Horror Character Analysis: Jason Voorhees

Jason Voorhees may be the single biggest reason I am a horror fan today. Friday the 13th is one of the first horror movies I remember watching as a child. I was intrigued by the mask killer largely due to him sharing the same first name as me, Jason.

Jason Voorhees is one of the most unique horror characters of all time. While he is a murderous villain and main antagonist of the Friday the 13th series, but does he also have an endearing side?

Horror fans can’t dismiss the fact that Jason had a fucked up childhood. His face was disfigured, making him the butt of jokes from other children his age. He was bullied and ultimately neglected by his peers when he drowned (or didn’t) in Camp Crystal Lake. Years later he witnessed his mother being decapitated by a camp counselor. Afterall, she was just seeking revenge for her sweet, sweet Jason.

These events lead to Jason becoming one of the most brutal murderers in horror film history. With each passing film, Jason became more powerful and his overall transformation from film to film has been a joy to watch.

Jason has evolved from disfigured faced child to sack head, to hockey mask, to deteriorating body, to demonic possession of humans, to even ultra-unstoppable Jason X. He has even went toe to toe with another horror icon, Freddy Krueger. Through it all Jason just keeps coming back, stronger and deadlier.

His means of killing are diverse. Machete, strangulation, suffocation, sleeping bag to tree, icepick, axe, spear, pitchfork, fireplace poker, hacksaw, harpoon, beheading with a punch, and SO many more.

Jason Voorhees is also quite nimble. Just when you think you have gotten away from him, POOF! There he is again. He is like the guy you don’t invite to your party but he shows up anyway.

Despite his brutal, murderous past, let’s be honest. I love Jason Voorhees. You love Jason Voorhees. He is a horror legend and like his character, his legend only grows stronger.

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