1. F13 Parts I & V - The only films in which Jason is not the killer, he does not kill anyone.
Part V is the only film which doesn't feature the actual real Jason Voorhees physically on screen. It's debatable whether his appearance at the end of the 1st film is a dream or actually happened. Jason only ever appears as a hallucination in Part V though.
2. F13 Part III - The only film in which Jason's name is never said aloud, not mentioned at all. None of the characters even know who Jason is.
Part V is the first time the full name "Jason Voorhees" is said aloud. Until that point he was only referred to as "Jason".
3. F13 Part III
- Jason dons the iconic hockey mask for the first time in the franchise.
9 films and one reboot later, he has yet to relinquish it...
4. F13 Part IV
- Mrs. Voorhees' tombstone is seen, revealing her first name and confirms that Part I
took place in 1979.
Therefore Parts II
are set in 1984, 5 years after I
. After that, the timeline is.......very wonky.
It's all over the place.
5. F13 Part VI
- First sequel not to open with a recap montage of the previous film's events.
This is the only entry in the entire franchise not to feature one bit of nudity on screen.....at all.
Also the first, and only, installment to actually feature LITTLE KIDS at Camp Crystal Lake.
6. F13 Part VI - The first film not to place No. 1 at the Box Office opening weekend. It took the No. 2 spot in the summer of 1986, the film it came in behind? - James Cameron's ALIENS.
This began a steady decline in returns for Paramount Pictures. Part VIII would have the lowest grossing performance of the franchise to date, leading Paramount to sell the character rights off to New Line Cinema.
7. JASON GOES TO HELL
- The only
film in the entire series Jason is not unmasked, we never get a look at his face in this particular installment.
Behind-the-scenes photos reveal what the make-up design for Jason's face would have looked like without the hockey mask on. No wonder they didn't bother showing Jason's face...
He doesn't have one!
8. F13 Part VIII - The first film in which an actor came back to reprise the role of Jason Voorhees for a 2nd time. Kane Hodder would go on to play the role in the next 2 installments. To this day, Hodder retains the most notoriety for being the only actor to have portrayed the masked menace in both multiple and consecutive films.
9. JASON GOES TO HELL - The first time Jason's father Elias is mentioned by name and sheds light on the Voorhees family tree. This is also the only film in the entire series to feature another Voorhees other than Jason's mother Pamela.
10. Alice Hardy, the survivor of the original F13 Part I has the unique distinction of being the ONLY protagonist of the franchise to be killed off in a follow-up installment(F13 Part II).
11. Only 4 people in the entire series die on screen but not directly murdered by Jason or anyone else's hand. Colleen(Barbara Bingham) in F13 Part VIII dies in a fiery car crash. 3 people in JASON X - Kinsa(Melody Johnson) is killed in an exploding shuttle, Waylander(Derwin Jordan) sacrifices himself by detonating explosive charges and Janessa(Melyssa Ade) who gets sucked out of air vent into space(OUCH!).
12. F13 Part VII
- The first film not composed by series stalwart Harry Manfredini.
Although he receives credit in the film for the music used in it recycled from his previous scores, along with Fred Mollin who composed the rest of the film's original music. Mollin would go on to be the sole composer for F13 Part VIII
, yet Manfredini came back for JASON GOES TO HELL
in what was thought to be his and original series creator Sean S. Cunningham's swan song for the franchise.
Harry Manfredini composed 8 of the 12 scores in the franchise(Parts I - VI
, JASON GOES TO HELL
, JASON X
) leaving only 4 films he did not score(F13 Parts VII
, FREDDY VS. JASON
and the 2009 remake
13. Despite 12 films bearing the title and/or premise, the only films which definitely take place on a Friday the 13th are Part I, VI and the 2009 remake.
They are the only entries which actually go out of their way to point this out during the movie. The others could take place on F13, but it is never conclusively stated anywhere in those films. Parts II, III and IV occur over consecutive days, meaning that if one of them takes place on a Friday the 13th then the other 2 do not.