It’s Friday the 13th and You Know What That Means
When the thirteenth day of a month lands on a Friday it goes without saying that any good fan of horror flicks knows what they are supposed to do. Luckily for us here at Uphill Both Ways, Popcorn Frights Film Festival is screening Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives for its 35th anniversary which provides us an extra reason to visit Crystal Lake. Who says the number 13 is unlucky?!?
What it DOES have are a few things that most slasher films don’t; It bucks the trend by having no nudity (a minus in some people’s books, probably), and what sex there is isn’t treated like an act that deserves punishment by way of impalement, disembowelment, or decapitation. Heck, it’s even got shootouts and car chases! By taking a slightly different route to get us to our destination, McLoughlin manages to make the movie fun, yet still incorporating the expected sub-genre tropes.
All-in-all, Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives is a breath of fresh air for the franchise - something it sorely needed after the previous film - and it brought Jason into the realm of the supernatural which allowed for wiggle room in following entries when it came to explaining some things (except for that ending to Jason Takes Manhattan, but the less said about THAT, the better). If you’ve never seen this, or maybe just haven’t seen it in a long time (it HAS been 35 years since it came out in theaters), now is a perfect opportunity to rectify that.
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives screens as part of Popcorn Frights, which runs on both the big screen in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and online nationwide from August 12-19, 2021. For more information, visit www.popcornfrights.com
reviewed by Mike Imboden
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives
Directed by: Tom McLoughlinWritten by: Tom McLoughlin
Producer by: Don Behrns
Starring: Thomas Mathews, Jennifer Cooke, David Kagen, and C.J. Graham
Runtime: 86 minutes
Release Date: August 1, 1986
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