Hey Hey Horror Hounds, one of our most beloved fright franchises is slowly inching closer to forty. Friday the 13th turns 36 years old this very week and I thought it was only appropriate we here at The Horror Hound Hotel take a look at the entire franchise as a whole, especially seeing how this upcoming Friday is in fact, Friday the 13th. I'm a longtime fan and confirmed genre aficionado but remember terror fans, everyone makes mistakes. I can't wait to see some truly great Friday super-fan comments.
13. Friday the 13th: The Series (1987-1990) - our cheat entry
Friday the 13th: The Series is a horror television series that ran for three seasons, from October 3, 1987 to May 26, 1990 in syndication. The series follows Micki and Ryan, owners of an antiques store as they try to recover a bounty of cursed antiques. Originally, the series was to be titled The 13th Hour. Other than locations, studios, producers & actor John LeMay, the series and the films share very little in common. However we're ranking it at 13 because without the success of the films, Paramount probably wouldn't have given horror much of a second thought on any medium.
12. Jason X (2001)
Jason X is the tenth installment in the Friday the 13th series, it stars Kane Hodder as the un-dead mass murderer Jason Voorhees. It is most notable in my opinion for being the last appearance of horror icon Kane Hodder in the Friday Franchise. The humorous undertone and science fiction feel of this entry didn't garner much love from fans upon it's initial release however, it's popularity has grown a bit over the years.
11. Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday (1993)
Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday is a 1993 American slasher film, It's The ninth installment in the Friday the 13th film franchise and was a film that upset many longtime Friday fans by giving killer Jason Voorhees very little actual screen time. Ultimately the movie was critically panned and failed to be a success for the franchise's new studio.
10. Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning (1985)
Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning is the fifth installment in the Friday the 13th franchise. Corey Feldman, who played Tommy in The Final Chapter, makes a cameo appearance in the film's opening. Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning is a convoluted mess of bad storytelling. It's also regarded heavily by many as the worst of the original eight films. It's odd and twisty ending tries to recapture the originals whodunit feel but instead left some fans feeling they'd been unfairly tricked.
9. Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)
Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan deals with Jason attacking a group of high school graduates on a ship and later in, New York City. The film grossed only $14.3 million at the domestic box office, making it officially the second lowest-grossing film in the entire series. The film is fun but, it also feels cheap, rushed and half baked.
8. Friday the 13th (2009)
Friday the 13th is a 2009 reboot of the Friday the 13th 1980, and is the twelfth installment in the franchise overall. The character Jason Voorhees was redesigned as a lean, quick killer with a backstory. This seemed to split fans down the middle as some didn't care for the new and improved Jason.
7. Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)
Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood is a 1988 horror film and the seventh installment in the Friday the 13th film series. It significantly marks the start of the Kane Hodder era. Tina Shepard accidentally awakens Jason using her telekenetic powers, subsequently an exciting Jason vs. Carrie type plot begins to develop.
6. Freddy Vs. Jason (2003)
Freddy vs. Jason is a 2003 film directed by Ronny Yu. The film pits Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger against each other in a epic battle royal. The story centers on Krueger manipulating Jason into killing for him until the gigantic brute finally gets tired of being bullied. Both characters survive the encounter but sadly only to be rebooted.
5. Friday the 13th Part III (1982)
Friday the 13th Part III is a 1982 horror film. It was originally released in 3-D, it is the first film to feature Jason Voorhees wearing his signature hockey mask. Continuity wise the film probably should've been titled Saturday the 14th as it's picks up right after part 2 leaves off.
4. Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter (1984)
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter is a 1984 horror film directed by Joseph Zito and starring Corey Feldman. The film was a commercial success, despite receiving many negative reviews from critics. It's considered by some to be the 1st lie in the franchise as Jason would return many more times in the series.
3. Friday the 13th Part Vi: Jason Lives (1986)
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives is a 1986 horror film. The film was written and directed by Tom McLoughlin. The movie is a favorite of mine as it broke many series conventions, including introducing meta-humor, a style similar to Wes Craven's Scream series. The film was a critical success, being the first film in the series to receive favorable reviews since the original and is considered by most to be the arrival of Zombie Jason.
2. Friday the 13th Part II (1981)
Friday the 13th Part 2 is a 1981 horror film directed by Steve Miner. It picks up five years after the first film's conclusion. The film marks the first time Jason Voorhees is the antagonist. the filmmakers decided to bring Jason back to Camp Crystal Lake after the jump scare ending of the first film was such a success with audiences.
1. Friday the 13th (1980)
Friday the 13th is the 1980 orignal. Directed by Sean S. Cunningham and written by Victor Miller it is considered one of the first "true" slasher movies. Admittedly inspired by the success of Halloween, this film was made on a shoe string budget. In the years since it's release it has become a major cult classic. It was also the first movie of its kind to secure distribution in the USA by a major studio. A classic whodunit with a shocking final jump scare, the original Friday is still the king of the franchise to date.
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