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DVD Review: “Friday the 13th Part 3 (in 3-D)”

(Paramount Pictures. 1 hour, 35 minutes. Rated R. Directed by Steve Miner.) Dana Kimmell (Chris), Paul Kratka (Rick), Nick Savage (Ali), Rachel Howard (Chili). Music by Harry Manfredini and Michael Zager.

In time for the release of the new Friday the 13th remake, Paramount is re-releasing the original films, and my fellow reviewer Regina and I spent an evening with Part 3 (in 3-D!). The film didn’t age very well, but frankly, it’s part of the charm. The plot is dead simple: a group of friends spend a weekend at a cabin near Crystal Lake, only to be hunted and killed by Jason Voorhees, the hockey-masked menace. The effects are very cheesy, the characters are paper-thin stereotypes and the dialogue is silly. Also, Regina and I were wondering why Rick, who looks to be in his mid-thirties, is hanging out with a bunch of teenagers. Hmm. Plenty of gimmicks accompany the 3-D aspect of the movie (watching popcorn pop from above, hands and objects reaching toward the screen, etc.), but the effect started giving me a headache after about 20 minutes. Worse yet, the 3-D effect wasn’t even done correctly in some places, with the red and blue separation occurring diagonally instead of horizontally, making it even harder on the eyes. When it did work, it was interesting, but we were thankful for the inclusion of the 2-D version on the disc. Despite all this, Regina and I found ourselves having fun with this campy flick and rooting wholeheartedly for the villain. My recommendation is to watch it in the dark with friends, Mystery Science Theater-style.

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