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One of the most memorable franchises in horror movie history is easily the Friday the 13th franchise. The series has brought creative kills and serious scares to fans for over 35 years thanks to its signature slasher Jason Voorhees and his deadly machete. And while it's already grown to include 12 films with another on the way in 2017, we'll get a fresh take on the series thanks to the upcoming Friday The 13th: The Game.

Developer Gun Media released a new trailer for the game at PAX West 2016, and it conjures up chilling memories of the iconic film franchise. Judging by this trailer, the game will definitely hold fans over until the franchise's cinematic return. Fans will see a lot more Friday The 13th soon, and we're getting ready for its rebirth with a look at every trailer from the franchise ranked from worst to best.

12. Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood

  • Director: John Carl Buechler
  • Release Date: May 13, 1988

This is my most hated film in the franchise, and the trailer shows why the film just doesn't work. The plot is the most ridiculous of them all, centered on a girl with psychokinetic powers doing battle with Jason. The visual effects look bad, and as we can see the performances don't seem much better. This trailer won't get many excited for the movie. The only good thing about this one is that it marks the first appearance of fan favorite Kane Hodder as Jason.

11. Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning

  • Director: Danny Steinmann
  • Release Date: March 22, 1985

This trailer introduces an interesting concept, featuring a man whose past battle with Jason has driven him insane, but it's ultimately pretty boring. Fans get a dull mashup of scared faces, slow "action" moments and flat shots of Jason standing in the rain. The trailer failed to capture the terrifying action the series is known for, though maybe that's because the film itself is also a bit of a drag.

10. Friday the 13th Part 2

  • Director: Steve Miner
  • Release Date: May 1, 1981

The trailer for the second film in the franchise is one of the worst, mostly because it fails to be original. The Part 2 preview copies the trailer for the first film almost exactly, with the return of kill count motif from the original trailer. It even reuses the creepy "you're all doomed" guy from the first film, and even though it's a new shot he says the same line exactly how he did before.

9. Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter

  • Director: Joseph Zito
  • Release Date: April 13, 1984

This trailer is probably the most average of all them all. Though it promises a conclusion to the franchise, it still seems like a routine story with some decent thrills and deaths, but nothing else really going for it. This would've been a much better trailer if it had teased the possibility of killing Jason for good.

8. Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan

  • Director: Rob Hedden
  • Release Date: July 28, 1989

Friday The 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan is one of the worst movies in the franchise, but the trailer is actually pretty decent. A quick glimpse at Jason's visit to the Big Apple is pretty comical thanks to a jazzy score and a beautiful shot of the city's skyline. It also ramps up the action in the end with some quick cuts featuring Jason's many victims. The trailer makes this one look like a campy delight rather than the abysmal mess we ultimately received.

7. Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday

  • Director: Adam Marcus
  • Release Date: August 13, 1993

This trailer once again promised that the franchise would finally end, delivering some truly hellish imagery alongside some action-packed teases of Jason on the hunt. It does a good job of showing Jason Goes To Hell isn't your typical entry in the franchise, though it could go further into teasing the actual plot of the movie.

6. Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI

  • Director: Tom McLoughlin
  • Release Date: August 1, 1986

Filmmakers looked to reinvigorate the franchise with its sixth installment, and though it wasn't a major box office hit, Jason Lives: Friday The 13th Part VI has become a cult classic. What makes this trailer truly enjoyable is that even though it doesn't offer much in the way of plot, it's still an eerily tense and intriguing tease for Jason's return.

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5. Friday the 13th Part III

  • Director: Steve Miner
  • Release Date: August 13, 1982

Friday The 13th Part III isn't one of the franchise's best offerings, but you wouldn't know that from the trailer. This one is stylish and fast-paced, and while we don't see the Jason's kills in full it's clear they'll be pretty creative. The fact that this trailer's so good makes it really disappointing that the movie's so weak.

4. Jason X

  • Director: James Isaac
  • Release Date: April 26, 2002

Jason X might be the worst movie in the franchise, with a"fresh" plot and sci-fi setting that ultimately add up to a bland rehash of the formula. And it doesn't help that the visual effects are disappointing and the performances are terrible. But the trailer features some really stylish editing, good suspense and a fresh sense of humor that was missing from the franchise. The trailer manages to make a terrible movie actually look fun, which is pretty impressive.

3. Freddy vs. Jason

  • Director: Ronny Yu
  • Release Date: August 15, 2003

Freddy vs. Jason broke new ground for the horror genre with its crossover storyline, pitting Jason against Freddy Krueger from the Nightmare On Elm Street series, and it turned out to be a huge success. The trailer teased an epic on-screen battle between our heavyweight Jason and the methodical psychopath Freddy, and showed it would be a stylish and creepy story.

2. Friday the 13th — 2009 Reboot

  • Director: Marcus Nispel
  • Release Date: February 13, 2009

Reboots are inevitable for long-running horror hits, and Friday The 13th got its own in 2009 with an updated take on the original movie. The reboot's trailer was definitely one of the driving forces behind its success, as it evoked fond memories of the original with its countdown to 13 kills alongside all the excitement you'd expect from a modern horror trailer. It's slick and suspenseful while still being really exciting.

1. Friday the 13th — 1980 Original

  • Director: Sean S. Cunningham
  • Release Date: May 9, 1980

Whether you were a fan of the original movie or not, there's no denying the trailer for the first film is the best one of them all. The numbered kill motif establishes a mystery that makes you want to watch the film, further helped by the trailer's use of point-of-view shots. Seeing the death from the killer's eyes makes this really unique, showing off some original style that makes you want to watch the film.

Friday The 13th: The Game is set to be completed and released this October, with the next movie due to hit theaters in 2017. Which Friday the 13th trailer is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!


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