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This is a "Wild Mass Guess" entry, where we pull out all the sanity stops on theorizing. The regular entry on this topic is elsewhere. Please see this programme note.
Friday the 13th
The events of Jason X were a dream created by Freddy to test Jason.
Before using Jason to his advantage, Freddy wanted to know just what Jason was capable of. This explains both why Jason X was released before Freddy VS Jason, and the ridiculousness of the premise.

Jason doesn't actually come back to life at the end of the remake, it's a bad dream
  • Whitney dozes off, relieved to finally be rid of him. Then WHAMMO! nightmare.

Jason is a stoner.
In the last movie, he seems intent on killing teenagers that take weed from a large patch in his woods. That's HIS weed. (This theory comes from the movie review at spill.com.)
  • Alternatively, Jason's a drug dealer. Not everyone who farms and sells weed is a user; it could be all business for him. Those little shits are stealing his weed and costing him money.
  • Alternatively-alternatively, Jason's neither of these things; the weed is bait. He planted that patch knowing that teenagers would be drawn to it, and inevitably smoke it, making them easier to kill.

The kids sent to Crystal Lake have been sentenced to death
All the kids are violent criminals. They are brainwashed and sent to Crystal Lake, and hidden cameras record their grisly execution for the masses. Jason is a convicted murderer who was promised life instead of the chair if he offs all the kids. This is why Jason keeps coming back from death; there's more than one Jason, and they all take the same deal.

This also explains why the kids are so dumb: they are conditioned to run off by themselves.

And finally, 'Jason' gets luxury dinners if he kills off the kids in a certain way; the viewers of the surveillance tapes expect the cliches of a horror movie.
  • Alternately, since being able to give people false memories like that would probably imply that this is the future, Jason could be a bio-engineered killing machine. He keeps coming back because when he has a very resilient physiology and can hibernate for very long periods, and if he is killed for good the government just uploads all his memories, clones him, and put the memories in the clone. He may be brainwashed to believe his own origin story. Or perhaps his origin story is actually true, except he was brought back to life and transformed into the Jason we know by the government.

The telekinetic girl the seventh film was a relative of Carrie
They both have mental powers, they both are messed up, and the book did say the gene for telekinesis only expressed itself in females.
  • The movie as a whole is a lot more entertaining if we just pretend it is Carrie.

All the films after the original are just a delusion of Mrs. Voorhees.
Only the relatively realistic events of the first film ever happened. Jason did die as a child and never came back to life. Mrs. Voorhees, incurably insane after the loss of her son, imagined him coming back and taking vengeance on camp counselors.

He always dies because that's the event in his life that she most remembers. But in her fantasies, he always comes back. Just before dying, she became so delusional that she re-imagines the recent events with Jason as the killer instead of her (the 2009 remake).

  • Specifically, the films all zip past her as visions in the seconds while she clutches at the space where her head used to be after getting decapitated at the end of the first film.

Jason is some sort of corporeal ghost.
It'd explain a lot. Jason actually did drown as a kid, with his restless spirit residing in the lake. The death of his mother angered his spirit into taking vengeance, but as A. a ghost and B. a mentally handicapped kid, his targets are basically "anyone who crosses my path." He generated a corporeal, hulking body and set off to avenge his mother. As killing is really his only purpose, it's the only thing he can fully comprehend - this is why he can be so creative with his killing methods despite being dumb when it comes to anything else. The people who "killed" Jason throughout the series only managed to trick him into thinking he was dead (well, dead in the not getting up and killing people way) - once Jason remembers he's a corporeal ghost and thus can't die, he gets back up and starts killing again. This also explains how he's able to pull off the classic offscreen teleportation trick, as well as how he managed to string up people's bodies in gruesome ways with so little time.
  • Well, he *does* escape from his private hell when Freddy, invading his mind in the form of his mother, reminded him that "you cannot die; you are only sleeping."

Jason is a zombie resurrected by Pamela
One of my fave theories I had heard was that Jason is actually just a demon possessing the dead body of Jason Voorhees and which was trapped in that corpse by Pamela's experimentations with dark magic after her son's death. This was brought up in the sadly non-canon comic book Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash where it's either hinted or flat out stated (don't have the books in front of me) that she used the Necronomicon and turned her son's corpse into a kind of deadite.
  • Alternatively, Jason's powers are a result of Pamela dabbling in black magic. She used it either in an attempt to simply bring back her lost child with the unusual strength and immortality being an unexpected side effect, or fully with the intent of making him large and extremely powerful, unable to die so that he can kill those Pamela felt were responsible for his death. What she didn't know was that the spells don't work until the conjurer's death.
  • Jason being a sort of proto-deadite might also explain the Gainax Endings of the "living Jason" cycle of films (1 through 4) and why he keeps coming back; as long as Jason hasn't been fully dismembered, the deadite spirit inside of him can eventually regenerate his still-living flesh, but when he is put down violently, the spirit will slip out of his body to make one last attack on the survivor(s) — perhaps in an effort to try and steal their body so it can escape being part of Jason?

The reboot film is in the same continuity as the live action Transformers films.
Trent appears in both films. Friday the 13th was produced by Michael Bay. There isn't much to elaborate on.
  • Which implies that a Freddy vs. Jason vs. Optimus Prime crossover might occur, the prospect of which will make any child of the Eighties squee uncontrollably.

Jason was a Metahuman from birth with a limited Healing Factor and rapid evolution powers. He has been "undead" since he drowned in Crystal Lake and washed ashore.
When Jason was dealt the final blow by Ginny in Part II, it was actually fatal...or would have been, were it not for the latent healing power that resurrected Jason after he drowned years earlier. Each time Jason has been killed, his healing factor not only revived him, but gave him new abilities, including Super Strength that increased with each death (starting with part III), Invulnerability (Part VII), and teleportation (Part VIII). In Jason Goes to Hell, Jason was blown up, but his healing factor was on a cellular level, and generated the "Hellbaby" over the years to act as a backup body to seek out fresh genetic material for a new body, explaining his more human appearance in Freddy Vs. Jason and Jason X. Also, Jason gains a more intuitive intelligence, allowing him to improvise more weapons in lieu of his famed machete and know to render vehicles immobile and sever power and phone lines.

The drawback to Jason's healing power is that it sacrifices complete restoration in favor of durability and pragmatic evolution. This explains his different appearance in each movie; In Part II he looked the most human, in Part III his head had lost hair and his face began to degrade, and in Part IV he began to become more noticeably decayed in appearance. Jason's time buried in his grave between the end of Part IV and the start of Part VI restricted his ability to regenerate, hastening his transition into an "undead" form.

In addition to jump starts from electricity, Jason's powers are triggered by an ability that is also a "blessing" and a curse for him, this being his limited telepathy. This power to sense thoughts was triggered when he was revived by his healing powers, and are the reason for his decades long seclusion. On the night his mother Pamela was killed, the thoughts of lust and disorientation from being intoxicated were the strongest things he had sensed earlier that day, and he associated them with his mother's own thoughts of revenge before her death. When decadent thoughts become strongest, it accelerates his healing factor and revives him more quickly. This is coupled with an enhanced sense of smell which allows him to track people more easily. The smell of pheromones and weed smoke also send him into a rage due to association with his mother's killers.

Jason's telepathic abilities also allowed him to form a link with Alice, letting him track her to her home and murder her. Alice's hallucination of Child-Jason pulling her into the lake was the moment this link was formed by a then adult Jason. The formation of psychic links with others also have an effect of reviving Jason, as evidenced with Tina in Part VII, Rennie in Part VIII and Freddy Krueger.
  • He also puts out intelligence reducing pheromones like those seen on [1].

Jason keeps a bunch of animals on hand to distract his victims.
This happens a lot. Someone hears a noise. It's a slasher movie, so they go to investigate. A cat or dog jumps out. The person relaxes. Then Jason pops up behind them and sticks an ice pick in their head, or pulls them out the window. Seriously, this happens so often he must keep a bunch of animals in his pocket, using them to lull his victims into a false sense of security after the initial Cat Scare has passed.
  • Well, it does look like a hand throws the cat through Alice's window in Part 2.

The sewer worker killed by Jason at the end of part VIII was Ed Norton.
After all, it takes place in New York City, and Norton is much older because over 30 years passed since the series.

Jason never drowned in Crystal Lake in 1957.
He in fact managed to splash his way to the shore, but went hiding into woods because in his infant logic he thought he had done something bad. He occasionally steps out from the woods to help his mother in her sabotage missions on Camp Crystal Lake, hiding evidence and indirectly causing some of the damage. This explains how she wasn't caught for over twenty years.
  • Though that would mean she would have known about him being alive, unless her madness led her to believe that when Jason was helping her, it was his "ghost".
  • Alternately, Jason was pulled unconscious from the water and revived by the camp staff. His mother, already a kook, freaked out when she saw her son lying so still and thought he had died, even after he resumed breathing. She went so batshit insane that she thought Jason was a zombie even before he actually became undead, and set about killing the camp personnel to avenge his "death", never realizing she was killing people who'd saved his life. Then she hid her "undead" kid from the world for years and filled his head with nonsense, making him believe he was an unliving revenant so intensely that, when he died for real, he genuinely became one.

The Friday the 13th remake, the Nightmare on Elm Street remake, and the Rob Zombie Halloween remakes take place in the same continuity.

The remake isn't a remake at all, but another sequel.
Any previously established continuity that it contradicts can be easily explained away:
  • Jason being alive instead of an undead Zombie-thing can be explained by it being set somewhere in between part 1 and part 2 (whilst parts 2-4 take place within a couple of days, it is established that quite a bit of time passes between one and two,
  • Him getting the Hockey mask from Barn-Guy instead of from Nebby the prankster (as seen in part 3) can be explained by him having a preference to that kind of hockey mask, and as for him not having the mask in Part 2, in his line of work, he probably loses masks a lot.

Freddy vs Jason actually takes place *before* Jason Goes to Hell
Everyone seems to assume, mainly due to the ending of part 9 and some lines in the Vs movie, that Freddy VS Jason must take place after Jason Goes to Hell. But it actually kind of makes more sense to assume it comes before. For one thing, Steve in Part 9 mentions that the cabins at camp crystal lake were torn down two years prior, yet in Freddy vs Jason we see the whole camp still intact (was it torn down because of the huge explosion that devistated it in VS?) Assuming that Part 9 takes place after VS could also explain how Jason was revived after part 8 (Freddy ressurected him) and how he got from New York back to Crystal Lake (Freddy brought him to Springwood, and then the kids took him the rest of the way back). It might also explain how Jason suddenly developed body jumping abilities, the supernatural ressurection by Freddy ended up giving him some unexpected new powers.
The Events of the movies were all morality testers gone wrong.
Crystal Lake is really a place where people go to test out their sense of right and wrong. Many of the survivors were pure of heart whilst the cannon fod...excuse me victims broke certain rules (mostly horror movie style rules, as well as not being an asshole to the pure of heart.) and die as a result of it. Whomever survives in the end gets an all expense paid vacation. Jason is immortal so he has no problem with people willing to kill him Unfortunately many of the survivors lost their sanity so instead they get a cash prize and their hospital bills paid up.

Jason killed Brenda in part 1
She was lured out with a child-voice calling for help. Also, when Pamela looked at her body, when she asked 'what monster did this,' she wasn't lying to catch Alice off guard. She was genuinely curious because she didn't kill her. Either Pamela's a good vocal imitator, or Jason has been doing some kills without his mother knowing.
Jason was a rape child
His father is never around and Pamela doesn't mention him. It's entirely possible that Elias Voorhees note  raped Pamela and that's how Jason was born.

Jason's change in personality is due to becoming undead
Jason of the "living Jason cycle" (films 2-4) is almost a whole different beast to the undead Jason who becomes the villain from film 6 onwards. Living Jason has no problems killing or attempting to kill children (including murdering a 2-months pregnant woman in film 3) or animals (in film 2, Jason disembowels a completely non-threatening small dog with his hands when it tries to play with him), and he similarly seems to feel no particular bond to Camp Crystal Lake — he tracks his mother's murderer into the middle of a city to kill her at the start of 2, wanders over into the camp next door for the rest of the film's slayings, and films 3 and 4 are all about him leaving Crystal Lake to murder elsewhere for no discernible reason besides "he feels like it". After becoming undead, Jason is as he is most famously remembered: not only capable of Offscreen Teleportation, but also indifferently non-violent to children and animals and tending to leave people alone unless they approach the lake first. It seems likely, therefore, that the two changes are connected.

The opening of Jason X is set inside the S.C.P
After failing to execute Jason numerous times, he was picked up by the S.C.P foundation. No-one found him for years because the foundation chose to cut their losses after the breakout and seal off that part of the facility.

The sequel to the reboot will begin with a five-year time skip.
Just like what happened in the first sequel to the original.

Jason Voorhees is a Time Lord.
Each different actor who has played him is a different incarnation. He regenerates sometimes when it looks like he is dead and defeated. His shack is his TARDIS
  • Ari Lehman played the First Jason, whose life ended when he drowned and regenerated in 1957.
  • Warrington Gilette played the Second Jason, who had long hair. In 1980, he witnessed his mother being murdered by Alice Hardy in Friday the 13th. He followed her to her house and killed her in ''Friday the 13th Part 2. Five years later, he saw Ginny and Paul in a cabin and burst through the window, grabbing Ginny. She managed to escape and defeat the Second Jason, causing him to regenerate.
  • Steve Daskewisz played the Third Jason, who was so ashamed of his ugliness that he wore a burlap sack. He was also willing to do more stunts. He time traveled prior to the Second Jason's regeneration and killed many teens in Part 2. When Ginny disguised herself as his mother, she cut him in the neck with the machete that beheaded his mother. After she left the shack, he regenerated.
  • Richard Brooker played the Fourth Jason, who was bald, more athletic, and got rid of the burlap sack. He time traveled to 1983, during which he terrified Chris Higgins. He returned to 1985 and decided to wear a hockey mask. At the end of Friday the 13th 3D, Chris hit Jason in the head with a pickaxe, causing him to regenerate.
  • Ted White played the Fifth Jason, who awoke in the morgue and returned to Camp Crystal Lake in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter. Tommy Jarvis used a machete on him, causing him to regenerate.
  • Tom Morga played the Sixth Jason, who emerged from his grave one rainy night and was seen by Tommy Jarvis. He time traveled to 1991 and tortured Tommy by appearing in random places, causing Tommy to believe that Jason was still alive during Friday the 13th: A New Beginning. Tommy eventually found him and buried him as he regenerated.
  • C.J. Graham played the Seventh Jason, who left his grave when Tommy dug him up a year later in Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Live. This Jason was tougher than previous incarnations; his fist could go right through someone's torso. Tommy sunk him in Crystal Lake, causing him to regenerate.
  • Kane Hodder played the Eighth Jason, who was awakened in 2002 by a telepath named Tina in Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood. Tina defeated him by putting him back in the lake. In 2003, he awoke once more to terrify students heading to Manhatten in Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhatten. A couple of them evaded him in the sewer. He returned to Crystal Lake in Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, and was shot by government agents. His heart was eaten, and he possessed multiple people until he was taken to Hell. He managed to get out by 2008, when he was captured by the government. He was frozen cryogenically. He awoke in 2455 and became much stronger when he obtained nanotechnology. He ended up on New Earth. He time travled to 2002. His body tried to deny the nanotechnology by regenerating Jason into a little boy.
  • Timothy Burr Mirkovich played the Ninth Jason, who looked like a child and knew how to swim. He ended up in the sewers of Manhatten, where he drowned during the events of Jason Takes Manhatten and regenerated.
  • Ken Kirzinger played the Tenth Jason, who fought Freddy Krueger in 2003 during Freddy vs Jason. He defeated Freddy, who became trapped in his mind. The two of them fought Ash Williams in Freddy vs Jason vs Ash in 2008 and Freddy vs Jason vs Ash: The Nightmare Warriors in 2009. In the latter, Freddy made Jason look younger with long hair. They were defeated and sent through a vortex created by the Necronomicon. It was so intense that Jason regenerated.
  • Spencer Stump played the Eleventh Jason, who looked like a child and ended up in a nightmare created by Freddy in Freddy vs Jason. he drowned in the nightmare and regenerated.
  • Caleb Guss played the Twelfth Jason, who looked like a child. He ended up in an alternate universe in which he was a human and actually died when he drowned. He saw his counterpart's mother getting killed in 1980. He eventually regenerated.
  • Derek Mears played the Thirteenth Jason, or Jason the Thirteenth, who wore a burlap sack and then a hockey mask. He killed some teens in 2008 during the Friday the 13th reboot. After this Jason, the character may die since Time Lords normally only have twelve regenerations.

In Jason Takes Manhattan Jason is aware he's in a bad movie
Throughout the movie you can see Jason's mounting frustration with how bizarre everything is. He woke up and found himself trapped in a parody and spends the entire movie hunting down the protagonists just to make it end.
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