Friday the 13th Part III takes a different approach from the previous two movies, but not by coming up with a more inventive story line or by adding depth to the characters.
Instead, the movie throws in to the mix a bunch of useless gimmicks, like being shot in 3D. In practise this means pulling off some needless and distracting camera tricks just for the sake of playing around with the media. Thanks for the inferior format, the 2D transfer has a very blurry image that gets even softer towards the edges, resulting part three looking much more dated than both the previous two films.
Jason in this part seems to loan a lot from Halloween movies’ Michael Myers in his movement and appearance, and it’s probably not the only thing loaned here. The amount of staggeringly stupid jump scares pretty much sum the amount of the laziness and the unoriginality of the movie.
The only upside of the movie is Jason finally switching his pillow cover mask to the hockey mask, a simple piece of prop that soon became synonymous with the series.