Jason Vorhees was immortalized by the saga of Friday the 13th movies. Piggybacking on the success of Halloween in 1978, the first movie in the series became a horror classic, and its subsequent movies, and media derivatives, are part of the genre's history.
But if you’re planning on watching them all, prepare to do some digging. There are 12 movies in total (not counting the TV series) and all of them are scattered across the internet. Lucky for you, we have done the research and located every movie in the franchise for you to watch. Get ready to start your binge.
12 Friday The 13th
New fans may not know that the iconic hockey mask actually doesn’t even appear until the third movie. That’s right! The first movie in the franchise is a classic slasher set at Crystal Lake Camp, where teenagers get murdered left and right by none other than Jason’s mother.
After losing her son, who drowned while at camp, she started to take revenge by killing other campers.
11 Friday The 13th Part 2
A direct sequel to the first film, Part 2 starts by killing off the protagonist of the last movie and then moves on to a new set of unsuspecting teenagers.
The movie recontextualizes the story of Jason, who, according to the plot, survives the drowning and lives in the woods near Crystal Lake. This one ramps up the violence and gore. Still no mask, though.
10 Friday The 13th Part III
The third movie of the franchise is not only remembered for introducing the trademark hockey mask, which became a staple of the genre, but for being released in 3D, for which it suffered in quality.
Apparently, it was more important for the filmmakers to make a film in 3D, than for the actors to deliver their lines properly. Not a good one, but if you’re a completionist, go for it.
9 Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter
Producer Frank Mancuso Jr. wanted to end the saga and intended for this film to be the last appearance of Jason Vorhees on the big screen. Fans know how all that worked out.
As for Jason, this movie implies his “immortality,” as he has to be hacked in the head several times with a machete in order to be killed.
8 Friday The 13th: A New Beginning
So much for Jason being dead. His resurgence comes at the hands of producer Timothy Silver. Intended as a soft-reboot, the film features the last movie protagonist, Tommy Jarvis, as an adult, who is now traumatized by his encounter with Jason.
Again, this sequel ramps up the gore and violence and is known for its explicit nudity and sex scenes.
7 Friday The 13th Part VI: Jason Lives
Since Jason was only an imposter in A New Beginning, fans were disappointed with the fifth installment, prompting producers to bring back the character for Part VI, adequately called Jason Lives.
This is the first movie in the franchise that depicts Jason as a supernatural force and is regarded as one of the best films in the saga, cementing Jason’s image in pop culture.
6 Friday The 13th Part VII: The New Blood
Continuing with the supernatural twist, the protagonist of The New Blood, Tina, is a telekinetic girl who inadvertently resurrects Vorhees, who was chained at the bottom of Crystal Lake.
Apparently, the idea for this story came from trying to do a crossover between Jason and a character similar to Stephen King’s Carrie. As fans know, it’s not the last crossover in the franchise.
5 Friday The 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan
The last of the Friday the 13th movies of the 80s - Jason takes Manhattan takes its titular character to the Big Apple, in one of the campiest depictions of the hockey mask murderer.
Despite its unusual implementation of humor, which was praised by some fans, it was poorly received and, again, was intended to be the last movie in the franchise.
4 Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday
Orginal producer, Sean S. Cunningham, returned to the franchise and disappointingly so, since this is the second-worst box-office performer on this list. Fans also didn’t like the direction that Jason was taken, losing his physical body.
Now, Jason is able to possess other people and … collect souls? In the end, as the title says, he is dragged to hell.
3 Jason X
Jason Vorhees goes sci-fi. Stretching the slasher genre to limits nobody was expecting, Jason X puts the supernatural killer in space, where he causes his usual mayhem, now wearing a futuristic mask.
This version of the character has even a new name: “Uber Jason.” The movie also has one of the goriest and most inventive killing scenes in the franchise.
2 Freddy Vs Jason
Stuck in development hell since the 80s, Freddy Vs. Jason couldn’t be a thing until New Line Cinema had both character rights under its arm.
Producers retroactively combined the two universes of A Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday The 13th in a plot that pitted Freddy Krueger against Jason Vorhees. The movie became the highest-grossing in the saga.
1 Friday The 13th
Coming full circle, Friday The 13th (2009) marks a true reboot for Jason Vorhees. The film is an attempt to reimagine the original movie, incorporating all the elements that have made the franchise over the years (the hockey mask, the camp setting, and the score).
It provides the character of Jason a backstory - enough to feel sorry for him, but not so much as to stop fearing him.