Friday the 13th means two things, bad luck and Jason Voorhees. Without counting the remake, did you know there are eleven Friday the 13th films? As a fan of everything horror, I took it in consideration to make a guide for these slasher films and here it is.
1. Friday the 13th (1980)
Director: Sean S. Cunningham
Cast: Betsy Palmer, Kevin Bacon, Adrienne King, Robbi Morgan, and Jeannie Taylor.
Plot: Teenage Camp counselors go to Camp Crystal Lake, where one by one they are being murdered by an unknown assailant. One of the girl counselors survives and learns the dark history of Crystal Lake.
2. Friday the 13th Part II (1981)
Director: Steve Miner
Cast: Amy Steel, John Furey, Kristen Baker, Stuart Charno, and Warrington Gillette.
Plot: Camp Crystal Lake is shutdown, but a camp is built next to it and once again our counselors are being attacked by an assailant. But this time our killer is named Jason whose mother was killed by our heroine in the last movie. Jason had never died as a child; he lived as a hermit in the woods. So not wanting the counselors around where he lives and to find his dead mother remains, he murders them.
3. Friday the 13th Part III (1982)
Director: Steve Miner
Cast: Dana Kimmell, Tracie Savage, Larry Zerner, and Gloria Charles.
Plot: A group of kids go to a friend’s cabin. One girl named Chris relives each day of when she was attacked by an unknown “monster.” Well all her friends are being murdered and she finds out that it’s Jason; he was the one who attacked her as a teenager in the woods. So now it’s up to her to destroy him.
4. Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter
Director: Joseph Zito
Cast: Corey Feldman, Kimberly Beck, Crispin Glover, and Julie Aronson.
Plot: Having been revived at the hospital, Jason returns to Crystal Lake to meet more victims. However, this time he has met his match in Tommy Jarvis, a young boy with a lot of courage.
5. Friday 13th V: A New Beginning (1985)
Director: Danny Steinmann
Cast: Shavar Ross, Richard Young, John Shepherd, and Carol Locatell.
Plot: While Jason is “dead” from the fight with Tommy, ten years later a local man decides to be just like him and slaughter people. He attacks a halfway house where now teenage Tommy lives.
6. Friday the 13th VI: Jason Lives (1986)
Director: Tom McLoughlin
Cast: Renee Jones, C.J. Graham, Darcy Demoss, and Thom Matthews.
Plot: Tommy is still suffering from his fight with Jason as a child that he has to see if he’s really dead. So he goes to the grave of Jason but accidently brings him back to life. So it’s up to Tommy to once again get rid of him.
7. Friday the 13th VII: The New Blood (1988)
Director: John Carl Buechler
Cast: Kane Hodder, John Otrin, Susan Blu, and Lar Park-Lincoln.
Plot: Years after Tommy Jarvis chained him underwater at Camp Crystal Lake, Jason returns to the camp grounds when he’s released accidently by a teenager with psychic powers. So the girl must use her powers to stop him.
8. Friday 13th Part VIII: Jason takes Manhattan (1989)
Director: Rob Hedden
Cast: Rennie Wickman, Scott Reeves, Kane Hodder, Kelly Hu, and Gordon Currie.
Plot: A local high school is going on a cruise with Jason as a stowaway. The heroine believes she was almost drowned by Jason as a child. Jason eventually sinks the boat and kills many of the students on it, but many of them escape to Manhattan. Jason also comes to Manhattan and the killer is on a rampage.
9. Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993)
Director: Adam Marcus
Cast: Kane Hodder, Steven Williams, John D. Lemay, Erin Gray, and Richard Gant.
Plot: The secret of Jason’s evil is revealed. It is up to the last remaining descendant of the Voorhees family to stop Jason before he becomes immortal. Let me note the ending is quite interesting.
10. Jason X
Director: Jason Isaac
Cast: David Cronenberg (yes the director), Kane Hodder, Lexa Doig, Lisa Ryder, and Jonathan Potts.
Plot: Jason awakes in 25th Century where Earth is no more and everyone inhabits in outer space. So now it’s a new playground for him.
11. Freddy Vs. Jason (2003)
Director: Ronny Yu
Cast: Kelly Rowan, Robert Englund, Monica Keena, Jason Ritter, and Ken Kirzinger.
Plot: Freddy wants to come back to Elm Street, for him ten years have been to long. So he brings back Jason to kill off people, to make himself stronger. Well his plan works but Jason isn’t going to back down so easy, and now it’s a battle between them.
So that’s eleven slasher films that have our favorite villain in them Jason Voorhees.