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Friday the 13th: Part III

By Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Repetitive sequel has gruesome violence, sex, drug use.

Movie R 1982 95 minutes
Friday the 13th -- Part III movie poster: A figure lifts up a translucent curtain with the point of a knife.

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For those who enjoyed the original and first sequel of the franchise, there's enough to like here because it's pretty much the same -- some teens head to Crystal Lake and get picked off one by one. There are a few more inventive killings thrown into the mix for Friday the 13th: Part III -- memorably one that involves a teen being macheted between the legs and splayed open like a turkey -- and it's clear where scenes have been set up to allow for its 3D screenings -- a pole reaching out toward the audience, a spear flying out toward a character's eye -- but otherwise there's nothing new here. Characters are similarly generic, sex-crazed teens, none of whom we get to know well enough to care a huge amount when they meet the same pointy reckonings as those who came before.

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