The Horror Honeys: The Many Faces of Jason Voorhees!

The Many Faces of Jason Voorhees!

A Head Honey Slasher Month Spotlight by Kat

Since it's a well known fact that The Honeys celebrate Friday the 13th every day of the week, Slasher Month is the perfect time to celebrate the many faces of the most prolific killer in horror (150+ confirmed kills since 1980!).

Unstoppable, ruthless, brutal and above all opportunistic - Jason is one of the best known faces in horror, but did you know that he had so many faces?

The Original Friday the 13th had no mask - just the deformed and lake detritus covered young Jason - still scary? Hell yes. Children are terrifying.

Friday the 13th: Part II - SACK-HEAD JASON. Sack-Head Jason is scary as hell and I'm not afraid to say it, and this version still makes for a legit Hallowe'en costume. Inspiration for Batman's Scarecrow? Maybe. Ripped off by countless other wannabe slashers and killers along the way? Oh, most definitely. 

Friday the 13th: 3D - One of my favorites in the series, and more importantly, the one where Jason acquired his iconic face - stolen from my least favorite character in any Jason film. Fuck you Shelley. Jason's famous ax wound (heh) is also acquired in this sequel and that mask damage is repeated in subsequent films with varying degrees of success.

Friday the 13th IV: The Final Chapter - While obviously NOT the final chapter, Jason's famous face has gone through a little more wear and tear, the artistically bloody ax wound is the prominent feature and some of the forehead triangle is worn away. Jason's seen some shit, but he's still ready to kill your ass.

Friday the 13th V: A New Beginning - A new beginning INDEED as we get "imposter Jason" who really just picked up a mask from the bargain bin at his local Sport Mart. Silent unstoppable killer in a hockey mask? Just RUN, don't count the number or take note of the color of the mask markings, just run.

Friday the 13th VI: Jason Lives - Ohhhh "Zombie Jason." In the typical de-evolution of really scary killers, the series takes a turn for the campy, thankfully Jason's not a talker or I'm sure we would have been treated to another one-liner spewing killer that was so common in the middle 80s. Jason's original mask is back, but the ax wound is smaller, has a different angled location, and we're back to classic red marking.

Friday the 13th VII: The New Blood - Part 7 marks the start of Kane Hodder's trip through the sequels. Playing Jason a total of four times, it's widely agreed that Hodder gave Jason his "true personality," and as laughable as that actually sounds, I'd definitely agree. As though the mask makers knew how important this "new Jason" was, Jason's mask is better than ever - the ax wound is the proper size again, the red forehead triangle is the distinguishing color marker, and there's the added personality of the motorboat damage to the bottom of the mask.

Friday the 13th VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan - Since Jason's mask was snapped in half in Part 7, it makes sense that Jason would have a new mask for Part 8. Although it leaves a LOT to be desired as a Jason mask, at least it still has the ax wound, although the yellow tinge (kinda vintage? No?) and bondage style strapping arrangement ruins the effect. Least favorite mask, right here, folks. If you're going to go to New York, at least put on your best face.

Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday - Once again, we know that this isn't the final sequel for Jason. The mask for Part 9 is an interesting one, falling back to the look of Part 7's mask, the boat damage is back, some bullet holes have been added as well as some "Jason did it himself" looking repair work. The mask is also much smaller, perhaps indicating that it's becoming fused to Jason's face - when you wear a mask for so long, it starts to become a part of you.

Jason X - Sigh. I have mixed feelings about this film in general, but admittedly the masks are pretty awesome. The original mask has been re-made - the iconic ax wound repaired and re-fused, the shape and size changed and the actual face shape of the mask has a life of it's own. This one is my favorite masks of the series.

The Cyber-Jason mask is a mix of Hannibal Lecter's bite guard, the original Predator mask, and a bit of my mother-in-law all mixed into one chromed out piece of scary.

Freddy vs Jason - I'm probably not the first to say it, but did this crossover REALLY need to be made? REALLY? Freddy resurrects Jason and sets him loose on Springwood, and then has to kill him because horror movie science. Sure. Jason's mask in Part 11 is a unique one. The ax wound is gone, the original markings are back, and it's been painted a distinct brown color to indicate that it's seriously antique (collectables!!). The slash marks made by Freddy's glove are the only wear and tear on the mask, and definitely make sure you don't forget which film it's from.

Friday the 13th - the REBOOT - While the actor playing Jason is brand new (and my favorite, Derek Mears), Jason's mask in the series reboot is a throwback to the original, including a bit of Sack-Head Jason thrown in for good measure. With the same markings and look as Part 3's mask, I was stoked to see a tribute to the old ways, and that the designers stuck with what worked. Original scares are always the best ones.

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