Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives is usually considered to be the best movie in the series with Jason as the killer. Mostly because it did something that just about every long running horror franchise did eventually. It became self-aware. After the pointless Friday the 13th: A New Beginning, Tommy Jarvis returns to Camp Crystal Lake just to make sure Jason is still dead. He is, but he accidentally ends up resurrected when a metal post is struck by lightning.
At least now Jason’s unkillable nature has an explanation since he’s basically a walking zombie now. It’s one of the main reasons to like it so much. They’ve also injected it with more action and the meta humor that I mentioned. Specifically when a potential victim points out that she’s seen enough horror movies to know a masked killer when she sees one. Plus the opening parodies James Bond’s gun barrel scene with Jason slashing the camera.
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives made me realize how much this franchise needed to embrace its bloody stupidity. Along with a few genuinely creepy moments. This is the only time the camp has been attended by children. Jason’s walk though their cabin is actually pretty terrifying. The only thing I feel is missing is the nudity. Every Friday the 13th movie but this one has it for some reason. SPOILER ALERT! The sheriff’s daughter Megan is the final girl along with her now boyfriend Tommy Jarvis, who has an epic final confrontation with Jason. Thus ending the Tommy Jarvis trilogy. Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives ends things where they began, in the water.