You know I’m a fan of horror flicks, and I’ll say it again: I love them. I can’t wait for the Halloween season to begin, and for all these new horror flicks to come out. I’ll talk about another one of my favorite horror series, Friday the 13th, to get myself pumped up for these fantastic movies.
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While I recently finished ranking all of the Halloween films, I decided to binge another horror series and check how each installment of everyone’s favorite hockey-mask-wearing serial killer, Jason Voorhees, ranks.. We’ll have to wait and see if any of these make the cut for the top horror films of all time. This Friday the 13th movie lineup is now complete!
12. Friday The 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1988)
This time around, Jason heads to Manhattan to bring his reign of terror to the city’s residents in the latest Friday the 13th movie. The movie itself is a flop. I’m in awe.
The notion is intriguing, yet it almost sank this franchise when it was first released. Some of the deaths in this film are so outlandish that it almost feels like the movie is making fun of the prior ones. If I had the option, I wouldn’t put this at all in my ranking, but I can’t let that stop me.
11. Friday The 13th: A New Beginning (1985)
It’s Friday the 13th: A New Beginning, the sequel to Friday the 13th: A New Beginning, and Tommy Jarvis is tortured by nightmares that are linked to Jason Voorhees. When a new serial murderer wears the hockey mask, he has to face his deepest fears.
It is a complete and total disaster for me.
Despite the fact that this is a horror flick, there’s too much blood in here for my taste. I’m not sure why so much blood and gore is shown, other than the fact that this is a horror film. In addition, there are a few too many sex scenes in this picture, which is great with me. It’s a common cliche that a character dies in the buff. The difficulty arises when there is so much nudity that it becomes nearly ludicrous.
What’s the most pressing issue? None of this is based on the Jason Voorhees movies. Overall, it’s a terrible sequel that doesn’t deserve to be counted at all.
10. Friday The 13th (2009)
While camping at Crystal Lake, Jason Voorhees kidnapped Jared Padalecki’s sister, and he is now on a search for her in this remake of the original film.
Remakes are fine by me. I placed the Halloween 2018 remake above many of the other films since it was so amazing, especially with the lovely Jamie Lee Curtis in the lead role.. However, this Friday the 13th remake didn’t really stand out enough from the originals to be deemed a decent one. Although it isn’t the worst game in the series, it isn’t the finest either.
9. Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday (1993)
With the ultimate objective of finding someone of his bloodline to resurrect himself, Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday shows us Jason taking control of numerous real-life persons to continue his killing spree despite the fact that he is dead.
All criticisms aside, I have to give credit to the film’s creators for having the audacity to go against the grain and make a picture like this. It’s a dramatic shift from the first picture, with the addition of the supernatural.
However, this does not imply that it was a great film. Despite my liking the concept, the execution was sloppy. Voorhees is so terrifying as a physical human, but nerfing him down to merely an evil spirit greatly diminishes his menace level, in my opinion.
8. Jason X (2002)
Cryogenically frozen for 445 years, Jason X reawakens in the year 2455 after being discovered by a group of college students. In order to get rid of them, he proceeds to stalk and kill each of them one at the time.
In this situation, I think the idea is solid. I’d never considered a Friday the 13th movie branching out into science fiction, but the concept is intriguing. Why would a serial killer be awakened after being frozen in time? That’s a novel idea that’s perfectly suited to the horror/sci-fi subgenre.
To be fair, the sci-fi theme is pushed a step too far by turning Jason a cyborg. I mean, come on, are you kidding me? We were free to give him everything he wanted in the future. But instead of giving him a high-tech weapon, such as an updated machete or a bullet-proof mask, you turn him into an artificially intelligent being. That’s why you’re down here, I’m sorry.
7. Friday The 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)
Part VII of Friday the 13th follows a psychokinetic teenage girl who accidentally frees Jason from his tomb at the bottom of Crystal Lake, unleashing him to embark on a murdering spree once more. Friday the 13th: The New Blood
Compared to some of the previous films, I genuinely enjoy this one for a variety of reasons. Adding this psychokinetic character and Jason Voorhees is a nice touch. The two of them going at it head-to-head is appealing to me. It offers an intriguing notion because it nearly feels like a supernatural versus. supernatural conflict. However, in comparison to some of the others, it falls short, and I’m only able to give it a comfortable seventh place.
6. Friday The 13th Part III (1982)
After the events of Friday the 13th, Part II, a teenage girl and her pals visit a house near Crystal Lake, where a wounded Jason Voorhees has taken refuge until he can resume his murdering spree.
As much as it doesn’t add anything new to the series – it’s just a repetition of the first two films’ scares – I feel compelled to include it because of the significance of the hockey mask. Immediately upon its first appearance in this film, it transcends the franchise and becomes a universal symbol of American filmmaking and the horror subgenre.
Anyone, even those who aren’t well-versed in horror films, will be able to identify this mask in a flash. As a result, even though it didn’t do anything revolutionary, Part III has become an iconic part of the series.
5. Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)
Obviously, this was not the last chapter.
A presumed-dead Jason Voorhees escapes the mortuary in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, returning to Crystal Lake and beginning his murdering spree.
Despite the fact that it was initially lambasted by reviewers, I have to say that I really like this film. He’d become Voorhees’ most feared adversary, Tommy Jarvis. In my opinion, there wasn’t enough or too much gore. It was satisfying to see Jason finally put to death, even if he does return later. Every aspect of this picture is well-executed for its intended audience.
What do I think of this film? You betcha! Even yet, looking back on it, I believe this is one of the finer entries in the series.
4. Freddy Vs. Jason (2003)
Both Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street appear in Freddy Vs. Jason and engage in a battle for supremacy after Freddy lures Jason into helping him resurrect.
If I were making this decision just on the basis of my excitement, this would be my second pick. Freddy vs. Jason is one of my favorite horror films. As a longtime fan of both franchises, I was surprised to see them team up for a fight, but it makes sense.
It was just a matter of time before these two intriguing supernatural creatures with such complicated and ambiguous backstories came together. I’ll be the first one in the theater if they ever decide to do this again.
3. Friday The 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)
Jason reappears in Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives when Tommy Jarvis accidently resurrects him while attempting to destroy his corpse in the middle of the film. Despite Tommy’s best efforts, Jason has returned to Crystal Lake, where he intends to go on his murderous ways.
It was just a matter of time before Jason was resurrected in full human life form for the world to see after the outrage of the previous film. Honestly, what do you think? They got it as close as they could with the last one’s abundance of mystical and paranormal elements, culminating in Jason’s transformation into an undead superhuman.
In addition, I like the film’s addition of new elements, such as shootouts and vehicle chases, and its departure from the series’ standard slice and dice approach. Honestly, it’s a fantastic addition to the series and deserves far more attention than it has received. In the end, there were no high-tech weapons engaged.
2. Friday The 13th Part 2 (1981)
In Friday the 13th Part 2, we have a group of camp counselors who are being stalked and killed by an unknown assailant near Crystal Lake.
There are numerous similarities between this version and the original, but this is where we first encounter Jason Voorhees. Even though the original film will always have a special place in my heart, it’s the sequel that gave us the Jason we know and love today. The guy knows he’s terrifying, and he’s not afraid to show it.
His deaths and killings are now practically a caricature of themselves. The creepiness of Jason Voorhees’ first appearance in Part 2 cannot be denied. Every time I see that, I get goosebumps down my spine.
1. Friday The 13th (1980)
No, I mean, why would I put this at the top? They are chased down one by one in Friday the 13th by an unknown killer as they try to restart Crystal Lake’s summer camp.
This film has a certain allure about it, man. It’s a slasher film in every sense of the word, from its soundtrack to its photography to its acting. In keeping with the premise, the killings themselves were horrific. However, even though Jason Voorhees isn’t mentioned in the initial title, he is still shocking and the finale works wonders with Alice suggesting that Jason is still there in the water because of ripples along the lake. The twist and the finish work wonders.
The very mention of it causes me to tremble. It’s easy to see why the franchise took off after this picture. It’s hard to see anything ever matching the suspense and tension of this series’ debut, which is why it comes in at number one on our list.