The internet has no shortage of pieces and lists celebrating the Friday the 13th franchise today. There will be retrospectives and #HotTakes about Jason Takes Manhattan is actually good and lists of the series' best kills, because we can never get enough of those. I am not above any of this, of course, because I, too, have my own Friday-themed list I'm publishing today. I am a hack.
An aspect that doesn't get talked about quite as much when it comes to the Friday the 13th series -- of which I am on record as being a devoted fan -- is its characters, primarily because its cast of horny teenagers are usually dismissed as being grist for the mill that is Jason Voorhees. But because I enjoy the films as much as I do, and because I've revisited them as often as I had (there is no greater horror comfort food for me), I have grown to like a lot of these characters and have a great deal of affection for them. They're not especially well-written, three-dimensional human beings, and most of their appeal is a result of the actors playing them, but hanging out with them every time I revisit these movies is like hanging out with friends I've known forever. It's familiar and comfortable and I've come to like them a lot. Here are some of my favorites.
Brenda Jones (Laurie Bartram), Friday the 13th
Crazy Ralph (Walt Gorney, Friday the 13th and Friday the 13th Part 2)
Vickie (Lauren-Marie Taylor) and Mark (Tom McBride), Friday the 13th Part 2
Rob Dier (Erich Anderson), Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter
Reggie "The Reckless" Winter (Shavar Ross), Friday the 13th: A New Beginning
Terry (Kirsten Baker), Friday the 13th Part 2
Shelly Finkelstein (Larry Zerner), Friday the 13th Part 3
Tommy Jarvis (Corey Feldman), Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter
Ginny Field (Amy Steel), Friday the 13th Part 2
And while we're at it, here's some more fun Friday the 13th content from over the years! En-en-en-en-en-en...joy-joy-joy-joy-joy-joy...
So Why Friday the 13th?
Podcast: The Friday the 13th franchise
Podcast: Friday the 13th Part 3 commentary (in 3-D!)
Podcast: Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning commentary
13 Great Moments from the Friday the 13th Franchise
Shitting on the Classics: Friday the 13th
Take Two: Jason X
Great Horror Performances: Kane Hodder as Jason Voorhees
My Favorite Final Girls
Growing Up Nerdy: Mike and Adam Go to Camp
Tommy Jarvis and Great Monster Kids in Movies
Happy Friday the 13th, everyone!