Friday the 13th, Part VI - Jason Lives

1986

Friday the 13th, Part VI - Jason Lives

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Friday the 13th: Part VI - Jason Lives indeed brings back ol' Vorhees, along with a sense of serviceable braindead fun.

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This impressive entry in the popular horror series brings back the relentless killer Jason Voorhees, this time as a supernatural zombie. Tommy Jarvis, now played by Thom Matthews, accidentally resurrects Jason when he impales the killer's corpse with a metal pole during a lightning storm. Numerous murders follow, beginning with Tommy's friend (Ron Palillo) having his heart torn out of his chest by the zombie killer. Implicated in the crimes by a mean-spirited sheriff (David Kagen), Tommy is freed from jail by the sheriff's daughter, spunky Megan (Jennifer Cooke). The cast converges on Camp Crystal Lake, which has been renamed "Camp Forest Green" by superstitious locals, in time for Tommy to send Jason back to the bottom of the lake, if only temporarily. Harry Manfredini's score is among his best, and the makeup by Martin Becker, Gabe Bartalos, R. Chris Biggs, and others is outstanding. Cooke makes an appealing heroine as Megan, although Matthews' Tommy has lost the interesting mental disturbances of previous entries and becomes just another bland hero. Tom McLoughlin's direction is effective, and the film has a memorably funny supporting turn by Bob Larkin as a grumpy drunken caretaker. Alice Cooper sings the title song, "He's Back (The Man Behind the Mask)." Although no classic, this is a solid horror film with a witty script and engaging characters. Jason would rise again to face a telekinetic teen in the disappointing Friday the 13th, Part VII: The New Blood. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

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  • Sep 16, 2016
    It took five crappy movies before someone finally realized that the only way to extract any fun from this worn-out formula would be to make it explicitly campy, and so this is the best chapter of the series, with a hilarious metahumor, witty dialogue and even good performances.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • May 08, 2016
    After it looked like Friday 13th films would only get worse part 6 comes along and it's pretty fun, Some very gory deaths, This time Jason's back for real this time after getting dug from his grave by Tommy from part 4 and 5 to make sure he's dead (As you do) And then Jason gets struck by lightning and bought back to life only more stronger and invincible, He's a badass zombie in other words, Incase you were like me and wondering why Tommy is normal again now after Part 5 ended where Tommy lost the plot and took over as the new Jason, Well there's a deleted scene where he's about to kill Pam but she snaps him out of it just before he does, It's entertaining and the pace is good too, It has more humour in it too like the opening scene there's a little wink to the James Bond Movies, It won't win any new fans but hardcore fans will love it.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 21, 2016
    I'll be completely honest here, I had a blast watching this movie. It's stupid as shit, but it's so much fun. Like seriously. I'm not even joking. Ok, the stupid shit starts immediately. This is a symptom of not only Jason, but both Freddy and Michael Myers. And that is the fact that these are supernatural beings who can come back to life and overcome death a variety of times...except when they have to die at the end of each movie. That's just absurd to me. And, of course, these types of horror films operate on a realm where the laws of humanity do not even come close to applying, but the film pretty much betrays its own rules. This guy can be revived by lightning bolts hitting a metal fence post that he has been stabbed with, but he can't survive drowning or a boat motor to the neck? The end of the film implies that he can, but the way he was revived in the seventh film, which I reviewed, suggests otherwise. But, with that said, I still enjoyed the hell out of this movie. This movie is a fan favorite because of its self-referential humor and its breaking of the fourth wall, some even see it as a precursor of Scream. And I can kinda see that, the film is definitely more overtly comedic than one would have normally expected. It plays with the slasher concept in some interesting ways. But, at its core, this is still an experiment in 80s horror cheese. And boy, oh boy does the movie not disappoint on that front. Though, to be fair, it's obvious that it was purposely designed that way, it was tongue-in-cheek. Not like other films where they were trying to make a serious horror movie and it ends up looking goofy and cheesy only years after the fact. So I'm glad this movie embraced the B-movie elements. It was definitely to its benefit, because the film does have some witty moments here and there. I still wouldn't say the movie was good, there were a couple of rough spots here and there. And like the whole thing about Tommy wanting to send Jason to hell by burning his body, only to end up reviving him, which ends up causing the death of a ton of people, seems really stupid to me. In theory, at the beginning of the film, this motherfucker is already dead and gone. What does Tommy want to accomplish with his lifeless corpse? Burning his corpse won't send Jason's soul any more to hell. So we're already starting off stupid. Realistically speaking, Jason isn't even the biggest villain in the film, it's Tommy. So I wish the movie would've played more with that idea of Tommy being the villain in bringing about the return of Jason. Then the beginning wouldn't have been so stupid. Hell, the sheriff is even justified in treating Tommy the way he did. He may not be killing the teens, but he certainly had a hand in allowing Jason to do that. So, yes, that beginning was supremely stupid to me and it's something that the film chooses to ignore. Other than that, however, this movie is pretty much a blast. It's a movie that invites you to enjoy it in whichever way possible. Whether that is to laugh at it or with it, it doesn't really matter, just as long as you enjoy it. I can imagine watching this with a group of friends would be even better. In spite of some real stupid shit, I had a super fun time watching this movie and I would recommend it for sure, even if I gave it 2.5 stars. Get a group of your friends together, watch this and hilarity will ensure. I guarantee it.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Aug 26, 2013
    The series takes another strange turn in Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives. This time Jason Voorhees gets Frankensteined back to life through a bolt of lightning and then heads back to Crystal Lake for some good old fashion murder and mayhem. The writing is terrible (worse than terrible even) and the acting isn't much better. Still, the kills are creative and have some intensity to them. And, Alice Cooper provides a great rock soundtrack that includes the classic theme song "He's Back (The Man Behind the Mask)." Bringing back Jason is a desperate move and Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives shows that the series is one-trick pony that doesn't know what else to do.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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