The Friday The 13th Sequel That Kicked Off A Trend In Horror Movies

1982 was a watershed year in terms of theatrical exhibition.

The hit-cluttered summer release schedule — which included all-timers like “E.T.

the Extra-Terrestrial,” “Poltergeist” and “An Officer and a Gentleman” — firmly established the season as a commercial goldmine.

Tucked in between the blockbusters and bombs was the modest sensation of “Friday the 13th Part 3.” Directed by steady studio hand Steve Miner, the second sequel in the Paramount franchise sought to spice up its slasher formula by shooting in native 3D.The format gamble worked.

“Friday the 13th Part 3” opened to a then massive 9.3 million over the August 13 weekend, outgrossing “E.T.” and compelling studios to consider wringing a few extra drops out of their flagging franchises by embracing the outmoded optical gimmickry.

It worked — for a couple of years, at least.Jason Voorhees Has Entered The TheaterThe “golden era” of 3D kicked off in 1952 with Arch Oboler’s “Bwana Devil,

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