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Friday the 13th Part VI Jason Lives (DE)
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06.12.2009 By: J.A. Hamilton
Friday the 13th Part VI Jason Lives (DE) order
Director:
Tom McLoughlin

Actors:
Thom Mathews
Jennifer Cooke
David Kagen

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Tommy hasn’t forgotten what Jason did to his family, and won’t rest until he’s burned Jason’s body to ash. But after digging him up, a freak lighting bolt brings a really pissed off Jason back to life and out for blood once again. Stupid lighting.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
JASON LIVES was the first FRIDAY I saw as a kid (I had to watch it at my cousin’s house cause I wasn’t allowed to watch scary movies). And even now, it remains my favorite of the bunch because of the cool twist on who’s hunting who. For the first (and only) time, we have a character going after Jason for a change, instead of the same old vice versa tactics we get in EVERY other FRIDAY of the series. That, and I loved the Tommy storyline. I suppose if Jason stalked and killed my family as a kid, I’d wanna make sure his ass was dead too. The whole plot is based upon an ironic turn of events which was a nice change of pace for these flicks (it took a hot telekinetic blonde to up the ante for the next installment, and I’d sooner forget part eight).

Writer/Director Tom McLaughlin took this series in a great direction here, and I have to give him a lot of credit considering this was “part six” of a eighties slasher franchise (Freddy’s sixth adventure was nowhere near this good). This one looked and sounded fantastic, taking a step up from the horribly “dated” feeling of the previous installments. The cast and overall acting are what you’d expect, I mean, this was a step up, but it was STILL a slasher flick. Jason looked and felt as menacing as ever though, the graveyard bit at the start was awesome (loved Tommy’s buddy getting his heart punched out), I was also a big fan of the camper scene, with Jason standing on top like a specter in the smoke.

Camp Crystal Lake felt very atmospheric here, despite the score’s nails on chalkboard approach. There was a brooding feel to the woods, and I just can’t help but wonder why in hell parents would let their kids return to this camp after all that happened. We get some classic eighties dialogue, and I enjoyed McLaughlin’s use of comic relief (I still laugh at those fools playing paintball). The best aspect of this film (and most gratifying of the series) is the climax pitting Tommy against Jason in a crappy little rowboat with a chain tied around a boulder. I still get pumped up when I see it! Sure, in retrospect it feels a bit like JAWS 2, but not enough to make it feel un-genuine.

FRIDAY THE 13TH flicks were never meant to be “thinking” films, far from it. We watch them for the cheap nudity (which I’m sad to say we got none of this time around), impossibly stupid character decisions and to see Jason shred people into bloody sushi. Again, for me, this one sticks out because Tommy’s out to rip Jason a new ass and I thought this was a damn cool approach considering the previous material. JASON LIVES also feels more grounded, and definitely a grade above its predecessors when it comes to production value. I’m excited as hell for the extended “killer cut” of the new FRIDAY THE 13th, and I can only hope that when the new series fires off a sixth installment, it’ll do this flick proud!
THE EXTRAS
Commentary by Director Tom McLoughlin with cast and crew: Tom was dead set on having as much fun (comedy-wise) while still going all out on the action. It’s hilarious hearing that the actor playing “dead Jason” in the grave was freaked out by all the maggots so close to his eye.

Lost Tales from Camp Blood - Part 6: A movie short which I’m assuming is a DVD continuation story (meaning I missed the first five and have no clue what’s going on). I really wanna know what happened to dude’s eye.

The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited Part III: A fake documentary of the Friday the 13th legend. The plastic surgery bit about Tommy was quite humorous.

Jason Lives: The Making of Friday the 13th: Part VI: Tom explains his thought process on how he recreated Crystal Lake. He wanted to go back to the basics of classic horror. I enjoyed his supernatural killer explanation.

Meeting Mr. Voorhees: This is a look at an alternate ending (via storyboard sketches) involving Jason’s father. Interesting, but just a bit too far out left field I think.

Slashed Scenes: Some (remotely) extended scenes with a split second or so of extra gore. Honestly, in most cases I couldn’t really see much of a difference.

Original Theatrical Trailer: An old (and rather bland) feature film trailer.

Preview: A trailer for THE UNINVITED. Loved that flick!
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Like I said, you have to feel lucky as a fan when “part six” of a slasher franchise is not only this much fun, but brings something original to the table as well. I got this same feeling with JASON X, and one more time with the new (re-booted) FRIDAY THE 13th. All three are worth owning.

Extra Tidbit: Alice Cooper’s “The Man Behind the Mask” is still one of my favorite eighties tunes of all time.
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