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Overall Rating
3.23

Awesome: 21.28%
Worth A Look31.91%
Average: 14.89%
Pretty Bad: 12.77%
Total Crap: 19.15%

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Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives
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by EricDSnider

"Too much Jason and a disregard for continuity keep the series moving."
2 stars

The sixth installment in the thunderingly mediocre “Friday the 13th” series features no nudity whatsoever. Also, no one falls down while running, no one says, “I’ll be right back,” and there are no cars that won’t start. Surely this is all an editing mistake. Surely the DVD will feature all the lost footage they filmed that somehow was omitted from the final product. Perhaps the plot will be located among the ruins, too.

One is tempted to believe that the absence of such time-worn slasher-flick cliches will increase the quality of the film, but if one is tempted to believe that, one should watch the movie and realize that one is a moron. I mean, come on, one.

For in the very first scene, Tommy Jarvis -- who has now been played by three actors in as many movies, making him the James Bond of slasher films -- heads out to the cemetery to dig up Jason, just to make sure he’s actually dead. This seems like a reasonable thing to do, given Jason’s penchant for not being dead. Except that in Part 5, it was emphatically declared by the foul-mouthed mayor of Crystal Lake that after Jason’s death in Part 4, he had been cremated. The mayor even turned an ashtray upside-down on a desk to make this point.

Part 6 was both written and directed by Tom McLoughlin, and his clear vision comes through loud and clear: This is a man who has boldly chosen not to watch any of the movies he is making a sequel to.

Tommy and his friend Dead Meat find Jason quite dead, but ‘cept then lightning strikes Jason’s body, reviving him and making him angry. (Note: This does not work in real life.) He kills Dead Meat, but Tommy gets away and heads to the police station to warn everyone of the danger they are in. He runs into Sheriff Looks Like Robert Downey Jr., whose unappealing daughter Megan has the hots for Tommy and on that basis believes his story. (His story happens to be true, of course, but I don’t think Megan had a very good reason for believing it.)

Sheriff Downey Jr. doesn’t buy Tommy’s story, natch, hanging as it does on Jason being alive again. Maybe he’s still working from the old “Jason was cremated” story, I don’t know. Anyway, the townspeople have gone to a lot of trouble to make people forget that old “legend” about Jason -- apparently, the murders he committed went unrecorded; that, or several hundred years have passed, making it more a “legend” than “a thing that happened a few years ago” -- and they’ve even changed the town name from Crystal Lake to Forest Green. Sheriff Downey Jr. is not going to let this Tommy punk louse all that up with his crazy talk.

So when teens start getting killed, the sheriff assumes it’s Tommy, acting out some kind of creepy copycat thing. (Indeed, that’s what SHOULD be happening, if the movie had opted to follow through with what it established in Parts 4 and 5.) Megan believes Tommy, though, still based on his cuteness, and they work together to save the people up at the camp.

Oh, did I forget to mention the camp? Yeah, they’re camping at Crystal Lake -- I’m sorry, Lake Forest Green -- again. It’s only been a few years since the last Jason killings, but since everyone thinks that was just a legend now, no one’s afraid. They even ship in a bunch of kids, which is admirable, considering the counselors in these movies don’t usually live long enough to actually start working.

I question the organization behind this camp, by the way. There are only a handful of counselors, and not a single administrator or grown-up to be found. And yet, a busload of kids still shows up, dumps of the youngsters, and roars off into the night. This is a liability nightmare, not helped any by an undead killing machine roaming the woods.

Jason doesn’t kill any kids; I believe it is part of the Geneva Convention that child murders are not permitted in slasher flicks. He does kill lots of counselors and cops and sheriffs, though.

Note: This is the first “Friday the 13th” film since the original to actually take place on Friday the 13th.

There’s too much Jason in this film, which seriously hinders his ability to scare us. There are no Killer-Cam shots -- you know, where we see things through the killer’s eyes. There are several times when we see Jason walking by himself through the woods, which ruins the surprise a few moments later, when he kills someone. Rather than being an unknowable menace who shows up occasionally to commit murder, he’s almost the main character. It’s overkill, pardon the pun.

Second note: This film features an honest-to-goodness car chase. We traded in a bunch of other cliches for a new one, I guess. Hurrah.

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User Comments

2/13/17 morris campbell there r no good friday the 13th movies 1 stars
9/28/10 PAUL SHORTT TEDIOUS RE-RUN OF PREVIOUS FILMS IN THE SERIES 1 stars
4/12/10 art i saw the first friday it was a double feature with SATURN 3,I ENJOYED SATURN 3! 1 stars
11/07/09 art THEY SHOULD HAVE STOPPED AFTER FRIDAY THE 13TH PART TWO! 1 stars
7/11/09 hunt a funny and scary friday the 13th, this tommy is the bomb!!! 5 stars
2/18/09 Total Crap the best in the series. 5 stars
10/05/08 blarginbadigalnohif the best sequel to a F13 movie 4 stars
4/16/08 art IF YOU HAVE SEEN ONE FRIDAY THE 13th YOUVE SEEN THEm ALL 1 stars
2/17/07 David Pollastrini we all knew he would be back! 4 stars
2/02/07 JM Synth As good as these sort of things get, really 4 stars
11/25/06 MP Bartley Wisely forgets part 5 ever existed. The slickest entry yet, and the best since the 1st. 4 stars
1/17/06 Anthony Feor It beat Total crap 2 stars
1/06/06 Ben Dover Freakin SWEET 5 stars
11/24/05 cr different friday than the rest but cool deaths and return of tommy,good ending but humor 3 stars
10/14/05 Darren O Stylish and well photographed entry made awkward with dumb tongue in cheek approach. 2 stars
8/23/05 Sugarfoot This one's a guilty pleasure mainly because of the black humor. 4 stars
6/11/05 Manu Ginobli Same old tired shit. 1 stars
5/27/05 tony weapons for killing is very good. But still a predictable, chezzy movie 4 stars
10/08/04 The Dude moved along at nice fast pace, 2nd quickest next only to FvsJ , the finale was awesome 4 stars
7/19/04 Benjamin Petrofsky Best of all the "Friday the 13th" films 5 stars
6/07/04 Ryan Clark While there's gore and humor galore, this can't live up to the first three, or even part 5. 2 stars
4/08/04 phoenix Very funny and well made horror flick. Tommy remains a great central character. 4 stars
3/30/04 American Slasher Goddess Worthy sequel,Matthews and Cooke are likeable leads. 4 stars
3/17/04 PAYNE_KillerZ Jason Voorhees... THE DEATH CURSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
3/10/04 Natalie Fun movie, love the soundtrack! 4 stars
2/17/04 Ramey Fantastic Sequel! Good Deaths- Decent Acting- Actual Storyline...But NO nudity :-( 4 stars
1/26/04 Eric Matthews was great.This is my favorite one. 5 stars
12/13/03 Samuel a pretty good movie, all in all 3 stars
12/13/03 BEast_master One of my favorite in the series!! 5 stars
12/12/03 billy bob A pretty good film!! 4 stars
12/12/03 The Killer pretty decent flick!! 4 stars
12/12/03 Captain Spaulding Jason lives!! a very good movie!! 5 stars
12/10/03 Tommy decent! 3 stars
11/28/03 I Would This 'Akira' person just goes to show you the kind of peurile appeal this piece of shit has 1 stars
11/11/03 Jor.Armstrong After the hilarious part V, Jason limps back in VI, dissipointing 5 stars
11/02/03 American Slasher Goddess Mixes horror and comedy just perfectly. Matthews and Cooke are appealing leads. 4 stars
11/02/03 J The movie was funny sort of. Jason lives!!!! Once again. 5 stars
10/16/03 Erik Van Sant Perfect sequel to ressurrect resident madman Jason Voorhees. Gory and hilarious. 5 stars
9/17/03 Samuel Justus Shitty! totally Shitty 1 stars
9/08/03 kurei this film is so fucking awsome just like every jason movie jason lives was awsome fucking k 5 stars
8/29/03 darren SLICK AND STYLISH-BUT ALMOST A STUPID PARODY 2 stars
7/22/03 Double G A great movie I enjoyed it, especially the part with the trailer. 3 stars
5/22/03 Andrew Carden Solid Performances, Great Ending and Fun Atmosphere. 4 stars
3/22/03 Jack Sommersby Nifty black-comedy approach keeps this very entertaining. Cooke is one foxy babe! 4 stars
1/02/03 Jake Ugh, are you high?! This movie is one of the worst jokes ever played out. 'Maegan?' 1 stars
12/20/02 Colin The Best Of A BAd Lot, Now That Says Something 5 stars
10/18/02 Nevz Come on! It's not THAT bad... 4 stars
10/14/02 Charles Tatum Jason lives, the audience groans 1 stars
8/16/02 Shaun Rambo Jason! best in the series 5 stars
6/20/02 Film Dude This one was actually intentionally funny... and it worked. 4 stars
6/18/02 Brandon Great Movie - One Of The Best Of The Series! 5 stars
4/27/02 maximal01 heeere's Jason, the decomposing killer; with ressurrection courtesy of Frankenstein. 2 stars
4/04/02 cat how does Jason catch everyone? he never runs! Still, Jason's always scary. 4 stars
1/04/02 Courtney Vickery Hey this movie was my claim to FAME!!! 5 stars
12/20/01 Sthenno This movie looks like some trashy Canadian production.The cast and direction are terrible. 1 stars
12/17/01 Jake Didn't like it before Now its's not funny or scary what else is there? sucks grade B ass! 1 stars
11/30/01 Rutt13 It's entertaining, the humor helps 4 stars
10/17/01 Jimmy Da Gent It was alright I guess 5 stars
10/08/01 jawsboy Better than most of the 13ths. has the best looking Jason, along with part 4 & 7. 4 stars
9/25/01 Shane Robert Myers!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This one was good but the cast was small and not enough blood and gore! SAVAGES! 3 stars
9/16/01 Mr. Hat It's better than the average "Friday the 13th" UNTIL THE REDICULOUS ENDING & CREDITS SONG!! 3 stars
8/13/01 DRS No 5 stars
8/06/01 E-Funk Yes...almost flawless. Alice Cooper made a song out of it, you have to love it! 5 stars
4/14/01 LiL Will it ever end? 1 stars
1/15/01 Sklorsh Probably the best movie in the series...but no naked girls? I wuz robbed! 3 stars
8/13/00 Bender Hot nearly the scariest, but its the most entertaining in the series. 4 stars
8/12/00 Justin Hilarious, no scares but who cares, lots of laugh, gore galore as jason goes fredy comedian 4 stars
7/22/00 Bender Not that scary, but its still the most entertaining in the series. 4 stars
4/29/00 Ehh... crap,in a bad way! 1 stars
3/02/00 Kyle Broflovski My favorite of the series, although exactly WHY I have no fucking clue... 3 stars
2/03/00 dog person the best one of the bunch 5 stars
1/18/00 Jedi15 YAWN. Won't this goddamn series EVER end? 1 stars
10/05/99 rob Horshack gets killed, and the movie still sucks. 1 stars
3/07/99 KK Dusenbury This one is stankier then K-Dog's ex-girlfriend(s). The worse of the series. No tits!? 1 stars
12/01/98 Mr.Pink Sucks! 1 stars
10/30/98 Negative Creep Film series starts going downhill in this one. Jason Becomes Undestructible. 2 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  02-Jul-1986 (R)

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Directed by
  Tom McLoughlin

Written by
  Tom McLoughlin

Cast
  Thom Matthews
  Jennifer Cooke
  David Kagen
  Kerry Noonan
  Tom Fridley



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