Film: Friday the 13th Part III

"A new dimension in terror...."

The third Friday the 13th film, a.k.a. "the one where Jason gets his hockey mask".

Being Not Quite Dead from the last movie's climax, Jason Voorhees wanders off from Camp Crystal Lake and ends up in Higgins Haven, a farm nearby. Good (bad?) timing too, as the place is soon filled with murder candidates trying to have a good time.

This film has the examples of:

  • 3-D Movie
  • All Bikers Are Hells Angels: The three bikers.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Jason cuts Ali's hand off before killing him.
  • Axe Before Entering
  • An Axe to Grind: Jason is armed with an axe when he starts attacking Chris.
  • Big "NO!": Chili screams out one when she finds the corpses of Andy and Debbie.
    • Chris does it too when Jason, even with an axe sticking in his head, just keeps coming after her.
      • Including when the van runs out of gas.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Averted. The black biker in the film is the last one to die by Jason.
  • Blood Is Squicker in Water: Chris finds bloody clothes in a bathtub.
  • Call Back: Chris's ending nightmare calls back to the one in the first film.
    • During the news report being watched by Edna, mention is made of the "axe-wielding maniac" responsible. This can actually be seen as a subtle callback to the Covers Always Lie of the previous film; the theatrical posters depict Jason's silhoutte wielding an axe, but he never uses one in the film, instead using a spear, knife, machete, pickaxe and pitchfork.
  • Camping a Crapper: Jason kills Harold when he comes from the toilet.
  • The Cavalry Arrives Late: Yet again, the cops don't show up until everyone but the Final Girl is dead.
  • Chain Pain: Ali of the bikers is armed with a chain.
  • Combat Pragmatist: When Chris realizes there's no escaping from a closet she's trapped in, she grabs the knife Jason left in a previous victim and fights back. Jason shouldn't have left it lying around...
  • Crying Wolf: Shelly's played so many pranks on everyone that by the time he's barely clinging to life and looking for help after his throat is cut, Chili doesn't believe him.
  • Death by Mocking: Happens to Shelly. When he stumbles on Chili, she thinks he is pulling one of his pranks again.
  • Destination Defenestration: Rick's body is thrown through a window.
  • Developing Doomed Characters: As is normal for this series.
  • Eat the Evidence: When the protagonists spot two police cars with blazing sirens and all behind them, they promptly start eating their drug stash. After pulling over, the police just keep driving onward much to their dismay.
  • Expy: Abel is one of the late Crazy Ralph.
  • Eye Scream:
  • Final Girl: Chris.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Chris and Shelly.
  • Groin Attack: Andy's walking down the hall on his hands and Jason cleaves him in half from the crotch downward.
  • Guys Are Slobs: Harold has a very liberal take on hygiene, evident on how he eats bits and pieces of his own store goods.
  • Hair Today Gone Tomorrow: Jason is now completely bald, despite having hair and a beard in the last film.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Andy's corpse is found cut in half.
  • Harpoon Gun: Jason shoots Vera in her eye with a harpoon gun.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The knife Jason used to kill a previous victim gets utilized against him because he left it laying around.
  • I Ate WHAT?: While feeding the fish, Harold decides to try some of their food himself. Then he takes a closer look on the container:
    Harold: Dayfly eggs? (spits)
  • Implacable Man: Along with his trademark mask, this film is where Jason began to exhibit this quality: he not only shrugs off a violent snap-hanging that should have broken his neck, but immediately afterwards takes an axe to his head and continues moving forward to try and kill Chris for a good ten seconds before he 'dies'.
  • Kick the Dog: Jason's murder of Debbie, who is mentioned repeatedly to be pregnant.
    • Really, Jason looks his most villainous in this movie; none of the people he killed were anywhere near his home at Camp Crystal Lake, and in fact he deliberately wandered into their territory to just randomly kill everyone he meets.
  • Knee-capping: Chris stabs Jason's knee when she is finally forced to confront him.
  • Lovable Jock: Andy
  • Mad Oracle: Abel the hobo.
  • Magical Security Cam: The news report on last film's events show the scene of Ginny being taken to ambulance.
  • The Man They Couldn't Hang: Chris tries to kill Jason by hanging him, but he has none of that.
  • Motorcycle Dominoes: Shelly accidentally trips over the biker trio's motorcycles when he and Vera leave the store.
  • Nice Guy: Rick.
  • Nightmare Sequence: Chris has one before the film ends.
  • Novelization: The film got two: first by Michael Avallone, and the second one by Simon Hawke (who also wrote the novelizations of the first two films). Avallone's novel includes the original ending for the film, which had Chris having a nightmare of Jason chopping her head off.
  • Obvious Stunt Double: When Jason grabs Chris as she is falling from a window, it becomes obvious from the camera shots outside the house that a stunt actress is being used.
  • Peek-A-Boo Corpse: Loco's corpse falls from a tree and scares Chris.
  • Previously On: The film starts with the climax of Part 2.
  • Rain of Blood: Debbie discovers Andy's body when his blood drips on her.
  • The Prankster: Shelly.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Chris tries to drive out of the situation once she realizes how bad it is. Unfortunately the bridge can't take the weight of the van and renders it useless.
  • Shirtless Scene: Rick gets one when he hauls hay into the barn.
  • Shovel Strike: Chris whacks Jason on the head with shovel, knocking him unconscious.
  • Slasher Smile: Jason does a sinister one upon taking his mask off.
  • Slashed Throat: Shelly's throat gets slashed.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Jason does this to Edna twice before killing Harold and her.
  • The Stoner: The hippie couple Chuck and Chili.
  • Third Is 3D: Alongside with fellow horror movie part threes Jaws 3D and Amityville 3-D.
  • Throw Away Weapons Jason doesn't tend to reuse something after he kills somebody with it.
  • Throw the Book at Them: Chris throws a bookshelf worth of books at Jason.
  • Use Your Head: When Chris traps Jason's hands with her van's sidewindow, he headbutts the glass to free himself.
  • You! Exclamation: Chris's reaction when she sees Jason unmasked and recognizes him as the one who attacked her two years ago.