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Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)

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Tommy Jarvis goes to the graveyard to get rid of Jason Voorhees' body once and for all, but inadvertently brings him back to life instead. The newly revived killer once again seeks revenge, and Tommy may be the only one who can defeat him.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thom Mathews ... Tommy
Jennifer Cooke ... Megan
David Kagen David Kagen ... Sheriff Garris
Kerry Noonan Kerry Noonan ... Paula
Renée Jones ... Sissy (as Renee Jones)
Tom Fridley ... Cort
C.J. Graham ... Jason
Darcy DeMoss ... Nikki
Vincent Guastaferro ... Deputy Rick Cologne
Tony Goldwyn ... Darren
Nancy McLoughlin Nancy McLoughlin ... Lizbeth
Ron Palillo ... Allen Hawes
Alan Blumenfeld ... Larry
Matthew Faison Matthew Faison ... Stan
Ann Ryerson ... Katie


Tommy Jarvis returns to the graveyard to make sure Jason Voorhees is dead and accidentally brings him back to life. Now it's up to Tommy to stop Jason's mindless killing and put him back where he belongs. Written by Michael Silva <silvamd@cleo.bc.edu>

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Did You Know?


The original actor to play Jason was fired for being too fat. They recast the part with C.J. Graham, a restaurant manager with no stunt experience but a military background as an Army soldier. That made him perfect to take orders and execute stunts with military precision. Bradley's paintball scenes were not re-shot meaning he does play Jason for a very brief part of the film, after that point it's C.J. Graham as the masked killer. See more »


(at around 52 mins) The amount of blood on the machete and the position the little girl is holding it change as she shows it to Paula. See more »


Paula: You guys, I'm getting worried.
Cort: About Jason?
Paula: No, about Darren and Lizbeth. They should've at least called, don't you think? Megan?
Megan: What?
Paula: Hello?
Megan: Yeah.
Sissy: This girl's back in the jail cell with her prisoner of love. Don't be messing with no crazy jailbird, girl. Those dudes are bad news.
Megan: And how do you know?
Sissy: I've been around long enough to see plenty on TV.
Megan: TV?
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Crazy Credits

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Alternate Versions

The following scenes were cut to avoid an "X" rating:
  • Allen's insides were ripped out of his body by Jason. He dragged the guts and heart out; he dropped them on the ground where his heart lay steaming.
  • The triple decapitation of the three paintball players. The first print showed their bodies and heads dropping to the ground.
  • The two camp counsellors in the car's deaths were also trimmed: The part where the woman is speared in the water originally showed a close-up shot of blood coming to the surface of the water with the air bubbles. The man was speared, lifted into the air, and then slid down the spear, leaving his insides on it.
  • Jason shoved the broken bottle into the caretaker's neck and he falls to the ground as the camera gets a close-up of the blood coming out of the bottle.
  • Cort's death originally was not as quick-cut and you could actually see the knife going into his head before he falls over.
  • The wall-to-wall blood cabin originally had a lot more blood and guts in it. There were shots of livers and hearts running down the walls, but it was all thought too graphic to have in the film.
  • The backbreaking sheriff's scene had more to it. There were more screams, more bone crushing, and his legs began to kick.
  • A scene at the very end was cut. In it, a red-haired Elias Voorhees walked to his son's grave. Knowing he wasn't in the casket, Elias gives the camera a wicked glare.
  • Sissy's death was toned down. Originally, you could see her head torn off and dropped.
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Easily the best in the series up until "Freddy vs. Jason."
31 December 2011 | by Htom_SirveauxSee all my reviews

And it pains me to say that, considering that Kane Hodder is my favorite Jason, and he didn't show up until the horrifically below-par "Part VII." But as far as "Friday the 13th" films go, "Part VI" takes the cake as the best.

The first thing they did right was bringing back Jason, and by that I mean the REAL Jason, not some copycat killer like in the fifth film. Adding in Thom Matthews of "Return of the Living Dead" fame as Tommy Jarvis was also a nice touch. Determined to destroy Jason Voorhees' (C. J. Graham) "mortal" remains to ensure that he never comes back (yeah, right), Tommy and his friend inadvertently wind up actually facilitating the exact opposite of what they intended when a stray lightning bolt strikes the iron prong Tommy impales Jason's body with in a fit of rage, resurrecting the mad slasher for another showdown with promiscuous and/or intoxicated young people.

What follows is the best-scripted film in the series up until Jason's future showdown with Freddy Krueger, as he returns to what he does best, procuring himself a machete and inflicting his brutal revenge on just about everyone he meets. The nice thing about this movie is that while it's an old formula that kept getting recycled, the victims in this movie weren't nearly as obnoxious as they were in both previous and following films (the same can be said of "Part VIII"). Furthermore, the film manages to poke fun at itself to the audience's amusement while at the same time being faithful to its series. The "final" showdown between Jason and Tommy is quite entertaining as well.

It's hard to bring originality to a film series that is beating a dead horse - and even harder for a slasher film series, which are notorious for beating a dead horse in the first place - but "Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives" succeeds. If you're a slasher fan, don't miss it; you probably won't be disappointed.

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Release Date:

1 August 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aladdin Sane See more »

Filming Locations:

Georgia, USA See more »


Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,750,837, 3 August 1986

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo


Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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