As much as we love the Friday the 13th series here—and trust me, we do—there are certain things you can’t help but notice as you watch these movies over and over again. Things that have been long debated by fans because they stand out as confusing, things that the writers either didn’t think about, refused to answer, or just hoped nobody would notice.
Some of these things do get explained, though. People seem to have the most questions about Alice’s death at the beginning of Part 2. More than anything else in the series, you hear fans ask how Jason got a plane ticket and went to kill Alice at her home, wherever that may be. First of all, this sort of naturally assumes that all towns are flying distance from Crystal Lake, but regardless this question is addressed in the movie. It’s a year after the original and Alice has returned to the town near the camp to try and deal with the memory head-on. So that’s why everyone’s favorite question won’t be making an appearance on the list.
There are, however, so many other questions worth addressing. I know some fans have asked them over the years, mostly to themselves while watching these moments happen on the screen, most of us with a dumbfounded expression while we tried to figure it out.
Axel’s workout/yoga video in The Final Chapter
No, really, what is this video? Is it an adult film? Is it a workout video? It looks like Axel just flips the channel to turn back and forth to it. If it’s actually something airing on TV that makes even less sense, but I guess it would have to be if he just presses a button to get to the news. Even if it’s just a workout tape it feels way too, uh, intimate. Is it a music video? These are the sorts of things fans need answered.
So, after Jason possesses the mortician and spends a bit of time in that body, he picks out one Deputy Josh as his next and then proceeds to, erm, tie Josh down and shave his entire body. Yep, Jason shaves him from head to toe. According to director Adam Marcus, the reason this scene is in the movie is solely because he knew a scene like this would still have people talking over twenty years later, and he was right.
Jason turning into a kid in Jason Takes Manhattan
So, at the end of Jason Takes Manhattan, Jason gets melted by toxic waste. Right before being melted, he’s running around vomiting and screaming after being unmasked and right before the waste hits him he says “Mommy.” Then he’s bombarded and when the toxic waste clears, he’s a child again. Obviously, the next entry wisely ignores this. Although, given that main character Rennie suffers from hallucinations throughout the entire film, it could simply be another one of those.
The very well preserved zombie dad in The New Blood
In The New Blood, protagonist Tina is weighed down with guilt because she killed her father as a child in a fit of rage and frustration because she was unable to control her telekinetic abilities. She accidentally resurrects Jason while trying to bring her father back to life and succeeds in doing so at the end, causing her father to burst out of the lake and drag Jason back down with him. Whereas Jason is rotted to hell, Tina’s dad looks the same as he did in the flashback, only wetter.
Why is Jason a grown man?
One of the most confusing things in the series is actually kind of the biggest thing, which is Jason himself. Friday the 13th Part 2 kind of negates everything done in the original by presuming that Jason didn’t actually die and grew up in the surrounding wilderness, which makes no sense because why wouldn’t he stop Alice from killing his mom or at least let her know he was alive if that was the case? Either way, as much as we love Jason Voorhees, bringing him back as the killer was also a bit of a sloppy move that led to over thirty years of unanswered questions.
Jimmy’s dancing in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter
It might be one of the franchise’s most iconic moments, but that’s mostly because it just comes out of nowhere. It’s so unexpected. Crispin Glover plays this scene like an alien who has witnessed dancing for the first time and tries it out with only the most basic understanding of what it actually entails. Apparently, he was actually dancing to AC/DC’s “Back in Black” on the set, but that’s no excuse for those moves, of which I am admittedly jealous.
No, really, what happened to Paul at the end of Friday the 13th Part 2? Where did he go? He gets knocked down in that first fight with Jason and we assume he’s dead when Ginny takes off running and kicks off the big climactic chase sequence. But then he pops back up to save Ginny inside of Jason’s shack and again gets knocked down. He shows up at the end and is right there beside her when Jason bursts through the window. Did Jason kill Paul afterwards? Was that whole scene a dream? Ginny’s carted away, repeatedly asking “Where’s Paul?” and getting no answer. That’s no fair, Steve Miner. The people have a right to know.