YMMV / Friday the 13th Part III

  • Awesome Music: The disco main theme, no matter how unfitting it may feel for the film.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Chris. She's one of the most divisive characters in the series. Part the fanbase adores her and considers her to be one of the best final girls of all time; the other sees her as an annoying, spoiled, badly acted, pampered bitch who couldn't die soon enough.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Shelly gets some love because of his Funny Moments, his Awesome Moment against the bikers, for having some Hidden Depths for a comic relief character, and providing Jason with his iconic hockey mask.
  • Growing the Beard: Not so much in quality terms, as it's usually considered the most forgettable of the first four films, but it's the point where the series evolved into the form it would take in most future entries, with Jason now being much more muscular and having his hockey mask, and getting an equal level of focus to the protagonists.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Debbie can be seen reading an issue of Fangoria magazine. Then we're shown that she is reading an article on Tom Savini, who would work again on the series in the next film.
  • Narm:
    • The aforementioned main theme. Nothing quite says "scary film" like disco!
    • Chris recounting her encounter with Jason.
    He had a knife! And he attacked me with it!
    • Chili's reaction when she realizes that Shelly really is dead instead of faking it like the last time it happened; she starts to walk around in calm pace as she screams about it.
    • Jason yelling "Ow!" when Chris stabs him, a rare moment of dialogue from him that makes him much less scary.
    • Many of the 3D money shots, especially the kill scenes such as Rick's death by eye pop.
  • Newer Than They Think: This movie was the first appearance of Jason's trademark goalie mask.
  • 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 due to her different hairstyle.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Abel the hobo, whom the protagonists find sleeping in the middle of the road and who produces an eyeball from a murder scene to scare them.
    I have warned thee!
  • The Scrappy: Whereas fans are divided on whether or not Chris is a good Final Girl, Rick is pretty unanimously considered the worst leading man in the entire series (with the possible exception of Sean from Part VIII), due to his whiny personality, Paul Kratka's weak performance, and the fact that he adds virtually nothing to the plot.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Granted, a lot of the elements are about on par with mid-range entries in the franchise but the 3D money shots are so obvious and much of the time pointless that they add a lot of unintentional humor to the proceedings.
  • Special Effects Failure: Rick's head being crushed by Jason is an obvious mannequin.
  • Squick: Does anyone use toiletpaper in these films?