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Monday, March 23, 2015

Entertainment Fact and Fiction - 18 Things You Didn't Know About Friday the 13th Pt. 3

Friday The 13th Pt. 3

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 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.

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.

Larry Zerner was cast as Shelly when the producers spotted him handing out fliers for the Road Warrior and asked him if he'd want to star in one himself. (Thank you Larry Zerner for helping out with this one)

The film made $36,985,198 with a budget of $4,000,000.

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.

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 Part 2, presented in 2-D. The 3-D begins with the shot of Jason removing the machete from his shoulder.

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.

Body count: 12

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.

At the scene in the store at the start of the film, 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.

The film takes place in July 1984.

This was Paramount's first 3-D film since Ulysses (1954) 28 years earlier.

Director Cameo Steve Miner:  voice of the TV newscaster.

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; Enda'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 cut, which originally showed blood running down her chest and splattering on her face.

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 scenes in this film are identical or similar to the scenes in the original Friday the 13th: Debbie sees drops of blood falling from above, she looks up, and a knife goes through her throat. 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.

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