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Franchise Frenzy: Friday the 13th

Franchise Frenzy: Friday the 13th

Hey there, Creepy Peeps! I went and goofed and prepared a random pot instead of a DVD/Blu-ray special features review like it should have been. Oh well!

I thought I would share my ranking of every Jason movie in existence (so, all the Friday the 13ths plus, Freddy vs Jason [Ronny Yu, 2003] and the most recent reboot). Keep in mind this is my opinion and most of this list is based purely on my enjoyment of the movie and less so on whether it’s a good film in the technical sense. So, without further ado, let’s get into this!

12. Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (Adam Marcus, 1993) – I find enjoyment in the fact that Jason is a supernatural being with no explanation (it’s funny and endearing to me), and this film makes it a point to explain Jason’s origins. No, thank you.

12. Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (Adam Marcus, 1993) – I find enjoyment in the fact that Jason is a supernatural being with no explanation (it’s funny and endearing to me), and this film makes it a point to explain Jason’s origins. No, thank you.

11. Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (Danny Steinmann, 1985) – One thing I hate more than anything is when a sequel goes back to a time before the first film and adds its own shit, so their movie makes sense.

11. Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (Danny Steinmann, 1985) – One thing I hate more than anything is when a sequel goes back to a time before the first film and adds its own shit, so their movie makes sense.

10. Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (John Carl Buechler, 1988) – Ugh. Telekinetic teenager? Jason is the only supernatural being we need. Thank you.

10. Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (John Carl Buechler, 1988) – Ugh. Telekinetic teenager? Jason is the only supernatural being we need. Thank you.

9. Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI (Tom McLoughlin, 1986) – As I made evident in my choices for numbers 10 and 11, I’m not a fan of the Tommy Jarvis narrative, but since this is the first one in the franchise, I didn’t mind it as much. Not a fan of the whole “is Jason back or is Tommy a crazed killer?” storyline, though.

9. Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI (Tom McLoughlin, 1986) – As I made evident in my choices for numbers 10 and 11, I’m not a fan of the Tommy Jarvis narrative, but since this is the first one in the franchise, I didn’t mind it as much. Not a fan of the whole “is Jason back or is Tommy a crazed killer?” storyline, though.

8. Friday the 13th (Marcus Nispel, 2009) – By all accounts, a very solid reboot (one of the better ones in a world of shitty horror remakes). However, I wasn’t so much a fan of Jason holding a hostage, because the girl looks like his mom? Give me a break.

8. Friday the 13th (Marcus Nispel, 2009) – By all accounts, a very solid reboot (one of the better ones in a world of shitty horror remakes). However, I wasn’t so much a fan of Jason holding a hostage, because the girl looks like his mom? Give me a break.

7. Freddy vs Jason (Ronny Yu, 2003) – I have a little soft spot for this one because I remember seeing it at a somewhat young age while it was on TV. I will admit though, it is a little cheesy.

7. Freddy vs Jason (Ronny Yu, 2003) – I have a little soft spot for this one because I remember seeing it at a somewhat young age while it was on TV. I will admit though, it is a little cheesy.

6. Friday the 13th Part III (Steve Miner, 1982) – This got a little bump in the ranking because it’s the first time Jason dons THE MASK. Also, I have a weird love of cheesy old 3D movie gags.

6. Friday the 13th Part III (Steve Miner, 1982) – This got a little bump in the ranking because it’s the first time Jason dons THE MASK. Also, I have a weird love of cheesy old 3D movie gags.

5. Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (Rob Hedden, 1989) – This was the second Friday the 13th movie I ever saw, so it gets nostalgia points. Plus, I’m way more scared of the idea of Jason lurking in the sewers of NYC than a huge gator.

5. Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (Rob Hedden, 1989) – This was the second Friday the 13th movie I ever saw, so it gets nostalgia points. Plus, I’m way more scared of the idea of Jason lurking in the sewers of NYC than a huge gator.

4. Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (Joseph Zito, 1984) – Little did they know this would be far far far from the final chapter… This Friday has my absolute favorite cast in the whole franchise and the comedy is right up my alley.

4. Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (Joseph Zito, 1984) – Little did they know this would be far far far from the final chapter… This Friday has my absolute favorite cast in the whole franchise and the comedy is right up my alley.

3. Friday the 13th Part 2 (Steve Miner, 1981) – This one is iconic because it’s the first time that Jason is the killer! I also really love the cast in this one, too.

3. Friday the 13th Part 2 (Steve Miner, 1981) – This one is iconic because it’s the first time that Jason is the killer! I also really love the cast in this one, too.

2. Friday the 13th (Sean S. Cunningham, 1980) – Iconic. Essential. Without it, there would be no franchise. Also, Kevin Bacon.

2. Friday the 13th (Sean S. Cunningham, 1980) – Iconic. Essential. Without it, there would be no franchise. Also, Kevin Bacon.

1. Jason X (James Isaac, 2001) – I’m going to get so much hate for this. Whatever. This is the first Friday movie I ever saw, it has my favorite kill (the liquid nitrogen one), and I live for Kane Hodder as Uber-Jason. And come on, it’s Jason in space! It’s awesome!

1. Jason X (James Isaac, 2001) – I’m going to get so much hate for this. Whatever. This is the first Friday movie I ever saw, it has my favorite kill (the liquid nitrogen one), and I live for Kane Hodder as Uber-Jason. And come on, it’s Jason in space! It’s awesome!

There you have it, folks! Let me know your ranking of the Friday the 13th franchise in the comments! Or at least your most favorite and least favorite!

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