Time to Remember
This past winter I had a lot of downtime. I mean a lot! Netflix has been a blessing, giving me hours of movie and television series to binge to my hearts' content. To my twisted horror movie lovin' delight, they put the Friday the 13th franchise part 1 -8 and I spent about four consecutive days watching them back to back. Amazingly, they seem kind of tame compared to what I remembered. Of course, my memories of gore were supplemented by my devotion to Fangoria magazine, which I pored over religiously to find out the secrets of their makeup effects and get a glimpse of the movies that were verboten in my household.. Friday was on the first issue I ever purchased, and I was hooked ever since. And since no one would take me to any of the movies featured in the pages so I would buy the novelizations to satisfy my morbid curiosity. Let me tell ya, Friday the 13th part 3-D kinda lost something in the translation,
Anyway, with my Friday binge session , I started to think about Jason. I mean, really think about him. Who is Jason Voorhees? What makes him tick? Unlike other slasher films of the same time period (Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, Terror Train, Prom Night) there is miniscule attempt at even a sliver of a backstory. Little is known about Jason's past except that his Mother Pamela lost her shit when she "thought" he drowned because of the inattention of camp counselors and she exacted her revenge on them in 1958 as well as the slaughtering the group who had returned years later to open it back up. It is assumed that he witnessed his mothers demise at the hands of the soul survivor of the first film and hunted her down in the second. From there he starts his own reign of terror, hacking and slashing willy nilly to his "death" and beyond.
But what of those early years? Why did his mother think he was dead? Who was his Dad? In the first film, the surviving counselor Alice dreamt that she was attacked by a deformed man in the lake. Was it just the suggestion of the boy drowning that inspired her dream, or did it really happen?
Binge watching the films inspired some personal theories of my own in an attempt to imagine a semblance of a backstory that might explain the enigma we call Jason. This is here are a few of my stupid theories.
1) Pamela Voorhees (Jason's Mom) was raped. This is why she gets all freaky about sex. Or maybe she's just deeply religious . I know she says it's because the camp counselors were doing the deed when they should have been watching the young swimming Jason, but since he obviously survived his "drowning" then the issue must be sex!
2) Jason's Dad is really his UNCLE! There is no mention of his Dad, but that could explain the malformed child of their union. I read at one point (maybe in a novelization) they mentioned an Ellis Voorhees as his father. Could be Pamela's bro! Incest is supposed to produce birth defects. Could explain a lot.
3) Mommy Voorhees has ugly shamed him into covering his face. Jason lives in a shack in the woods. Alone. Why would he give a shit about covering his face? I think as a child she made him wear a potato sack over his head. Poor guy had no chance.
4) Jason comes from solid Viking stock! His hulking form is from years of Nordic inbreeding (See Uncle Ellis Voorhees)
5)Jason is mute. Okay, I really have nothing else to say about that.
6) There is some sort of witchcraft or black magic in Jason or his Moms' background. Hinted at with the alter displaying her severed head surrounded by candles in part 2, and you know, the fact that he cannot be killed!!! Like, ever. Seriously, gotta be some kind of hoo-doo.
7) Jason is some kind of ninja. I mean, how else do you explain some 6'6 getting right up next to someone without even snapping a twig? Nobody seems to hear him before he is RIGHT NEXT TO THEM! Are they all deaf ? I think it's because Jason has some serious Ninja skills.
8) Jason is a vegan. Seriously, you would think that with all the fresh meat around, he would eventually have a nibble, but he never does, not even when he turns into a zombie!!!
9) Jason just hates his birthday. It certainly doesn't help that it will always be remembered for the day his Mom was be-headed. But come on, man, everyone has issues! Just learn to stab a cake, not a friend!
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