Friday the 13th Part III
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For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Friday the 13th Part III can be found [link=]here[/link].

Unaware that Jason Voorhees has just murdered eight counselors from Packanack Lodge on Crystal Lake, Chris Higgins (Dana Kimmell) and seven of her friends-- Debbie (Tracie Savage), Andy (Jeffrey Rogers), Shelly (Larry Zerner), Vera (Catherine Parks), Chuck (David Katims), Chili (Rachel Howard), and Chris' boyfriend Rick (Paul Kratka) -- arrive at Higgins Haven, Chris' family cabin on Crystal Lake, for a weekend of fun and frolic. When prankster Shelly incurs the wrath of three bikers -- Fox (Gloria Charles), Loco (Kevin O'Brien), and Ali (Nick Savage) -- who follow them to the cabin intending to damage their barn, the 11 of them are one-by-one stalked and killed by Jason (Richard Brooker), who has taken refuge in the barn to recover from having his shoulder stabbed with a machete the night before.

Friday the 13th, Part III is the third movie in the Friday the 13th series, preceded by Friday the 13th (1980) and Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) and followed by Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984), Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985), Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI (1986), Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988), Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989), Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993), Jason X (2001), and Freddy vs. Jason (2003). The screenplay for Part 3 was written by Martin Kitrosser and Carol Watson. A novelization, also titled Friday the 13th Part III (1988), was written by American science fiction writer Simon Hawke.

As she explains it, Chris was attacked. All that is seen in the flashback is that she is attacked by a mask-less man, presumed to be Jason Voorhees, while she is in the woods at night two years before the main events of this film. After a brief struggle, she passes out. It is not discussed what happens next. In earlier drafts of the script, Chris was supposed to have been raped by Jason, as the writers wanted to take audiences out of their comfort zone. The producers ultimately removed any explicit reference to this for fear that it would alienate fans.

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Chris hides in the barn, but Jason pursues her. He comes after her with a machete, but she climbs into the loft. When he mounts the loft, she hits him with a shovel and hangs him with the rope used for lifting bales of hay. Thinking he is dead, she climbs down from the loft and exits the barn only to find him standing there. For a brief moment, he lifts his hockey mask to reveal his face, and Chris realizes that he is the man who attacked her two years ago. Just as he comes at her again with the machete, biker Ali rushes in but Jason cuts off his hand and kills him. Chris picks up an axe and hacks Jason in the forehead with it. Again believing him to be dead, she heads to the lake where she gets into a canoe and drifts out into the lake. The next morning, she awakens to a hallucination of Jason still in the window and is pulled into the water by a decomposing Mrs. Voorhees. In the final scene, an hysterical Chris is led away by the police. This is followed by a shot of Jason lying in the barn with an axe in his forehead and then a peaceful view of Crystal Lake.

It has been confirmed that the new Deluxe Edition will have both the standard 2-D and the original 3-D version of the movie.

The old British BBFC 18 VHS misses out three short gore scenes, approx. 3 seconds. All cuts were waived for the DVD release. A detailed comparison between both versions can be found here.

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