Of the FRIDAY THE 13TH franchise, part six, JASON LIVES, is one of my favorites. Probably comes in at number three behind parts seven and ten. Fans are divided on JASON X, the tenth installment, but I loved it. I love that they embraced the inherent silliness of these films and created it as a black comedy. All the others were comedies, too; it’s just that some weren’t meant to be. (Okay, maybe the first one was more serious.) FRIDAY THE 13th PART SIX: JASON LIVES also chose to embrace the campy fun, playing it as much for laughs as for chills, and that’s why it counts as one of my faves.
JASON LIVES was filmed in Georgia. I’ve been to the filming location of part seven here in Alabama, but not the one in our neighboring state. Not yet. I might have to make the trip this summer for the special screening of the film and the meet-and-greet with writer/director Tom McLoughlin at Hard Labor Creek State Park in Rutledge, Georgia. It won’t be cheap, but it might be worth it.
The same company, On Set Cinema (which should be hyphenated, truthfully, but I’m willing to give them a pass because they’re way cool, junior), is offering screenings of other movies at the sites of their respective filming, too, movies like CHILDREN OF THE CORN, MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE, and THE SHINING (at the Timberline Lodge!), but those aren’t really within driving distance for me.