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All Friday the 13th Movies Ranked
Strong bloody violence, some graphic sexual content, language and drug material – all involving teens. Or, at least, 30-year-olds pretending to be teens.
Welcome to Crystal Lake, where the canoes are creaky, the dippin’ is skinny, and the camp activities are to die for. Since 1980, the shah of slashers, Jason Voorhees, has been terrorizing any who are unlucky enough to reach its shores. His murderous method? Anything he can get his naughty paws on, be it machete, harpoon gun, or sleeping bag. The original Friday the 13th was one of those no-budget grubby horror flicks with massive returns, secure among the likes of Halloween and Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The franchise it spawned is a shining, bloody emblem of the golden age of slasher movies, though critics grew less appreciative of the series’ increasingly ludicrous carnage. But the Friday franchise’s memorable soundtrack, frequently tongue-in-cheek atmosphere, and iconic star has kept it in the horror conversation for decades, carrying audiences though 3-D (the third Friday, where Jason first dons the hockey mask), deep space (Jason X), celebrity death matches (Freddy vs. Jason), and utter meltdowns (Jason Goes to Hell).
Wherever this wacky world may take Jason next (therapy, perhaps?), Rotten Tomatoes will be here with this list of every Friday the 13th movie ranked by Tomatometer!
Adjusted Score: 9680%
Critics Consensus: Jason terrorizes a ship and nearly sinks the franchise in a clunky sequel that feels like self-parody without the charm.
Hockey-masked slasher Jason (Kane Hodder) follows a Crystal Lake teen (Jensen Daggett) and her friends on a cruise to New... [More]
Adjusted Score: 9469%
Critics Consensus: Jason may solidify his iconic wardrobe in this entry, but Friday the 13th Part 3 lacks any other distinguishing features, relying on a tired formula of stab and repeat.
Killer Jason terrorizes teens (Dana Kimmell, Paul Kratka, Tracie Savage) and a biker gang.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 19437%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Teens (Melanie Kinnaman, Shavar Ross) flee and use a chain saw against someone wearing slasher Jason's hockey mask.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 22244%
Critics Consensus: Jason goes to the future, but the story is still stuck in the past.
The masked killer awakens in 2455 and stalks a professor and a group of students aboard a spacecraft.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 21449%
Critics Consensus: As lumberingly single-minded as its homicidal star, Friday the 13th - The Final Chapter adds another rote entry to an increasingly labored franchise.
Hockey-masked Jason goes after another batch of teens (Kimberly Beck, Peter Barton, Corey Feldman) at Crystal Lake.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 16176%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Slasher Jason (Kane Hodder) survives a SWAT team attack and returns to destroy all blood kin, who are his only... [More]
Adjusted Score: 31155%
Critics Consensus: Though technically well-constructed, Friday the 13th is a series rehash that features little to distinguish it from its predecessors.
While searching for his missing sister, a young man (Jared Padalecki) and a group of student revelers encounter a hockey-masked... [More]
Adjusted Score: 31108%
Critics Consensus: Friday the 13th Part 2 sets the template for the franchise to follow with more teen victims, more gruesome set pieces, and fewer reasons to keep following along.
Mrs. Voorhees' son Jason is waiting when another load of teens (Amy Steel, John Furey, Adrienne King) tries to make... [More]
Adjusted Score: 33624%
Critics Consensus: As lumbering and bereft of conscious thought as its unstoppable star, Friday the 13th Part VII - The New Blood finds the franchise in desperate need of the title ingredient.
A psychic teen's (Lar Park Lincoln) psychiatrist (Terry Kiser) sends her and her mother (Susan Blu) to Crystal Lake, home... [More]
Adjusted Score: 46236%
Critics Consensus: Fans of the two horror franchises will enjoy this showdown. But for everyone else, it's the same old slice and dice.
Teens are caught in the middle of a battle between the razor-clawed Freddy (Robert Englund) and the masked killer Jason... [More]
Adjusted Score: 48477%
Critics Consensus: Friday the 13th: Part VI - Jason Lives indeed brings back ol' Vorhees, along with a sense of serviceable braindead fun.
Teenage Tommy (Thom Mathews) meets masked-killer Jason, brought back by a lightning bolt at the lake.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 68236%
Critics Consensus: Rather quaint by today's standards, Friday the 13th still has its share of bloody surprises and a '70s-holdover aesthetic to slightly compel.
The reopening of Camp Crystal Lake spells murder and mayhem for a group of sexually promiscuous counselors.... [More]