Friday the 13th (1980), the first movie in this franchise is strange, it’s the mother doing the killing. Of course, back in 1980 we didn’t know what was going to happen with this catalog of movies or if it was even going to get a sequel.
I always wondered if Mrs. Voorhies knew that her son was alive; sometimes she acted like it, but wasn’t she batshit crazy, too? This movie still gets me in all the right spots, no matter how many times I see it.
Now Jason is all grown up and looking to avenge his mother’s death. The opening scene of Friday the 13th Part II (1981) shows a booted figure walking across a street and the first echo of “Kill Kill Kill” is heard. Poor Alice has nightmares of the final moments at Camp Crystal Lake, then the strange stuff begins to happen, making her paranoid of every sound. In the first movie Jason was maybe sixteen and scrawny, how did he get so big when he goes to kill Alice?
I thought it was only a few months after the incident. The other unknown for me was how he found Alice, but I guess neither really matter in the grand scheme of things with these movies. It’s kinda weird for me seeing that flower sack bouncing through the woods as Jason runs to his home, chasing Ginny. The sack is reminiscent of the Phantom Killer in The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976.)
Moving on to Friday the 13th Part III 3D (1982), which begins with the ending of Part II, and Ginny stuck in Jason’s shack dressing up like his mother in hopes of killing Jason. The 3D pieces cracked me up then and do today, I do give them credit for trying. Jason stalking is victims is creepy as expected, going after everyone he comes in contact. Chris’s story is nice at least we know now how she was relevant from the past; nothing to do with the first two movies. Thank you, Shelly for bringing your bag of tricks, because now Jason has his iconic hockey mask.
Friday the 13th The Final Chapter (1984) starts, of course, with flashbacks of the previous installment. The more I watch these movies, I wonder why I like them, there’s really nothing to them. I think it’s like an addiction, I can’t stop. They are the same thing over and over with no real redeeming qualities. We know Jason is going to stalk the woods and kill anyone he finds. Don’t get me wrong, I love all of them. They were a big part of my childhood, waiting for the next one to come out and scare the crap out of me. This installment is pivotal in the franchise because the “real” Jason is killed, and a new one is being born; thanks Cory Feldman for being a freaky child actor, you really made this movie great.