has all the charm and acting chops of a bag of hammers. I should also point out the older camper doing a really, really bad Tommy Chong impression.
However, there is one memorable character among the victims, that being Shelley (Larry Zerner). He is best described as a wet sack of flour with a Brillo pad taped to the top. He also happens to run like an eight-year-old girl. His signature line is "I just want people to like me." Seriously, he is so pathetic that he could go on record as being Jason's one mercy kill.
But Shelley has a permanent place in the hearts of Jason fans everywhere for this reason: it is from him that Jason gets the infamous hockey mask. Shelley is wearing it during one of his failed pranks and eventually "loses" it to Jason after they finally meet.
In short, if you are going to buy this DVD, watch the 3D version only, for the 3D effects are outstanding. Unfortunately, unless you are a Friday the 13th freak, the 3D is the only reason to watch this movie, as the movie itself is pretty lame.
The only extra on this DVD is the trailer. Perhaps having both the regular and 3D version on the same disc used up all the memory.
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