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

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.

Director:

Tom McLoughlin

Writer:

Tom McLoughlin

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Cast

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 ... Lizbeth
Ron Palillo ... Allen Hawes
Alan Blumenfeld ... Larry
Matthew Faison Matthew Faison ... Stan
Ann Ryerson ... Katie
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Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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The Nightmare Returns. This Summer. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aladdin Sane See more »

Filming Locations:

Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,750,837, 3 August 1986

Gross USA:

$19,472,057
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Thom Mathews, who plays Tommy here, is equally well known to genre fans as Freddy from Return of the Living Dead. See more »

Goofs

The Turkish poster features artwork of Jason wielding a chainsaw. He does not use a chainsaw in this film, nor in any other film in the series. See more »

Quotes

Deputy Rick: Mike, over here!
[Garris arrives and Rick points to the ground, where they see arms and legs of a paintball player]
Deputy Rick: I'll order up some body bags.
Sheriff Garris: [referring to Tommy] Our boy sure wants us to believe his story.
Deputy Rick: Well, he picked the right day to pull this shit.
Sheriff Garris: What do you mean?
Deputy Rick: Happy Friday the 13th.
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Crazy Credits

First end credits to feature a song and not the Friday the 13th theme music. See more »

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Soundtracks

Teenage Frankenstein
Written by Alice Cooper and Kane Roberts
Performed by Alice Cooper
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User Reviews

 
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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