Easily the best entry in the series, using an old-fashioned Universal horror-style gothicism and a post-modern self awareness (predating both Scream and Craven's New Nightmare) to great effect. Might have ushered in a new era of brilliance for the series if only the producers had allowed McLoughlin to end it with the introduction of Jason's father as he wished to.
Loved this as a kid but seeing it today, while fun, it was a testament to the fact that some movies should not be seen again. The FX are fun but the script is pretty dumb even for a Friday the 13th sequel. The acting is bad throughout but despite this there is fun to be had with this slasher romp.
"Some folks have a strange idea of entertainment" Jason Lives is a goofy, entertaining romp that is a grandiose celebration of all things Friday the 13th! Just like the titular character this franchise just won't seem to die. The best part about Jason Lives is that it seems to celebrate that fact. It doesn't take itself too seriously. Instead it embraces the ridiculousness of Friday the 13th the series!
"Friday the 13th" receives a welcome dose of humor from writer/director Tom McLoughlin. The emphasis on comedy and celebration of Jason's iconic status mean this entry is comparable to the more self-referential Roger Moore Bond films. One wishes the filmmakers would have devoted at least some time to developing a horror atmosphere, but the added laughter keeps the series from feeling stale after five sequels.