aka: Jason Lives: Friday the 13th VI, Friday the 13th VI: Jason’s Alive!
Director: Tom McLoughlin
Starring: Thom Matthews, Jennifer Cooke, David Kagen, Renee Jones, Kerry Noonan
Kill or be killed!
Jason Vorhees has been resting in his grave for several years, but Tommy Jarvis is still not convinced that he is fully dead. He visits Jason’s grave to cremate his body and make sure he will never come back, but things do not go as planned and Jason gets resurrected by lightning.
Tommy tries to warn the local sheriff who does not believe him and instead locks him up. While Tommy is in jail, Jason slaughters his way back to Camp Crystal Lake which are now filled with counselors and children.
Jason Lives has been a fan favorite for years and I’m guessing that’s because it increased the fun factor of these films and Jason also turned into a more zombielike creature which he would continue to be in the following films. The comedy of the film is very apparent right from the opening which spoofs James Bond and also when the grave caretaker breaks the fourth wall and talks directly to the audience. The film doesn’t balance it very well and some of it, like the paintball scenes just gets corny instead of being funny.
The body count is very high, although it’s not the most bloody Friday film. Just like the previous film, random victims that have nothing to do with the story pops up to add to the body count. There’s a lack of nudity in this actually, which is kind of strange. For once there is actually kids in Camp Crystal Lake aswell, although they fail to use that to create more scares or suspense. There is one interesting scene though where Jason stands face to face with a little kid and does not hurt her.
Tommy Jarvis is this time played by Thom Matthews who horror fans will also remember from Return of the Living Dead. This is the third film that Tommy is in and again he is changed completely and does not resemble the young Tommy from the fourth movie or the mentally unstable Tommy from the fifth one. This Tommy is better than the one from the fifth film and he is a decent leading character. His love interest Megan, played by Jennifer Cooke is a cute girl who doesn’t mind a little excitement in her life. I didn’t care that much about her though and they could have done better with the character.
The new characters at the camp is cliché and unmemorable. They are also perhaps the worst camp counselors that Crystal Lake has ever seen. I guess the training camp from the second film has been abandoned a long time ago or youngsters are perhaps not interested in working at this place after everything that has happened there.
Jason Lives suffers from not trying to add any suspense to it. We see Jason too much and way too much in daylight and there are a lack of likeable characters. It’s entertaining enough for Jason fans, but it does leave you wanting something darker and scarier.