Ranking The Friday The 13th Movie Series

Ranking The Friday The 13th Movie Series

Who wants to go camping after reading this?

Since we are blessed with a Friday the 13th in October, why not have a theme that will perfectly match it? Why not do a ranking of the Friday the 13th movie series?

Being the big horror movie fan I am, I will admit that this is probably my favorite series out of the core three. If you are wondering who I am speaking of, it would be Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street and Halloween franchises.

With that being said, I don't think Mr. Voorhees needs an introduction. This list is piled from my opinion on the movies and in no form of an official list, we'll care to agree and disagree. Now I'm ranking these from my least favorite to the best I believe that make the franchise what it is.

12) Jason goes to Hell: The Final Friday

First on this list is what I believe to be the strangest movie in this series...I really don't even know where to start. It deals with this whole family situation to our beloved Jason Voorhees body hopping. Yes, body hopping. It is a very weird movie but it mostly because the director had just graduated film school and had no experience. Besides all the weirdness that happens, the movie sis very all over the place and has not a whole lot to tie up the series. Give it a shot if you want but this is one that I completely steer clear of.

11) Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan

How could I rank part 9 before part 8? Right this movie is a complete mess from beginning to end. A group of high school students aboard a ship that is taking them to Manhattan,what else do they need? Jason, that's who. Maybe he wanted to sight see, grab some pizza and check out the statue of liberty. He doesn't spend that much time in New York and apparently dies from toxic waste. Right...

10) Jason X

Once more, I'm ranking a movie that everyone seems to hate higher than what it should be. What is the theme of this movie? Jason in space, definitely different than Camp Crystal Lake that's for sure. I have a soft spot for this because I used to watch it often when I was younger as tacky as this movie is. The CGI is weird (Hey, it's an old movie), the names are hard to pronounce and the plot is way off base.

9) Friday the 13th Part II

This should probably be lower on this list but I'm not that fond of this movie. My reason is nonexistent because I really don't know why I don't like it. I feel that they had just tried to copy almost the same formula as the first with a new setting, different characters and kills. I can't like any of the characters either as they are very flat to me. I will admit that this movie shows one of the best deaths in the series with poor Mark in his wheelchair.

8) Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood

Part 7 brought a new twist to the series and is sometimes branded Jason meets Carrie. The main character Tina is telekinetic and gives a pretty good battle against him. The story line of her Father makes not any complete sense but if you ignore it you have a solid movie. The character are pretty stupid for the most part but it gives him an interesting match against her.

7) Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning

Okay, so I'm ranking this higher because I have a complete soft spot for this movie. Sure, they tried something different and it failed but it really isn't all that bad. The idea of a new Jason was a out of the blue concept but I mean, it is the fifth movie. The character Violet I have such a soft spot for that I actually did my hair like hers before (Look her up, I really had it). It also brings back Tommy for the second time who will pop up two more times on this list.

6) Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives

Speaking of Tommy, this is the third and last film he appears in. This time the town has tried to distance itself from the Camp Crystal Lake idea and renamed it all. The kills are more brutal to a degree and their is a little campy tone to it all. I find it fun that they poked fun of it and the characters knew the history of the place. Would you go apply for a counselor despite the history? Yeah, count me out.

5) Friday the 13th remake (2009)

I know many people hate the remake but I feel it isn't as bad as everyone thinks. They actually somehow made a combination of all four movies (Obviously the first four) and it made sense. Jason in this movie is very terrifying as he now runs and let's face it, the guy is big and him running at full speed with an axe is not something I want to see while camping.

4) Friday the 13th Part III

Part 3 jumped on the bandwagon to make a 3-D movie and I will admit that it is pretty funny looking. The acting is very low (Watch the part with the brunette in the blue sweats, you'll have way too much fun laughing) but I feel it steps up a lot for the series. We can't also forget that he gets his hockey mask in this one and when he takes it off at the end...Oh, did I mention that he runs again as well?

3) Freddy Vs Jason

A combination that everyone was waiting to see for a few years. I remember being in third grade and my Mom picking me up from school. She hid the movie under a blanket in the car and when she picked me up I was so excited that I got it (As you can tell I was not into Disney). Anyway, this movie is a perfect mix of each franchise and I enjoy it every time.

2) Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter

I had a hard time trying to figure out if this should go in first or second place. I've always loved this one so much that I probably could never get sick of it. This is literally about a bunch of kids that rent a house and get murdered, such fun! This is the introduction of Tommy and his revenge seeking self. I feel that this one should be tied with the first because of how the movie is just good from the beginning to end.

1) Friday the 13th (1980)

Obviously the original would be first right? No, it isn't because it is the very first movie. The biggest point I love is how you are forced to guess who the killer is because Jason is not introduced as the villain just yet. The innocence is so prefect that you don't want any of the characters to get killed. The scenery also adds to the element of surprise as the killer is lurking throughout the camp.

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The Top 5 Most Adorable TV Characters

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1.) Stewie Griffin ("Family Guy"):

He's a baby, everybody loves babies, you might think that but it's not that simple. He's got the IQ of a rocket scientist, devilish designs, and his heartiest wish is to kill his mother, so he's nothing like a baby. He shares a beautiful bond with his dog which is heartwarming to watch. There are so many interesting angles to his personality which makes it worth it to root for him despite his primal instinct - kill his mother and world domination.

2.) Jake Harper ("Two and a Half Men"):

We have another kid, but he's completely from another dimension. This one can win a contest for the dumbest yet cutest kid. He was the half man from the title but had an equal share in making this show what it was - watchable. He was the butt of many jokes in the show due to his general lack of smarts, understanding of words, and self-confidence, as well as being oblivious to the fact he was being made fun of.

3.) Sheldon Cooper ("The Big Bang Theory"):

You have to give it to the 22-year-old theoretical physicist who played this character to perfection. He is freakishly genius and he knows it, but most importantly he doesn't mind letting others know even if its a cop, a judge, or his friends who suffer the most by his quirky mannerisms including his love for "his spot", details, and trains. His devotion to science is so deep that he is oblivious to social cues, women, and even sarcasm. Although these traits make him intolerable for his friends, strangers or even anyone who crosses paths with him, the same faults make him the reason to watch this show.

4.) Barney Stinson ("How I Met Your Mother"):

We have the man himself - Barney Stinson, the guy who eases "awesomeness" and "legendary" into his character and the show like butter onto bread. He's not just a man- he's a religion, he has his own set of rules, codes, costumes, and theories... about getting laid. He's a God to every loser who sees himself dominating/ pretending to be an Alpha male of society- the man that every girl desires to be with. He is immune to disease, fashion disasters, and even a bad photograph. He has crazy theories that he backs up with fake history tales lied to perfection. His concept of lie is something which defines how awesome he is- "A lie is just a great story ruined by truth."

5.) Joey Tribbiani ("F.R.I.E.N.D.S"):

It wouldn't serve justice to this listicle or to the word adorable if I didn't include Joey Tribbiani- the man who made " How you doin'?" what it is. He is the only person who can be dumb, cute, and funny all at the same time. He was the only character out of the six who had a smile on his face no matter what the situation was. He also senses the emotional needs of his friends and does everything possible to fulfill that need. He is the best character to be with when the chips are down, he can cheer up even Droopie. Joey is funny and he doesn't have to put in any effort to be just that. Maybe the fact that he owns an array of expressions which spill out humor and pour directly into our hearts, is the reason he doesn't have to try to be our favorite.

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Everything To Love About "Love, Simon"

"Everyone deserves a great love story."

Love, Simon, a film based on the book, “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli came out on March 16th. Since then, it has received an overwhelming amount of positive reviews from movie goers. I went to see the movie last week and was extremely impressed. This movie is exactly what our society needs.

Years ago, the concept of being gay was a taboo and anything involving homosexuality carried a strong stigma. Many creative closeted individuals did not have the freedom to write stories or screenplays with queer characters. After members of the LGBT community became more normalized in society, we started to see the slow rise of films with characters reflecting different sexualities. I have watched multiple movies with queer characters, and ALL of the other ones I’ve seen have been tragedies.

While it is true that the process of coming out and living an authentic life can be difficult for queer people, it is not always tragic. Watching these movies makes people feel like non-heterosexual people cannot have happy endings. Imagine being a 14 year old kid in the closet and watching all these films that end with suicide, depression, or murder. It is easy to see why someone would not want to come out after being exposed to such horrific things. LGBT movies have also always been highly sexualized. Most of them center around the sexual relationships and lack substance. I feel like the writers think that the only appeal LGBT movies can have has to be sex.

The beauty in Love, Simon comes from the fact that none of the things I mentioned above were in the movie. Instead, it was hilarious, emotional and real. The story was raw and relatable for so many people. Simon was a normal high schooler, with best friends, a loving family, and homework to do. He did not fit the “gay” stereotype at all. His clothes were masculine, his voice was deep, and he didn’t love shopping. Simon was not the “Gay best friend” he was just the best friend. Simon was fortunate enough to have all these positive things in his life, which not everyone has. I think that this presentation of his life shows people that their coming out does not have to be tragic.

Simon’s coming out could not have been more realistic. He was outed to his school on an online platform, something that can happen easily in our technological age. He was very affected by this and knew he had to come clean to his family. His sister asked him if he wanted to deny it and he said he was tired of hiding.

His announcement shifted his family for a bit, something completely normal. Some movies have kids come out and show the parents instantly start a pride parade. This is usually not the case, especially when loved ones do not suspect anything. Love, Simon showed his parents trying to adjust to the news. They did not love him any less, but they needed some time to process the information, so that they could do their best for their son. There were days of silence in the family, but the silence was broken in memorable ways.

Simon’s talk with his mom had me in tears. His mom told him that for the past few years, she had felt like he was holding his breath, and tells him, “You can exhale now, Simon.” He could finally breathe and she was letting him know that she wants him to be happy and himself. His father apologized to him for making a lot of gay jokes before his coming out. He did not realize that his words may have been hurting his son, and he tears himself down for not realizing his son was gay. Simon tells him that he has nothing to be sorry about, because his coming out was something that could not be assumed.

Simon’s friends did not treat him any differently after his coming out, meaning that they did not give him any special treatment. They were upset with him for things, and worked it out later. His sexuality was not the issue.

At school, he was bullied by idiots, but he stood up for himself. I think that is something so important for the youth to see. Movies typically show gay kids cowering in a corner while being made fun of. Simon and the other out gay kid (a black character) in his school both stood up for themselves repeatedly, throwing out witty remarks and comments on occasion.

Simon’s online relationship with the other closeted kid in his school exemplified many relationships today. Kids will go online to search for people who they can relate to. With the touch of a button, they can connect with millions going through the same things they are. When Simon meets the person behind the screen, everyone is overjoyed.

The entire film was a masterpiece. Two LGBT characters were people of color. The rest of the cast was diverse as well. The movie did not feature an array of white people, like most movies do. Although there were many serious scenes that had me in tears, there was plenty of levity. The humor was current and made the entire theater laugh.

The representation for queer people in this movie is superb. Multiple members actually came out during the filming of this movie. If that doesn’t show you how positive and powerful this movie is, I don’t know what will. This movie is exactly what LGBT kids needed and I applaud the talented cast, the writers, and everyone else who had anything to do with the creation of this life changing movie.

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