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A selection of personal favourite Friday the 13th films...

FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER (1984)

Directed by Joseph Zito.
Written by Barney Cohen.
Based on the story by Bruce Hidemi Sakow.
Starring Kimberly Beck, Erich Anderson, Corey Feldman, Peter Barton, Crispin Glover and Ted White.

The supposedly dead body of serial killer Jason Voorhees is taken to the local morgue, but within hours he has risen once again and makes his way back to his home of Crystal Lake. Mrs Jarvis has arrived at a summer cabin with her two children, teenage daughter Trish and younger son Tommy. A group of party-loving youths arrive at a nearby cabin, arousing the interest of Jason, even as a man arrives at the lake, determined to find the man responsible for the brutal murder of his sister.

FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VI: JASON LIVES (1986)

Directed by Tom McLoughlin.
Written by Tom McLoughlin.
Starring Thom Mathews, Jennifer Cooke, David Kagen, Renée Jones, Kerry Noonan, Darcy DeMoss, Tom Fridley, C.J. Graham, Alan Blumenfeld, Matthew Faison, Ann Ryerson and Tony Goldwyn.

Plagued by nightmares of Jason Voorhees returning from the grave, mental patient Tommy Jarvis heads back to Crystal Lake, now renamed Forest Green, where he plans to destroy the remains. But when he accidentally reanimates Jason with a lightning bolt, he tries to warn the local sheriff, but he soon realises he must destroy Jason once and for all.

FRIDAY THE 13TH PART V: THE NEW BEGINNING (1985)

Directed by Danny Steinmann.
Written by Martin Kitrosser, David Cohen and Danny Steinmann.
Starring Melanie Kinnaman, John Shepherd, Shavar Ross, Richard Young, Marco St. John, Juliette Cummins, Tiffany Helm, Mark Venturini, Anthony Barrile, Bob DeSimone and Miguel A. Núñez.

It is sex years since young Tommy Jarvis butchered notorious serial killer Jason Voorhees and since then he has been a resident of countless mental institutions. He arrives at a low security halfway house called Pinehurst shortly after one of the residents had hacked another to pieces with an axe and finds it difficult to mix with the other kids. But when bodies begin to pile up as Tommy is plagued by visions of a resurrected Jason, he fears that the nightmare may not be over.

FRIDAY THE 13TH (1980)

Directed by Sean S. Cunningham.
Written by Victor Miller.
Starring Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Harry Crosby, Laurie Bartram, Jeannine Taylor, Kevin Bacon, Mark Nelson, Robbi Morgan, Debra S. Hayes, Willie Adams, Walt Gorney and Ari Lehman.

Despite the reluctance of the locals, Camp Crystal Lake is being reopened under the watchful eye of Steve Christy, the son of the previous owners. Many believe the site to be cursed due to a boy dying over twenty years earlier and several incidents that forced it to close. A group of young counsellors arrive to assist and prepare for the children, but a figure is watching from within the woods, someone who is determined to keep the camp from opening.

FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 2 (1981)

Directed by Steve Miner.
Written by Ron Kurz.
Starring Amy Steel, John Furey, Adrienne King, Kirsten Baker, Stu Charno, Warrington Gillette, Walt Gorney, Marta Kober, Tom McBride, Bill Randolph, Lauren-Marie Taylor, Russell Todd and Betsy Palmer.

Five years after the massacre at Crystal Lake and a new group of counsellors are preparing a nearby camp for its opening. While Jason's murder rampage has become urban legend, the teens disregard all safety notices and enjoy relaxing in the sun. But once again there is an ominous figure watching over them.

FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 3-D (1982)

Directed by Steve Miner.
Written by Martin Kitrosser, Carol Watson and Petru Popescu.
Starring Dana Kimmell, Paul Kratka, Tracie Savage, Jeffrey Rogers, Catherine Parks, Richard Brooker, Larry Zerner, David Katims, Rachel Howard, Marilyn Poucher, Steve Susskind and David Wiley.

Hours after Jason Voorhees massacred the teenage counsellors of a summer camp, another group of youths arrive at a cabin as one of the girls, Chris Higgins, tries to overcome a past experience. But Jason appears from the woods and begins to cut his way through the group, before obtaining his trademark hockey mask.

JASON GOES TO HELL: THE FINAL FRIDAY (1993)

Directed by Adam Marcus.
Written by Jay Huguely and Dean Lorey.
Starring Kane Hodder, John D. LeMay, Kari Keegan, Allison Smith, Steven Culp, Steven Williams, Billy Green Bush, Erin Gray, Rusty Schwimmer, Leslie Jordan and Andrew Bloch.

An FBI trap results in the undead serial killer Jason Voorhees being blown to pieces and his remains taken away to a heavily guarded morgue to be analysed. But when the coroner becomes possessed by the spirit of Jason, he embarks on yet another murder spree on his way towards Crystal Lake, even as bounty hunter Creighton Duke and slacker Steven Freeman rush to save Jason's last surviving relative from becoming possessed.

FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VII: THE NEW BLOOD (1988)

Directed by John Carl Buechler.
Written by Manuel Fidello and Daryl Haney.
Starring Lar Park Lincoln, Kevin Spirtas, Susan Blu, Terry Kiser, Susan Jennifer Sullivan, Elizabeth Kaitan, William Butler, Staci Greason, Jon Renfield, Jeff Bennett, Heidi Kozak, Diana Barrows and Larry Cox.

Disturbed teenager Tina Shepard blames herself for the accidental death of her father years earlier and returns with her mother and corrupt psychiatrist Dr Crews to face her demons. But where she wishes for her father to return from the dead, her telekinetic powers instead resurrect Jason Voorhees from the bottom of Crystal Lake.

JASON X (2001)

Directed by James Isaac.
Written by Todd Farmer.
Starring Kane Hodder, Lexa Doig, Lisa Ryder, Chuck Campbell, Jonathan Potts, Peter Mensah, Melyssa Ade, Melody Johnson, Phillip Williams, Derwin Jordan, Amanda Brugel and David Cronenberg.

After being captured by the government to become a test subject, Jason Voorhees is locked in cryogenic suspension by scientist Rowan, but unable to escape in time she becomes trapped along with him. Awoken over four hundred years later, Rowan finds herself in deep space with a group of students and soldiers, but even the technology of the twenty-fifth century is not enough to stop Jason.

FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VIII: JASON TAKES MANHATTAN (1989)

Directed by Rob Hedden.
Written by Rob Hedden.
Starring Jensen Daggett, Scott Reeves, Barbara Bingham, Peter Mark Richman, Martin Cummins, Gordon Currie, V. C. Dupree, Kelly Hu, Saffron Henderson, Sharlene Martin, Alex Diakun and Warren Munson.

A class of high school graduates board the SS Lazarus, bound for New York City. One of the passengers, Rennie, suffers from fear of water after her uncle and one of the teachers, Charles, threw her from a boat as a child in order to force her to swim. Jason climbs onboard the Lazarus and begins to slaughter the students, before chasing the remaining survivors into the Big Apple.