So, yesterday may have been Sunday the 13th, but it’s a 13 so it was an appropriate day to honor Jason Voorhees and his long running franchise, Friday the 13th!!!!!!
Now, I’m not gonna go in depth on every film, because honestly, I can’t recall watching them all :) So, let’s start at the beginning with the original camp slasher, 1980’s Friday the 13th.
What I love about the original film is the fact that the serial killer was a woman; which is so fucking rare in the horror genre. And Betsy Palmer is so fucking good as Pamela Voorhees. And I totally had a revelation while I was writing the My Bloody Valentine post that Harry Warden and Pamela Voorhees are like the perfect match; they both became killers because people weren’t doing their jobs. Mind Blown, you’re welcome. The story is pretty much a revenge film, Pamela’s son Jason drowned in the lake because the camp counselors were to busy fucking to watch him. Flash forward to the present where Pamela is stalking and killing the new counselors who are attempting to reopen Camp Crystal Lake.
Friday the 13th part 2, brings us the official introduction of the Horror icon himself, the mask comes later this Jason wore a stack to cover is face. The film opens up months after the events of part one where we find our Final Girl, Alice, trying to get her life back together. Sadly, she does not last the first 5 minutes because Jason Voorhees did not drown at Camp Crystal and to make matters worse he witnessed his mother’s death at Alice’s hand. Now, a new camp is set to open just down the road from Crystal Lake and these counselors do not know what they are in for.
With parts 3 and 4, I honestly do not know if I have seen them; or seen them all the way through. Part 5, the only scene that stuck to my memories was the girl who was killed with hedge clippers.
Now, part 6 I do remember watching, in fact I l think it was the first one I taped off Showtime (yes, horror fans I just dated myself). What I liked about Jason Lives was the fact that cast sounded and acted like teenagers. Can’t recall much else at this time.
Part 7, New Blood is a favorite because one,I have a thing for girls who are telekinetic and two, I believe every guy in this film was gay in real life and it shows. (not that it matters, but I love me some eye candy).
Part 8, Jason takes Manhattan, which should have been titled Jason on a cruise ship to Manhattan since most of the story/kills happen on the ship.
Jason Goes to Hell was the first Friday film I saw in the theatres and it was trippy; 13 year old Harry didn’t quite get it. And honestly the best part of this film for me was when Freddy’s glove burst out of the ground and pulled Jason’s mask to hell. I’ll talk more about Freddy vs. Jason in the Nightmare post.
And lastly, Jason X, the horror movie set in space. I will not lie, I enjoyed the fuck out of this film when i watched it. I had no expectations and this is probably why it was so much fun.
Now you have some options for a Friday the 13th marathon; see a few or see them all, you’ll be happy (or not) either way.
~ Harry Envy Out!