Bil’s rating (out of 5): B. USA, 1982. Paramount Pictures, Georgetown Productions Inc., Jason Productions, Sean S. Cunningham Films. Screenplay by Martin Kitrosser, Carol Watson, based on characters created by Victor Miller, Ron Kurz, Sean S. Cunningham. Cinematography by Gerald Feil. Produced by Frank Mancuso Jr.. Music by Harry Manfredini. Production Design by Robb Wilson King. Costume Design by Sandi Love. Film Editing by George Hively.
The formula is repeated without much creativity except for one shameless marketing ploy: this time it’s in 3D! Put on your eighties-era blue and green goggles and enjoy seeing the odd axe or machete swing straight out of the screen and into your face as yet another group of teenagers go camping and get terrorized by the world’s least itinerant mama’s boy. Three couples staying in a cabin near Camp Crystal Lake are slowly taken out as Jason, wearing the iconic hockey mask for the first time in this impressively long film franchise, shows up and employs a variety of ways to get rid of them. The whole thing is just shameless excuses for the 3D gimmick, including shots of yo-yos and baseball bats held in close-up for ridiculous lengths of time, while the characters have no life to them and the direction is virtually non-existent. Horror movies that aren’t scary should be funny, and as this one scores on neither count it is mostly a waste of time except to the most devoted genre viewer. A brief subplot involving a biker gang straight out of central casting is as close as it gets to some kind of delightful eccentricity.