This is my favorite in the Friday the 13th series. This is the entry that I have seen the most. When I would go to rent a movie from the series this would be the one that I would be able to find consistently. This is the end of the Jarvis trilogy arc and the beginning of the final arc of the series. It’s also the first with Jason as a supernatural entity, which he would continue to be until the reboot over twenty years later.
Friday the 13th Part 6: Jason Lives was written and directed by Tom McLoughlin. It stars Thom Mathews, Jennifer Cooke, David Kagen, Renée Jones, and Kerry Noonan. There are two people that portray Jason in this movie, C. J. Graham and Dan Bradley. Bradley was replaced by Graham. Jason moves somewhat slower but with much more purpose. Thom Mathews is the third person to portray Tommy Jarvis and he’s much more lively than in the previous entry.
Jason Lives starts with Tommy going to Jason’s grave with another patient from the hospital their currently at. Tommy loses his composure and starts stabbing Jason’s corpse with a part of the fence of the graveyard. Lighting strikes the fence piece sticking out of Jason twice. Jason kills Hawes and sends Tommy running. Jason goes on a killing spree while Tommy tries to convince the Sheriff that Jason is alive again. This is the only movie in which there are actual kids at the summer camp, which leads to quite a lot of tension especially during the climax. Tommy ends up almost drowning while trapping Jason at the bottom of the lake.
Martin Becker kicks ass as the special effects coordinator. The kills are pretty outstanding which includes a head being completely twisted off as well as the Sheriff being bent completely backwards. Jason looks pretty gnarly in Jason Lives, which makes sense since he’s technically a zombie now. This is also one of the most distinct scores that Harry Manfredini has done in the series.
Friday the 13th Part 6: Jason Lives is one of the most fun entries in the series. It does standout for not having any nudity, but you don’t really notice it on the first watch. It also has music from Alice Cooper, which is pretty cool. It’s available to stream on Starz or to rent/buy through the digital storefront of preference.