The bonanza continues! Yesterday’s top four are the ones that movie fans in general, free of preconceived notions, might like. The selection this time around is for those of a more specialist bent. There’s still plenty to enjoy, but the quality is highly variable.
Today, the four pretty good ones …
Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988) – It seems a tad cheeky to put the word “New” in the seventh installment of anything, but they did it anyway. The New Blood is fairly humdrum on the whole, but the psycho vs. psychic showdown is thrilling stuff. And Jason’s hulking frame, complete with exposed bones, has never looked more imposing. This is the one where he smashes an occupied sleeping bag against a tree, a trick that’s repeated to intentionally comic effect in Jason X.
Friday the 13th Part 3 in 3-D (1982) – An entertaining but terribly acted entry, significant for being the first time Jason dons his famous hockey mask. The final scene, in which his dead mother makes a brief appearance, is both nicely executed and a pointless rip-off of part one. This is the one where Jason squeezes a guy’s head until his eyeball pops out. Must have looked nice in 3-D on the big screen!
Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993) – This attempted reboot gets brownie points for trying to do something new, but who really cares about a body-hopping Jason? The fans want to see their favorite unkillable sociopath go nuts, not a succession of regular people possessed by his evil spirit. This is the one where a girl gets cleft in two by a long spike while she’s having sex. Yikes!
Freddy Vs. Jason (2003) – Yes, the battle royale between the terror titans is very entertaining … too bad about the rest of the movie. Pointlessly convoluted exposition, some appalling acting and the redundant dialogue come close to sinking what should have been a series highlight. Also, Ken Kirzinger is too tall and lean to play Jason, and the redesigned mask doesn’t look right. This is the one where a giant caterpillar smokes a hookah—believe me, I wish I were kidding.