Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Film Review: Friday The 13th Part 6 - Jason Lives (1986)

Friday The 13th: Part 6 - Jason Lives (Review)
United States/1986
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: No

"...better than the last installment."

Tommy Jarvis, who previously killed Jason, visits Jason's grave to cremate his buried body. However, Jason's dead body is struck by lightening and he is revived. Now, the zombified Jason returns to his lake to slaughter a new batch of camp counselors.

Friday The 13th: Part 6 has an interesting story. The story confirms Jason as a supernatural being as he returns to life, which explains how he walks so fast, and stalks an active campground; I like Jason's new design, I think it's something fresh for the series and it makes him more intimidating. The campground consists of the usual stupid teenagers and a group of kids looking to have fun; unfortunately, the story doesn't really utilize the campground or the kids as most of the action revolves around the campground rather than inside it. As expected, the characters have sex, mess around, then die. Jason is presumable defeated in a fiery finale, which was good.

Part 6 really doesn't pretend to be much more than a B-movie slasher. It's not actually scary since the suspense is simply not there leaving the jump-scares legless. The kills are better than the last installment. Although much of the action is still performed of screen, the gruesome aftermath of a kill was impressive. The comedy was hit-or-miss, again -- better than the last installment, though. The film implements some action elements, which gives the film some variety and life, but doesn't really excel; some people may even feel it's out of place.

The acting is mediocre, both leads have terrible delivery during some vital lines -- usually when they are shouting; in fact, I wasn't a big fan of neither lead as they were played poorly and their characters were soooo annoying. (more annoying than the usual lead in the series, the characters in this film just weren't all too likable.) I like the music in the film, I just wish the iconic sounds would have a stronger presence. The writing tries something new, and it succeeds at some of it, but it is still cliché and generic.

Overall, Friday The 13th: Part 6 is an okay 80s slasher. If you go in with the right expectations, I'm sure you'll find some entertainment from this installment -- just don't expect much innovation or an exceptional horror film and you'll be fine. A solid film to kill a night.

Score: 5/10
Parental Guide: Strong violence and gore, some sex.

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