In celebration of the day and date, here's an overview of the dozen or so films that make up the beloved slasher series.
He's one of cinema's most endearing 'characters', a figure of fear for nearly three decades. And yet he's not some one-liner quipping child killer or hulking sinister 'shape'. He doesn't wield a chainsaw (usually) and didn't make a pinheaded deal with the devil until sometime later in his creative canon. Indeed, Jason Voorhees and his Friday the 13th films have become the stuff of legitimate legend, forging a VCR fueled fanbase that takes every action of his hockey masked spree slayer and transforms it into the goriest of Gothic gospel. In deference to the date, we here at SE&L thought we would revisit every single movie in the Friday franchise - and sheepishly recognize that this means we indeed own all 12 - to see if the films themselves hold up to critical scrutiny. Even better, from 1980's original slice and dice to the current installment's cruel carving, we can see how Jason evolved, how he grew, and in several cases, how he blew, beginning with:
Friday the 13th
Friday the 13th, Part II
Friday the 13th Part III
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter
Friday the 13th: A New Beginning
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives!
Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood
Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan
Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday
Freddy vs. Jason
Friday the 13th 2009