Friday the 13th Part 3 Steelbook review (2022)

Directed by: Steve Miner

Starring: Dana Kimmell, Paul Kratka, and Richard Brooker

Synopsis: Set directly after the events of Friday the 13th Part 2, the plot follows a teenage girl (Kimmell) and her friends who go on a trip at a house near Crystal Lake where a wounded Jason Voorhees (Brooker) has taken refuge until reemerging for another killing spree. The film marks the first appearance of Jason’s signature hockey mask, which has since become a trademark of both the character and the franchise, as well as an icon in American cinema and the horror genre in general.

Review:

Friday the 13th part 3 celebrates its 40th anniversary and to celebrate this milestone we have a standalone steelbook edition of the movie. 

Friday the 13th part 3 went all out and this was the first and only entry in the franchise that was 3-D. The movie picks up after the events of the second movie which sees Jason continuing his rampage across Crystal Lake and the neighbouring area. 

Jason is back and more brutal than he was in Part 2, you could almost assume he is venting anger from receiving his first defeat to Ginny Fields.

Friday the 13th part 3 also established the debut of the iconic hockey mask, which became a staple of the iconic Jason character. 

Fans of the horror genre will love this entry, the kills are gruesome and the suspense of Jason stalking his victims and eventually cornering them are suspenseful. Richard Brooker made a great Jason. A notable demise would be an arrow to the eye which will have audiences cheering and wincing as it marks Jason’s debut with the mask but also it’s not for the squeamish. 

Overall, The steelbook looks great and is welcome to any fan’s collection. This entry is one that deserves the steelbook treatment and while some may argue it’s the same copy released in the previous 1-8 boxset it is also a great standalone piece that is well worth owning.