|Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives|
|Directed by||Tom McLoughlin|
|Produced by||Don Behrns|
|Written by||Tom McLoughlin|
|Music by||Harry Manfredini|
|Editing by||Bruce Green|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Release date(s)||August 1, 1986|
|Running time||86 minutes|
|Preceded by||Friday the 13th: A New Beginning|
|Followed by||Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood|
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives is a 1986 slasher film, the sixth film in the Friday the 13th film series. The film was written and directed by Tom McLoughlin. This film is notable for being the first time that writers have given Jason superhuman abilities (namely superhuman strength, invulnerability, and regeneration.)
Jason Voorhees is dead and buried. However, Tommy Jarvis, who successfully killed the murderous Jason when he was 12 years old, is haunted by the memories of Jason and after he and his friend Hawes escape from their mental institution, they set out to exorcise his demons once and for all by digging up and finally destroying Jason's body. In a fit of rage, Tommy stabs Jason's corpse with a piece of the cemetery's iron fence. Instead of being sent to Hell, Jason is revived via a jolt of electricity when a lightning bolt strikes the metal post. Hawes is brutally murdered when Jason tears out his heart and his body falls into Jason's coffin and the door slams shut, as Tommy flees the cemetery in his pickup truck. Now even more powerful than before, Jason travels back to Crystal Lake—renamed Forest Green to disassociate itself with Jason and his murderous past at Crystal Lake—killing everyone he meets along the way. First he kills two of the camp's counselors (Darren and Lizbeth) driving in their car. Then he kills five people (Burt, Larry, Katie, Stan, and Roy) who are involved in a paintball war. Then he kills Martin the cemetery caretaker and a couple (Steven and Annette) making out in the cemetery's woods. Then he kills Nikki (Darcy DeMoss) and her boyfriend, Cort (Tom Fridley), one of the camp's counselors, in Nikki's dad's RV
Tommy desperately tries to warn the authorities about Jason, but they are reluctant due to the nature of Tommy's claims and his troubled past. The only person willing to listen to him is the sheriff's daughter, Megan. With her father ready to pin several recent murders on him, she helps Tommy as he devises a plan he believes will finally stop Jason once for all. As Jason preys on the last remaining counselors (Paula and Sissy) of the recently re-opened camp, Tommy lures him out into Crystal Lake, "the place where Jason originally drowned". By now, Jason has killed two police officers and Sheriff Garris, Megan's father. At the risk of his own life, he ties a pair of chains to a large rock and wraps the other end to Jason's neck, and sends the rock to the bottom of the lake. When Megan swims to rescue Tommy, Jason grabs her by the leg trying to pull her down. She starts the motor to the boat and the propeller shreds Jason's face and breaks his neck in the process. Once safely on land, Tommy observes the waters where he left Jason and believes that Jason is finally "home."
The film ends the next day, where it is sunrise and Jason, still alive, is chained at the bottom of the lake, waiting to be released.
The film opened in 1,610 theaters making $6.7 million its opening weekend. Domestically, the film has made $19.4 million.
In addition to an original score, the soundtrack featured:
"He's Back (The Man Behind the Mask)" had an accompanying music video, combining clips from the film with new footage featuring Cooper. It is not present on any home video release of the film, but can be viewed on YouTube.
An official soundtrack has never been made available for sale.
Mainstream critics generally reviewed the film less harshly than the other entries. The bulk of reviews, especially among fans of the series, consider it the best or one of the best entries in the franchise. This is largely attributed to the use of humor, though some were put off by this approach.
Negative criticism of the movie includes general fatigue with the slasher film genre, and the implausibility of Jason's resurrection. The film however did earn some positive reviews, and received a score of 52% at Rotten Tomatoes.
Some of the violent moments were either cut back or re-filmed in order to avoid an X rating, including:
A novelization of Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives was written by Simon Hawke in 1986; notably, the novelization features an appearance of Elias Voorhees, Jason's father who was originally meant to appear in the film, but was cut. The book also includes various flashbacks to Jason's childhood and the backstories of characters such as Tommy and Sheriff Garris are also expanded.