SPOILER ALERT!!!

Shortly before I started working on my blog, I decided to put all my movies into binders to make some space.  I realized that I had some of each slasher’s films, but not one full collection.  Immediately, I went to work on fixing this. I bought the Friday the 13th collection first.  I had the DVD version of some of the films, but replaced those with the entire set on Blu-Ray.  Within two days, I finished all eight movies. I had never seen some of them and others just get better with time.  The story lines presented in some of the films thrilled me.

Disclaimer:  I included the google description for readers.  Many of you have probably not seen all the films and many of you have.  For some of you, maybe it has been awhile and you aren’t sure which movies Tommy Jarvis was in.  This is full of honest opinions, not a post to bash the franchise.  Friday the 13th is my favorite franchise, but some of the movies could have used some help.

  1. Friday the 13th (1980)

Friday the 13th (1980)

Google Description:

Crystal Lake’s history of murder doesn’t deter counselors from setting up a summer camp in the woodsy area. Superstitious locals warn against it, but the fresh-faced young people — Jack (Kevin Bacon), Alice (Adrienne King), Bill (Harry Crosby), Marcie (Jeannine Taylor) and Ned (Mark Nelson) — pay little heed to the old-timers. Then they find themselves stalked by a brutal killer. As they’re slashed, shot and stabbed, the counselors struggle to stay alive against a merciless opponent.

My Description:

This was the beginning to the Friday the 13th franchise and definitely one of the best movies.  This first film is different from the rest in that Pamela Voorhees is the killer.  A vengeful mother out to get the counselors at the camp where her son died, she is just as violet as any other killer.  I especially loved that she did not show her face until the end.  Unless you already knew, viewers would have no idea that the culprit was a woman.  That was one of my favorite aspects of the film and I hoped that the theme would continue throughout the films.  (It didn’t).

  1. Friday the 13th Part Two (1981)

Friday the 13th Part Two (1981)

Google Description:

The second entry in the long-running horror series focuses on a group of teenage would-be counselors converging on Camp Crystal Lake for training under the tutelage of head counselor Paul (John Furey). Inevitably, Paul relates the story of Jason Voorhees (Warrington Gillette), a boy who ostensibly drowned at the camp and whose mother murdered a group of counselors in revenge. No one takes the tale seriously until a very much alive Jason begins gruesomely eliminating people.

My Description:

After Pamela Voorhees is dead, Jason takes over.  Following up from where we left off with Alice Hardy killing Pamela, she is in her home and finds Pamela’s head in her refrigerator.  Of course, Jason is there to get revenge on her for killing his mother.

Now to the rest of the movie with a camp full of potential victims.  One of the most memorable moments in this movie happens in the bar, on the counselors “night on the town”.  Ginny speaks with compassion for Jason and how if he was still alive somehow that he would have watched his own mother get murdered.  While they are there, Jason starts his spree.  In the end of this movie, Ginny Field gets brave and puts on the sweater of Pamela Voorhees.  She successfully talks Jason down, but the trance breaks right before she goes to attack.  She ends up cutting his arm and taking off.  As you would guess, the movie isn’t quite over.  Ginny lives, but  was ignored when she tries to tell the cops what actually happened.

  1. Friday the 13th Part III (1982)

Friday the 13th Part III (1982)

Google Description:

The third installment in the “Friday the 13th” series picks up on the day after the carnage with homicidal maniac Jason Voorhees (Richard Brooker) stealing some clothes and killing a local store owner. Meanwhile, Chris (Dana Kimmell) and her sometimes boyfriend, Rick (Paul Kratka), are hosting a group of teenage friends at Chris’ lake house. Despite a run-in with a local biker gang, they enjoy an amiable weekend together — that is, until Jason begins knocking off kids and bikers alike.

My Description:

Also released in 3D (which is not good on the eyes and leaves you watching a movie in red and blue), this is the first movie with Jason wearing the hockey mask that we all know and love.  The movie was a bust, though.  There were too many attempts at a story line that did not fit together and too many backstories to keep up with.  This movie features the friends on vacation, a group of bikers, and one person who was previously attacked in the forest by Jason (not in any of the earlier films).

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

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)

Google Description:

A carefree lakeside vacation is interrupted by the re-emergence of killer Jason Voorhees (Ted White). After he escapes from a morgue, leaving bodies in his wake, Jason travels to Camp Crystal Lake where a group of friends is staying. The teens meet some locals: Tommy (Corey Feldman) and Trish (Kimberly Beck), as well as secretive hiker Rob (Erich Anderson). As the group of teenagers engages in drunken debauchery, their numbers begin to dwindle, and pieces of the past resurface.

My Description:

This movie focused on some vacationers and residents in the area.  This movie was similar to those before it for most of the run time.  The ending made this movie one of the best.  While Trish Jarvis was fighting Jason off and yelling for her brother to run, he went upstairs and began cutting his hair.  After doing a terrible job, most likely on purpose, he goes down stairs and gets the attention of the disfigured slasher by calling his name.  In the end, Tommy stabs Jason repeatedly leading us to the next film with a traumatized older Tommy.

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

Google Description:

Years after Tommy Jarvis (John Shepard) murdered hockey-masked serial killer Jason Voorhees, he resides in a mental hospital and struggles with the trauma of the experience. When Tommy moves to an isolated halfway house, he has nightmares about Jason’s return, and soon one of the patients (Dominick Brascia) is killed. As the body count grows, Tommy begins to question his sanity and wonder if Jason has risen from the dead. But, to determine the killer’s identity, Tommy will need to survive.

My Description:

I would put this movie at the top of the list, along with the 1980 film that started it all.  Some of the films are full of repetitive murder scenes and dull story lines.  This movie had me intrigued within the first thirty minutes.  Continuing after Tommy killed Jason in the fourth film, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, Tommy is grown and moving into a recovery home (obviously still battling with the trauma of killing Jason as a younger boy).  I wanted with all of my heart for him to be the killer.  With such a great story line, this movie would have beat the first if Tommy was so fucked up that he impersonated Jason and turned into the killer that taunts Crystal Lake.  Not only would it have been the same old slasher film that we all crave, a psychological twist would have topped it off.

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

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

Google Description:

Years ago, Tommy Jarvis (Thom Mathews) killed infamous hockey-masked murderer Jason Voorhees (C.J. Graham), and the intensity of the experience has landed him in a mental institution. To end his torment and achieve a level of closure, Tommy escapes from the hospital and heads to the graveyard where Jason is buried, intending to dig up the body and cremate it. But, before this total annihilation can occur, a freak electrical accident resurrects Jason from the dead, and the terror begins anew.

My Description:

Jason Lives…..again.  Maybe it wasn’t the best idea to throw these movies into a two-day marathon, because at this point I was ready for Jason to be dead.  I know, I know.  Jason never dies.  By the time you have seen one slasher come to life for the 5th time in two days, though, you want to go kill him yourself.

This movie was one of the good ones with a good story line that you were able to follow.  The beginning was a little shaky, but caught its balance quickly.  Tommy Jarvis is back to make sure Jason is dead, once and for all (of course he isn’t), but actually ends up bringing him back to life with a shock of electricity.  Tommy works with the sheriff’s daughter to come up with and execute a plan to put him back in the water that he drowned in, as a kid.  Plot twist: the kids are already at the camp for a fun-filled camping trip that ends up being a nightmare.  Working around the children and trying to keep Jason away from them, Tommy and Megan succeed in “killing” Jason.

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

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

Google Description:

Years after the strange drowning death of her father, Tina Shepard (Lar Park Lincoln) returns to the site of his demise, Crystal Lake. Her developing psychic powers were responsible for ending his life, leaving Tina riddled with guilt as an adult. While deceitful Dr. Crews (Terry Kiser) tries to manipulate her abilities for his own ends, both physician and patient are in for a shock when Tina’s powers unwittingly free camper-killer Jason Voorhees from his watery slumber.

My Description:

If you haven’t caught on yet, I really enjoyed the movies with a theme or story line that differs from the same old counselors having sex in the bunk beds and getting stabbed through the chest or face.  This is one of those movies!

In the beginning, Tina Shepard kills her father in the lake with her telekinetic powers.  To dig deeper into her powers and why they exist, her doctor insists that they go to the place where it all began (which happens to be the same place that Jason calls home).  There is also a group of friends staying in the cabin next door.  There is some hate, some love, and some truth in this movie.  Tina falls for one of the guys next door, is harassed by the girls staying with him, and some truth in what it is like being the “freak”.  In the ending fight with Jason, Tina uses her telekinesis to the fullest extent.  Though it could probably be done better with today’s technology, this scene was pretty bad ass.

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

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

Google Description:

Mass murderer Jason Voorhees (Kane Hodder) is resurrected from the bottom of Crystal Lake. After he kills a passing boat’s occupants, he stows away on a cruise ship filled with a high-school graduating class bound for New York City. Biology teacher Charles McCulloch (Peter Mark Richman) is on board with his niece, Rennie (Jensen Daggett), who has visions of Jason drowning as a child. They escape his bloody shipboard rampage, but, when Rennie and Charles reach Manhattan, Jason is close by.

My Description:

This was the worst of all the movies.  Maybe my hopes were just too high, but this was the shittiest attempt at keeping the films rolling out in the 80’s.  I was looking forward to this movie the most, since I love New York and was super excited to see Jason in a new area.  This film starts with two unlucky characters anchoring their boat on a power line, lighting Jason up and bringing him back to life.  He, of course, kills the couple on the boat.  The scene changes to a group of students on a cruise to Manhattan.  Jason finds his way to the boat in time for them to pull away from the dock.  Once many students are dead and the boat arrives in Manhattan, you think the movie is over.  Finally you can a break from this cruel attempt at an iconic slasher film.  BUT IT ISN’T!