Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI (1986) *
D: Tom McLoughlin
C: Thom Mathews, Jennifer Cooke, David Kagen, Renee Jones, Kerry Noonan, Darcy DeMoss, Tom Fridley, Alan Blumenfeld
Plot Synopsis: Tommy Jarvis goes to the graveyard to get rid of Jason Voorhees' body, but he accidentally brings him back to life. Jason wants revenge and Tommy must defeat him once and for all!
REVIEW: Thom Mathews, star of The Return of the Living Dead, has been brought into this sixth entry, in the Friday the 13th franchise, to try and inject some humor into the proceedings. However, if you've seen Return of the Living Dead (like myself), you know that Mathews isn't nearly funny enough on his own. Part of what made his scenes so funny in Return of the Living Dead was how he interacted with co-star, James Karen, and how the two of them fed off one another. Mathews brand of humor, especially without James Karen by his side, isn't enough to bring new life into this series, but that's beside the point.
We all know that this movie exists simply to cash in on the brand name established by the previous installments in the Friday the 13th series. If the people behind this film were truly serious about trying to bring something new and fresh to the table, they would have known that simply adding a few jokes wasn't going to do the trick.
Now, I know some people will be upset with my next deceleration, but I'm going to make it anyway. Jason Lives is by far and away the worst entry in the Friday the 13th series. It's a paint by the numbers sequel or in this case, a kill by the numbers sequel. Like the title promises, Jason is resurrected from the grave. He kills a bunch of people and, during the finale, someone tries to put an end to Jason's carnage. We all know the cliches that are going to employed and we can predict almost everything that's going to happen before it happens. To say that the inspiration in this series has ran dry, is an understatement. [R] 86 mins.
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