We've reached my favorite roving holiday of all-time, Friday the 13th. As such, I lay out my picks for the top five Jason Voorhees kills from the Friday the 13th franchise. These picks are my favorites, not necessarily the "best" kills. Also note I said Jason Voorhees, so in my mind movies 1, 5 and most of movie 9 are off the table.
5) Triple Decapitation Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)
What could possibly go wrong at a company paintball outing in beautiful Forest Green? It depends on whether Forest Green was only recently renamed from Crystal Lake, I suppose. This is Jason's most melee kills at once, and the triple kill is no easy achievement. Ask most mortal Call of Duty players.
4) Liquid Nitrogen Jason X (2001)
Jason X is not what most call a good movie. Personally, I view it as an awesome movie and the space setting allows for some very unique kills. This one has always stood out to me because of the way they visualized what a futuristic space lab would be, and also decided that proper lab-wear included a crop top so short that there is under-boob on the ensuing struggle. Not only does Jason freeze her face in exposed liquid nitrogen (because of COURSE, you gotta have a tub of that in the future), he goes full Billy Corgan and smashes that shit like a pumpkin.
3) Heavyweight Bout Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1988)
For me, this one is an all-timer. There are gorier kills, scarier kills, even funnier kills. But this kill just gets me every time, I love it. Julius is the high school boxing standout, something of import as we all know. As the movie unfolds, they end up in New York (hence the title) and upon a rooftop, Julius stares down Jason and decides to do what he does best, knuckle up. He gets some solid shots in, driving Jason back to the edge of the roof while completely exhausting himself. Jason goes with that uppercut, sending Julius' head flying like a Johnny Cage finishing move in Mortal Kombat 2.
2) Sleeping Bag Kill Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Beginning (1987)
This is my favorite creative kill in Jason's arsenal, and I can't believe it took so many installments to see it on the screen. This scene was also recreated in Jason X in a VR simulator to keep Jason occupied! But I knew, in the end, I had to pay homage to the OG. The kill itself is pretty straight forward, he cuts into a tent, grabs the poor young lady out in her sleeping bag, drags her to a tree and bashes her good. With only one swing required, I imagine Jason could outdrive Happy Gilmore with that rotational power and explosiveness.
1) Speargun Snipe Friday the 13th Part 3 (1982)
This is one where I'm letting circumstances outside the kill itself dictate its place on the list and in our hearts. The kill marked Jason's first kill via projectile, with off-the-chart accuracy putting it through her eyehole. Phase two of the awesomeness: Friday the 13th was in 3D. The mid-'80s were rad, man, and the flight of the spear in 3D was honestly cool to watch with those little blue and red glasses. The ultimate reason I've got it listed as number 1? This is the first kill Jason ever gets wearing his now-iconic hockey mask. You gotta pay your respects to the birth of a dynasty.
As you can see, I'm a big-time Jason stan. Check out my argument for why he is a superior horror villain to Michael Myers here!