While still a routine slasher in formula, reinventing Friday the 13th's Jason Vorhees as a plausible survivalist killer works.
Tag: Scream Factory
Freddy vs Jason exploits exploitation, sending the '80s slasher genre out in a vicious and unrelenting finale.
Knowingly stupid, Jason X takes a few opportunities to embrace what it is, but then falls into a rut where it takes this scenario seriously.
Maybe if he stayed there Jason Goes to Hell might be worthwhile, but instead, it's a test to see how much junk a fandom can take.
False marketing subtitle aside, Jason Takes Manhattan at least offers a tease for the idea's potential and a satirical time capsule.
Giving Jason Vorhees a capable opponent adds a spark to The New Blood, but the movie never really capitalizes on it.
Wiping out a camp with a smirk, Jason Lives parodies, pays homage, and demeans itself in an entertaining, outlier sequel.
Like The Final Chapter, the New Beginning subtitle turned out to be false, and that's a shame given the possibilities going forward.
Antagonizing moral critics with a child protagonist, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter poses an interesting cultural transition point for the genre.
3D can't save Friday the 13th: Part III's routine, derivative murder spree, although the movie does offer a passable finish.
Introducing adult Jason Vorhees to the world, Friday the 13th: Part 2 is aimless and illogical slaughter without a plot.
Friday the 13th unapologetically borrows from Halloween's success, but adds a careful, well considered angle to differentiate itself.