He’s the Strong, Silent, Deadly Type
In 1980, the world was introduced to Friday the 13th and Jason Voorhees, Crystal Lake’s unfortunate son. Also Mrs. Voorhees’ unfortunate son. For 38 years (yes, 38 years], we’ve been treated to his multiple deaths and those of his many victims. Ah, the memories!
So, on this Friday of 13ths, let’s take a walk down hockey-mask killer lane…
Friday the 13th
Although it’s the beginning of the never-ending series, our anti-hero Jason is already dead. We never see him in “real time,“ only in his mother’s flashbacks. Jason’s first death was by drowning at age 11. Mean camp kids push him in the lake, and he can’t swim.
Friday the 13th Part II
Sometimes Jason’s deaths aren’t really deaths at all. They’re fake-outs. The first one of these occurs in Part II. The filmmakers seemed to have been banking on the audience having zero knowledge of human anatomy. Jason is allegedly killed after getting stabbed by a machete in the shoulder – you know, where all the vital organs are. At the end, though, we are shocked to learn he has indeed survived the fatal blow!
Friday the 13th Part III
In Part III, Jason gets some face protection in the form of his trademark hockey mask. (Nope, he didn’t always have it.) Unfortunately, he wasn’t attacked by a puck. An ax to the head is a totally different story.
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (aka The Fourth One)
In The Final Chapter–or as I like to call it “The One with Corey Feldman”–Jason actually dies. For real. Because this is the final chapter. It’s in the title, isn’t it? Just because there are about a dozen more movies to come means nothing. It is young Corey Feldman’s character Tommy who hacks Jason in the face with the machete this time. Except Corey, the veteran movie actor that he is, understands that dead doesn’t mean dead. Especially in Hollywood. With that in mind, Tommy continues hacking away to ensure he shall not rise again. Or at least for two more movies.
Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (aka The Fifth One)
Much like the fourth movie, the fifth movie also isn’t numbered. In addition, “real-time” Jason also does not appear. Therefore, he cannot die.
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives
As the title states, Jason lives once again. Instead of being tricksy and pretending to be dead, he was indeed dead… but was raised from the dead by a lightning bolt. Said lightning bolt also gives him superpowers. He, of course, uses them for evil instead of good. While not completely killed at the end (because he’s Super Jason now), he’s chained to a boulder and sunk into the lake. Presumably forever. No, just kidding.
Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood
Once again resurrected, Jason escapes the bottom of the lake with the help of a telekinetic woman. Will nothing hold back this guy from menacing teenagers and people who are and aren’t Corey Feldman? No, because he doesn’t die in this one.
Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan
As to be expected, our supernatural friend finds himself in New York in this installment. After chasing students into the sewers. It’s 1989, so toxic waste is involved, and Jason dies from it.
Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday
It’s long overdue, but Jason is finally pursued by the FBI. Jason, though normally just a mindless killer, has the wherewithal to transfer his heart (it’s demon-infested) on to others. The FBI blows him up with rocket launchers. He is also stabbed and dragged to Hell.
Jason X (aka The One in Space)
How does he get into space? Who cares! It’s Jason in space, 445 years in the future – and he’s still dead-set on killing people willy-nilly. He’s getting a bit predictable. Eventually, he is shot out into space and supposedly burns up before he can land.
Freddy vs. Jason
Freddy Krueger gets into the Friday the 13th action and resurrects Jason to help him once again strike fear into the hearts of sleeping people. Jason is so fond of killing, though, that he won’t stop at Freddy’s plan. Then the fight everyone’s been waiting for occurs, as the two baddest of the bad guys unleash on each other. Jason apparently does well, because he rises from the lake holding Freddy’s laughing head in his hand. Jason remains alive-ish. That was in 2003.
Friday the 13th (the reboot)
In 2009, the storyline is updated, but Jason remains the strong, silent, stalking, murderous type. Until he is stabbed by his own machete.
What types of death will Jason be subject to in future movies (because you know there’ll be more)? Will they be machete-themed? Or more creative and bizarre? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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