Hey, Happy Friday the 13th!

Last November, I decided to torture myself and watch all of the Friday the 13th films in order, from the original right up to Jason vs. Freddy*. And to celebrate this special day, I thought I’d rank them and include brief commentary (some cribbed from my ADDmovies reviews).

  1. Friday the 13th (1980)
    The first and the best. Sure, even as the first in the series, it wasn’t completely original, but the mood and direction was spot on. I’m still washing the sight of Kevin Bacon’s butt out of my mind’s eye, though.
  2. Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)
    This is an underrated entry in the series and, really, one of my favorites. The zombie-Jason concept is pretty lame, but I’m still a complete mark for Thom Matthews’ wonderful overacting.
  3. Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter (1984)
    Crispin Glover’s wonderful weirdness and a good showdown finale make the by-the-numbers first hour worthwhile.
  4. Friday the 13th Part II (1981)
    A decent enough sequel that introduces us to Burlap Sack Jason.
  5. Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)
    Before Jason vs. Freddy, there was Jason vs. Carrie. And yes, I enjoyed the heck out of the final battle.
  6. Friday the 13th Part III (1982)
    The focus on 3D really hurts this on DVD, despite a great filming location and an engaging second half.
  7. Friday the 13th Part X: Jason X (2001)
    A complete turd, yet a moderately enjoyable turd. Horror movies in space always mark jumping the shark, but what the hell… there’s still some good gore.
  8. Friday the 13th Part XI: Freddy vs. Jason (2003)
    Fun, creative deaths and the final confrontation are worthwhile payoffs after sitting through painfully inane dialogue, even by slasher standards.
  9. Friday the 13th part IX: Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993)
    A pretty terrible movie. Plus, the second lying subtitle of the series. Good unrated gore, bad Jason meets Shocker plot.
  10. Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning (1985)
    Boring kills and overacted with exaggerated stereotypes, even for an 80s slasher. This one puts the “dud” in Dudley. I should note that it’s fun enough if you watch it knowing beforehand that it sucks.
  11. Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)
    The concept had potential, but was utterly wasted with poor script, casting, and, especially, soundtrack decisions. Perhaps worse than part V.

The always-excellent Dead Pit today released a special Friday the 13th-themed podcast. I called in and managed to insult the guests of the show, all from part V. Thankfully, that segment was recorded separately.

* I skipped part 6 because I watched it earlier in the year and am going to finally finish off my viewing with Jason vs. Freddy this weekend.