FRIDAY THE 13th PART VI: JASON LIVES-86 Mins. United States-1986

Thom Matthews as Tommy Jarvis

Jennifer Cooke as Megan Garris

David Kagen as Sheriff Michael Garris

CJ Graham as Jason Voorhees

Ron Palillo as Allen Hawes

Tony Goldwyn as Darren

Directed by Tom McLoughlin

Written by Tom McLoughlin and Victor Miller (characters)

After the complete debacle that was Part V, Jason Voorhees is back and  better than ever in Part VI of the Friday the 13th film series. This time it’s Jason vs Tommy Jarvis-Round Two. The action begins when Tommy and the guy that played Horshack (Ron Palillo) on “Welcome Back, Kotter” try to dig up Jason so they can cremate him and end his reign of terror once and for all. One bolt of lightning later and our favorite rotting corpse serial killer is alive once more. It’s up to Tommy and the local sheriff’s daughter to find a way to put a stop to Jason once and for all…again.

This film gets kudos from me for the little things. First of all it’s got a great theme song by Alice Cooper entitled “He’s Back (The Man Behind the Mask)”. This film also marks the film debut of actor Tony Goldwyn (Ghost). The kills in this one are pretty damn cool, also. My favorite has to be the triple decapitation. But the biggest thing this film has going for it is Jason himself. It wouldn’t be until part 7 and the beginning of the age of Hodder before Jason would reach his full potential, but CJ Graham does an excellent job as Jason. It’s not easy acting under tons of make-up and not saying a word. The acting has to be purely physical and Graham pulls it off with minimal effort.

So, this film is a definite step up from Part V. It’s still no where close to part 4, but it’s definitely not for lack of trying. Part IV was a four blood drop film, Part V only  half a drop. I’ll balance it all out with this one at two blood drops. It’s not the best, but it’s certainly not the worst. The cool theme song by Alice Cooper and CJ Graham’s portrayal of Jason helped this one a lot.

The movie was filmed in Camp Daniel Morgan, Covington, Georgia, a suburb about 30 minutes outside of Atlanta.

The original script contained material that alluded to Jason’s father, which, to date, remains the closest the series has ever come to shedding some light on the mysterious character. In the script, Pamela’s headstone was next to Jason’s; a reference to the fact that somebody paid to have Jason buried, which would explain why he wasn’t cremated as the mayor said in Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985); and a final scene in which Jason’s father visits his son’s grave, seemingly aware of the fact that Jason is not inside. These scenes were never filmed, but they made it into the film’s novelization.

The first and only “Friday the 13th” film (including New Line Cinema’s three “Jason” films as well as the 2009 remake) which features absolutely no nudity, though there is a sex scene.


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