Friday the 13th Part VI Jason Lives (1986) Review

Cinema has shown us zombies come in all shapes and sizes… and many different franchises. 

One from the to watch pile…

Friday the 13th Part VI Jason Lives (1986)

Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives: US DVD cover

Film: The Friday the 13th franchise is a pretty amazing one. It switches horror sub-genres from film to film and we, the horror consumer, swallow every change like an OCD glutton at a multi-cultural all-you-can-eat buffet. It hits us with giallo, slasher, scifi, body horror and here, with part VI, zombie elements and it does it without flinching.

I was always a fan of this series, with Part V being my favourite, but this is probably the one I saw the most, mainly as I had an ex-rental of it in the late eighties that I watched over and over.

Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives: Thom Matthews as Tommy Jarvis

This instalment sees Tommy Jarvis (Thom Matthews), survivor of attacks by both Jason Voorhees and a copycat killer, returns to Crystal Lake, now renamed Forest Green to try and escape the stigma of the amount of mass killings, to dig up the body of Jason Voorhees to make sure he is dead, which he thinks may release him from the madness which has pursued him his entire life.

Once he and one of his pals from the institution, Hawes (played by Ron ‘Horshack’ Palillo) dig the body up, Tommy freaks out and stabs the corpse through the heart with a iron palling torn from the fence of the graveyard, but as bad luck and a complete lack of medical or science knowledge would have it, a lightning bolt strikes the pole and brings Jason (C.J. Graham) back to life as a rotting killer with a thirst for teenage blood!

A new camp has been opened in ‘Forest Green’ and with a re-animated Jason on the loose, only one thing can happen: CARNAGE! Jason is just one of Tommy’s problems though, as he has the local Sheriff (David Kagen) and the gun-happy deputy (Vincent Guastaferro) after him thinking HE is the killer, and hot-to-trot saucy sheriff’s daughter and camp councillor Megan (Jennifer Cooke) after his body… will he manage to put Jason down once again?

Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives: Jennifer Cooke as Megan

This foray into Jason’s world is a lot lighter, and more PG than the previous outings but it still entertains with a likeable cast, fast movie story (there is even a car chase!) and a couple of genuine funny moments. A warning though, if you are offended by eighties fashion, or teenagers designed after the John Hughes model, you may have a small scale cringe tremor.

It’s not the best F13, but it’s entertaining nonetheless.

Score: ***

Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives DVD menu screen

Format: This review was done with the US release of the region 1 DVD. It is presented in a 16×9 widescreen image that is top shelf for DVD and has a pretty good Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track!

Score: ****

Extras: The disc opens with a trailer for the Emily Browning film The Uninvited and then continues with a veritable Trevor-trove of extras.

First we have a commentary with writer/ director Tom McLoughlin, accompanied by editor Bruce Green and Vincent Guastaferro who played Deputy Rick Cologne, which is a fairly thorough and entertaining.

Lost Tales from Camp Blood – Part 6 is just some amateur, cliché ridden slasher divided up in parts for this release of the F13 films. Don’t even bother with it, even if you’ve seen the others. I’m not even sure why it’s on an F13 disc when you consider the only thing in common is the completely stolen score.

The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited Part III is a mockumentary treating the events in this film as real. It’s dumb.

Jason Lives: The Making of Friday the 13th: Part VI is just that and is a nice, albeit short retrospective about the film.

Meeting Mr Voorhees looks at McLoughlin’s original ending for the film, which would have introduced Jason’s father to the lexicon of the lake. It is shown here using Storyboards and a cast member’s voiceover. I liked this and it would have taken the series in a different direction!

Slashed Scenes, I thought, was going to be deleted stuff, but it is just the murders shown all together in really bad quality.

Original Theatrical Trailer is just what it’s name suggests. 

There is also a ‘preview’ option which just shows the a same trailer for The Uninvited that the disc opened with.

Score: ****

WISIA: It’s dopey, but it’s Friday the 13th, so you’ll rewatch it every Friday the 13th or whenever you have a F13 marathon.

Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives: kikikimomomo

Friday the 13th: The Video Game

It’s E3 time in America at the moment so of course, fans of video games’ Facebook and Twitter feeds are being flooded with stuff that’s causing heaps of oohs and aahs, but for horror fans, this ones a corker.

Game developers Gun Media have revealed about 5 odd minutes of their upcoming Friday the 13th game, where you get to play as either Jason or one of the campers/ councillors. 

This YouTube video has some cool stuff in it like Jason’s ability to teleport (so THAT’S how he got around so quick), which I am sure will cause some controversy, and a Tomb Raider/ Arkham Asylum styled ‘hunter’ vision so he can keep track of his escaping prey. Also, you’ll hear in the video that he is driven on by a ghostly voice of Mrs Voorhees to kill and maim.

If Jason’s movements seem familiar that’s because the motion capture has been performed by regular Jason actor Kane Hodder, and the game also has horror effects legend Tim Savini on board as the cinematographer!!

Now the footage here is a little clunky, but bear in mind this is early alpha stuff (for non game fans, that means it’s in very early stages of final development) and in no way reflects the final product. I have to say though, so far, this F13 fan is loving what he sees!!

Want more information? Try the Friday the 13th game page at http://www.f13game.com .