Theme From Friday The 13th Part 3 by Hot Ice
It may not be Harry Manfredini’s classic score but the Theme From Friday The 13th Part 3 by Hot Ice is as bad news as any horror theme you can throw at me.
Spooky, synthy and down right Halloweeny, it’s one of my favorite horror themes ever. Even those partiers unfamiliar with its origins won’t question this instrumental’s inclusion on your Halloween playlist, so perfectly suited is it.
With a creepy theremin like chorus and a thumping baseline, Hot Ice delivered the goods, even if it was for an installment I’m less excited about.
Yeah, I’m not crazy about Part 3. I like it, don’t get me wrong and it has a lot going for it but if I’m ranking the first 5, it looks like 1, 2, 4, 5, 3. On the 10 film spectrum, it centers up pretty a bit, (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 3, 8, 10, 9) but its still in the bottom 5. Why you ask?
Welp, it’s the kills. They’re a little lazy I think and the 3D (a gimmick I appreciated in the bad old days) actually hinders rather than enhances.
It almost appears as though the filmmakers were hoping the 3rd dimension would make any old bullshit look cool. It doesn’t.
Jason’s first hockey mask adorned kill is a great example of this. It should be intense, up close and gory. Instead he fires a harpoon across a dock, right at the audience’s face and into the eye of his young prey. It’s suppose to be cool, I guess. It’s not. Not even in 3D. It’s just weak. And lazy. Literally lazy. He fires a harpoon 20 yards. It’s whack as fuck. At least he looks like a badass tossin’ the gun down. There’s that I guess.
However, part 3 does have some stuff that makes it worthwhile. The hockey mask’s debut, some great shots of Jason unmasked (including a horrifying final sequence), some fun assholes you really wanna see die, particularly Shelley (one of my least favorite Friday characters of all time) and definitely this theme by Hot Ice.