Friday the 13th, Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)

R | 87 mins | Horror | 1 August 1986

Director:

Tom McLoughlin

Writer:

Tom McLoughlin

Producer:

Don Behrns

Cinematographer:

Jon Kranhouse

Editor:

Bruce Green

Production Designer:

Joseph T. Garrity

Production Company:

Terror, Inc.
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HISTORY

       A 13 Apr 1986 LAT news item reported that the latest installment in the Friday the 13th series was being filmed under the working title Aladdin Sane, after one of rock musician David Bowie’s albums. The title was supposedly a play on the words “a lad insane.”
       An 8 Sep 1986 People article stated that the character “Jason” was played by a different actor in each film of the series. Actor C. J. Graham, a onetime nightclub manager in Los Angeles, CA, cast as Jason #6, was the only actor eager to reprise his role, but it was not to be.
       A 27 Mar 1986 HR brief and a 9 Aug 1986 Var production chart stated that principal photography began 10 Mar 1986 in Covington, GA. Other locations included Hard Labor Creek State Park in Rutledge, GA, and surrounding areas on an eight-week schedule. According to production notes in AMPAS library files, five of the eight weeks were spent shooting at night.
       An Oct 1986 Box review reported that writer-director Tom McLoughlin added more humor to the story, beginning with a main title sequence that was an homage to the treatment used in the James Bond film series. Production notes stated that McLoughlin and director of photography Jon Kranhouse decided on a slicker look for the film, employing sweeping camera movement, intense splashes of color, and hard backlight instead of a grainy, documentary feel.

      The following acknowledgments appear in end credits: “Special thanks to: The Georgia Film Commission, Norm Bielowicz, Director; Town of Covington, Georgia; Charles Bornstein ... More Less

       A 13 Apr 1986 LAT news item reported that the latest installment in the Friday the 13th series was being filmed under the working title Aladdin Sane, after one of rock musician David Bowie’s albums. The title was supposedly a play on the words “a lad insane.”
       An 8 Sep 1986 People article stated that the character “Jason” was played by a different actor in each film of the series. Actor C. J. Graham, a onetime nightclub manager in Los Angeles, CA, cast as Jason #6, was the only actor eager to reprise his role, but it was not to be.
       A 27 Mar 1986 HR brief and a 9 Aug 1986 Var production chart stated that principal photography began 10 Mar 1986 in Covington, GA. Other locations included Hard Labor Creek State Park in Rutledge, GA, and surrounding areas on an eight-week schedule. According to production notes in AMPAS library files, five of the eight weeks were spent shooting at night.
       An Oct 1986 Box review reported that writer-director Tom McLoughlin added more humor to the story, beginning with a main title sequence that was an homage to the treatment used in the James Bond film series. Production notes stated that McLoughlin and director of photography Jon Kranhouse decided on a slicker look for the film, employing sweeping camera movement, intense splashes of color, and hard backlight instead of a grainy, documentary feel.

      The following acknowledgments appear in end credits: “Special thanks to: The Georgia Film Commission, Norm Bielowicz, Director; Town of Covington, Georgia; Charles Bornstein – Editorial Services.”
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
Oct 1986
Section R, p. 116.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Mar 1986.
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Hollywood Reporter
1 Aug 1986
p. 3, 27.
Los Angeles Times
13 Apr 1986.
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Los Angeles Times
4 Aug 1986
p. 1, 6.
New York Times
2 Aug 1986
p. 9.
People
8 Sep 1986
p. 112.
Variety
6 Aug 1986
p. 15.
Variety
9 Aug 1986.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Paramount Pictures Presents
A Terror, Inc. Production
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
PRODUCER
Prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Addl photog
Underwater photog
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Cam apprentice
Steadicam op
Still photog
Gaffer
Best boy elec
Elec
Elec
Rigging gaffer
Key grip
Best boy grip
Dolly grip
Grip
Rigging grip
Generator op
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Asst ed
Apprentice ed
Negative cutting
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Leadman
Set dresser
Prop master
Propman
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
COSTUMES
Seamstress
Cost des
Costumer
Asst costumer
MUSIC
Mus rec eng
Songs by
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op
Supv sd ed
Supv sd ed
Dial ed
Dial ed
Asst sd ed
Foley artist
Foley artist
Foley artist
Foley ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec facilities
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Spec eff
Asst to coord
Spec eff mechanical
Spec eff mechanical
Spec eff mechanical asst
Spec eff mechanical asst
Spec eff mechanical asst
Spec lightning eff
Main title des
End titles by
Opticals by
MAKEUP
Hair/Makeup
Hair/Makeup asst
Spec eff makeup
Spec eff makeup
Spec eff makeup asst
Spec eff makeup asst
Spec eff makeup asst
Spec eff makeup asst
Spec eff makeup asst
Spec eff makeup asst
Spec eff makeup asst
Spec eff makeup asst
Spec eff makeup asst
Spec eff makeup asst
Spec eff makeup asst
Spec eff makeup asst
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Casting
[Casting] assoc
Prod coord
Prod accountant
Asst prod accountant
Scr supv
Visual consultant
Asst to visual consultant
Teacher
Paramedic
Prod assoc
Prod asst
Prod asst
Atlantic casting
Extras casting coord
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Prod van driver
Honey wagon driver
Honey wagon driver
Driver
Driver
Catering company
Craft service
Craft service
Cam equip supplied by
Prod equip suppled by
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunts
Stunts
Stunts
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
"He's Back (The Man Behind The Mask)," by Alice Cooper, Tom Kelly & Kane Roberts, performed by Alice Cooper, courtesy of MCA Records
"Teenage Frankenstein," by Alice Cooper & Kane Roberts, performed by Alice Cooper, courtesy of MCA Records
"Hard Rock Summer," by Alice Cooper & Kane Roberts, performed by Alice Cooper, courtesy of MCA Records
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SONGS
"He's Back (The Man Behind The Mask)," by Alice Cooper, Tom Kelly & Kane Roberts, performed by Alice Cooper, courtesy of MCA Records
"Teenage Frankenstein," by Alice Cooper & Kane Roberts, performed by Alice Cooper, courtesy of MCA Records
"Hard Rock Summer," by Alice Cooper & Kane Roberts, performed by Alice Cooper, courtesy of MCA Records
"Animal," performed by Felony, written by Jeffrey Spry and C. J. Spry (A.S.C.A.P.), Master Recording © 1985 Em-Hi Records.
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DETAILS
Series:
Alternate Titles:
Jason Lives: Friday the 13th, Part VI
Aladdin Sane
Release Date:
1 August 1986
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 1 August 1986
New York opening: 2 August 1986
Production Date:
10 March--mid May 1986
Copyright Claimant:
Terror, Inc.
Copyright Date:
2 October 1986
Copyright Number:
PA304541
Physical Properties:
Sound
Recorded in Ultra-Stereo®
Color
Duration(in mins):
87
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
28260
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

On a stormy night, Tommy Jarvis and his friend, Allen Hawes, drive to the cemetery to exhume Jason Voorhees, and burn his remains. Tommy uses a crowbar to pry open the coffin, and seeing the worm-eaten corpse, he grabs a loose section of wrought-iron fence and impales Jason’s corpse several times. He throws a hockey mask into the open grave, and a bolt of lightning hits the fence, transforming it into an iron spike. Jason Voorhees springs to life. As Tommy removes the spike, Jason pulls him into the grave. Tommy wriggles free, grabs a can of gasoline, and splashes it all over Jason. However, the rain prevents Tommy from lighting a flame. As Allen attempts to knock Jason unconscious with his shovel, Jason rips his heart out of his chest, and Allen topples into the grave. Tommy escapes in his truck, while Jason dons the hockey mask and grabs the iron spike. At the police station, Sheriff Garris recognizes Tommy as the kid who was committed to a mental institution after Jason killed his mother and friends. When deputy Rick Cologne arrives, both men decide to lock Tommy in a jail cell. He begs them to go to the cemetery to check out his story, but they ignore him. Meanwhile, Camp Forest Green counselors, Darren and Lizbeth, encounter Jason blocking the road. If they back up, they will end up in a gully so they drive at him, hoping he will move. The plan fails, and Jason flattens their car tire with his spike. Darren points a gun at Jason and orders him to move. Instead, he impales Darren and sends his body flying in the air. ... +


On a stormy night, Tommy Jarvis and his friend, Allen Hawes, drive to the cemetery to exhume Jason Voorhees, and burn his remains. Tommy uses a crowbar to pry open the coffin, and seeing the worm-eaten corpse, he grabs a loose section of wrought-iron fence and impales Jason’s corpse several times. He throws a hockey mask into the open grave, and a bolt of lightning hits the fence, transforming it into an iron spike. Jason Voorhees springs to life. As Tommy removes the spike, Jason pulls him into the grave. Tommy wriggles free, grabs a can of gasoline, and splashes it all over Jason. However, the rain prevents Tommy from lighting a flame. As Allen attempts to knock Jason unconscious with his shovel, Jason rips his heart out of his chest, and Allen topples into the grave. Tommy escapes in his truck, while Jason dons the hockey mask and grabs the iron spike. At the police station, Sheriff Garris recognizes Tommy as the kid who was committed to a mental institution after Jason killed his mother and friends. When deputy Rick Cologne arrives, both men decide to lock Tommy in a jail cell. He begs them to go to the cemetery to check out his story, but they ignore him. Meanwhile, Camp Forest Green counselors, Darren and Lizbeth, encounter Jason blocking the road. If they back up, they will end up in a gully so they drive at him, hoping he will move. The plan fails, and Jason flattens their car tire with his spike. Darren points a gun at Jason and orders him to move. Instead, he impales Darren and sends his body flying in the air. Lizbeth screams and Jason uses his spike to break the windshield. She crawls out of the car and falls into a large rain puddle. She fumbles with her wallet and pulls out a few dollar bills, but when she offers them to her attacker, Jason has vanished. She looks behind and suddenly Jason looms over her, and kills her with his spike. Soon, other camp counselors descend on the police station to report Darren and Lizbeth missing, but the sheriff is reluctant to assign any deputies to investigate even though his daughter, Megan, is a counselor. Tommy interrupts and tells Megan he believes Jason is headed back to Camp Forest Green, aka Crystal Lake or “Camp Blood,” looking for him. The sheriff tells Tommy to be quiet, and stop scaring the other counselors. At camp, Megan’s friends tease her about being attracted to Tommy. She laughs, but has a suspicion that if Jason exists, he may seek vengeance for his drowning death, and his mother’s decapitation. As police attempt to escort Tommy out of town, he detours to the cemetery in his truck. Soon, Sheriff Garris tackles and handcuffs Tommy, who insists they see Jason’s open grave. However, Martin, the groundskeeper, has filled in the plot and denies tampering with it. The sheriff and deputy leave Tommy on the outskirts of town, and warn him not to return. At night, an inebriated Martin loses his way home, and Jason slashes his throat with broken glass from his liquor bottle. Counselors Paula and Sissy hear a scream, and a young camper named Nancy claims a monster wants to kill her. Paula reassures the girl that she and Sissy will stand guard outside the cabin and no harm will come to her. Meanwhile, as another counselor, Cort, makes love with his girl friend, Nikki, inside a recreational vehicle (RV), Jason cuts the power, and the lovers find themselves in the dark. Nikki sees the disconnected electrical cord and insists Cort plug it back in. Outside, he discovers the plug frayed and damaged, and they decide to leave. Cort drives the RV like a racecar and turns up the radio, as Nikki is tossed to the back of the vehicle. Jason pulls her into the bathroom and locks the door. Cort fails to hear the attack. Then, Jason plants a knife in Cort’s neck. The RV swerves out of control, flips over and crashes, but Jason escapes through a door unharmed. At the police station, Deputy Cologne calls Sheriff Garris to say he found the bodies of the missing counselors and their murders look like Jason’s handiwork. However, the sheriff tells his daughter he suspects Tommy is responsible not Jason, and forbids her from leaving the station. Soon, Tommy calls police, and tells Megan he plans to look for Jason at camp. She warns him that her father will arrest him again if he sees Tommy’s truck, and offers to drive him. At the crime scene, the sheriff calls for additional backup from neighboring towns when they find more evidence of Jason’s carnage. Meanwhile, Jason cuts telephone lines at the camp. As Megan drives Tommy to camp, they encounter a police roadblock. She throws her car into reverse, and patrol cars pursue her. Taking a side road into the camp, Megan is forced to stop at a second roadblock manned by her father. Camper Nancy presents Paula with a bloody machete she found on the ground, and says she saw a stranger by her window. Paula reassures Nancy that it is the other counselors playing practical jokes. She suggests they look for Sissy and Cort. At the station, Sheriff Garris forbids Tommy and Megan from leaving. A phone call informs Sheriff Garris that Nikki was found with a crushed skull and Cort had a knife rammed in his head. The sheriff insists that Tommy is a psychopathic killer, and warns Megan to stay away from him even though Tommy has an alibi. He was with Megan at the time of the murders. Nevertheless, Tommy is locked in a jail cell. After Paula tucks Nancy back into bed, Jason follows Paula as she runs to her cabin. There, she finds the front door wide open. Inside, she discovers the telephone is dead, and she notices blood on the cabin floor. When the wind causes the front door to swing open, Paula goes to close it, but it swings shut on its own. Jason swings open the door, and kills Paula. At the station, Megan steals the deputy’s gun and forces him to free Tommy. They lock the deputy in the cell and drive to the camp. Tommy says the only way to end the nightmare is to return to the lake where Jason drowned. Jason walks into the girls’ cabin. When Nancy sees him, she whimpers and he walks toward her. She prays and Jason leaves. Meanwhile, Sheriff Garris arrives at camp with additional units, and orders officers to investigate. The sheriff finds the female counselors' cabin empty and spattered with blood. Jason kills another officer searching the boat dock. The sheriff sees all the boy campers are asleep, but Nancy is missing from the girls cabin. She finds an officer near the woodpile and tells him a scary man is roaming around. As he comforts her, Jason appears. The officer shoots Jason but his bullets have no effect, and Jason crushes his skull. Nancy runs and finds Sheriff Garris. He escorts Nancy and the rest of the campers to a cabin and orders them to hide under beds until he returns. The sheriff trips over the body of a dead officer and comes face to face with Jason. When Jason raises his machete, the sheriff shoots, and Jason falls to the ground. As the sheriff approaches the body, Jason revives. The sheriff runs away when he realizes his bullets are useless, and Jason chases him. Megan and Tommy arrive at camp. Megan panics when she sees the bloody female counselor’s cabin and calls out for her father. When he hears Megan, Jason changes course. The sheriff tries to stop him, but Jason crushes his skull. Jason finds Megan and grabs her face in his hands. From the dock, Tommy taunts Jason, who wades out to boat where Tommy waits with a thick metal chain attached to a boulder. Jason disappears below the water, and Tommy pours gasoline in the water around his boat, and ignites it. Jason emerges and grabs Tommy. They struggle, but Tommy slips the heavy chain around Jason’s neck and tightens it. The boat splinters and the boulder sinks to the bottom as Jason strangles Tommy underwater, and his body floats to the surface. Megan runs to the lake and swims to Tommy’s body, but as she tries to carry Tommy to shore, Jason grabs her legs. She fights him and reaches for the outboard motor on Tommy’s boat and starts the engine. She aims the propellers at Jason’s head, cutting him to shreds. Megan grabs Tommy and swims to shore. There, she gives Tommy mouth-to-mouth resuscitation while the campers watch. Tommy starts breathing. They hug and Tommy comments that the ordeal is finally over. Jason is home. In daylight, the lake looks so peaceful but below the water, Jason is alert and watching. +

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