Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th is mean, but fans should be glad that the horror icon hides his scary face behind a hockey mask.
Jason Voorhees was not the antagonist in the first Friday the 13th film, but after his introduction in the sequel, he became the driving force of the genre and will likely return in the next reboot. Few characters in the film have the good fortune to outlive thirty years.
Whenever anyone thinks of Jason, the classic hockey mask comes to mind immediately. However, the face behind the mask is always a highlight for the fans. Typically reserved for the climactic final act, Jason’s face is revealed, and throughout eleven films, each unmasked Jason is distinct.
The Precursor Jason
Friday The 13th Part 2 (1981)
This was before the franchise established itself. Nothing about this version of Jason would be preserved in future instalments. One of these things would be Jason’s face being revealed as he leaps through a window.
This incarnation of Jason, while effective in Friday the 13th: Part 2, has not aged well. Long red hair, a beard, and an overall farmer’s appearance make Jason resemble a figure from Wrong Turn or The Hills Have Eyes. Nonetheless, it served as an effective scare and laid the groundwork for future iterations of Jason that was superior.
Friday The 13th Part 3 (1982)
Jason doesn’t don his recognisable hockey mask until the third instalment. The template for Jason’s appearance was likewise established in Friday the 13th: Part 3: tall, muscular, bald, and menacing. The sole characteristic that returns from Part 2 is the malformed eye. Part 3 uses Jason without his mask extremely successfully.
Once, he removes it to mock a character he had previously encountered. The most famous scene is when he heals from his axe wound and pursues Chris on the boat as he attempts to escape. Even though it turns out to be a dream, his scary smile and Jason’s speed are plenty to frighten anyone.
The Definitive Jason
Richard Brooker’s portrayal of Jason in Part 3 was revolutionary, whilst Ted White’s portrayal of Jason in Friday the 13th: Part IV was flawless. Jason’s appearance was improved with Tom Savini behind the scenes as the visual effects artist. It improves upon everything that made Jason from the third instalment so unforgettable.
After Jason is tricked by Tommy Jarvis, his sister Trish uses Jason’s own knife to remove the mask. Then, Tommy drives the machete directly into the head of the murderer, causing him to fall directly on the weapon to inflict even more damage and display more of Savini’s excellent craftsmanship. According to many, Part IV showed the definitive human representation of Jason.
The Fake Jason
Technically, this individual does not belong because he is not Jason. Roy Burns, a paramedic, is on a murdering spree after the death of his kid. In Friday The 13th Part V: The New Beginning, however, the identity of this Jason remains unknown until the conclusion.
Roy Burns’ identity is revealed when he is killed. This revelation left many Friday the 13th enthusiasts dissatisfied and perplexed. Roy Burns not only dressed as Jason but also used an elaborate prosthesis to make his head resemble Jason’s. Supporters were left with a sour taste by the film’s shocking conclusion, yet the film still has its fans.
After disappointing fans with Part V, Jason would return with a bang. Literally, Tommy Jarvis revives Jason by accident with a lightning bolt. Jason remains masked throughout Jason Lives, but his face is briefly revealed at the beginning of the film.
The few clear glimpses of the decaying zombies that Jason catches are genuinely frightening. Jason resembles a zombie who would not be out of place in the zombie films of George A. Romero. The sole disadvantage is that it only appears in the introductory prologue.
Similar to Parts 3 and 4, The New Blood amplifies the foundations created in Jason Lives. Jason’s makeup in The New Blood is gruesome and scary, and Kane Hodder‘s portrayal of him in the climactic scene is flawless.
The New Blood version of Jason is significantly more broken, rotten, and even more zombie-like. John Carl Buechler is without a doubt the best follow-up to Tom Savini, while not being him. Part IV features the definitive human Jason, while The New Blood features the definitive zombie Jason.
The budget for Jason Takes Manhattan has been drastically reduced. Every aspect of Jason was diminished in comparison to The New Blood. Fans are divided on the overall design of the character with the mask on. Some adore the slimy appearance, while others find it too plain and inexpensive.
Where fans are unanimous is when Jason removes his mask. Instead of an exquisite zombie design, Jason’s visage resembles a Halloween decoration that was melted. For many fans, it makes an already loathed sequel even more ludicrous. Jason Takes Manhattan did not do justice to Kane Hodder.
Jason X (2001)
With so many instalments in the Friday The 13th franchise, it seemed inevitable that one film would be set in space. When Jason is unfrozen in the distant future by scientists, his face is briefly revealed during an autopsy. Surprisingly, in a film in which everything is so cheap and garish, Jason’s face is a magnificent physical effect.
Unfortunately, it does not like anything previously seen in the flicks and appears more like a mutant Jason than a zombie. The face never reappears, and Uber Jason is never revealed.
Back To Roots Jason
Friday The 13th (2009)
In the reboot of Friday the 13th, Jason Voorhees is portrayed by Derek Mears in his human form. He is a swift, lethal, and quite astute hunter. In homage to his introduction in Part 2, Jason begins with a sack mask that is ripped off when he strikes the farmer.
This is the only time Jason’s face is shown, and similar to Jason Lives, it is obscured by darkness. A surprising decision given that the special effect appears to be quite good in behind-the-scenes images and the little glances shown in the film. It would be the only time viewers see Jason’s face until potentially the forthcoming relaunch.