If there’s one thing that’s true about the Friday the 13th movies, it is that there are a lot of them and each movie tries to take the same idea and put its own spin on it. We’ve had Jason in New York, Jason on a boat, and Jason in space. It’s been one bloody ride. But Friday the 13th Part VI is by far my favourite. It is known to be one of the better movies in the franchise, though this is mostly because it came out right after one of the lesser liked entries in the series.
After a while, the murderous slasher gets reinvented. It’s a common trope now. So, it felt natural when the series made the main man himself adopt a supernatural flair in the form of being undead. This version of Jason is stronger and a whole lot scarier. He’s no longer just the murderous maniac but a supernatural, undead freak of nature with a thirst for blood.
The film had some good moments where Jason would do something while not fully knowing the extent of his newfound strength and would rip off a character’s arm then inspect the carnage. It was a nice but subtle touch that made these scenes standout.
A Different Tone
This film had a different tone compared to other entries in the series. It had more dark humour than a traditional horror movie and it featured some morbid and lewd gags throughout the film. This caused it to really stand out, which is probably one of the reasons why it is so popular among fans.
It also concludes the Tommy Jarvis story arch that spanned over three movies in the series. This film also had some great banter between the characters and everything just so well.
This was the Friday the 13th film that featured music by rocker Alice Cooper. He even made a song for the movie, He’s Back (The Man Behind The Mask), which features the iconic “ki ki ki ma ma ma” (often misheard as ch-ch-ch-ha-ha-ha). The film featured some of his other works as well. It was really popular among teenagers and young adults at the time (…what a time to be alive.)
If you want to do something risky this Friday The 13th , then I’d suggest watching Jason Lives. It encapsulates why these movies are so popular. It’s a lot of fun to watch and it isn’t as intense as some of the other movies in the series.