The design of
Jason's hockey mask came about quite by accident. The producers
didn't want to use the bag idea from Part 2 again as the stuntmen
had complained how it restricted their vision, so wanted to use some
sort of mask instead. During production, director Steve Miner
spotted one of the extras fooling around with an old leather hockey
mask on set and lliked the look of it, so they made a hard copy out
of plastic, and that became Jason's trademark for the rest of the
The electronic "disco" music
used for the opening credits was by Michael Zagar. The rest of the movie recycled Harry Manfredini's musical cues from the previous films.
of gore was trimmed from the US version in order
to gain an R-rating. These shortened all the
death scenes, which were originally longer,
bloodier and more drawn out.
Brooker, a former circus trapeze artist, got the job as Jason after answering a
casting ad in a trade magazine. Steve Miner chose
him for the sole reason he wanted a large guy to
play Jason. Brooker had only one further acting role,
the part of Ogris in the movie
"Deathstalker", before turning his hand
to TV production and direction. He continued to work in
the TV industry, predominantly producing sports
and daytime shows for the US TV networks and was a regular on
the convention circuit until his sad death in 2013..
TV newscaster was played by director Steve Miner.
US "R" rated version was submitted to
the BBFC, only to suffer another short cut in order to gain a UK
18 certificate. Which removed the scene of a mangled dead body up in the ceiling joists
dripping blood down onto a girl below, who is then knifed from
behind. This scene was missing from both the theatrical version and
video release, though it was re-instated for the
Whilst the previous
films were shot on location, this movie was filmed on an existing
movie set, namely the Veluzat Motion Picture Ranch in California,
which was also the setting of many 50's cowboy films.
was a different ending originally filmed in which
the surviving girl is actually killed during at
the end of the movie. This version omitted the
dream sequence of Mrs Voorhees bursting out of
the lake, and instead shows the surviving girl
getting out of the canoe the following morning and
going back to the cabin, only to find Jason stood
in the doorway who cuts off her head with an axe.
Carl Fullerton was
asked to return to do the special effects, but had to decline as he
was working on another film at the time. As a result, effects shop
MEL inc, got the job.
The lake used in
this was constructed specially for the film. They dug out a section
of ground and pumped water into it from a nearby well. The cabins
used in the film were still standing up until the 90s, unfortunately
they were burned down by arsonists. As of 2010, the old barn
constructed for the film is still standing.
Larry Zerner, who
plays Shelley, was offered the job after one of the producers
spotted him outside a cinema handing out flyers to a horror film and asked him if
he'd like to appear in one..
The film was banned
outright on video in Germany, but passed uncut for a DVD release in
"The Royal" cinema
in Toronto Canada owned one of the few original 3D prints of the
film still in existence and used to show it at a special screening
once a year, however the cinema apparently changed hands some time
in 2006, so it is not known if this is still screened.
The US "Deluxe" DVD
release in 2009 was of the 3D version, however this release didn't
start the 3D effects till AFTER the opening credits. Channel 4 TV in
the UK screened the proper 3D version with the opening credits in 3D