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Friday The 13th: A Study In The Evolution Of The Great Slasher Part I
We all know 'Jason' to be a huge hulking invincibly strong man with a hockey goalie's mask, but allow me to enlighten you in the culmination of this archetype, and you may find, as I did, that he is quite different.
The original Friday the 13th (1980) was about an unknown killer who stalked Camp Crystal Lake years before. No one really knew the reason. At this stage, Jason was nothing more than an abstract. Even by the end of the film, he, as a mindless serial killer, is still a foggy concept. His role in the killings is questionable. His 'self' is rather ghostly. His existence may not even be completely corporeal, a haunt. Surprising, isn't it?
The great mystery of Jason not having been resolved, we jump into a sequel, produced a year later in 1981, set years in the future, at the same lake. The counselors know a lot about the details of the last murder spree, and they discuss the reasons for the last wave of killings, even going into the psychology of Jason himself. The subject of the murderous character here serves to heighten fear, without explaining away his mystery. By the end of this one, Jason is clearly a man, an individual twisted by birth and fate, but merely a man, tough though he was. You might be surprised to know that there is still no sign of any mask. He's just a freak with a white cloth bag over his head.
Friday the 13th Part 3 was quickly produced the following year (1982), jumping right back into Crystal Lake, presumably a year later. By now, visitors are still the prey, reinforcing the symbolic fear of 'man outside of his element' however they are going to a cottage with a barn, with more amenities and comforts of life than in the previous films. This is where we get the first look at Jason with a hockey mask, which he picks up randomly, off of one of his victims and heck it's armour too. The intimidation factor of this item earned its place in all future films, with its unseen eyes and a stoic expression of blank hatred. We see at this stage that as a man he is large, but not inhuman, just scarier. The concept that he is invincible has not yet burgeoned, until Part 4.
Or was it?
When looking at Jason's Raison D'Etre, he's more like a champion of morality, destroying sin rather than someone with a self, a past, like Halloween's escaped mental patient Michael Myers, who hunts after his sister or Freddy of A Nightmare on Elm Street, who suffers for his mortal crimes, living in a sort of Limbo, eternally. Jason's past is not one requiring him to be sent back to earth to pay his Purgatorial dues, it's unbiassed territorial vengeance. His story is almost noble: he drowned in a lake due to neglect.
He is the least like any other Horror character out there, he's an Avatar, an embodiment of mindless violence, which is pretty frightening if you think about it, because he doesn't even have the capacity to be able to be reasoned with.