It’s time for another marathon special as Friday, January the 13th is rapidly approaching for us excited horror fiends. I don’t know about you but we here at Binge Out cannot think of a better binge-out movie marathon than the famed Friday the 13th horror franchise. Spanning from the 1980s classics up to the 2009 reboot for the new generation of fans, Jason has been a fan favorite and slasher icon for decades. With a new movie set to release this year as well as Friday 13th being just around the corner it’s time to make your way through the franchise. Make sure you get your provisions ready, this is going to be a long one!
Friday the 13th
A precursor to the Jason legacy – this is the movie that started it all. Set in the summer of 1958 at the infamous Camp Crystal Lake, this is the ground zero of the Friday the 13th film franchise and somehow one of the most overlooked.
Friday the 13th Part 2
Returning to Camp Crystal Lake only five short years after the original tragedies had transpired, this direct sequel received so much adoration from audiences that the Jason Voorhees legacy was officially conceived.
Friday the 13th Part III
Rarely are sequels more popular than the original film, however, in this case, it certainly was. Friday the 13th Part III was so widely successful upon its theatrical release it became the first film to knock E.T.: The Extraterrestrial from the #1 box office slot. Needless to say, Jason’s return is something to be revered.
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter
You and I both know right now this is not the final chapter to the Jason Voorhees saga. All the same, this film has strong ties to the incidents of the second film and a twisted plot all its own.
Friday the 13th: A New Beginning
Attempting to resuscitate the original idea of the Friday the 13th films being an anthology series – we see a new masked killer in this one – it was a bit hard for franchise enthusiasts to swallow. Not an altogether bad film per say but without our beloved antihero Jason Voorhees it just didn’t sit too well with audiences.
Friday the 13th VI: Jason Lives
Promptly returning due to the poor reception of Friday the 13th: A New Beginning, Jason Voorhees is back and this time he’s been recreated to be more powerful than ever.
Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood
A particular fan favorite, this seventh installment features the first time Kane Hodder enters the bill and brings Jason Voorhees to life in an all-new way. The longest running actor to have portrayed Voorhees, Kodden even withstood a record breaking (at the time) 40 seconds of being engulfed in flames for the sake of cinematic authenticity.
Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan
While vacationing from school on Crystal Lake a couple of bumbling hormonal buffoons unwittingly bring Jason Voorhees back to life and he sets sail to none other than, Manhattan in New York City. Not my favorite film of the franchise but an excellent recommendation for fans of Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth.
Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday
Jason Goes to Hell is not only one of my absolute favorites of the franchise but it’s the first film to hint at the A Nightmare on Elm Street crossover film. New developments, government acknowledgment and mystical weapons set this film apart from the others.
A bit far-out from the other installment, Jason X is literally out of this world. Set in space, this installment is what I like to call the ‘hors-d’oeuvre,’ of the franchise as it was created while fans were anxiously anticipating the release of Freddy vs. Jason as hinted at the conclusion of Jason Goes to Hell. Not my favorite of the movies but this one does feature the pretty sick liquid-nitrogen kill – which was actually pretty gnarly.
Freddy vs. Jason
Finally, we see the epic faceoff of horror icons Jason Voorhees and Freddy Kreuger. One of the more fun films in the franchise, my only major complaint is that Kane Hodder was not cast as Jason again. I would have really loved to see him and Robert Englund face off on screen as two of the most terrifying killers in horror – but we can’t have it all now, can we?
Friday The 13th
One of the most highly criticized films of the franchise I urge you to give this 2009 reboot a watch. The accusations of being a remake are completely bunk, this is nothing more than a modern continuation of the franchise and it just so happens to star Supernatural star Jared Padalecki and indie horror icon, Derek Mears. It’s awesome, trust me.
Time Commitment: 12 Films
Why its worth the binge: Seriously though, its an all day Friday the 13th binge on Friday 13th. Need we say more?
Have a wicked Friday 13th binge-out, readers? Stay tuned for updates on the October 2017 reboot of the Friday the 13th franchise, and please be safe and always stay sinister!
– Rachael Rumancek
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