Friday the 13th, Part VI - Jason Lives (1986)
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The murderous Jason is back in the latest chapter of the most offensive series in film history, unless Burt Reynolds makes three more Smokey and the Bandit pictures real quick.
A definite improvement over the fourth and fifth installments...
Although the first four sequels had their own brand of tongue-in-cheek horror, Part VI marked the first step into overt campiness of the series.
This may be my favorite of the Friday the 13th series, mainly because of the winking, insider humor; it's almost like a precursor to Wes Craven's Scream ten years later.
While there's a superficial been-there-done-that, why don't-we-just-mock-the-whole-thing quality to this entry in the series, it certainly livens up what has become by this point a stale franchise.
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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.
This film is, by far, my favorite entry in the entire series. In the film Jason is resurrected. The result is the best version of Jason that was ever created. This is the introduction of the super-human, methodical zombie version of the character. It's a pleasure watching Jason slaughter a cast of watchable victims, with purpose. The other welcome addition, was the warped, and intended, sense of humor. The comedy worked here, because even without it, the series was already becoming a parody of itself. Normally, I dock these movies for the lack of continuity, but this one gains points for disregarding the wretched "A New Beginning". This is the most fun you'll have watching Friday the 13th.
And now we come to my favorite film in the series just for the pure entertainment of it: Friday the 13th Part 6 - Jason Lives. This is the sequel that should have happened instead of the one that came before it really. Instead of sticking to the previous Friday formula, director Tom McLoughlin decided to completely rework the formula and not just make it satisfying to the fans of the franchise, but also entertaining and even humorous for newcomers. It puts a cap on the quality of the series while at the same time honoring horror films of the past with visual and story references abound, including the electrifying rebirth of Jason ALA Frankenstein. This was also the film wherein Jason first became the superhuman zombie that he is best known for. There is nothing human left about him and he can take the same amount of punishment that he dishes out. The film is also a step in quality in a lot of different categories. The performances are fantastic, the script is dynamite and the film is endlessly well-shot & edited. Henry Manfredini even comes up with a new type of Friday score that reflects the changes that have come with the new formula. Of all the sequels, I can watch this one over and over again because of how entertaining it is. It's too bad the series couldn't keep up this kind of quality for the rest of the sequels that would follow, try as they might. Part 2 may be the most well-made entry but Part 6 is certainly the most enjoyable.
Friday the 13th, Part VI - Jason Lives Quotes
|Dep. Rick Cologne:||Hey, HEY, get your hands off her animal! You little turd! I oughtta slap you silly!!!|
|Dep. Rick Cologne:||Hey, HEY, get your hands off her animal! You little turd! I oughtta slap you silly!|
|Cort:||Nikki there's someone out there...What if its that guy Jason?|
|Nikki:||Well happened to the cord?|
|Cort:||I don't know but unless you want to look exactly like it I say we make this place a memory right now!|
|Lizbeth:||I've seen enough horror movies to know any weirdo wearing a mask is never friendly.|
|Cort:||(while driving the van; hears a ruckus in the back) - Hey Nikki, what are ya doin' back there? Taking a dump? Ha-ha!|
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