Film: Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives
"I went to go cremate Jason but I fucked up!"Jason Lives
— Tommy Jarvis
is the sixth film in the Friday the 13th
Sick and tired of mass murderer Jason Voorhees haunting his dreams and memories, Tommy Jarvis decides to destroy the killer's remains to purge Jason from his mind. Tommy and his buddy Hawes drive to the Eternal Peace Cemetery in Crystal Lake (now known as Forest Green), dig up Jason's rotting corpse, and prepare to burn the remains — but after Tommy stabs Jason in the chest with a giant metal rod, the unexpected happens: two lightning bolts strike the corpse and bring Jason back to life.
While Jason terrorizes Forest Green on his way back "home", Tommy searches for another way to put an end to the nightmare once and for all.
This film has examples of:
- The Alcoholic: Martin, the cemetery caretaker.
- And I Must Scream: When Jason gets chained to the bottom of Crystal Lake, his neck breaks in the process. The final shot of the film is on his moving eye, as he's barely able to move anything else.
- And Show It to You: Hawes dies when Jason punches through him, grabbing his heart in the process.
- Answer Cut: When Martin scoffs at Tommy's screams of reopening Jason's grave, which he had just covered up, he wonders if he thinks he's a farthead. The film then cuts to a group of children yelling "Yes!" in unison.
- An Arm and a Leg: Jason rips off Burt's arm when he takes his machete.
- He also hacked Roy to pieces offscreen.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Normally Jason does quick kills to intruders at Camp Crystal Lake. Even when someone shoots him he shrugs it off. However he was especially pissed when Roy shot him in the chest with a paintball gun. He even takes a moment, to stare at the stain before chasing him. Later on we find out that Roy was found torn apart limb from limb.
- Auto Erotica: Nikki has some fun with Cort in her stepfather's SUV.
- Axe Before Entering: Jason busts through the door to the children's cabin before he is lured into the lake by Tommy.
- Badass Boast: When Stan and Larry argue about the seriousness of the paintball, Stan notes that it's only a game and Larry is just an insurance man. "Death is my business", answers Larry.
- Battle Amongst the Flames: The climax manages to have this in the middle of a lake; when luring Jason into it, Tommy pours gasoline into the water and sets it aflame to increase his chances of success.
- Blood Is Squicker in Water: Jason's face getting propelled underwater sends blood and little pieces of him to the surface.
- Bond Gun Barrel: Parodied in the title sequence after Jason puts his mask on.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Martin chides the audience for their Bile Fascination.
Martin: Some folks have a strange idea of entertainment.
- In the film's infamous case of What Could Have Been, there was to be an after-credit moment where Jason's long lost father, Elias Voorhess was to visit the grave site of Jason and Pamela Voorhees, sending Martin the Caretaker (who was originally slated to survive the movie) away. Sensing that something's amiss with Jason's grave, as if knowing that he isn't under there, Elias glares at the camera, giving a wicked smile, knowing the audience knows the truth. It was remade for the 2009 re-release DVD of the film as a bonus feature using original storyboards and Martin's actor reprising his role, so now viewers can see what was originally planned.
- Car Chase: Megan and Tommy are involved in a short one with sheriff's deputies.
- Cassandra Truth: Tommy's past life in institutions is an obstruction to anyone to believe his claims of Jason's recent revival.
- CPR (Clean, Pretty, Reliable): Used in the end when Megan revives the seemingly dead Tommy.
- Cut Phone Lines: Jason cuts Camp Forest Green's phone lines when he arrives there.
- Deadpan Snarker: Megan.
- Death by Sex: Cort and Nikki.
- Subverted with Megan and Paula, as the sexually active Megan is one of the only survives while the virginal Paula gets the most gruesome death of the movie.
- Death by Irony: "Darling, you're gonna be the death of me. Yeah, but what a way to go!" says Martin to his empty bottle. Then he throws it away, Jason grabs it, breaks it and stabs him with it.
- Destination Defenestration: Jason's killing blow sends Paula through a window. He then grabs her again to mutilate her.
- Does Not Know His Own Strength: Jason is surprised when he accidentally rips off Burt's arm when he throws him into a tree branch.
- Dramatic Thunder: Thunder rolls as Tommy finds Jason's tombstone in the graveyard.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: Sure he was a giant pain in the ass to Tommy for the majority of the film, but Sheriff Garris' beatdown on Jason was pretty cool to watch, even if it wasn't enough to keep him from becoming another casualty.
- Flashback Echo: When Tommy sees Jason's corpse in his open grave , he flashbacks to the events of The Final Chapter, grabs a pole and starts impaling Jason in rage.
- For Doom the Bell Tolls: Used on the teaser trailer.
- Genre Savvy: Lizabeth, upon seeing Jason in the middle of a road:
Lizabeth: I've seen enough horror movies to know any weirdo wearing a mask is never friendly!
- Gory Discretion Shot: Paula's death and mutilation.
- Grave Robbing: Oh Tommy, you really should have let the dead rest in peace.
- Hollywood Darkness
- Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday: Once again, it's Friday the 13th.
- Hostile Weather: There's thunder and lightning in the opening.
- I Shall Taunt You: Tommy resorts to this to lure Jason into the Crystal Lake.
- Instant Thunder
- Ironic Echo: Rick, while aiming at Tommy with his laser scope, tells him that "wherever the red dot goes, ya-bang". Later, when Megan is aiming at him with the same gun to break Tommy out of his cell, Tommy returns those words.
- Jack the Ripoff: When Jason's killings are discovered, Sheriff Garris beliefs that Tommy is behind them to prove Jason's return.
- The Klutz: Roy, the stumbling member of the paintball players.
- Laser Sight: Sheriff Garris's deputy Rick has a laser scope on his revolver.
- Lighter and Softer: Part VI is a little less mean spirited and more of an Affectionate Parody of the series and slasher films in general. It is also the only film in the series not to have any nudity.
- Lightning Can Do Anything: Including reviving a long-dead and rotten Jason.
- Neck Snap: Sissy dies when Jason grabs her through an open window and twists her head around so much that it comes off.
- Later Jason gets his neck snapped when Megan gives him a faceful of motorboat propeller.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Tommy was only trying to cremate Jason's body, but losing his shit and skewering him with a metal rod attracted the lightning bolt that brought him back. In Tommy's defense, the producers would have found some way to bring back Jason whether or not he was involved.
- In fact, Tommy is more-or-less responsible for every kill Jason racks up for the rest of the series, as prior to his unfortunate intervention, Jason was very much mortal (though admittedly Made of Iron), and his interference turns Jason into the zombie we know and love.
- Noisy Nature: A Red-tailed Hawk cry can be heard twice when Paula steps outside one of the cabins, at night.
- Nothing Is Scarier: What did Jason do to Paula that would leave a room covered in blood?
- Novelization: By Simon Hawke, which included the original ending which had Jason's father Elias visiting the graves of his wife and son.
- Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep: Paula tells little Nancy to say a prayer if she feels scared at night. When she sees Jason later on, she uses this.
- Off with His Head!: There's a triple decapitation.
- Paintball Episode: Jason runs into bunch of office workers playing paintball in. He kills them.
- Papa Wolf: Sheriff Garris goes into this mode when Jason threatens his daughter Megan.
- Police Are Useless: When Tommy tries to warn the police of Jason's return, they ignore him due to his past institutionalization. When Sheriff Garris discovers the bodies of the paintballers Jason had previously killed, he decides that Tommy did so while acting out a delusion of Jason's return, dismissing Megan's insistence that Tommy was with her during the killings and thus could not possibly have done it. It's only when they chase Tommy and Megan to Camp Crystal Lake/Forest Green and see Jason with their own eyes that they're forced to acknowledge the truth, and they all die trying to stop him.
- Product Placement: The woman Jason spears early in the film tries to buy him off with the contents of her wallet. An American Express card falls from her hand as she dies, and the camera lingers on it a lot longer than the scene probably merits.
- Quizzical Tilt: Done by Jason when he encounters Cort and his girlfriend "rocking" inside her dad's SUV.
- Sarcasm Mode: Lizbeth's response after Darren tries to scare Jason off the road with their car.
Lizabeth: That really scared him.
- Sequel Hook: The film ends on a closeup of Jason's eye, showing that he's still alive.
- Shovel Strike: Hawes attacks Jason with a shovel after his resurrection, to no avail.
- Staggered Zoom: Used when Jason puts on his mask, and we get a closeup on his one good eye.
- Stay in the Kitchen: Burt's feelings towards Katie's involvement in the game of paintball.
- Summer Campy: This film marks the only time in the franchise that Camp Crystal Lake managed to successfully re-open.
- Uptight Loves Wild: Tommy is a serious person looking to fix his mistake. Megan is a wild girl who has no problem of breaking the law and disobeying her father... who is the sheriff.
- Villain Song: "He's Back (The Man Behind the Mask)", sung by Alice Cooper over the end credits and played on the radio as the counselors unload supplies from a vehicle.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Jason Voorhees, of all people. Even though he kills several people over the course of the film, including the camp counselors, when he's in a cabin filled with sleeping kids, he doesn't lift a finger or harm them in any way, even the one who actually wakes up and sees him.
- Word of God claims that the director decided that Jason would not harm a child out of sympathy for the plight of children generated by his childhood drowning.