Faster, Jason! Kill! Kill! Five top FRIDAY THE 13TH deaths
Earlier, as part of Sundance Channel’s WTF, we celebrated the film industry’s most psychotic mothers – triggered by Mrs. Voorhees’ hack-job through the original FRIDAY THE 13TH. Yet, as most of you know, Jason Voorhees picked up his mother’s torch with FRIDAY THE 13TH, PART 2 … and promptly buried it in some poor teenager’s chest. The sequel screens just after midnight Thursday night (Friday, Nov. 9th at 12:15A, to be specific).
What you might not remember, if you haven’t seen the second FRIDAY in quite some time, is that Jason gradually morphed into the hockey mask-sporting, machete-wielding killing machine. In the beginning, he was just a disturbed lunatic bothered by the fornicating counselors who had – in his mind – murdered his mom. But one great kill got him started down his bloodthirsty career path, and led to our five favorite FRIDAY kills from the course of the long-running series.
Celebrate the screening of FRIDAY THE 13TH, PART 2 with this morbid list … and tell us which kills we missed.
Spear Through the Mattress
In Steve Miner’s FRIDAY PART 2, Jason stands over two camp counselors who’d just done the deed and drives a spear through both of their bodies as well as the mattress. Miner shows us the bloody head of the weapon emerging from under the bed and into the floor. We’re choosing this scene for its historical relevance. With this kill, FRIDAY establishes a sexually aggressive motive that would keep Jason killing for years to come.
If the first two FRIDAY movies tried to pass as traditional horror, chapters three and four is where Jason got sadistically freaky and the franchise found its groove. Speaking of “groove,” does anyone remember Crispin Glover spastically moving to the beat in the deliciously twisted FRIDAY THE 13TH, PART IV – THE FINAL CHAPTER? Seizure dancing helps Crispin work up a thirst, so he heads to the kitchen … where Jason promptly pins him to the counter by driving a corkscrew through the dude’s hand. Painful? Yes, but it’s nothing compared to the meat cleaver Jason then buries in his victim’s forehead.
Sleeping Bag, Meet Tree
Jason’s best kills don’t have to be bloody. In FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VII – THE NEW BLOOD, the maniac makes good use of his wooded surroundings. After infiltrating Judy’s tent, Jason patiently waits while the terrified girl crawls underneath her sleeping bag, hoping the boogeyman will … I don’t know, just go away? Yeah, Jason doesn’t do that. Instead, he drags her out of the tent while still in her sleeping bag, then introduces the bag to a nearby tree.
Wheelchair Down the Stairs
Back to FRIDAY, PART 2, where Jason proves he’s a merciless killer by offing the handsome, strapping Mark … who happens to be in a wheelchair. Don’t try to plea with Jason, though. He’s not interested. He sends Mark rolling to his death by whacking him upside the forehead with a machete. Unfortunately for Mark, his wheelchair happens to be near a flight of stairs when he receives the blade, flinging him on one last bumpy ride.
The FRIDAY movies didn’t necessarily get better with age. However, by JASON X (which actually sends the marauder into outer space), the series’ screenwriters did cook up one very creative way to eliminate a brainy female scientist. Waking from a centuries-long nap, Jason grabs the lab rat and plunges her face first into a pool of liquid nitrogen. Because freezing her face isn’t cruel enough, Jason finishes her off by smashing her frozen face into a table. Brutal! And one of the five best kills in FRIDAY franchise history.
FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 2 is part of Sundance Channel’s WTF: Watch This Film. Catch our weekly selection of the weird, wacky and way out every Thursday at Midnight.