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Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives

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Jeff Nelson

Don't expect a masterpiece, but this is an enjoyable horror/comedy and an easy recommendation to fans of Jason Voorhees.

Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives
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There always must be an end point to a film franchise whether it be from a lack of new ideas or tanking in the box office. Friday the 13th was starting to decline in quality and was becoming about quantity. After Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning, I was concerned that perhaps they would continue to get worse. Does Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives improve on the series or degrade it?

Tommy goes to a graveyard to get rid of Jason's body, but he accidentally brings him back to life. Jason wants his revenge and makes his way back to Camp Crystal Lake while Tommy chases him down to defeat him once and for all. After Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning, I was excited to finally get the opportunity to see Jason Voorhees again. Jason never stays dead, he always returns. The plot is very one-dimensional and remains focused on Jason returning to Camp Crystal Lake and taking his revenge. The screenplay accepts where the series is and is clearly proud of it. There is quite a bit of humor incorporated throughout that works. For those searching out the more serious entries int he series should watch the first couple films in the franchise. Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives embraces its horror/comedy mix with open arms.

While there is a large amount of laughable acting seen in some of the previous entries, the performances here are passable. Thom Mathews does well with Tommy Jarvis and makes him a more likable character than he was in the previous film. Jennifer Cooke is acceptable as Megan Garris and connects with Mathews well on screen. While there aren't any spectacular performances here, they fit the roles and are able to deliver the dialogue just fine. The actors seemed to enjoy creating the movie and it shows that they aren't taking any of it too seriously and are treating it as it should. When the actors are enjoying themselves on the screen, it's easier for the audience to find the characters more likable.

After watching all of the Friday the 13th movies, fans continuously discuss their favorite deaths. Quite a few of these sequences listed are from Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives. On his way back to Crystal Lake, Jason kills any person in his way. The deaths are a bit more brutal than a lot of the ones seen in previous entries. While the MPAA still performed quite a bit of cutting, there is still quite a bit of gore left intact.

For those who are still unsure about checking out Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives should know that this is one of the fan favorites of the franchise. The supernatural element of Jason Voorhees was much needed as this point. While it was known that he was invincible in previous sequels, this is the first sequel to clearly state this component of Jason. While Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning took a little bit of a fall due to Jason's absence, this entry picks the franchise back up. Don't expect a masterpiece, but this is an enjoyable horror/comedy and an easy recommendation to fans of Jason Voorhees.

My Rating = Three and One Half Stars

Next movie: Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood
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