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

Cast: Thom Mathews, Jennifer Cooke, David Kagen, Kerry Noonan, Tony Goldwyn, Ron Palillo, C.J. Graham
Director: Tom McLoughlin
U.S. Distribution: Paramount
U.S. Release: 8/1/86
Running Time: 1:26
MPAA Rating: R

Give Tom McLoughlin credit. The writer and director of Friday VI almost single-handedly manages to do what five previous F13s did not: Make a Jason movie entertaining and interesting.

Interesting? Yes.

There is a very cool Frankenstein-like opening scene which features the death of TV's Arnold Horschak (Ron Palillo of "Welcome Back Kotter" fame). What follows are some good scares, nice touches of humor, and a rocking theme song by original horror-rocker Alice Cooper.

Gone are the mindless teenagers which characterize almost every other Friday (now totalling a staggering ten movies!). Their replacements are very good including Thom Mathews as a grown-up Tommy Jarvis (previously played by Corey Feldman) and C.J. Graham as the menacing Jason Voorhees. The two ultimately do battle (man vs. monster) in a most-thrilling finish.

Part VI aspires to be a great film, which it is not. And yet, it is the best entry to date in the Friday the 13th franchise.

 "The last truly great sequel in the series, Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, is one of the best and most fun slashers of the 80's. The acting is over the top, the screenplay self-referential, and the music undeniably catchy - the kind of film slashers should aspire to be. Jason is finally brought to the center stage and has never been better. Although not as scary as the other films in the saga, it is a fun ride and the perfect party movie." (Excerpt from review by Rhett Miller,; used with permission of the author)

© 1999, Delton Perrodin  (Rev. 2002)

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