Thursday, October 13, 2011

31 Days Of 80's Movie Slashers: 10/13 - Friday The 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)

Day Thirteen:

Friday The 13th Part VI: Jason Lives
A Paramount Picture
Original Theatrical Release Date: August 1st 1986
DVD: Yes

Plot: After sitting out Part V, little old Jason returns to wreak more havoc on and around Crystal Lake. Horshack heart removal ensues!

You can't keep Jason down. And why the hell would you? Part VI finds Jason being reanimated in the best Frankenstein like fashion via lightning rod to his torso. Now that's he's fresh out of the grave, Sir Voorhees continues to set his target at those currently occupying Crystal Lake, and face off once again with the once makeup effects wiz kid Tommy.

This time Tommy is played by Thom Matthews (who knows a thing or two about dead dudes having been through Return Of The Living Dead the previous year). Thankfully he's a big step above Part V's mentally challenged yet strangely effeminate version of the character. Tommy here inadvertently brings Jason back to life, and has to spend the rest of the Movie finding a way stop his creation.

Jason Lives features a good deal of gallows humor and Gothic atmosphere, elevating the sequel above some others in the franchise. Director Tom McLoughlin (One Dark Night) gives the film some classics touches while satisfying a modern audience's need for shocks and gore. I know quite a few people complain about the comedy aspects of Part VI, but I actually think it gives the film a welcome levity. When you're a part 6, and especially when you're in a franchise where it's killer is not going anywhere soon, you need to find a way to keep your story fresh and entertaining.

 Actual kids go to this camp.

The zombie Jason of Part VI may not be the absolute scary creep of early installments, but he's still an imposing icon who's visage will always instill at least some fear or awe. Jason Lives is a fun romp and a reminder that the spirit of 80s Horror was something pretty special. That hot summer day in August when I first saw this film is still a great memory. Jason provided me much fright and thrills, I return to him my unabashed love.


Alice Cooper's He's Back (The Man Behind The Mask) Music Video:

Jason was here.


Eric said...

Yeah, unfortunately I'm one of the people that wasn't really into this one, though, I can understand why fans love it so much. I just prefer the unintentional comedic aspects of some of the earlier films, and not to sound like a weirdy, but I think a Friday film without nudity doesn't really seem like a Friday film. I did like some of the characters, and Mathews is great, but the weekend paintball warriors grated on my nerves. Did appreciate the soundtrack, though.

It's strange, but I actually enjoy part 5. It's the most simplistic "whodunnit" film probably ever, but it has a lot of charm, and I dug the Tommy Jarvis that beat the shit outta people that deserved it.

Direct to Video Connoisseur said...

This was my first Friday the 13th film, so it'll always have a special place in my heart. Gotta love Thom Mathews too. Great stuff.

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