Horror fans rejoice, for it's Friday the 13th! On this day, us triskaidecaphiles celebrate one of the greatest slasher horror franchises of all time, the cradle of Jason Voorhees, Friday the 13th. The franchise all started in 1980 with the first Friday the 13th movie. With 36 years having gone by since that fateful release, check out what the cast looks like now.
With around 200 kills* to his name, Jason is the most prolific of all major horror movie killers. That's a whole lot of murder — and 12 whole films — for one actor, so it's no wonder that a number of guys have masked up for the role over the years. Check out every single actor that has played Jason Voorhees over the years, let us know your favorite in the comments below, and take this quiz to find out how long you'd last at Crystal Lake.
*Yup, if you factor in the people killed directly or indirectly by Jason on Grendel, Earth 2 and Solaris etc. it's a lot more, but we'll stick to solidly quantifiable deaths for now.
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Deformed Child Jason
Played by: Ari Lehman
Movie: Friday the 13th (1980)
Played by: Steve Daskewisz (above) AND Warrington Gilette (below)
Movie: Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
Third Time Lucky Jason
Played by: Richard Brooker
Movie: Friday the 13th Part III (1982)
The 'Final' Jason
Played by: Ted White
Movie: Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)
New Beginning Jason
Actor: Tom Morga
Movie: A New Beginning (1985)
Played by: C.J. Graham
Movie: Jason Lives (1986)
Played by: Kane Hodder
Movies: The New Blood (1988), Jason Takes Manhattan (1989) Jason Goes to Hell (1993), Jason X (2002)
Kills: 81 (16 + 19 + 23 + 23)
Ice-cold killer Jason X is a personal favorite of mine!
Played by: Ken Kirzinger
Movie: Freddy vs. Jason (2003)
Played by: Derek Mears
Movie: Friday the 13th (2009)
If you're a real Friday the 13th hound then you'll be delighted to learn that a crowdfunded Friday the 13th: The Game is set to splatter all over your screen in the fall of 2016. Get all the juicy details about the upcoming game over here!
Which is your favorite Jason Voorhees?