Friday the 13th Movies in Order of their Release: A Comprehensive Look at the Movie Series, Film by Film

Friday the 13th Movies in Order of their Release: For 30 years, Jason Voorhees, a big crazy man who was either a psychotic outlaw from the woods or an undead maniac, stalked Crystal Lake in New Jersey, as well as Manhattan and the future Outer Space.  

By the third Friday the 13th movie, which came out in 1982, Jason finally got the look that would become his trademark: a hockey mask over his misshapen face. This made him an iconic horror monster for all time.  

Sadly, there hasn’t been a Friday the 13th movie since the Platinum Dunes reboot in 2009, which came during a decade of horror movie reboots from the 1970s and 1980s. 

The property is still stuck in legal fights over the rights between the original film’s director and writer, which is very frustrating. 

But you can still watch all 12 Friday the 13th movies in one sitting during Spooky Season. Yes, the Halloween series had 13 movies before Friday the 13th, and we have a list of the right order to do it.  

At first, it’s pretty simple because most of the story is numbered. But things get trickier when the movies just have “Jason” in the title, and one of them takes place in a faraway cosmic future.   

We’ve got you covered if you want to watch these popular horror movies in the order they came out.

Friday the 13th Movies in Order of their Release

  • Friday the 13th (1980)
  • Friday the 13th Part II (1981)
  • Friday the 13th Part III (1982)
  • Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)
  • Friday the 13th (2009)
  • Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)
  • Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)
  • Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)
  • Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)
  • Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993)
  • Freddy vs Jason (2003)
  • Jason X (2002)

1. Friday the 13th (1980)

Adrienne King played Alice in the first Friday the 13th movie, which came out more than 30 years ago, and Betsy Palmer played Mrs. Voorhees. Frank Miller wrote it and Sean S. Cunningham directed it. Miller just won a court case that gave him the rights to the franchise an d the Jason Voorhees figure.

Friday the 13th (1980) | Official Trailer | Max

Some teenage camp workers have started working at Camp Crystal Lake to get it ready for summer campers. The story is about them. Someone doesn’t want the camp to open again, which is a shame. In this movie, a young Kevin Bacon shows up as a guide who doesn’t know what’s going on.

2. Friday the 13th Part II (1981)

Jason Voorhees is introduced as a killer in the second movie, which was directed by Steve Miner. However, he is missing his trademark hockey mask and knife. His life was spent in the woods near Camp Crystal Lake after he drowned as a child and somehow made it through. 

Seeing his mother’s head cut off makes him want to kill. Jason’s growing desire to kill has been helped by the fact that a new Camp Counselor Training program just opened up close to his house.

Friday the 13th Part II (1981) ORIGINAL TRAILER [HD 1080p]

Irene King played Alice again, just like in the first movie. Amy Steel and John Furey play some of the counselor trainers in the movie as well.

3. Friday the 13th Part III (1982)

The third Friday the 13th movie starts the day after the second one. In it, Jason scares a group of kids again. 

This time, they’re going to a friend’s house on Crystal Lake. This movie is interesting because it’s the first one to show Jason wearing the hockey mask he’ll wear in all the other Friday the 13th movies.

Friday The 13th Part 3 (1982) - Official Trailer

After making Part II, Steve Miner came back as director. Chris Higgins, played by Dana Kimmell, has to fight Jason in the movie.

4. Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)

Joseph Zito’s next movie takes place again the next day after the third movie. Jason’s body is found at the scene of the killings the night before and taken to the morgue, where he comes back to life and kills the coroner. 

Jason then goes back to Crystal Lake, where another group of teens have gone to party even though two nights ago, a lot of teens were killed there.

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984) Official Trailer - Horror Movie HD

A family with a teenage daughter named Trish Jarvis also lives next door to the kids. Tom Jarvis, her younger brother, is played by Corey Feldman. Tommy is one of only a few characters who show up in more than one Friday the 13th movie.

5. BONUS – Friday the 13th (2009)

This 2009 Friday the 13th movie was supposed to be a “origin” story, but it turned into a re-imagining of the first four movies, giving Jason Voorhees a backstory to explain why he does the things he does in the series. 

Friday the 13th (2009) - Original Theatrical Trailer

Even though critics didn’t like it, it became the second most popular movie in the series at the box office. This is just an extra because it doesn’t really add to the series. However, it might be helpful to go over what you saw in the first four movies before moving on to the next eight.

6. Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)

In the fifth Friday the 13th movie, Tommy Jarvis, who has been locked up since his experience with Jason Voorhees, is moved to a new facility on the lake called the Pinehurst Halfway House. This makes the movie a bit of a mystery.   

Soon, the bodies start to pile up. Some people think it’s a revived Jason Voorhees, while others think it’s Tommy because he died during Jason’s killing spree.  

Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985) Trailer #1

The younger Tommy Jarvis is played by John Shepherd, and the teens are played by Melanie Kinnaman and Shavar Ross. This show was directed by Danny Steinmann.  

7. Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986) 

Friday the 13th - Part 6: Jason Lives - Modernized Theatrical Trailer

Tommy Jarvis (now played by Thom Mathews) saves Jason’s life again in Jason Lives. Tommy was just recently let out of a mental hospital. He goes back to Crystal Lake to visit Jason’s grave and set the rest of his body on fire. 

Tommy has a bit of a freakout when he sees Jason’s dead body. When he stabs Jason in the body with a metal fence post, it gets hit by lightning, which brings Jason back to life as a killing machine. People think this is one of the best movies that isn’t the original. The script and direction were done by Tom McLoughlin.

8. Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)

Friday the 13th Part 7: The New Blood (1988) Trailer #1

The New Blood starts a few years after the end of Jason Lives, with Jason Voorhees chained to the bottom of Crystal Lake and thought to be dead. Tina Shepherd (Lars Park Lincoln), a psychic teen who is still dealing with the death of her father, set Jason free.

Jason is lucky because kids are having a party in the house next door to Tina’s.John Carl Buechler came up with the idea for The New Blood. Kane Hodder also stars in it; this is the first of four times he will play Jason Voorhees.

9. Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)

Friday the 13th Part 8: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989) Trailer #1

In spite of the title, Jason doesn’t spend much time in New York in this movie. This is one of the reasons why it has some of the worst reviews in the series. An anchor for a boat that hit a power line that runs across the bottom of Crystal Lake brought Jason back to life.  

After that, he gets on a fancy cruise ship with other kids that is going to New York City. After that, most of the movie takes place on the boat. It might have been better to call it Jason Takes a Boat to Manhattan.Rob Hedden wrote and directed the movie. 

It has Barbara Bingham, Jensen Daggett, and Scott Reeves in it.

10. Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday (1993)

Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993) Trailer #1

What’s left of Jason is taken to a coroner’s office to be autopsied because he is probably dead. A coroner sees Jason’s black heart, though, and decides to eat it. This gives Jason power over his body. 

Following this, Jason starts killing people while switching bodies to try to find a stable body. The movie Jason Goes to Hell was directed by Adam Marcus, and Kari Keegan plays Jason’s last relatives still alive.

11.Freddy vs Jason (2003)

It took decades to make this movie. There is a battle between two of the  scariest slashers ever made.  At the beginning of the story, Freddy Kreuger (Robert Englund), who has been forgotten by most people, can’t get into the dreams of the kids in Springdale anymore. 

He instead shows up to Jason Voorhees as his dead mother and tells him to kill people and make people scared in Springdale. This will make people think of Freddy and bring back his power. It’s a good deal for them until one of the stars gets killed during their killing spree.

The kids in the movie finally figure out that the best thing they can do is bring Freddy out of their dreams so they can face Jason in real life.Ronny Yu was in charge of making Freddy vs. Jason. Katie Holmes, Kelly Rowland, and Jason Ritter play the kids who are running away from Freddy and Jason.

Freddy vs. Jason (2003) Trailer #1 | Movieclips Classic Trailers

12. Jason X (2002)

Jason X (2002) Trailer #1

This movie came out a year before Freddy vs. Jason. But in terms of time, it’s the last movie in the series.Jason is caught by the government and a scientist named Rowan Lafontaine (Lexa Doig), who wants to freeze him because he has tried many times to kill him but has failed. Rowan is able to freeze him, but she also freezes herself.

Fast forward 450 years, and a group of students led by professor Brandon Lowe (Jonathan Potts) visit a dirty Earth. There, they find the bodies of Jason and Rowan and put them on their rocket that is going to Earth 2.

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