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Who is Jason Voorhees?

Jason Voorhees is the main character from the Friday the 13th series. He first appeared in Friday the 13th (1980) as the young son of camp cook-turned-murderer Mrs. Voorhees, in which he was portrayed by Ari Lehman. Created by Victor Miller, with contributions by Ron Kurz, Sean S. Cunningham, and Tom Savini, Jason was not originally intended to carry the series as the main antagonist.

Who is Jason Voorhees

Biography Early life

Jason Voorhees was born in the small town of Crystal Lake on June 13, 1946 to Elias and Pamela Voorhees. Jason was afflicted with severe facial deformities, hydrocephalic, an abnormally large heart and mental disability. In the summer of 1957, Pamela, unable to get a babysitter for Jason, resorted to bringing him to Camp Crystal Lake where she worked as a cook.

The Many Faces of JasonVoorhees

The Friday the 13th franchise was as much a part of my childhood as Ghostbusters, Ninja Turtles and Nintendo.I was as passionate about horror movies as I was cartoons, and perhaps even moreso, as watching horror movies required a certain test of skill and endurance for an elementary schooler.

1. Friday the 13th (1980)

Little Boy Jason, perhaps the only time that Jason ever actually scared anybody. I’m not ashamed! In fact, I’m wistful. I miss the days when I could actually be frightened by movies. Some believe that it represents Jason coming back from the grave to seek vengeance while still others take it as nothing more than a dream. Believe it or not, but this exact same argument is going to crop up twice more as we progress.

2. Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)

The famous shock ending to the first film was received SO well, Steve Miner wound up ganking it for both his sequels. But you can’t recapture lightning in a bottle no matter how hard you try, fellas. Grizzly Adams Jason marks the first and last time we’ll get to see Jason with a full head of hair until, I want to say, Jason X. And I believe it’s the only time we ever get to see Jason with a beard, too. Like the ending to the first film, fans argue the legitimacy of this appearance.

3. Friday the 13th Part III (1982)

Sloth Jason dubbed as such because he shares an uncanny likeness with Sloth from The Goonies. When it comes to my Friday the 13th movies, I like everything to be outrageous and over the top, so when compared to all of Jason’s other looks, this one is just bland.

4. Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)

Madman Jason represents Tom Savini’s second crack at the character and first crack at an adult version. Unlike most of Jason’s other faces, this one is so heavy with prosthetics I sometimes wonder if there was anyone under that “mask” at all. I really like this look, even if the face may not hold up so well under scrutiny.

5. Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning (1985)

Roy Jason. I’m really only listing this for the sake of completion, as the “Jason” that starred in Part V wasn’t really Jason at all. Still, even though the “mystery” of the real killer in Part V wasn’t so well done, I do like this film for the high bodycount and the actual narrative break it represents.

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

Corpse Jason bucks the trend set by the previous installments in the series by revealing Jason’s cadaverous countenance at the beginning of the film, rather than at the end. While I enjoyed Part VI, robbing the film of the traditional unmasking sequence felt like a major error. Formulaic, sure, but there’s something to be said about tradition.

7. Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)

>Zombie Jason, perhaps the most crowd-pleasing Jason of all. The build-up to this reveal was one of the more dramatic in the series, as the protagonist uses her mental powers to tighten Jason’s hockey mask straps to the point that his mask splits in half.

8. Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)

Budget Jason is perhaps the most notoriously comical face the killer has ever sported. The reason Jason removed his mask is because he got a face-full of toxic waste, hence the “melty” effect. The end result looks so hilariously cartoonish, though, with his melted skin looking like big teeth.

9. Freddy vs. Jason (2005)

Jason gets played by two actors in this one. First, there’s “Young Jason” (Spencer Stump), who gives us our first and clearest look at Jason in his original human boy form. It’s a pretty good look, I think. I actually didn’t get a chance to see this face until I bought NECA’s Freddy vs. Jason action figure box set, as the toy came with a removable hockey mask.

10. Friday the 13th (2009)

Return of the Hillbilly Jason subdues all the crazy zombie stuff that’d been going on in the previous batch of films, taking Jason back to his roots as a “frightened retard” living in the woods. The 2009 remake was still a pretty good flick, all things considered, and sack-headed Jason actually looked cooler than hockey masked Jason, if you can believe it.

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