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The Royal independent movie theater in Toronto, Canada, which closed in 2006, had owned one of the few copies of the movie in its original 3D format. They used to screen the film once every Halloween.
The house, barn, and lake were all purpose-built on location. The man-made lake wasn't properly sealed, and, subsequently, the water drained into the soil during the first week of filming.
This was the first of the Friday the 13th films to use the iconic hockey mask, which has been in every sequel since.
The original plan for the film involved Ginny (Amy Steel) from the previous film being confined to a psychiatric hospital. Suffering from the trauma inflicted on her during the ordeal with Jason, she eventually finds that, intent on revenge, he has tracked her down, and he begins to murder the staff and other patients at the hospital. Steel ultimately declined the offer to return to the series as she was busy with other projects, but has since said that she thinks she should have accepted.
To prevent the film's plot being leaked, the production used the fake title "Crystal Japan," after a David Bowie song. This began an on-again, off-again tradition of giving "Friday the 13th" films David Bowie song titles during filming.
This film actually takes place the day after the events of Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981), making it Saturday, the 14th. While the beginning takes place on the evening of Saturday, the 14th, when the store owner and his wife are killed, the majority of the film takes place on the following day, making it Sunday, the 15th.
Larry Zerner was cast as Shelly when the producers spotted him handing out fliers for a horror movie and asked him if he'd want to star in one himself.
The film was released on a Friday the 13th.
The 3-D version contains a title card not seen in 2-D home video releases (for obvious reasons): after the Paramount Pictures logo fades out, the card reads "Ladies and gentlemen: The first few minutes of this picture are not in 3-D. However, you will need the special 3-D glasses." The film then continues as normal with the recap of the ending of Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981), presented in 2-D. The 3-D begins with the shot of Jason removing the machete from his shoulder.
Former trapeze artist, Richard Brooker, was chosen to play Jason simply because Steve Miner needed a big man for the role. Being tall, at 6'3", but not that bulky, the slim and toned Brooker wore foam padding under his clothes, and did all of his own stunts.
Although it appears sunny and warm, the film was shot during a January/February winter. Several night scenes were trimmed in order to conceal the actors' visible breath appearing on screen.
The film made $36,985,198 with a budget of $4,000,000.
Martin Jay Sadoff, the film's 3-D effects supervisor, is responsible for coming up with Jason's trademark hockey mask. Sadoff always kept a bag with him full of hockey gear on set because he was an avid hockey fan. While testing potential masks to use for Jason, he pulled out a Detroit Red Wings goalie mask for the test. Director Steve Miner loved the look and, after making some modifications to the mask, decided to use it in the film.
In the original script, the character of Rick was called Derek. It was changed to Rick because it was one less syllable, and therefore easier to scream.
This was Paramount's first 3-D film since Ulysses (1954) 28 years earlier.
For Part 3, they moved production from Connecticut to California where they could be closer to the Hollywood experts needed for a film that was attempting to revitalize 3D. They told the East Coast-based Steve Daskawicz if he wanted to play Jason as he did for most of Part 2 he'd have to pay for his own airfare out to California. He objected, so the part was re-cast with Richard Brooker, a former English trapeze artist who could perform all of his own stunts and appear physically intimidating stature.
Why did they decide to do it in 3D?

They needed an advertising gimmick now that audiences had caught on to their storytelling formula, and 2 months after the release of Part 2 a 3D comedy western from Spain called Coming' At Ya! made a stunning-for-the-time $12 million mostly due to the novelty of its use of 3D. Since Friday the 13th was built around stabbing instruments protruding outward at the screen a 3D version seemed natural. So, Friday the 13th Part 3 became the first Paramount film in 3D since 1956 as well as the first ever 3D film to receive a wide theatrical release from a major Hollywood studio. The scarcity of 3D-equipped theaters in the past demanded 3D films only play on a limited number of screens.
The producers decided to not use the burlap sack Jason wore in the previous film due to it's unintentional similarities to David Lynch's The Elephant Man.
Amy Steel, who starred in Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981), was offered the opportunity to reprise her role for the third film, but she declined.
Part 3 was the first production to use the Marks 3-D system, and it was a constant learning process. The earliest scenes they filmed, such as the opening tracking shot and Shelly and the bikers at the convenience store, had to be completely re-shot due to difficulties with the 3D camera. Plus, they had to be careful about which colors to include in costumes, and everything had to be lit far brighter than normal. It took hours to set-up individual shots meaning the actors on the film spent most of their time simply sitting around waiting for the next shot to be set-up, a common on-set experience for actors but just far longer than normal this time.

This focus on 3D spilled over to the actors. Initially, they were asked to learn how to use a paddle ball for a planned 3D sequence. When that was scrapped, they looked for any way the actors could do something that would play well in 3D, like Larry Zerner's juggling or throwing a wallet straight at the camera, or another actor dropping a jo-yo down toward a camera. Indeed, many of the actors now recall that there was far more focus on finding cool 3D things for them to do than actually bothering with silly little things like character motivation, or, you know, acting.
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Jason is first seen wearing the hockey mask exactly an hour into the film.
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In 2005 a hard-core fan lit a fire in the fake fire place in the cabin which resulted in the cabin being burnt to the ground.
This is the first Friday the 13th film where Jason starts off with no mask, the others being Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI (1986) and Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989).
Originally released in 3D.
Two different masks were actually used in the film. Shelley starts out with a leather hockey mask that fit his face, but it was too small to comfortably fit Richard Brooker over the Jason makeup. So, the special effects department designed a second mask that was slightly larger and painted it to match the original. It was made out of clear plastic and painted from behind to protect the paint from chipping and causing visual continuity problems.
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By some estimates, Paramount was forced to spend between $8 and $10 million to actually get Part 3 into theaters. That's because they ended up making, supplying, and installing the individual lenses and silver screens required to project Part 3 in all 1,079 theaters which showed the film opening weekend, August 1982. They also had to train the projectionists at theaters, and establish a 24-hour hotline for all of the theaters encountering problems with the 3D.
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This is the first only film of the original series of films to be shot in 2:40.1 anamorphic widescreen as opposed to parts 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10, which were shot 1:85.1 and mostly due to the use of 3D which required films shot in this process to be shot with special 3D anamorphic lenses. The format would be revisited again in Freddy vs. Jason in 2003 and the condensed remake of Friday the 13th Parts 1-3, "Friday The 13th" in 2009.
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In a deleted scene Chris & Rick on their way back to the cabin come back in contact with Abel. Production stills of the scene exist.
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Despite the number "3" used in the title on all cover art, the opening titles use roman numerals.
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The film takes place in July 1984.
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Paul Kratka, who plays Rick, originally auditioned for the role of Andy, but the filmmakers thought he would make a better Rick.
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The Cabin & Barn & Grounds - Valuzet Movie Ranch also appear in the Slasher movie - Twisted Nightmare (1987).
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Abel, the old man, is much like Crazy Ralph from the previous two films.
Larry Zerner was "discovered" on a street corner
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The character Chris Higgins (Dana Kimmell) coincidentally shares a very similar name with actor Chris Wiggins, who would go on to appear in the television series, Friday the 13th: The Series (1987).
The only way to see this film uncut is to score the early Dutch release on VHS, which is somewhat rare, it includes all the uncut death sequences with added blood and gore, and facial reactions.
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(at around 31 mins) At the scene in the store you can clearly see copies of Ghosts#112 (May 1982) and a couple of issues of the Master of Kung-Fu series, featuring Fu Manchu's son Shang-Chi, published by MVL.
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Part 3 is the only Friday The 13th film in which none of the characters actually say the name Jason. Maybe this is because Part 3 takes place 1 day after Part 2, and Jason's legendary slasher exploits are effectively still developing over a long-weekend at that point.
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Novelisation by Michael Avallone.
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It went under a fake production title, "Crystal Japan," to evade the attention of various film industry labor unions
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Dana Kimmell plays Chris, the lead, in Friday the 13th part 3. That same year she also appeared on "The Facts of Life" as Blair's friend Dina Becker in the "New York New York" episode. The next year she would appear as Michelle, Kimberly's friend on "Diff'rent Strokes" in the "Coming of Age" episode.
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Director Cameo 

Steve Miner: voice of the TV newscaster.

Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Two alternate endings were shot. One has Chris doing the same thing to kill Jason, except Ali barely survives - he dies in the used ending - and both of them escape, with Jason walking away - or the viewer assumes so - because when the police arrive, his body is not there. The other ending has Chris kill Jason, then go out in the canoe and fall asleep. In her dream, Jason decapitates her with a machete.
Several deaths in the film had to be cut to avoid an X rating from the MPAA, which include the following: Andy's death, which showed his leg being cut off and his stomach being ripped open; Vera's death for too much gore and looking too real; Edna's death was cut because of excessive blood flow; Chili's impalement was cut because of a shot showing steaming blood hitting the floor; Debbie's death scene was also trimmed, which originally showed blood running down her chest and splattering on her face.
Several scenes in this film are identical or similar to the scenes in the original Friday the 13th (1980): Debbie sees drops of blood falling from above, she looks up, and a machete goes through her chest. This scene is much like Kevin Bacon's scene in the first film. After Chris thinks she has killed Jason, she goes to sleep in a canoe on the lake much like Alice did in the first film. When Chris awakens in the canoe, Pamela Voorhees comes out of the water and drags her underwater, much like what Jason did to Alice in the first film.
Body count: 12.
Last film in the series to have only a female to survive
at around 1h 4 mins) When Debbie first opens the "Fangoria" magazine while laying in the hammock, the article she flips past is about Tom Savini, who was in charge of makeup and special effects in the first Friday the 13th.
There were multiple scripted endings, such as Chris and Ali both surviving (as opposed to just Chris) but Jason's body being MIA when the cops arrive. In the first ending they actually filmed, though, Chris dreams she's in the canoe, hears Rick calling to her from the house, and she races to greet him at the door. And then Jason emerges from the door instead of Rick and cuts Chris' head clean off with a machete. They decided it was too depressing to kill off the sole survivor, even if just in a dream, and that Jason sans mask just looked too monster-like.
Debbie's (Tracie Savage) death in the film via a machete through the chest from below is a clear homage to the infamous death of Kevin Bacon in the first film. In fact, they re-used Tom Savini's effect from the first film to achieve the shot. So, it's basically a recreation of the Bacon death scene with the victim's gender switched and a hammock exchanged for a bed. However, before Debbie dies she is reading Fangoria magazine, and not that the audience can definitely tell but it's an issue of Fangoria whose cover touts an article about Tom Savini.
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The poster depicts Jason stabbing a victim through a shower curtain. This doesn't happen in the movie. Jason does, however, kill a victim in the shower in the next movie - Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984) - though not by stabbing them.
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Within the confines of Part 3 (so, excluding the flashbacks to Part 2) the name Jason Voorhees is never mentioned. Since, seemingly, the kids know nothing about the legend of "the boy that drowned" and never mention "camp blood", or Pamela Voorhees.
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Stan Winston was brought in to create and sculp Jason's face. Winston's mask was never used in the film but can be seen in the alternate ending when Jason decapitates Chris.
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In rumors during the infamous, "original" ending when Jason is supposed to decapitate Chris, Jason makeup is noticeably different, this is supposedly when Stan Winston was attached to the project and this was the makeup he provided for Jason before Winston was detached from the project.
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To the contrary of the Chris not having a connection to Jason. That is not true. The flashback scene where she talks to Rick about the night she ran away from her house after an argument with her mother in which Chris was slapped by her and then wakes up under an oak tree after a rainstorm in the woods only to find Jason stalking her and trying to kill her. She also says that "she doesn't remember anything that happened during or after the attack" and that her parents "didn't want to talk about it as if nothing ever happened" which suggests that Chris' father found her just as Jason was about to kill her and somehow fought him off with Jason still surviving. This event may have happened just before the events of Friday the 13th Part 2 as you saw in the beginning of the film as the wife of the murdered couple by Jason was watching the news and we saw Ginny Field (Amy Steel's character) being taken to the local hospital. Another clue that states this is that when Chris arrives and talks to Rick, she says "that she hasn't been back to the house in two years" which would mark it right after everything that happened in Friday The 13th. You could also tell by the fact that everything in the house is as exactly in the same place, position with gathered dust and cobwebs all over including the barn and she puts a painting that was crooked back to it's normal position. This also states that Chris' parents knowing what actually happened to Chris that night along with possibly happened Camp Crystal Lake, just packed up everything they could take that wasn't tied down before Jason actually returned to inflict his revenge on Chris and her family for her father rescuing Chris that night. This would actually count as being the first official appearance of Jason in his hideous grotesque form in which he would don the burlap bag with the one eye to hide his actual appearance in Friday The 13th Parts 1 & 2 to conceal his face.
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at around 1h 4 mins) Debbie is reading an issue of Fangoria Magazine when she is killed.
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In the original ending, Chris dreams of being decapitated by Jason, and Ali lives.
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