15 Things That "Jason Voorhees" Never Said or Done

Close- up of "Jason Voorhees"
Close- up of "Jason Voorhees"

AHHH, I REMEMBER IT WELL

I first met “Jason Voorhees,” in 1980. He was first seen as a small boy who everyone, including his mom, (Betsy Palmer), thought he drowned, but didn’t. Then out of a hidden, vengeful rage against his abusive dad, “Jason,” began his “Tour of Terror,” in the first Friday the 13th film.

First impressions are lasting impressions, it has been said. And my first impression of “Jason Voorhees,” was, “Holy Toldeo, Batman! What a huge man!” Of course I was younger and dumber back then, but my daughter of four fell hopelessly, helplessly in-love with this “being” from Hades. Honest with my butt sitting on the witness stand on a hot summer day in a rural courthouse in Fulton County, Ga.

Hollywood legend, Betsy Palmer played as "Jason's" mom
Hollywood legend, Betsy Palmer played as "Jason's" mom | Source

A Bit About Jason . . .

Jason Voorhees is a fictional character from the Friday the 13th series. He first appeared in Friday the 13th (1980) as the young son of camp cook-turned-murderer, Mrs. Voorhees, in which he was portrayed by Ari Lehman. Created by Victor Miller, with contributions by Ron Kurz, Sean S. Cunningham, and Tom Savini, Jason was not originally intended to carry the series as the main antagonist. The character has subsequently been represented in various other media, including novels, comic books, and a cross-over film with another iconic horror film character, Freddy Krueger.

The character has primarily been an antagonist in the films, whether by stalking and killing the characters, or acting as a psychological threat to the lead character, as is the case in Friday the 13th: A New Beginning. Since Lehman's portrayal, the character has been represented by numerous actors and stuntmen, sometimes by more than one at a time; this has caused some controversy as to who should receive credit for the portrayal. Kane Hodder is the best known of the stuntmen to portray Jason Voorhees, having played the character in four consecutive films.

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"JASON" WAS NO CARTOON BUNNY

I have to admit that although I was an adult, the sight of this stumbling creature wielding a machete and wearing (from his limited wardrobe), a gray jumpsuit or a green Army coat. Looking back, I though it very sissy that this non-stoppable “monster of mayhem,” would be forced to be a fashion-plate of the faddish 80’s. Baggy pleated pants. Remember actor, Don Johnson, “Miami Vice?” He wore a pair of baggy pleated pants in his video that went nowhere but down, “Heartbeat.” Even with Dweezil Zappa, Frank’s son, playing guitar, the video was not swallowed alive by the teenagers of that time.

But somehow, “Jason Voorhees,” was swallowed big time. Before long, his image was causing pre-teen and teenage screams of horror from every movie theater on the block as well as pre-teen’s and teenagers crawling into mother’s lap out of fear for this speechless demon who killed everything that was not nailed down in his Friday, The 13th films that were shown much-like the old-time serials of the “black and white” film area.

The writers and producers made “Jason” literally invincible and unstoppable. I mean, Superman had his kryptonite that made him weak, but not “Jason.” He took everything from gunshots to lightning bolts and still managed to keep coming back from wherever he went time and time again. What a guy. I wonder why his managers did not sign him up to one of the national health food chains that also sell dietary supplements for people wanting to be smaller and body builders who were wanting to be bigger and more buff for their body building contests.

Dweeezil Zappa
Dweeezil Zappa

"JASON'S" COMMERCIAL

The commercial opens with a proverbial 98-pound weakling, “Harold,” and his pretty girlfriend, “Missy,” minding their own business laying on a beach blanket hoping to “catch some rays.” Soon, a couple of muscle-bound bullies start picking on “Harold,” by kicking sand in his face and when that grew old, kicking “Harold” in the face. “Missy,” screams because “Harold,” is like a rag doll in their muscular hands.

Look for Dweezil in video below

The Men Behind Jason's Mask:

Friday the 13th:
Ari Lehman (child)

Friday the 13th Part 2:
Warrington Gillette (unmasked) & Steve Daskewisz (masked) & Ellen Lutter (one scene)

Friday the 13th Part 3:
Richard Brooker

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter:
Ted White

Friday the 13th: A New Beginning:
Tom Morga (hallucination) Jason wasn't in this one, he was just a hallucination.

Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives:
C. J. Graham (most of the film) & Dan Bradley (Paintball sequence)

Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood to Jason X:
Kane Hodder

Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan: Kane Hodder and Timothy Burr Mirkovich (child)

Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday: Kane Hodder

Freddy vs. Jason:
Ken Kirzinger & Spencer Stump (child)

Friday the 13th (2009): Derek Mears

Friday the 13th Part 2 (2010): Derek Mears

I THINK THAT "JASON" WOULD HAVE BEEN PERFECT FOR THE PART

With one final surge, the two muscled-goons slam “Harold,” head-first in the sand and leave him there to be ridiculed by the beach-goers. The main muscular bully winks at “Missy,” and being a hot girl, she looks at “Harold,” still positioned with his head in the sand, and then takes the bully’s hand and they walk off together.

That is until . . .”Harold,” slides all the way under the sand then then heavy music (like Jaws soundtrack) starts and we see “Harold,” who is really “Jason Voorhees,” slowly arise from the sand holding a huge jug of the product that gave him those huge muscles that now break-through his Army coat. “Missy,” looks back and when seeing “Harold,” she hits her new bully friend in the arm and he looks at this huge mass of evil walking toward him. Now of course “Jason,” cannot use his machete in the commercial, so he just takes the two bullies and “cleans their clocks,” and they faint from fear. When the commercial fades to black, we see “Harold’s” face on “Jason’s” body holding “Missy,” while winking at the camera.

The voice-over says . . .”Take Fortified Muscle-Meal from “Major Health Food Chain,” and never be bullied again.” Can you imagine how many “Harold’s” there are in America? Well, needless to say, this nameless health food store mops-up making “Jason” even more famous.

"Jason"  in the rain
"Jason" in the rain
"Jason's" close- up
"Jason's" close- up
"Jason" in a solemn moment
"Jason" in a solemn moment
"Jason" as a kid drowning
"Jason" as a kid drowning
The famous hockey mask
The famous hockey mask

Sure, “Jason Voorhees,” killed, terrified, and gave the teens in those Friday the 13th films fits day and night, but with all of that being said and admitted to, I now present for your nostalgic movie pleasure . . .

15 Things That “Jason Voorhees” Never Said or Done

  • “Jason Voorhees” never stopped to grab a “dog and a beer,” at the local food truck.
  • He never broke through an innocent person’s apartment to “just” catch the evening news.
  • He never said anything like, “Hey, anybody know how to get this stupid hockey mask off my face?”
  • “Jason,” never stopped on the sidewalk while in New York and said, “Take my wife. Please.”
  • “Jason,” never took one shower or had one manicure in the Friday the 13th films.
  • “Voorhees,” never, and I mean never, did a graceful dance (on film) like The Commodores.
  • He never tried to find out how many hero sandwiches he could eat at one sitting.
  • Jason never yelled at his victims, “Why are ya’ running? I just wanted to get up a good game of street hockey!”
  • “Hey, kid! Let’s arm wrestle. Loser gets killed.” Was never said by “Jason Voorhees.”
  • “Jason” never took the time to shave with his razor-sharp machete.”
  • “Jason Voorhees,” never said, “See if anyone can catch me,” and ran away in his films.
  • He did not get one shoe-shine in any one of his Friday the 13th films.
  • “Jason,” never tried to “pick-up” girls, but he did pick-up girls to toss across the room.
  • “Jason,” never said to anyone, “I am going to stand in front of this truck and let it hit me. I will not get hurt.”
  • “Voorhees,” was never seen sitting in a barber’s chair and motioning “a little off the top.”

And an extra “Jason Voorhees” fact:

  • “Jason” never married any couple in his films due to him not being an ordained minister.

Question: “How many of you can guess what I am thinking right now?”

Were YOU ever afraid of "Jason?"

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Thief12 2 years ago from Puerto Rico

Why do you mention a 2010 film, with Derek Mears, when there wasn't one?


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Nancy Hardin 2 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

I never could figure out the fascination for this character. I didn't even think he was scary, but then, maybe he was to some folks. I know I'm old, but back in the day of the original Frankenstein...now THAT was scary!! Fun Hub!


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Rhonda Lytle 2 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

I've seen a few of the Jason movies, but not all. To be totally honest, as a teen, they freaked me out major. Jason was terrifying mostly because he just kept coming back. Back in the day I vaguely remember a game we used to play that went something like how do you take Jason out and keep him out? The best answer I ever came up with was run him over with the truck. At the time, I was convinced he would somehow survive even that.


sheilamyers 2 years ago

I didn't think the movies were scary, but if Jason would've done any of the things you mentioned it would've been even worse. The first movie was okay, then they went crazy and ruined it by making too many sequels. To me, the fun part of Halloween at the medical clinic in Norfolk was freaking out people using horror movie names. One of the x-ray tech's was Petty Officer Vorhees and, of course, my last name is Myers. You know, like Michael Myers in the Halloween movies.


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grand old lady 2 years ago from Philippines

Well, you shown a new side of Jason that the movie directors might have to dwell upon:)


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

grand old lady (who is NOT old)

Thank you for liking this hub and giving me another idea for Jason Voorhees.

Producers actually overdid the plot of his movies to a point of being pathetic.

Thanks again and have a peaceful night.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Thief12

Funny you should ask, The research company that I found the names of all of the actors who did Jason, Meers name WAS on the list. Now I have to boot this company for being wrong.

Thanks for catching this error and teaching me to not trust every research unit.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Nancy Hardin,

I couldn't agree with you more. In my day, The Mummy or Frankenstein WERE very scary and I WAS scared at them.

Not that much with Jason Voorhees. I agree with your comments. Keep in touch with me and if you aren't following me, I invite you to become a follower today.

I would love it.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, Rhonda,

I agree. The producers just got carried-away with the comebacks. Three would have been enough--like Indiana Jones, who did three films and it was great.

Jason's films were mostly the same plot with new people to kill.

Thanks for your input and keep in touch with me.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear sheilamyers,

Love the story of your X-ray tech, Voorhess and your name Myers. What a great plan you two had. And no, Jason was not that scary. I once told someone that whomever played this character had the EASIEST job in Hollywood except C3PO. No lines to memorize.

Great input.


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Thief12 2 years ago from Puerto Rico

kenneth, Mears did play Jason in the 2009 remake, but there wasn't a second part to that remake.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Thief12,

Thank you for the information. Like I said I am going to seek and aim my research elsewhere.


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Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

Pre-adolescents love scary movies like this and, as long as they are not R rated for violence, these movies will continue to make a ton of money. They do seem to have their own cult following. Enjoyed your article.


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas

Someone ready for Halloween?


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Writer Fox,

I agree with you 100%. And yes, you are right. They do have their own cult following. Thanks for the nice compliment. You and the comment are appreciated very much.

Stay in touch.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

shanmarie,

Before I answer, I need you to look closely at this word:

B-O-O-O-O-O . . .did I scare you? Oh, now you can look up. As a matter of fact, no, not yet. But you need to be around my house on Halloween and meet the kids who come by which gives me a chance to tell them to NOT accept treats from people they do not know.

And thanks for this sweet comment.

Please keep up your fine work and stay in touch.


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SandyMertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

I thought there was a point where I just wanted to bury Jason. Really, how many times could they bring him back?


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vkwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

He just kept coming back and back and back, no matter how many times he dies.


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vkwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

He just kept coming back and back and back, no matter how many times he dies.


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no body 2 years ago from Rochester, New York

I think Jason was a poor copy of Micheal Myers from the Halloween series of movies. I was very scared of Micheal. But Jason was scary only because of one sound in the soundtrack. That "pa pa kl kl" sound effect. Again, this was a poor copy of Halloween which had the whole movie a frightening sound track with the increasing drama in the music and then complete silence just before the movie had things (not Micheal) jump out at the victim (like a cat or another person suddenly putting a hand on a shoulder). And then when the person was all settled back in the theater's seat the famous "ZZZZ!" sound that accompanied the murder and the audience jumped out to their seat and out of their skin. I honestly don't know why anyone was truly scared of Jason, but they were. I was from time to time but just out of courtesy, for I did spend the money to have him try to scare me. I didn't want him showing up at my door with the machete to chop me up so it was mandatory to be unnerved at least once in each Jason film. Another great read. Up and interesting. Bob.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, Sandy,

You are right about Jason being put away for good. The producers/writers overdid Jason and the overkilled script. How many teens having sex and drinking did he have to kill before his killing desire was satisfied?

What would have made me appreciate him was him to speak just two words sometime.

Thanks for your nice comment. I am so sorry that I was late, but Yahoo Mail is not loading messages, a so-called "bug" has hit them since Sept. 30, but please come back again.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

vkwok,

You, my friend, are very right. Too many times if you ask me. Thanks for the nice input.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, nobody,

I agree with ALL of your viewpoints about Jason Voorhees. The so-called "last" film, Jason vs Freddy, well that was a sucker punch with a sucker of a script. Hey, you and I could have written a more-realistic script in our sleep.

Ahhh, yes. That Pa Pi snooze, affect that was so ad nauseum that I could have dozed off. Question: Why were the current sucker teens who were going to get it on and drink at the same cabin where others had lost their lives, been given a clue about Jason? And why was the murder scene always spotless when the newest old film started?

And my last question. Why couldn't an actor like Tom Selleck, naaah, I do not have the nerve to ask that one.

But it would have been funny, Selleck as a sophisticated Jason.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Thief12,

Didn't I already answer your question? Yes. Thanks Yahoo Mail or HP for allowing us to be infested with YOUR bugs.


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Thief12 2 years ago from Puerto Rico

Yes, you did, sir :-D

Anyway, just to keep the ball rolling with your question about "sucker teens" visiting the same "cabin where others had lost their lives"... technically, it isn't the same cabin, but rather located in the shore of the same lake. Most of the cabins and camps featured in the first four films I guess, were not Camp Crystal Lake, but rather nearby cabins and camps. Camp Crystal Lake does appear from time to time when teens are fleeing through the woods and happen to stumble upon the abandoned camp (how convenient! hahaha).

By the 5th or 6th part, which take place years after the first one, there were attempts to revive the old Camp Crystal Lake, which obviously ended in tragedy.

Anyway, it is all obviously an excuse to have people at the same setting anyway, hehehe, but since I'm a bit of a sucker for those old 80's slasher films, I thought I would clarify that. Thanks for the replies!


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no body 2 years ago from Rochester, New York

Those are all good questions Ken. I have learned that in the "spirit" of the story not to ask too many questions. But there are certain things I can't abide and they are boredom paired with stupid. That is the lethal combination for me.

I am not an intellectual like would go to a mystery movie or a who-dun-it and take it apart piece-by-piece. My mind enjoys riding along on those kind of movies. So everyone in the theater knows the ending when I finally say, "Hey, I know...!" I have excepted that about myself. But Jason is in a league that even slow me can't except. There is no fun, no surprise, no variation in the mode of killing, no fast pursuit, nothing.

The other thing is I do like "Mystery Theater 2000" and can fully understand watching "dog" movies and making fun of them as they go along. Jason is beneath even that mode of movie-watching.


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Tiffanyapril 2 years ago from Michigan

Hello,

I hope all is well with you and your family. I have not been feeling my best for awhile. I am sorry. I love horror! This article rock! Thank you.

Blessings


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Sweet Tiffanyapril,

Thank you kindly for your nice comment. We are just living in the day (lol) as they roll along. Sorry that you aren't feeling your best. I will offer up prayers for you.

You are one sweet girl and a terrrific friend and follower.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

no body,

It just hit me. Your name fits this subject. You are so right. I used to be like you and just enjoy the mystery as it unfolded and enjoy the surprise along with the rest of the crowd.

I respect that viewpoint. And the more I think of it, I like your views.

Thanks for the comment.

But my taking things apart comes from the years I spent in the newspaper. If you wrote a feature story, hard news story, or column, you had better have your facts all lined up or you would be called into a high-level meeting with the editors and such.

You learn to look at situations and events piece by piece and arrive at a central idea.

Thanks again for your comment. I loved it.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Thief12,

You are right. I should have known that the directors and producers would have changed "killing locales," film after film.

I had this super brainstorm after reading your comment.

What would have been the harm in allowing other celebrities to make cameo appearances such as Tom Selleck zooming into Crystal Lake Center and ask directions. Naaah, that is selfish and probably funny, but that would be too much like Scary Movie.

Oh, yes. Let that cute Anna Farris be chased by Jason, eh?

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