Friday the 13th: 8-Movie Collection

The eight films in the collection are: Friday The 13th, Friday The 13th Part 2, Friday The 13th Part 3, Friday The 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter, Friday The 13th Part V: A New Beginning, Friday The 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, Friday The 13th Part VII: The New Blood, and Friday The 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan.

Selected Reviews:

Friday the 13th Part 3 directed by Steve Miner:

Voorhees can escape from anything – even death. The guy is incredible! Shoot him or stab him and he recovers. There is nothing that seems to stop this guy on his mission to kill every person that dares come around Crystal Lake. This is good news for fans of the horror series as it means an endless amount of films. This is the third film in the series.

Jason (Richard Brooker – Deathstalker) survives the attack by Ginny and Paul. After killing the two owners of a store and getting some new clothes, Jason moves on to Higgins Haven to continue his murderous rampage against Chris Higgins (Dana Kimmell – appeared in episodes of Charlie’s Angels and Eight is Enough) and his friends Debbie, (Tracie Savage – The Devil and Max Devlin) Andy (Jeffrey Rogers – The Karate Kid, Part 2), Shelly (Larry Zerner), Vera (Catherine Parks – Weekend at Bernie’s), Chuck (David Katims – The First Power), and Chilli (Rachel Howard – Deep Space). Will anyone be able to stop him this time?

You know what? After all is said and done this is a good film. Surprised? Hey, it features good looking teenagers being killed in various gruesome ways by Jason. We shouldn’t expect anything else and it delivers.

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter directed by Joseph Zito:

It is more of the same old, same old with The Final Chapter (wink, wink – we all know there are going to be more Friday the 13ths). We go deep into the woods and watch a bunch of young, nubile people sometimes in the middle of sexual relations or at least various states of undress get killed by that crazy freak, Jason Voorhees. You have to start your judgment of any Friday the 13th film from that point. Never mind the acting, never mind the story. You are there to watch Jason kill many people in gruesome ways.

The Crystal Lake massacres are done…or so we think. Jason is dead and brought to the hospital morgue where he somehow is revived and starts up killing people right off the bat. Hey, what else is a deformed serial killer going to do with his life?

Of course, right near Crystal Lake a bunch of teenagers and a single mother with her two kids are living in cabins in the woods nearby. Jason begins killing off the teens one by one. They are all offed in gruesome ways. Knives through the back or axes in the head. Whatever Jason can get his hands on. But when he comes face to face with young Tommy Jarvis (Corey Feldman – Maverick, Meatballs 4) Jason might have finally met his match.

If you are in the mood, then this good old-fashioned 80s slasher film is a decent one. Full of blood and that creepy Friday the 13th music plus you get to see a very young Corey Feldman and also early performances by Crispin Glover and Peter Barton. The Jason makeup is cool and the death scenes are well done. Director Zito (Red Scorpion, Missing in Action) knows we came for the deaths, so once they start they don’t let up. Good pace. If this would’ve been the last Friday the 13th it would have gone out on a decent note.

Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning directed by Danny Steinmann:

When are they going to learn that Jason is never dead? That he will always return. That everyone should stay away from Crystal Lake and sleep with one eye open. Back from the grave vicious serial killer Jason Voorhees continues on his reign of terror!

Young Tommy Jarvis (John Sheperd – Bless the Child, The Hunt for Red October) is still haunted by his memories of Jason and what went on the last night he saw him. Not able to cope, Tommy is transferred to a halfway home for young adults. Quiet and skittish, Tommy keeps mostly to himself.

Some gruesome murders start happening in and around the halfway home. It seems to everyone that Jason Voorhees has returned to continue on murdering ways. As the number of bodies starts piling up, Tommy begins to question whether he has become the killer who haunts his dreams.

Typical 80s slasher films with naked young bodies, plenty of blood, that cheesy but creepy music, and murders happening in dark and remote places. The formula is followed to a T in this flick. There is a little twist at the end, but if you are a fan then you know what you’re getting into and will enjoy it.

Special Features:

-Digital Copy

-Slashed Scenes

-Making of Featurettes

-Killer Commentaries