The Friday the 13th Marathon Continues with Part IV: The Final Chapter, and Part VI: Jason Lives. For Parts I-III click here.
HOLY FUCKING SHIT JASON IS ALIVE! SEE, HE WASN'T FULLY DEAD WHEN THEY TOOK HIM TO THE MORGUE DESPITE THE AXE THAT CHRIS BURIED IN HIS FACE TO END PART 3.
Yep, this time Jason just sorta wakes up and kills the morgue doctor and the nurse. Then he moves on to some more fun by the lake. Fun for him means a lot of killing.
This one is the first of the series to feature some recognizable actors, even if they were still waiting for their breakthroughs, per say. Crispin Glover became very well known the next year as George McFly in Back to the Future, and Judie Aronson was the brunette love interest of Anthony Michael Hall's character in Weird Science.
The biggest star from the movie is none other than Corey Feldman, who would go on to star as Mouth in The Goonies in 1986. Feldman's character in this movie turns out to be a complete fucking lunatic. In fact, it is implied at the end, after he has hacked Jason to bits, that it was a passing of the torch of sorts to have him take over as the killer. The final battle is once again awesome, with Jason eventually getting a machete to the face with some gnarly special effects.
Best Death Award: Glover. After being the awkward guy who gets laid by one of the weird twin girls, he gets his. He yells out "wheres the corkscrew?" and Jason shows him where it is a second later by ramming it through his hand, then slamming a meat cleaver through his face.
Body Count: 14 (including Jason)
Sooooooo. That's it. Jason is actually dead. Everybody is safe.
Remember earlier when I said Part 3 was the best? This one kicks. It's. Ass.
See, heres the story of why we're goin' to part VI instead of Part V: A New Beginning. Basically part V was a big disaster, it tried to introduce a new killer not named Jason and nobody liked it. Buuut overall it was still very profitable for Paramount Pictures, making about $22 mill on a $2.2 mill budget, so they thought the series had some life in it, per se. So they said "just bring Jason back somehow." And they did. In style.
The opening scene that involved Jason's resurrection was classic. A grown up Tommy Jarvis (Corey Feldman's character from Part IV), after years of bouncing around mental institutions, has escaped to make sure that Jason is truly dead. So he goes to his grave marked Jason Vorhees, digs it up and opens the casket to see a wormy corpse. Phew! It was confirmed. The man that has haunted his dreams is dead, movie over, right? Welllllll..........
Tommy then rams a metal rod into the corpse, and lightning strikes it several times, which causes a Frankenstein effect and turns Jason into a full on zombie with enhanced strength. See, before when people tried to wrestle Jason they had a chance, but now he can literally just punch through you if he wants. He even folded a cop in half. These attributes would define Jason's character for the rest of the series until the 2009 reboot.
I noticed there were a lot of things we hadn't seen in the series up to this point. For instance, THE KIDS ACTUALLY SHOWED UP AT THE CAMP THIS TIME. In all the previous entries Jason spoils the kids' Summer before they even got to camp. Now he ruins their entire lives by killing all the camp counselors and seeing a police officer, somebody they thought was invincible at that age, get folded in half. There was also a lot more slapstickey humor that was missing in the previous films, where all the comedy was mostly unintentional.
Jason's goes down at the hands of Tommy in the place where he originally (supposedly) drowned. Tommy put a chain around his neck, one that was attached to a big ass rock. Jason dragged Tommy down with him too, but Tommy was rescued by the daughter of the sheriff, who cut up Jason's face with a boat motor. The end. Although Jason is obviously a super powered zombie so why the hell would that actually kill him?
Best Death: The aforementioned (twice) cop folded in half. It's one of those moments, like when Vince Carter put his arm through the hoop in that dunk contest, where you look at it and go "what the fuck did he just do?" Great, great stuff.
Body Count: 18