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Cameron Called Friday the 13th Part 3 “Bad 3D Horror”

Film-goers are aware that the 3D boom in Hollywood is at an all time high. The 3D film truly is in a renaissance and that is translating into a boost in profits for the movie studios. It seems as though every film that is being released into multiplexes is 3D and that has led some of the A-list filmmakers to voice their opinion on the methods being used to bring these 3D films to the audience.

Within the last few years, the remakes of Clash of the Titans and Pirahna 3D were bashed by film critics and genre websites for the post 3D conversion those films undertook to become a more marketable film to audiences. The post 3D conversion technique definitely leaves something to be desired as the audience just does not get the full effect of the three-dimensional process. Productions that spend more money to film an entire movie in 3D most definitely produce a more enriched viewing experience.

Back in August 2010, Vanity Fair interviewed Avatar and Titanic Director James Cameron about the 3D craze and he had some not too kind words for the current situation in Hollywood. He spoke out about the post production 3D process and likened it to what he called “cheapening the medium”. Cameron also went so far to call out Friday The 13th Part 3 and say it was "bad 3D horror".

From Vanity Fair
“Because it just cheapens the medium and reminds you of the bad 3D horror films from the ’70s and ’80s, like Friday The 13th 3D. When movies got to the bottom of the barrel of their creativity and at the last gasp of their financial lifespan, they did a 3-D version to get the last few drops of blood out of the turnip”

Pretty harsh words by Cameron on our series, but we all know that the Friday the 13th series is one big gimmick. The franchise was started as a gimmick and has lasted as long as it has because of the marketing the gimmick has created. With mention in 2009 and 2010 that the Friday the 13th sequel would be in 3D, would Warner Bros film in 3D or go the post conversion route? Whatever happens, fans will be happy to have a new Friday the 13th film, and now we have to laugh at Cameron as he himself has post-converted Titanic for release in theaters this past Spring. The process must not be cheap enough to add more dollars to his pocket book.
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