30 Years of Friday the 13th part VI: Jason Lives (1986)

I would not say no to a complete “Retro Review” of Jason Lives.  Sometimes I think we have too much content for the Friday the 13th movies.  But, is there too much?

30 years ago today the world got to see, what I think is the best Friday the 13th movie of them all.  Jason Lives is by far my favorite and the first Friday the 13th I got the chance to see.  I was 6 years old and this time, my baby sitter rented it and this comes on the heels of seeing A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge.  I don’t know what got me about this one, maybe it is totally 80s, maybe it mixes horror with fun and there is even a Gothic element with Jason’s resurrection.  I was hooked.

Over the years I would see the others and I do remember my first Friday the 13th marathon, which ended with the Final Chapter.  I always wanted to see Jason Lives, it took a while to see it again.  In 1996 I was able to buy the series on VHS.  I bought four at a time and the first four I bought, Jason Lives, Jason Takes Manhattan, the Final Chapter and The New Blood.  I guess I like the later movies better.

Jason Lives is also the last movie before Kane Hodder took over.  CJ Graham plays Jason and he did a fine job, I wonder why he was replaced.  Jason Lives also closes the book on the Tommy Jarvis Trilogy as some call it.  Some may not think it is the best, there is an arguement with The Final Chapter.  For me Jason Lives is the best, most fun for sure.

30 years later and it is still a great movie.  Watch Jason Lives today!

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There is so much more about me. I hate this phrase, but I am an aspiring comic book writer. Problems with finding artists and getting published have held me back. Writing comics has been a dream for, well as long as I can remember. Now I am writing with a great team, Apogee Comics and hopefully we will make some noise in the same way Image comics did in the 1990s. One day, Rage of Rayzor and the Horror Syndicate will lead me to my dream. Support me, by sharing this site, liking and sharing posts, even following me on twitter would help @Rayzor_33. But you want to know about the horror…right? I have been watching horror films since I was 6 years old. The story, one Saturday night, my mom and I were watching movies and she fell asleep on the couch. We had the channel set on HBO and the movie we were watching ended and the next one, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge. This was some time in 1986. I watched then entire film, I was sitting on the edge of my seat. When my mom woke, she asked me what just ended and I told her, “Freddy”. That was all I talked about for weeks and finally she broke down and rented more horror films for me. She rented, the Texas Chainsaw Massacre part 2, Re-Animator, Friday the 13th VI: Jason Lives and Halloween II. I watched all and fell in love with horror films forever. When my little brother was 2, I was 10, so were talking 1990. He was introduced to Halloween and I made him believe Haddonfield, IL was a real place. We lived in Illinois at the time and this terrified him. After the intial shock, he grew older and more interested in horror films. When he was 8, we went to the local video store and made our way to the horror section. We started with Alien and worked our way through the alphabet of horror. That day we basically started our course in horror. 5 Horror Films to Watch Inferno (1980) A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) The Beyond (1981) Friday the 13th VI: Jason Lives (1986) Horror of Dracula (1958)