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Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives
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by Jack Sommersby

"The Best of the Series"
3 stars

It was the first of this enormously popular series to gross under $20 million at the U.S. box office, which is a shame because it definitely defies our low expectations.

The original Friday the 13th was far from classic cinema and bereft of the stylishness of John Carpenter’s fine Halloween from two years prior, but it was adequately put together and elicited its fair share of scares from of its ultra-limited story premise. In it, one Pamela Voorhees, whose young son Jason drowned at Camp Crystal Lake due to the teen counselors, who were supposed to be keeping an eye on him, negligently involved in some hanky-panky at the time, wreaked considerable bloody havoc on a group of newly-arrived counselors some twenty years later, with only the heroine, Alice, who wound up decapitating the madwoman, surviving. The mediocre first sequel quickly dispatched Alice, only rather than Pamela as the culprit it was the horribly-mutated, not-so-dead Jason, who wore a potato sack with eye slits and, like mommy, used a variety of sharp instruments to carry out his revenge-seeking deeds. Then there was the enjoyable follow-up, filmed in 3-D, where the virtually-indestructible, superhuman-strength Jason donned a white hockey mask and proceeded to systematically slaughter another assortment of nubile, libidinous teens. No use going into detail as to the next two entries in the series, which were so atrociously put together so as to make an industrial-training video seem like Oscar-caliber stuff by comparison, which makes Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, slyly functioning as a black comedy, all the more welcome. This time around Jason’s corpse is resurrected from his recently-opened coffin by a bolt of lightning, and from here he makes his way to the renamed Camp Forest Green to carry out where he last left off. This, of course, results in another gruesome series of murders, and while the suspense factor is really no great shakes, the movie is undeniably fun and worth more than a few intentional chuckles. Writer/director Tom McLoughlin, who also pulled double duty on the interesting but underwhelming horror movie One Dark Night, is clearly having a ball sending up the genre, and not just in general but specifically of this series, as if he were saying “I’m not asking you to take this stuff even remotely seriously anymore, so just play along while I rib the hell out of things.” While there’s a dire absence of sex and nudity (how we long for Part I’s erotic Kevin Bacon/Jeannine Taylor’s love scene, as well as Part II’s luscious shots of skinny-dipping Kirsten Baker’s magnificent tush), at least half of the killings are imaginatively rendered, especially concerning one where a sheriff’s backbone is easily severed as if it were a mere wishbone. (Plus, there’s a terrific bit where Jason figures into a James Bond-like opening-credits sequence that’ll have you in stitches.) Granted, the overall whole lacks a crucial through-line that would fluidly segue one scene to another (the eighty-seven-minute running time doesn’t feel a minute shorter), and perhaps the proceedings would’ve benefited had Jason himself (or, itself) been allowed to be funny, but above-average cinematography make this the best-looking of the series, with the dialogue providing the occasional kick, like when Jason makes his presence known in a cabin full of youngsters hiding under their beds, and one says to another, “So what were you going to be when you grew up?” And while the majority of the cast fail to make much of an impression, there’s the ethereal Jennifer Cooke of the short-lived television series V, who succeeds in demonstrating she’s not just a pretty face. With both considerable appeal and steely determination, she’s not exactly right up there with a Sigourney Weaver (Alien) or Linda Hamilton (The Terminator), but she possesses more than enough girth to make her a talent worth keeping an eye on.

The special-edition DVD offers up an insightful audio commentary by the director and cast, not to mention a handsome anamorphic transfer.

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User Comments

2/13/17 morris campbell there r no good friday the 13th movies 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
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
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
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
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  02-Jul-1986 (R)



Directed by
  Tom McLoughlin

Written by
  Tom McLoughlin

  Thom Matthews
  Jennifer Cooke
  David Kagen
  Kerry Noonan
  Tom Fridley

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