Friday the 13th 3 (1982)

Following on the heels of the first two “Friday the 13th” movies couldn’t have been much of a challenge, given the rather basic, unsophisticated structure both movies previously followed. Luckily, the producers for this inevitable third entry decided to go the gimmicky route and employed the use of 3-D to reinvigorate the young franchise, and it’s a gamble that worked well. While the technical properties of the technology were still elemental here, the camerawork remains interesting throughout as it’s clear director Steve Miner was attempting to incorporate as much of the technology as he could. It makes for a fun experience overall, even as the characters, writing and acting are relegated to afterthoughts. Nobody comes to “Friday the 13th” movies for the promise of great acting, and it’s clear this movie’s production crew understood its fans.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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