Favorite Title Theatre: Friday The 13th Part 3 In 3-D (1982)
To honor the most superstitious day of the year, here’s the wicked opening to my favorite FRIDAY THE 13TH film of the apparently never-ending series. I saw this on Friday the 13th, 1982 (an amazing genre year) — and it was one of the great theatrical experiences of my life. I was there with my horror pal, Shawn Amato, and he was hilarious as his body would stiffen up like a board in a seat during any big scare. The audience screamed through the whole enjoyable and ridiculous feature. This was also the first film where Jason Voorhees would don the famous hockey mask.
Thankfully, the 3-D version was finally released on DVD — though not the Blu-Ray (I’m getting leery of this format) — so you could get the full effect of a popped eyeball flying from the screen, the single most audacious “kill” in the entire FRIDAY THE 13TH history. I’m still waiting for footage from the original ending of FRIDAY THE 13th PART 2 (1981), which had Mrs. Voorhees’ eyes open and her disembodied head smile. Even this third entry was severely edited by the MPAA due to Ebert & Siskel’s misguided crusade against slasher films of the era. But I was immediately sold on the film by its Dr. Tongue jutting credits and the anachronistic disco-groove theme song by Harry Manfredini.