Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI
Tommy Jarvis returns to the graveyard to make sure Jason Voorhees is dead and accidentally brings him back to life. Now it’s up to Tommy to stop Jason’s mindless killing and put him back where he belongs.
Plot Keywords: brutality / sadism / serial-teen-murder / suspense / serial-teen-killer
Taglines: Evil Lives Forever (Deluxe Edition DVD)
Certificate: Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Brazil:14 | Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-18 | Finland:(Banned) | France:12 | Germany:18 (JK/SPIO) | Hungary:18 | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM14 | Mexico:C | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 (video premiere) | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | United Kingdom:18 | United Kingdom:15 | United States:TV-MA (cable rating) | United States:R | United States:X | West Germany:18 (video premiere)
Cast: Thom Mathews , Jennifer Cooke , David Kagen , Kerry Noonan , Renée Jones , Tom Fridley , C.J. Graham , Darcy DeMoss , Vincent Guastaferro , Tony Goldwyn , Nancy McLoughlin , Ron Palillo , Alan Blumenfeld , Matthew Faison , Ann Ryerson , Whitney Rydbeck , Courtney Vickery , Bob Larkin , Michael Swan , Mike Nomad , Wallace Merck , Roger Rose , Cynthia Kania , Thomas Nowell , Justin Nowell , Sheri Levinsky , Temi Epstein , Taras O’Har , Kimberly Beck , Dan Bradley , Valentino Curati , Corey Feldman , Tom McLoughlin
Company: Paramount Pictures
Country: United States
Released Date: 01 Aug 1986 (USA)
Film Location: Hard Labor Creek State Park – Fairplay Road, Rutledge, Georgia, USA
Runtime: 86 min
Soundmix: Ultra Stereo
Color: Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
jcbutthead86 » Friday The 13th Part VI:Jason Lives is an excellent and thrilling sequel and is one of the best films in the series that is filled with great atmospheric direction,a good cast and a memorable score and soundtrack. All of those elements make Jason Lives my favorite movie in the series and a classic in the Friday The 13th franchise.
Friday The 13th Part VI:Jason Lives finds Tommy Jarvis(Thom Matthews)is still haunted by the events in part IV and V wants cremate and burn a dead Jason Voorhees(C.J Graham)at his grave site but things go wrong when Jason is brought back from the dead by a bolt of lighting and is ready to kill again at his old stomping ground Camp Crystal lake(renamed Camp Forest Green). With the help of feisty Camp Counseler Megan Garris (Jennifer),Tommy vows to destroy Jason once and for all.
Friday The 13th Part VI:Jason Lives is a brilliant Friday The 13th sequel and is one of the best and better films in the franchise that was my introduction to Friday The 13th and Jason Voorhees and to this day remains my favorite Friday The 13th film. After the unintentionally hilarious Friday The 13th:A New Beginning left a bad taste in Friday fans mouths,Jason Lives was seen as a return to form for the series and has become a fan favorite since it's release in 1986. What makes Jason Lives very entertaining and memorable is the way writer-director Tom McLoughlin approaches the material giving the series a shot in the arm giving fans a movie that is stylish and atmospheric as well as very explosive and thrilling with intensity and fun. And while Jason Lives has most of the trademarks that are associated with the Friday The 13th series and other Slasher movies there are thing Jason Lives that feels fresh and creative with an energy and pace that never stops until the very end. One of the things that makes Jason Lives such a great sequel is the Humor that is hilarious and nonstop with lines and characters that are funny which makes JL light but not too light. The Humor and laughs are also funny because the pop culture references and self aware thinking that the characters have which predates the Humor and style that Scream(1996)would do 10 years later. Although the film is funny there is a creepy and intense atmosphere with white hot suspense that hangs over the film with fog,dark clouds,rain and wind which is a homage to the universal Horror films of the the 1930s and 40s and when Jason is around the atmosphere is more intense. Where most characters in Friday The 13ths and other Slasher films are lined up to be killed and slaughtered the main characters in JL are likable and memorable to the point we feel bad for them when things start to go haywire. What's interesting about JL is the fact that little kids are at the camp which raises the stakes of the movie even higher because when you watch the movie you will wonder would Jason go after the kids? Watch the movie and find out. By the sixth film in the series Jason not only became a Horror icon but also a pop culture icon and antihero and with Jason Lives Jason is the star of the movie. When Jason comes back from the grave he is stronger and more powerful than he was before because guns,knives or any other weapon will stop him from killing people in a brutal fashion. While Jason in 2,3 and 4 was running a lot in Jason Lives he is in some cases a Zombie who walks really fast and no matter how far the victims run Jason will catch up with you. The blood and gore are on full display here with Jason doing what he does best and that's sneaking up on his victims and killing them in gory ways with some of the biggest body count in the series and while the blood and gore is light compared to some of the other films in the franchise the red plasma is still there. Jason Lives is Jason at his brutal and bloody best. The ending in Jason Lives is amazing and one of the finest endings in the entire series with tons of thrills and excitement with a few surprises that will stay with Friday The 13th fans. An incredible ending.
The cast is wonderful. Thom Matthews is terrific as Tommy Jarvis with Matthews bringing the right emotion to the role. Jennifer Cooke is wonderful and sexy as Megan Garris,a camp counselor and sheriff Garris' daughter that helps Tommy. C.J Graham is outstanding and menacing as Jason Voorhees and is a great precursor to Kane Hodder's Jason. David Kagen is fantastic as Sheriff Michael Garris,a tough sheriff with a heart of gold and Megan's Father. Renee Jones(Sissy),Kerry Noonan(Paula),Tom Fridley(Cort),Nancy Mcloughlin(Lizbeth)and Tony Goldwyn(Darren)do fine jobs as the other camp counselors. Vincent Guastaferro(Deputy Rick),Courtney Vickery(Nancy),Darcy DeMoss(Nikki)and Ron Palillo(Hawes)give good performances as well.
The direction by Tom Mcloughlin is amazing and stylish,with Mcloughlin always moving the camera and giving the movie an atmospheric and stunning look. Great direction,Mcloughlin.
The score by Harry Manfredini is sensational,creepy,intense and is one of the best scores in the series matching the tone of the movie perfectly. Incredible score,Manfredini. There is also great Rock songs in the movie from Alice Cooper(He's Back-The Man Behind The Mask,Teenage Frankenstein,Hard Rock Summer)and Felony(Animal).
In final word,if you love the Friday The 13th series,Jason Voorhees,Horror films or Slasher movies in general,I highly suggest you see Friday The 13th Part VI:Jason Lives,an excellent and thrilling sequel that is one of the best films in the franchise. Highly Recommended. 10/10.
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