Yay! It is Friday the 13th! You know what that means? It is time for a completely expected and formulaic post on the Friday the 13th Franchise. Movie review sites can be predictable sometimes. But at either rate, I am a big Friday the 13th fan! I remember traveling to my local video store the now defunct Movie Stars to rent each of the movies in the series. It took me the better part of the week but I binge watched and still check them out from time to time. Considering that there are now 12 of these things (oh please get to number 13!), I think it is a good idea to rank the top five Best Friday the 13th movies to celebrate this special quasi holiday.
Please keep in mind that this is my personal opinion. I gather this information on my own critical analysis. If you disagree with the list, please leave a comment. I love to debate. Other than that, on with the list.
5. Friday the 13th: A New Beginning
I may be in the minority here, but I thoroughly enjoy this movie. It is often considered a black sheep of the series as it is one of the few movies to not actually feature Jason Voorhees as the killer, but that aside it was a pretty innovative way to attempt to keep the series going. Keep in mind, the plan wasn’t for the series to go this long and the idea of a different killer each time was a novel way to ensure the series survival and not necessarily need to pull out anything intensely supernaturally when it came to Jason.
Personally I would have liked to have seen the series where Tommy Jarvis took over as the killer… But I guess I will have to spend the rest of my life wondering what if. But all of that besides the point, it earns the spot at number 5 for being one of the most different movies in the franchise.
4. Friday the 13th VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan
Certainly one of the most ‘self aware’ movies in the franchise up until the point where Jason goes into space, but more on that later. For now, let’s discuss the goofy idea of taking a killer in a small camping village and putting him in the big city… For the last 30 minutes. Friday the 13 Part VIII is the horror movie you watch for slap stick fun. It is goofy, the deaths are wacky, and the mere concept of Jason Voorhees walking down the streets of New York to the apathy of New Yorkers is just plain perfect. Easily one of the best in the series.
The final chapter… Or the fourth installment of a twelve part franchise. But whatever works. Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter is the conclusion of one distinctive part of the series that includes parts 2 and 3. These are the parts that has Jason appear to be mortal, albeit it super strong and insane. It also kicks off the Tommy Jarvis plot lines which is one of my favorite stories in the franchise. The Final Chapter may seem like an odd inclusion at number 3, but all things considered it is one of the eriest and most suspenseful movies in the series which is why it finds itself at number three on the list.
2. Jason X
Jason X has been mentioned on my site before for being one of the most fun experiences that any horror fans can have with a movie. Jason X simply put is Friday the 13th IN SPACE! That concept alone is enough to sell me. But it truly remains one of the films that just seems to get rid of all pretense and has a film dedicated to hours of slapstick, cut them up fun. With such lines as memorable as ‘It is okay guys! He just wants his machete back!’ it is hard not to love this part of the Friday the 13th franchise.
How could it be anything else but the original? Friday the 13th is a classic and easily one of the greatest horror movies ever made. While Halloween may have started the slasher flick genre, it was Friday the 13th that brought the genre to the center stage and created an entire fan base created around the unstoppable killer picking off people one by one.
The film is well paced, well made, well acted, and all around one of if not the greatest slasher flick ever made. Betsy Palmer’s performance as Mrs. Voorhees ranks as one of the greatest horror villains of all time and even though she did the movie just so she could buy a new car, the woman puts on a truly terrifying performance, making her twice as terrifying as any masked killer. Because of all of these reasons that Friday the 13th finds itself on the top of this list and on the top of the list of greatest horror movies ever.
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