Fans of the Friday the 13th films are consistently tortured when revising the franchise that was riddled with problems through its 30+ years in production. While the middle entries were subject to cuts by the MPAA, the earlier films also made some vast changes, some of which were considered folk lore – that is, until today.
Fridaythe13thfranchise has landed one of the biggest Halloween discoveries in the history of horror, and have confirmed that, without a shadow of a doubt, the 1982 Friday the 13th Part III ended with Final Girl Chris Higgins losing her head to Jason Voorhees’ machete! And while no video footage allegedly survived all of these years, the site did manage to get their hands on the original, never-before-seen finale in a series of photos!
Billy Kirkus has unearthed some of the most important still photography ever witnessed by Friday The 13th fans, for which we can finally piece together a visual representation of that long lost original ending to the third film in the franchise. Of course, it would be other worldly to have gotten our hands on actual motion footage of the ending, but what we have here is still a real treat for fans. Not only has Billy scanned numerous scenes from the first ending to digital files to post online, but we have arranged the images in the best possible order so fans can get a complete visual idea of how Chris meets her demise at the hands of Jason…
For the original ending, Chris awakens in the canoe on Crystal Lake after the events of the previous evening left her as the lone survivor. Chris rows the canoe back to shore and begins walking towards the house with an exhausted demeanor. She suddenly hears a noise from the house, and thinking it’s Rick, begins to run to the porch of the house. Once she arrives at the front door, it suddenly bursts open and Jason emerges, to the surprise of Chris. Jason then grabs Chris by the hair and chops her head off with a machete.
These images show the original look of Jason Voorhees as well, which was a mask designed by effects artist Stan Winston. After the decision was made to excise this original ending, the look of Jason was completely overhauled to what we now see in film today.
Head over to Fridaythe13thfranchise for the entire collection of never-before-seen stills and celebrate this historic occasion!