Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI Review

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

Starring: Thom Mathews, Jennifer Cooke, David Kagen
Directed by: Tom McLoughlin

I guess I should preface this by saying Friday the 13th is my all-time favorite horror franchise next to the Romero Trilogy. That being said, this particular entry in the series caused me problems for as many reasons as I loved it to begin with.

In Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI, Tommy Jarvis is on a mission to find Jason's corpse and finish him off for good. Unfortunately, he ends up reviving the monster, thus setting him loose to kill again. Now Tommy has to find Jason and finally kill him once and for all.

This film, I have probably the biggest love/hate relationship with next to Jason Takes Manhattan. For one, the premise itself kinda makes me angry. One of the best movies Cory Feldman ever did was Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter. That movie was just awesome. The problem, though, is the premise of this movie completely undoes EVERYTHING his character did in that movie, technically making all the effort he put into killing Jason in the first place in vain. It wasn't enough to know the killer in the previous film *spoiler* wasn't Jason at all, but a paramedic, so he had to find the guy and dig him up. If it hadn't been for Tommy's own ridiculous need to stab him repeatedly with a metal pole, he would have never come back and started murdering people. I guess in a way, that makes Tommy Jarvis the biggest asshole in horror movie history.

But on the plus side, there are many great elements to the film. Beyond Tommy's initial screw up, there's a great horror story, complete with much gore for the hounds. One of the best deaths in the movie involves one of the counselors at Crystal Lake mistaking Jason outside her window for her boyfriend, so she dumps her soda on his head. Needless to say, the walking murder machine dispatches her in a related fashion.

Also, after that beginning sequence, there's a nice James Bond-esque title sequence that always makes me giggle with maniacal joy. One scene I love that I don't really hear anyone ever mention involves the groundskeeper. After Jason dispatches Tommy's friend and tosses him in the grave, the next morning, the groundskeeper makes a very good fourth wall-breaking joke about digging up corpses, stating "Some folks have a strange idea of entertainment." This scene alone is worth watching the movie as it is severely self-referential. There are other tidbits of comedy peppered throughout the movie, but for the most, it's a horror film, tried and true.

Truth be told, this movie had some of the most epic Jason Voorhees kills of the entire series, at least to me. The plot wasn't bad, but I'm giving it a lower score because Tommy is an asshole. Besides that, I liked the characters involved. Jennifer Cooke was a very hot final lady. And while Tommy and I have some fictional beef to settle, Thom Mathews wasn't bad replacing John Shephard in the part.

Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI is classic 80's horror at its best. It doesn't take itself too seriously and it delivers a story with a fiery climax that any horror fiend can enjoy. I don't care if you don't even like horror, you need this film in your life, no matter how much the continuity pisses you (or me) off. Can you think of any bigger assholes in horror movie history?




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Overall Rating: Hurts So Good

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