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Director(s): Steve Miner

Writer(s): Ron Kurz

Cast: Dana Kimmell, Paul Kratka, Tracie Savage, Jeffrey Rogers, Catherine Parks, Larry Zerner, David Katims


Synopsis: A victim of Jason Voorhees returns to Crystal Lake to face her fear and brings along her friends for support.  Unfortunately for them, Jason is waiting and ready to kill again.  Only this time, it is three-dimensional.


My Review: I basically only have two gripes about this film.  The first being that fact that Paramount has never taken the time or consideration to release this film in 3-D.  Though the film works ‘flat,’ the gimmicks of the 3-D effect only hamper what otherwise would be a solid entry in the series.  Having seen the film in both formats, I prefer the film in 3-D, but I will not ‘not’ watch the film simply because of the technology that was used to make it. 

The second gripe…Dana Kimmell.  Though many will disagree and consider her a favorite, the girl simply cannot act.  The Friday films are notorious for not maybe having the best acting in films, but the casting agent must have been off the day that Dana received the call to report for filming.  She is most defiantly the films weakest link.  And the one that most hated the graphic nature of the film (which makes you wonder if she did indeed read the script period.) 

Those two things aside…the film is one of my favorites.  The remaining cast in enjoyable and the writing, though rather stale, isn’t near as bad as what some make it out to be.  This is also the film that gave Jason a ‘face,’ and a trademark that forever would remind the world of Jason and his bloody legacy. 

Overall:  On the up side: Enjoyable film.  The biggest problem with the film isn’t really the films fault; it just simply should not have been the one to follow up the second entry. 

On the downside: unless you are lucky enough to be able to catch this film at a 3-D film festival, you are more than likely not going to be able to enjoy the film for what it is…that being one of the best uses of 3-D that was ever on film.

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96 Minutes



Aug. 13, 1982



3.5/5 Stars







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