Thursday, April 12, 2018

Friday the 13th- The Worst to Best

12. Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)

Once again Jason is back (Big surprise!), and this time he takes a bit of a holiday as he boards a cruise ship filled with partying teens and makes it into the "death boat." He kills some teens on board, and as the ship docks, we find our masked killer walking the streets of New York. Boy, do the street gangs have something to fear now!

Death Count: 19-21

11. Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993)
With a title that screams bloody bullshit we find Jason being cornered by Feds and gunned down in the coolest manner, and right before the opening credits! His death then reveals that there are many nonhuman things inside and a coroner decides he must eat its black, tarry heart. This, of course, brings the spirit of Jason back like the horror film The Hidden for yet another teen kill fest and the discovery that Jason had a sister.

Death Count: 24-27

10. Jason X (2001)

Ok, in the future the planet is pretty much a wasteland, so a school field trip with a group of students travel to a barren Earth where they find two cryogenically frozen bodies and one of them is named Jason. They, of course, make the huge mistake of bringing the bodies aboard to find that unleashing the hockey-masked killer was a bad choice. The ship somehow rebuilds Jason and makes him into a bionic killing machine as if he needed the enhancement.

Death Count: 25-28

9. Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)

It was no surprise that we would see yet another sequel, and in this one, we find a much older Tommy sent to a home for troubled teens. He suffers from nightmares and with a little help from the friendly staff Tommy tries to recover. We see a fellow patient murder an annoying boy, and his will death will lead to other similar murders. With no Jason Voorhees, we get a "who done it" that is so obvious the killer is practically waving his hand as he appears on the screen.

Death Count: 19

8. Friday the 13th Part III (1982)

Initially shown in 3-D, this third offering has the first appearance of Jason's infamous hockey mask as he cuts loose on yet another batch of teens. Although not as gory as the first films, the hokey 3-D effects make the film much more comfortable to watch for those squeamish types. With some intentional jokes and cool murder scenes, the film delivers well into its silly ending.

Death Count: 12

7. Friday the 13th (2009)

This remake of the 1980 Slasher Classic was an attempt at creating an origin story for Jason while portraying him with some sympathy despite his murderous nature. Instead, it is yet another slash and kill that was the norm for the 1980's. The movie blends elements of the first four movies with the primary plot focusing on a young man looking for his missing sister who was among Jason’s first group of victims. The movie did fairly well but failed to jumpstart a new series of sequels.

Death Count: 15

6. Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)

In what is jokingly referred to as Jason meets Carrie, we find the hockey-masked killer facing a serious challenge in the form of a telekinetic teenage girl. Her powers unknowingly release Jason from his watery tomb, and she then spends the rest of the movie trying to put him back.

Death Count: 16-17

5. Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)

The first attempt to put closure to the series (we know better!) introduces Corey Feldman as Tommy, a shy teen who has a knack for making horror masks. Jason is sent to the morgue, and he comes back to life to catch up on those teens stupid enough to have sex in the woods and trip in the forest.

Death Count: 14

4. Freddy vs. Jason (2003)

This mashup of two of the most famous slasher franchises focuses on Freddy Krueger trying to regain his mojo after people have forgotten about him. Thinking he can scare up new victims by manipulating Jason Voorhees he soon finds that Jason is too good at taking out victims forcing the two into an epic grudge match. This movie was quite successful and is a favorite of slasher fans who long debated who would win in this slasher deathmatch.

Death Count: 20-26

3. Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)

This time the director must have forgotten about the previous movie as we find a seemingly normal Tommy digging up Jason's grave. His attempt to cremate Jason fails as a bolt of lightning awakens the maggot-encrusted killer. With the typical plot that follows we find Tommy trying to convince the authorities that Jason is alive, yet he gets jail time for his effort.

Death Count: 18

2. Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)

The sole survivor from the first film finds herself quickly dispatched by an unknown killer who then returns to Camp Crystal Lake to avenge the death of the first film's killer. As with the first, we have another group of counselor's who are preparing to open the camp. We see a creepy campfire tale about Jason and have him appear as a hooded killer.

Death Count: 9

1.    Friday the 13th (1980)

Sean Cunningham and Tom Savini were little-known players when they used their talents to create a film which would forever change the horror scene and create a market for cheap slasher copycats. The opening of Camp Crystal Lake brings joy and excitement to a group of teen counselors who soon discover that crazed murderer is taking them out one at a time with axes, knives, and assorted garden tools. The film tries to come off as a mystery but it is quite obvious who the killer is, and we don't see them until the last 20 minutes of the film.

Death Count: 10

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