A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Few positive messages with a serial killer routinely murdering a group of teens. Vengeance is a powerful force. Sometimes people are helpless in the face of danger.
Positive Role Models
Teen characters are generally interested in smoking pot and having sex. Chris is more responsible and shows herself to be smart and resourceful when under pressure. Jason Voorhees is a sadistic serial killer.
Characters adhere to stereotypical gender roles -- an older woman is seen doing laundry and complaining her husband doesn't help, a female character tells a male character to "be a man" and go down in the cellar in the dark, and teen boys generally joke around while girls roll their eyes. A male character calls a female character a "bitch" when she says she's not interested in him. As with many slashers, the "final girl" shows herself to be smart, strong, and resourceful. A teenage girl is pregnant, expecting a baby with her boyfriend, which is accepted without comment within the group. The cast is predominantly White. One character, Vera Sanchez, is Latina and argues with her mother in Spanish. The only Black characters in the film are members of a motorbike gang, who threaten the other characters at a gas station and plan to burn down their barn. Most of the teens are slim and attractive. Their friend Shelly has a bigger body type and refers to his looks as unattractive, saying he's not skinny enough to go skinny dipping. One of the girls refers to him as "butterball" behind his back.
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Violence & Scariness
Constant threat from masked killer. Dead bodies shown, as well as a decomposing decapitated head. Characters are attacked and die in various ways, including being electrocuted, hit with objects, hung by a noose, and having body parts cut off, as well as being stabbed with a pick axe, knife, meat cleaver, pitch fork, knitting needle, hot poker, and spear gun, often with the weapon coming out through the other side and blood from wounds, mouth, nose, and ears. Particularly gruesome murders include a character sliced between the legs with a machete, and their legs splayed outwards and arranged around their shoulders, their innards showing, and another has their skull crushed with bare hands, their eye popping out of the socket. Gore is generally seen briefly, and some may look unrealistic to horror fans used to more advanced modern effects. There are physical fights including hitting, kicking, strangling, and being pulled by the hair. Death of a mother is mentioned. References to previous brutal murders. Someone tries to warn the teens away with an extracted human eyeball.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sex is portrayed on-screen with partial nudity -- a character's breasts are seen from the side, and they are later seen topless from behind in the shower. There is kissing and movement and moaning beneath sheets. Sexual references.
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Language includes "s--t," "a--hole," "bitch," "bastard," "crap," "damn," "goddammit," "jerk," and exclamations of "oh my God" and "Jesus Christ."
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Products & Purchases
Campbell's soup and other brands seen on shelves in a shop and branded products shown on a bathroom shelf. Character reads Fangoria horror magazine.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters smoke bongs and joints, as well as cigarettes. They also drink alcohol, including spirits straight from the bottle on one occasion.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Friday the 13th: Part III is the third film in the famous slasher franchise and follows the same premise as previous installments -- masked killer Jason Voorhees (Richard Brooker) hunts and kills a group of teens. There is constant threat and plenty of violent killings, though the gore is only seen briefly on-screen and may look unrealistic at times to modern horror audiences used to more advanced special effects. That said, some of the killings are shocking in their nature, such as when a character is sliced between the legs with a machete and another who has their skull crushed. Sex is portrayed with partial nudity, and language such as "s--t" and "a--hole" is frequently used. Characters smoke bongs and joints and alcohol is consumed. The cast is majority White, with the only two Black actors playing characters in a threatening motorbike gang. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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