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Breaking Down Chuck And The Outhouse In Friday The 13th Part 3

There has been a running joke among fans for decades about the infamous toilet scenes in Friday The 13th Part 3, and that joke is that characters in the film simply do not wipe! The fact is, filmmakers do not want to spend time showing the act on film as it simply does not add anything to the scenes. With that being said, having characters in immanent danger while going to the bathroom shows them at their most vulnerable and that adds to the tension of a scene. One such scene is that of Chuck in the outhouse in Part 3.

It is widely known by many now that screenwriter Martin Kitrosser and his wife helped develop the script for not only Part 3, but also Friday The 13th: A New Beginning and it is no coincidence that both films contain an outhouse scene. As mentioned before, it makes sense to have this kind of scenario in a Friday The 13th film as not only is a character in a vulnerable state, but now you're adding the person into an enclosed area with no line of sight. This is truly a frightening situation.

During Part 3, Chuck awakes on a couch and decides he must use a restroom, but the interesting thing is that instead of going to the bathroom in the house, he chooses to use the outhouse. My first though is that the house has plumbing, so wouldn't there be a toilet in the house? If so, why would there be an outhouse located in Higgins Haven at all? The outhouse is more probable than not a devise used to create the aforementioned tense scene of anticipated death along with a sense of levity.

Chuck's outhouse encounter brings up another question. Did Chili shake the outhouse walls to scare Chuck, or was it Jason who did so in order to lure Chuck into the barn and kill him?

What do you think about the outhouse sequence in Friday The 13th Part 3? It's funny to read so many discussions about how people in the franchise do not wipe in certain bathroom scenes and interesting to see how screenwriters developed scenes to scare fans in the most unusual ways.
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