There can be no doubt that with Pt 5 they were just trying to extend the series and had to come up with a story. With 6, They obviously decided, 'OK, Jason is dead, no way to get around it, let's make him a zombie' and it works better.
Don't get me wrong, the Halloween movies are great but Michael Myers must wear a bullet proof vest!
There are some wonderful comedic moments in this - the driver of a VW going after Jason with a gun that wouldn't scare a vicar, the paintballers who find out what war games in the woods are really like and the kid who keeps insisting "We're dead meat!" - but not too many. You know at heart this is a horror, written by someone who was sick of sequels that did nothing but kill the survivor from a previous instalment, dispatch counless others and get killed in the dumbest way possible.
Scream owes a debt to this film as this was the first to extract the urine out of the genre while still revelling in the gore.
Another thing with this line of films was that, aside from one brief supposition in Pt 2, they never explain Jasons behaviour or try to make him a sympathetic character in any way. He is just a P.O.'d killing machine.
If I have one criticism it is that anyone who cannot smell someone who has been rotting in a grave for 10 years, right behind them, deserves everything they get.
It can be hard to tell sometimes but it is a spoof of itself. From the totally unbelievable resurrection of Zombie-Jason, and the James Bond-esque title sequence you cannot help but laugh at the kitsch. Jason: gay icon? Not sure, possibly a bit too maggotty. But for the pure joie de vivre, you can't beat Jason Lives.
As with all great spoofs, it hides itself behind a typical instalment of the genre, making for an enjoyable film for any fan. Jason stalks his stamping ground, killing anybody and anything that might get in his way. But he'd better watch out, Tommy Jarvis is about. He is played like the supreme geek, wimpering and whining - but in his defense, he had just escaped a mental institute. Hot on his trail is the hick Sheriff, obviously thinking that the looney is responsible. He soon sees the error of his ways a la Jason (both a cringeworthy and funny death).
All Friday the 13th films should be like this, at least a litle bit. I am a fan of the series and do despair sometimes when I see sequel after sequel, retreading the same old boring, badly produced/directed, ground. Only when little gems like part 6 comes along do I see how the series can be manipulated and evolved. It has so much potential but no truly visionary creators. A shame.Read more ›