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

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Starring: Thom Matthews, Jennifer Cooke, David Kagen

First off before I start – GREAT FUCKING SEQUEL.  Many might give me shit about it or say its cliche’, but this really is a great sequel.  It’s even better if you watch it right after Part 4. They both go together very well. This is the Part 5 fans really wanted, because Jason really does come back, for real this time! Tommy is back too and played by the awesome Thom Matthews from Return of the Living Dead.  Him and his buddy from the institute (played hilariously by Ron Palillo from Welcome Back Kotter!), are out to dig Jason up and make sure he’s dead.F136-3
Right off the bat, the film has horror and comedy nicely combined. There’s an energy to it faster than the previous Fridays. Tom McLoughlin’s direction is spot on.
Of course things go horribly wrong when they try to dig Jason up. Jason rises from the dead after Tommy impales his corpse with a metal rod that gets hit by lightning. Yes! The moment fans were waiting for.

 

 


They even do a joke James Bond style opening.

Tommy runs to the sheriff’s office of Crystal Lake now called “Lake Forest Green”. The Sheriff played by David Kagen plays the perfect asshole counterpart that doesn’t believe a word Tommy says and thinks he’s crazy. He decides to lock Tommy up for the night.

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In the morning when he awakens he sees the Sheriff’s hot daughter Megan (Jennifer Cooke), and her friends getting ready to open Camp Forest Green. Of course, she takes an interest in Tommy. Sheriff definitely doesn’t like that.

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He basically gets kicked out of town once they see Jason’s grave is dug back up thanks to the drunken caretaker of the cemetery, Martin.
The locals and counselors are picked off by Jason, and the cops of course think Tommy is doing it. Megan finds out and meets up with Tommy to get him back at the camp to get everyone out of there. The Sheriff interrupts many times to annoy us, but once it all comes together, Tommy faces Jason one last time on the lake. It’s a decent ending, keeps the door open for a sequel.

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Apparently there’s an alternate ending where Martin the caretaker (who was already dead anyway, so it doesn’t make sense), shows Elias Voorhees (Jason’s father) visiting his grave. That would’ve been very odd.
There are some great kill scenes, including company people playing paintball in the woods, and then later in an RV. All classic Jason moments.

 

 


CJ Graham is one of my favorite Jasons, too. He totally pulls it off.

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It really is a fun time — great cast,  great soundtrack songs too by Alice Cooper! Couldn’t ask for a cooler movie. My only real complaint for this entry of the series is that is the first one (until Jason Goes to Hell) that has a lower amount of gore than usual. Definitely cool kills, but wheres the extremely bloody and gory details? By today’s standards, it almost feels PG-13. Ugh. They really needed Tom Savini for this but he was probably busy with Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 at the time. There is no nudity in this one either. While 4 is probably my favorite of the sequels, and despite the minor flaws, this comes as a close second. Another essential Jason to see.

RANDOM THOUGHTS/OBSERVATIONS

Jason 2.0 looking more zombie-like, which is awesome but if Tom Savini was doing the FX would’ve been a step in the right direction in that department.

Not only is there no nudity, but no stoners get killed in this one either.

Always heard mixed reviews for this one over the years, which I thought even for Jason fans was weird. I never understood how anyone could hate this sequel. It’s too essential for the series and the continuing Jason story. Just my thoughts. Oh well. Everyone’s got an opinion, just like everyone has an asshole.

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