Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI (1986):
If the title doesn’t put it on front street, I can confirm that yes, indeed, Jason returns to the franchise in glorious fashion. But what does this homecoming mean and how does it affect the mythology that is being built? Join Cory and Nathan as the look a little deeper into “Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI.”
A year has passed since the Pinehurst Halfway House massacre, and Crystal Lake has been renamed to Forest Green. Tommy Jarvis, still suffering from hallucinations ever since his past encounter with Jason Voorhees, returns with his friend Allen Hawes, hoping to cremate Jason’s body and therefore stop his hallucinations. At the cemetery, they dig up Jason’s corpse but seeing it causes Tommy to have an audio flashback to murdering Jason and snap, and he stabs Jason’s body with a metal fence post. As he turns his back on Jason, two lightning bolts strike the post and revive Jason, who kills Hawes.
Tommy makes his way to the sheriff’s office, where he panics and attempts to grab weapons, but is caught and arrested. His warning that Jason has returned goes unheeded by Sheriff Mike Garris, who is aware of Tommy’s mental problems and thinks he is imagining Jason. On the road, camp counselors Darren and Lizbeth get lost looking for the camp and run into Jason, who impales them both with the metal rod that resurrected him. The next morning, Garris’ daughter Megan and her friends Sissy, Cort, and Lizbeth’s sister Paula ask him to search for Darren and Lizbeth. Tommy warns them about Jason, but as he is now considered an urban legend, they ignore the warnings, though Megan becomes attracted to him. In the woods, Jason happens upon a corporate paintball game; he kills the players for their equipment. During these kills, Jason discovers that he is far stronger than before when he rips off a man’s arm without actually meaning to.
At Camp Forest Green, the children arrive, and the teens do their best to run the camp without Darren and Lizbeth. Meanwhile, Garris decides to escort Tommy out of his jurisdiction due to his influence on Megan. Tommy tries to make a run for Jason’s grave but finds that the caretaker had covered it up to deny responsibility for it being dug up, and Hawes’ body is buried in its place. Tommy is then escorted out of town. That night, Jason murders the caretaker and a nearby couple who witness the murder. Meanwhile, Cort goes out to have sex with a girl named Nikki, but both are killed by Jason. The sheriff’s men find the victims’ bodies and Garris immediately implicates Tommy in the murders, believing he has gone insane imagining Jason.
Tommy contacts Megan and convinces her to help him lure Jason back into Crystal Lake. Meanwhile, Jason makes his way to the camp and kills Sissy, then Paula. Meanwhile, Tommy and Megan are pulled over by Garris. Despite Megan’s alibi that she was with Tommy, he does not believe him to be innocent and arrests him, then goes to the camp to investigate. As Tommy and Megan develop a ruse to trick the watching deputy and escape, Jason kills Garris and two other deputies when they arrive at the camp.
Jason is about to kill Megan when Tommy calls to him from the lake; apparently remembering his killer, he goes after him instead. Tommy is attacked in a boat in the middle of the lake and ties a boulder around Jason’s neck to trap him. Jason fights back, holding Tommy underwater long enough to drown him. Megan rushes out to save him but is nearly killed when Jason grabs her leg; she turns the boat’s activated motor around onto Jason’s neck, and he releases her. She takes Tommy back to shore and uses CPR to revive him. Tommy says that it is finally over and Jason is home. Under the water, anchored to the bottom of the lake, Jason is still alive. The final shot of the film is his eye staring off into the water, waiting patiently for an opportunity to return.
The energy of the Tommy character is better in this film (not a hard thing to do after the characterisation in part 5). He is a worthy foe for Jason who is also beefed up in his menace by evolving into a literal undead and brutal killer. Sure, it’s strange that Tommy Jarvis is recast for a third time but at least the continuity is there. This film is a wonderful example of how you regain your footing after a slight misstep, by offering up a delicious plate of fan service. That’s really all this series needs to keep going, and it truly makes me wonder if this is the way to reboot the franchise today. If the studio just spent a few million to make a shlock Friday the 13th every year, filled with unknowns and dropped it in your local theatre every October (or random Friday the 13th that year), would you shell out to buy a ticket? I for one say “yes I would.”
We really thank the fan sites out there for everything they do. They really help us with our research! Check out the Friday the 13th Wiki which have pieced together the timeline and the Horror Wiki for the list of kills! Fun for everyone!
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