Published On: Sat, May 14th, 2022

Every ‘Friday the 13th’ Movie Ranked From Best To Worst

Jason Voorhees takes a stroll through Times Square

Today is Friday the 13th and that means it is time to look back on one of horror’s most beloved franchises! (No one stans like a Jason Voorhees stan.) That’s right, I am here with my definitive and absolutely correct ranking of every single Friday the 13th film, starting with the best and ending with the worst! So if teenagers and college kids getting brutally murdered in the woods by an unstoppable killing machine is your bag, it’s time to grab your machetes, zip up your coveralls, put on your hockey mask, and kiss your mother’s severed head goodbye because we have a bloody, bloody business ahead of us!

1. Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)

The pinnacle of the entire franchise, The Final Chapter is Friday the 13th at its very best. They brought back the legendary horror effects artist Tom Savini and so this film has not only the most iconic Jason face, but also some of the best kills in the entire franchise. It also stars Corey Feldman as Tommy Jarvis, beginning a trilogy that positions Jarvis as Jason’s greatest, or at least most consistent, foe. The final sequence, in which Jarvis transforms himself into a monster in order to trick Jason (and ultimately kill him) sounds like a silly premise but Feldman pulls it off and the results are surprisingly creepy and unsettling. The film overall manages to strike the perfect balance between comedy and terror, the juxtaposition of tones that the franchise becomes known for. Plus it’s the one with the Crispin Glover dance scene. That alone should give it the top spot.

The Mary Sue

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