The novelty of 3-D didn't come to Elm Street until Freddy's last hurrah. Jigsaw has been putting victims in mere 2-D traps up until the seventh Saw. Friday the 13th, however, went 3-D at the first opportunity. Sure, timing had plenty to do with it - after all, 3-D had its second coming in '82-'83, just as Friday the 13th was coming up as a franchise - but given that the series has gone on to last twelve films so far (including Freddy vs. Jason and the 2009 remake), I think it's funny that as quickly as Friday's second sequel, the producers felt they needed a gimmick to maintain interest. Jaws needed it and so did Amityville but were viewers already so bored with the Friday formula after just one sequel that 3-D was the only way to guarantee another hit for Paramount? I don't think so but why look a gift horse in the mouth? Even though I was too young in '82 to see this in 3-D, instead of being bitter about it, I'm glad that other fans were able to enjoy that experience and share a joint with Chuck and Chili.
To read Ryan Turek's full Summer Shocks review of Friday the 13th Part 3 over at Shock Till You Drop, click here.