Jason Voorhees is a fictional character from the Friday the 13th series of slasher films. He first appeared in Friday the 13th (1980), as the son of camp cook-turned-murderer Mrs. Voorhees, in which he was portrayed by Ari Lehman. Created in combination by Victor Miller, Ron Kurz, Sean S. Cunningham and Tom Savini, he was not originally intended to carry the series as the main villain. Jason Voorhees has also been represented in numerous novels, comic books, and a cross-over film with another horror legend, Freddy Krueger.
The character has primarily been an antagonist in the films, whether by stalking and killing the characters, or acting as a psychological threat to the lead character, as is the case in Friday the 13th: A New Beginning. Since Lehman's portrayal, the character has been represented by numerous actors and stuntmen, sometimes by more than one at a time; this has caused some controversy as to who should receive credit for the portrayal. Kane Hodder is the most well known of the stuntmen to portray Jason Voorhees, having played the character in four consecutive films.
Cast: Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Harry Crosby, Laurie Bartram, Mark Nelson, Jeannine Taylor, Robbi Morgan, Kevin Bacon
Years after two summer camp councilors are killed at Camp Crystal Lake, the owner decides to reopen, which sparks a series of nasty murders.
Cast: Amy Steel, John Furey, Adrienne King, Kirsten Baker, Stuart Charno, Steve Dash, Warrington Gillette
Five years later, a group of young adults have come to Crystal Lake to attend a counselor training center that has been set up near the now-condemned Camp Crystal Lake. While some counselors are in town on their way to the facility, Crazy Ralph appears and tells the counselors to turn back, as the young counselors five years ago did not heed his warning.
Cast: Dana Kimmell, Paul Kratka, Richard Brooker
Picking up almost directly where Part 2 left off, Jason has survived his attack at the hands of Paul and Ginny, and migrates to a store where he changes clothes and kills the store owners before moving on to a nearby lakeside resort named Higgins Haven.
Cast: Corey Feldman, Kimberly Beck, Erich Anderson, Crispin Glover
Police and paramedics are busy cleaning up the mess Jason Voorhees left at Higgins Haven during Friday the 13th Part 3, including the defeated hockey-masked killer himself. Once delivered to the Wessex County morgue, Jason rises again, kills an attendant and nurse, then makes his way back to Crystal Lake.
Cast: John Shepherd, Melanie Kinnaman, Shavar Ross
After years of being shuffled around various mental institutions, Tommy Jarvis has now been placed in the Pinehurst halfway house, one that is unique because it runs off an honor system. It is not made clear what happened to Tommy's sister, Trish, following the events of the previous film, but he apparently has no contact with her. Shortly after arriving, one of the patients murders another and is arrested. Soon afterwards, a series of murders begin to occur around the area. With Jason Voorhees dead, the identity of the assailant remains unknown.
Cast: Thom Mathews, Jennifer Cooke
Jason Voorhees is dead and buried. However, Tommy Jarvis, who successfully killed the murderous Jason as a young boy, is haunted by the memories of Jason and sets out to exorcise his demons once and for all by digging up and finally destroying Jason's body with the help of a fellow mental institution patient.
Cast: Kane Hodder, Lar Park Lincoln, Kevin Blair, Terry Kiser, Susan Blu
Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988) begins an undisclosed amount of time after Jason Lives. Jason (Kane Hodder) is resurrected again, this time by the telekinetic Tina Shepard (Lar Park Lincoln), who was trying to resurrect her father. Jason begins killing those who occupy Crystal Lake, and after a battle with Tina, Jason is returned to the bottom of the lake.
Cast: Kane Hodder
Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan sees Jason return from the lake, brought back to life via an underwater electrical cable. He follows a group of students on their senior class trip to Manhattan, boarding the Lazarus to wreak havoc. Upon reaching Manhattan, Jason kills the rest of the survivors, with the exception of Rennie and Sean; he chases the final two into the sewers, where Jason is caught and melted away by toxic waste.
Cast: Andrew Bloch, Billy Green Bush, Adam Cranner, Steven Culp, Tony Ervolina
Supposedly the last of Jason's gore-fests as he writhes in hellfire facing the long legacy of murder splattering his resume.
Cast: Kane Hodder, Lexa Doig, Chuck Campbell, Lisa Ryder, Peter Mensah
The year is 2455. The Place is Old Earth. Once the shimmering blue jewel of the galaxy, Old Earth is now a contaminated planet abandoned for centuries - a brown world of violent storms, toxic landmasses and poisonous seas. Yet humans have returned to the deadly place that they once fled. Not to live, but to research the ancient rusting artifacts of the bygone civilizations that caused this enormous environmental disaster. And little does the most recent landing party of intrepid young explorers realize the fate that awaits them. Jason X is the tenth film in the classic Friday The 13th series, one of the most prolific, enduring and successful horror series in the history of motion pictures.
Cast: Robert Englund, Ken Kirzinger, Monica Keena, Jason Ritter, Kelly Rowland, Chris Marquette, Brendan Fletcher
It has been almost 10 years since one of the scariest horror characters of all time, Freddy Krueger (Englund), invaded the dreams of a generation to exact his deadly form of revenge and murder. Now, Freddy has entered into the dreams of another master of evil - the unstoppable Jason Voorhees -- plunging cinema's two greatest titans of terror into a battle to end all battles.
Cast: Jared Padalecki, Amanda Righetti, Danielle Panabaker, Travis van Winkle, Aaron Yoo, Jonathan Sadowski, Willa Ford, Derek Mears, Arlen Escarpeta
After the supposed death of her son at a summer camp, a mother begins to kill the camp employees. After her death at the hands of the remaining employees, her son returns to continue her bloody work.
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