I LOVE the Friday the 13th Series. It’s my favorite horror franchise of all time, and I adore each and every entry into the series (except that 2009 reboot–holy crap that sucked). Friday the 13th is a HUGE influence on The Woodsview Murders series Jolene and I write together (look for those Easter eggs!), as well as my solo horror stories. If I could only watch one horror franchise for the rest of my days, it would be this one.
So, since our theme for March here at the Midnight Society is graveyards, I decided to revisit one of my favorite scenes from the Friday the 13th series–the opening scene of Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives.
God, I love this movie. Not only does it star one of my favorite b-movie actors Thom Mathews as Tommy Jarvis, but the opening scene even has Ron Palillo (Horshack from Welcome Back, Kotter), and he adds the perfect amount of humor to the scene.
Speaking of the scene, let’s talk about why it’s so great. Jason Lives begins with Tommy Jarvis heading to Crystal Lake (now renamed Forest Green) to dig up Jason’s buried body and destroy it. It’s been six years since he killed Jason, and he’s been plagued by nightmares, hallucinations and paranoia since (it didn’t help that the treatment program he was in was rampaged by a murderer pretending to be Jason in Part V, but that’s another story). Allen, one of his friends from the latest facility he was in, accompanies him to the local cemetery, all the while questioning the sanity of Tommy’s plan. Tommy’s answer to his protests is simple: “Jason belongs in Hell. And I’m gonna see he gets there.”
And so, they find Jason’s plot, dig up the body, and Tommy proceeds to ram an iron picket from the fence through Jason’s chest several times. Convinced he’s dead, Tommy goes to grab the gasoline, when a bolt of lighting strikes the iron picket.
And the rest, as they say, is history. In his attempt to rid the world of Jason forever, Tommy Jarvis brought him back to life. And he is not in a good mood.
You can watch the entire opening below, but you should really watch the entire movie, because it’s one of my top three entries in the series. In fact, watch the whole series, including Jason X, where he goes to space, because that’s amazing as well.
Oh, I almost forgot–Jason Lives got a great soundtrack song from Alice Cooper called “He’s Back (The Man Behind the Mask),” and you can watch the super cheesy video right here. You’re welcome.