As most of you know by this point in your life, April Fool’s Day actress Amy Steel was the final girl in director Steve Miner’s classic sequel Friday the 13th Part 2.
And today Steel reveals details about how the original plan was to bring her back to battle Jason once again in the original pitch for Miner’s Friday the 13th Part III.
Steel tells Crypticon: “Ginny was kind of a badass, she went to go learn jiujitsu and self-defense, and she was in college, and she was being called weird by all these people because she had PTSD and she was flashing back on this guy named Jason at some lake where people died, and everyone was making fun of me.“
She continues: “So my roommate one day says, ‘Hey, Ginny, can I borrow your car?’ The red Volkswagen. And I said, ‘Sure,’ because Ginny didn’t go out at night, she was so weird. So my roommate took my car out. In the meantime, I’m doing my laundry because it’s Friday, of course, everybody does their laundry Friday night. I go downstairs to the laundry, I open up the dryer, and Paul’s head is in the dryer.
She adds: “And then from there, all of the sudden the police come. They find me in the dorm, and they said, basically, that I’ve been killed. And I go, ‘No, I haven’t been killed.’ Evidently Jason or somebody attacked my roommate, who was driving my car. And then Ted and I… remember Ted? Ted and I start on this wild goose chase because we know Jason’s out there. And so we start hunting him down.”
Check out the full interview below.
This awesome version of Friday the 13th Part III never happened because Steel chose not to return in the third installment … which is really too fucking bad.
The third installment in the series instead picks up on the day after the carnage with homicidal maniac Jason Voorhees (Richard Brooker) stealing some clothes and killing a local store owner. Meanwhile, Chris (Dana Kimmell) and her sometimes boyfriend, Rick (Paul Kratka), are hosting a group of teenage friends at Chris’ lake house. Despite a run-in with a local biker gang, they enjoy an amiable weekend together — that is, until Jason begins knocking off kids and bikers alike.
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The sequel sports a 12% on Rotten Tomatoes with a Critics Consensus that reads: Jason may solidify his iconic wardrobe in this entry, but Friday the 13th Part 3 lacks any other distinguishing features, relying on a tired formula of stab and repeat.