Who Is Jason Voorhees?
By Matt Slovick
Friday the 13th
He's a movie star and a pop culture icon.
He's a big, mean ugly guy who wears a hockey mask, likes using a machete to do his work, is tough to kill and is responsible for hundreds of onscreen deaths.
He's Jason Voorhees, the star of seven of the nine "Friday the 13th" movies, although you think he's responsible for the killings in another.
Jason Voorhees was born in 1946 to Pamela Sue Voorhees and Elias Voorhees. He was premature and entered the world at midnight on a Friday the 13th (that would be either September or December in 1946).
His mother thought he drowned in Crystal Lake at age 11. Jason survived and became a hermit, living in the woods and feeding off plants, bugs and animals. (Some claim he did drown but came back to life to avenge his mother's death). He grew to be a large, deformed and uneducated man who never said a word.
Jason's mother blamed irresponsible counselors for her son's death. She had killed two counselors in 1958, and the camp was closed. In 1979, long after Jason's alleged death, someone tried to open the camp again. Jason watched as his mother killed the counselors one by one.
Jason then saw one counselor behead his mother. The counselor took a canoe out into the lake; Jason came up from behind and pulled her into the lake to drown her, but she survived.
Later, Jason found her home and murdered her before returning to his shack in the woods surrounding Crystal Lake. Every time someone else tried to open the camp at Crystal Lake or wandered onto the land, Jason would slash, crush, impale, dismember or decapitate the intruders.
At first he wore a sack with eye holes over his head to hide his ugliness. Later he switched to a white hockey mask.
Jason had superhuman strength and was tough to destroy, despite shootings, stabbings and axes to the head. He apparenty died a number of times but was brought back to life by a lightning bolt, by a girl with telekinetic powers and by a submerged power cable.
At the end of Part VIII, toxic waste in a Manhattan sewer ate away his body until nothing remained but bones. However, he somehow popped up in one piece back at Crystal Lake at the start of Part IX.
Then he was blown to bits, although his heart continued to beat. The living heart allowed him to possess living humans. Then we learn Jason can be born again through another Voorhees, and that only a Voorhees can kill him forever.
Jason killed his sister, Diana, and used the corpse to be reborn. He then attempted to kill his niece, Jessica, and her child, Stephanie, to make sure he cannot be destroyed.
But Jessica Voorhees stabbed him with a special dagger and sent him straight to hell.
It has been reported that Freddy Krueger of the "Nightmare on Elm Street" films and Jason will share the big screen together in an upcoming film.
© Copyright 1996 The Washington Post Company
Back to the top