I probably wouldn't have gotten into horror as hard or as strong, if I hadn't been a teenager in 1980 witnessing the fury of Mrs. Voorhees. I was hooked and of course the rest is history. Please give these films the credit they deserve. They definitely helped get many people into horror.

On a whole the "Friday the 13th" movie series is my favorite among all the slasher film series. I am not saying that I liked them all (just read my reviews of Part V and VIII to see that), but overall they were and continue to entertain me. I also think the casting of Kane Hodder in the role of "Jason" in Parts 7, 8, and 9 really helped to take the series to the next level. Being a skilled actor and stuntman, Kane was able to develop a personality for "Jason" which moved him beyond the mindless killing machine he had been in the previous films. Kane is and always will be "Jason" to me.

No one will ever forget the classic theme of "Friday the 13th", it still gives me shivers today. And one final note, Jason will kick Freddy's ass in "Freddy vs. Jason". Have fun!!!!!!

 

Friday the 13th: Part 2

J
ust when you thought it was safe to go back to camp, you couldn't be more wrong.  Five years have passed since the original bloodbath and all seems quiet on Crystal Lake. Well, at least until someone comes up with the bright idea of opening up a counselor training center across from CAMP BLOOD, but this time around the "curse"  has a new face and everyone is going to pay.

Again, one by one, our  ill-fated "counselors in training" meet their untimely demise by  every known method of mayhem that one madmen can dish out.  Spears, machetes, and pitchfork fly freely and the blood flows heavy as the undead son of the former cook (Mrs. Voorhees) rises from his watery grave to reap revenge on all the sexual deviant, drug using, alcoholic teenagers that cross his path. Thus begins the reign of Jason Voorhees (BM= before the mask) as the "King of all Slasher".

Friday the 13th, Part 2

Cast and crew info
Go to Jason's FBI File
Body Count=10
Back to Camp Crystal Lake
MY RANKING IN THE SERIES: #4

Although, Part 2 wasn't helmed by special fx king Tom Savini, the murder scenes were pretty imaginative and well done by Carl Fullerton and his crew . As all her friends begin to drop by the waste side, Ginny (Amy Steele) is forced to try and get into the psyche of this killer who hides in the shadows waiting to strike. She hopes to understand the forces that direct his rampage, but only a mother would know that. The end comes quickly and with a very unique twist that offers the fans a classic follow-up to "Friday the 13th".

   

Friday the 13th, Part 3 

The story begin immediately after the chilling conclusion of Part 2. A group of  misguided youths neglect the warnings of the prophetic drifter and  head out for a weekend getaway of sex, drugs, and murder. Sorry kids wrong choice of extracurricular activities for this neck of the woods. The ignorance of youth at its' finest.  As they  arrive, we see Chris is battling some personal demons in this place, but otherwise this is your usually romp in the hay for the 3rd installment in the "Friday the 13th" series.

Bikers, bitches, and bimbos all serve as cannon fire for Jason, who finally picks up his trademark hockey mask that has forever etched itself into our psyches. As the mayhem continues, we find out that Chris had a run in two years earlier with this deformed madmen and was lucky enough to escape with her life. Will she enjoy the same fate this time around??? Rent this film to find out.

Friday the 13th, Part 3

Cast and crew info
Go to Jason's  FBI File
Body Count=12
Back to Camp Crystal Lake
MY RANKING IN THE SERIES: #7

Originally released in the theaters as a 3-D movie during the short run resurgence of these films in the early eighties (remember Jaws 3-D). Unfortunately for the video viewer, the 3-D technique wasn't employed, but you can see how they exploited shots that must have proved wick in 3-D. From a spear gun through the eye to a flaming hot poker through the chest to an eyeball popping out of a victim's head, the variation of 3-D killing must have been magnificent, but are still as effective even in this 2-D format. Maybe someday with advancements in technology, the 3-D world of movie watching experience will be the standard and we will all be able to truly become part of the film.   
                                                            

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter

This film like the previous installment picks up right where Part 3 left off.  Jason presumed  dead is taken to the county morgue for examination. Is he finally dead?   I don't think so and we see Jason quickly dispose of a few hospital personnel as he leaves a trail of bloodshed on his way back CAMP BLOOD. 

Up at Crystal Lake, we find the Jarvis family enjoying the luxury of country living, when a group of six teenagers move in next door for the summer.  The table had been set for Jason to rid the world of these transgressors by any means necessary, but this time around, he had a new and more power nemesis, Tommy Jarvis (Corey Feldman). Young Tommy, a horror aficionado and young sfx phenom, uses newspaper clippings he had gotten from a man you had been tracking killer to make himself look like a young Jason Voorhees. This way he is able to tap into Jason "inner child" much the same way Ginny (Amy Steele) did in Part 2 and  when his defenses were down, Tommy tries to bring an end Jason. Could it really be the "Final Chapter" in the Friday the 13th series??? Or just a new beginning as Tommy taking over as the reigns as the "King of all Slasher"???

Friday the 13th
The Final Chapter

Cast and crew info
Go to Jason's FBI File
Body Count=13
Back to Camp Crystal Lake
MY RANKING IN THE SERIES: #6

Whoever thought this was the "Final Chapter" was a fool.  It was just a marketing ploy to get people back into the theater hoping to see the death of Jason. Tom Savini rejoins the crew to add in his own personal brand of bloodletting. He was a major plus for me in the success of this film and truly the only man that could ever be brought in to kill off Jason. The short lived experiment of trying to take the Friday the 13th series in another direction ended with the atrocious Friday the 13th: A New Beginning.  The "public" wanted and demanded Jason's return and that would finally come after a one movie hiatus.
 

Friday the 13th, Part V : A New Beginning

The movie begins with a flashback sequence where we see young Tommy Jarvis (Corey Feldman) walking towards the grave of Jason Voorhees. As the rain falls and lightening flashes in the background, Tommy see that Jason lives. At this point, I think yes....Jason lives!!! Than a now  grown Tommy Jarvis (John Shepherd) wakes up from a bad dream and for all Friday fans, it is only the beginning of our bad nightmare.

Tommy is all grown up, but still haunted by the memories of Jason. He is sent away to a sanctuary to receive counseling. When patience begin to die in Jason-like style, everyone thinks it's the handy work of Tommy. In reality an ambulance driver has taken on the M.O. of Jason in order to get revenge for the death of his son.

Friday the 13th, Part V
A New Beginning

Cast and crew info
Back to Camp Crystal Lake
 MY RANKING IN THE SERIES: #9

In some ways, this could have been a very cool idea, especially if Jason were to have comeback from the grave at the end of the film to take out the imposter, but overall this is the lamest of the Friday the 13th movies. I guess the people in charge actually though that this could work. It is unfortunate the fans too, because this Friday has the highest body count at 22 death. The fans wanted and demanded Jason's return and the follow up Friday the 13th: Jason Lives  helped to revitalize the series and proved to be one of the best Friday the 13th films. 

 

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