Thursday, July 19, 2012

Ranking Friday The 13th

Okay, so Friday The 13th was almost a week ago. I'm a little late. But who cares? Every day is Friday The 13th in my house.

Here are the Friday The 13th Films in the order I like 'em these days.

Friday The 13th (1980) - And so the saga begins. I love part 1 for it's visceral impact, authentic atmosphere and suspense. It set the tone and still works beautifully after all these years. That is except for final girl Alice's coffee making skills. She takes about FOREVER to make a cup!

Friday The 13th Part II (1981) - Part 2 improves on any of the faults from part 1. It's also very well paced and directed and has the best Final Girl in the series (Amy Steel's Ginny). I couldn't quite rank it up at number one because it's violence is a bit muted with scissor happy editors trying to please the MPAA.  Even so, it's a whole lot of fun.

Friday The 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter (1984) - Part 4 is probably the best directed Film of the series, and definitely one of the most quotable. It's pure fun.

Friday The 13th Part III (1982) - Part III has great atmosphere and a playfulness I love. Poor Shelly. I still remember watching it in 3D at the theater. It remains my favorite 3D Movie experience to date.

Friday The 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986) - I remember having a total blast at the Cinema when I saw Jason Lives, and I still have fun watching it to this day. Some say the humor gets in the way, I personally don't mind it at all. Jason was the man of my dreams (nightmares) in 1986.

Friday The 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989) - I know, it's not the best Movie ever made and doesn't fully deliver on it's title. Still, I can't deny that Jason Takes Manhattan is silly enough to me to actually work. It's the 7th sequel, and someone had to take him out of camp sooner or later. I especially enjoy the portrayal of my hometown in the final reels. New York as a cesspool of toxic waste and rapist junkies... Hilarity!

Friday The 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988) - Carrie vs. Jason. While the premise is great, the Movie doesn't fully deliver. Especially since all the violence is so toned down thanks once again to the MPAA. I still think it's good, goofy fun. Plus it has one of the more memorable bitchy girls in slasher Movies.

Jason X (Friday The 13th Part X) (2001) - I know, I know. Jason X has it's detractors. It doesn't really work as a straight up Horror Movie, and it has some pretty lame humor thanks to Todd Famer's script. But as a redesigned Action/bodycount Movie, I think it's fun.

Friday The 13th Part V: A New Beginning (1985) - Some of the characters in A New Beginning are so annoying they make me wince. Plus the Movie could have greatly benefited from tighter writing and directing since it's so all over the place. Still, there are a couple of gems to be found in Part V. Mostly involving Violet and Reggie The Reckless.

Jason Goes To Hell (Friday The 13th Part IX) (1993) - Jason Goes To Hell ranks at the bottom as it doesn't feel like a Friday The 13th Film much at all. Worst of all, it managed to make uber babe Erin Gray (Silver Spoons, Buck Rogers) seem a bit homely. Say what?! There are a couple of inventive kills to be found in this mess of a Movie.

I'm not counting the awful Freddy Vs. Jason which would probably rank last, anyway. And I kind of liked the first half of the 2009 Remake, but it falls apart in the second half. Oh well. Jason lives on for another day in our hearts.

Pictured: Mrs. Voorhees' son, Jason. My son, the newest addition to Camp Crystal Lake.


Michele (TheGirlWhoLovesHorror) said...

Ugh, Jason Goes to Hell doesn't even exist to me. Hate, hate, hate that movie! I used to think that the first Friday the 13th did hold up well over the years until a few years ago when I watched it with a bunch of my fellow college students who had never seen it before - and they laughed pretty much through the whole thing. Never scared, never felt the suspense. Just made fun of it. I was pissed.

Anyway, here's a blog award from me to you:

Alex Jowski said...

Why does everyone hate on Part 5 so much - I LOVE that one simply because how bad and cheesy it is.

You are right - Part 4 definitely is the best directed film in the franchise.

Cinema Du Meep said...

Glad you guys agree!

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