by Jim Foote and Josh Krubner
For anyone who's watched the Friday the 13th franchise, the severely fucked up timeline is nothing new. Even though each film came out within a year or two of each other (except for after Manhattan), the film's built in timeline suggests some pretty lofty time jumps. First, we'll give you the release dates of each movie we're including.
*The 2009 remake gets nothing in this, which will be explained later.
You'll just have to deal. Also, check back tomorrow, for both Josh and Jim will have their respective Friday list, going from favorite to least favorite (or most hated).
Ready for the timeline? The DEFINITIVE timeline? (Seriously, ignore the rest you find online. This gives you the best deal.) Let's ROLL!
FRIDAY THE 13TH
Takes place: 1979.
The explanation here isn't too crazy. '79 was both the release date and the foundation for the entire franchise. We're obviously sticking with only the events of the films themselves and not the lore preceding it.
FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 2
Takes place: 1979/1984.
This is our first time jump, which doesn't align with the film's release date. In the prologue of Part 2, Alice, the sole survivor, is killed by an unknown assailant in her home. It's said to be only two months after the events of the first film.
The majority of the film, however, takes place in '84. We know this per the character Ted. While at the bar with Ginny and Paul, he complains about the obstacles put on the camp just because, "five years ago, some girl fell off a canoe."
FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 3D
Takes place: 1982/1984.
The majority of the film takes place immediately following the previous film's ending. We know this because the snarky woman in the beginning is watching a news report of Ginny's survival from Part 2.
There is a flashback, though. We're not going to debate if Jason raped Chris, but she states it happened two years ago, placing it within the first two films.
FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER
Takes place: 1984.
No flashbacks. No time jumps. This is very clear cut. We pick up at the barn from Part 3D, complete with Jason dead *coughnotdeadcough*. He of course awakes at the hospital, kills the coroner, a nurse, and is off to the races once again.
Important thing to remember for the next couple films, Tommy Jarvis (a young Corey Feldman) is said to be 12 years old, as per the actual script. Keep that in mind.
FRIDAY THE 13TH PART V: A NEW BEGINNING
Takes place: 1988.
Tommy is said to be 5 years older, due to his release at age 18 in the following film. You may expect that to be this in '89. We will get into that more with the next two flicks. I'll use this example, though, to wet your beaks.
Say you're turning 18 years old in October 2015. You still identify yourself as 17 until said birthday. So, while it may be 18 years later, you're still legally a minor. This is what we're going with, as the next two films will further explain.
FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VI: JASON LIVES
Takes place: 1989.
In the beginning of the film, Tommy has been released from the halfway house/mental facility/foster system. Being 18, he's no longer a ward of the state and therefor, on his own.
Also, due to a specific calendar event from our next entry, it specifically matches this film up with good ol' 1989.
FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VII: THE NEW BLOOD
Takes place: 1989/1999.
This is where it gets hairy. We start within a flashback, of little Tina and her family. Before the family scuffle ending in her dad's death, we get a shot of Friday, October 13th. Furthermore, we see Jason at the bottom of the lake from Jason Lives. Originally, we put it at 1990, but October's Friday the 13th was not in 1990, it was in 1989. This also solidifies Jason Lives taking place in 1989.
Main film takes place ten years later, Tina now being 17 and in the care of her mother and doctor, Bad News Crews. Major 80s hair in 1999. That's rad.
FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VIII: JASON TAKES MANHATTAN
Takes place: 1993/2000.
Because this is a cruise specifically for graduates, it would place it in June of the following year AFTER New Blood. We are now in the new millennium. no one has cell phones and 80s hairstyles run amok.
As for the flashback, Rennie is said to have been 10 years old. While Jason is still underwater during that time, no child Jason tries to pull her down. Rennie repeatedly suffers from delusions and unless Jason is a telepath, she just imagined it was Jason pulling her down instead of her bad swimming.
JASON GOES TO HELL: THE FINAL FRIDAY
Takes place: 2003.
By now, this movie is released in 1993 and we're ten years ahead in the timeline. That's how screwed up it's gotten.
It's later revealed in the comic Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash, Jason spent approximately two weeks in hell prior to his resurrection via Freddy. Further clarification within Freddy vs. Jason will put both films within 2003.
FREDDY VS. JASON
Takes place: 2003.
As mentioned above, Jason has only spent two weeks in hell. We are then taken to the beginning of this, where Freddy brings Jason back and sends him out in the world.
Before the climax, as the group is traveling to Camp Crystal Lake, we see a sign promoting an eventual re-opening in Summer 2004. Combined with the film's release date, we are put back in present time, sitting pretty in 2003.
Takes place: 2010/2455
In the beginning, where Jason has been caught and held in the new Camp Crystal Lake Research Facility (why keep the Camp part?), we are in 2010. We are confirmed two ways. First, Rowan says they initially captured him 2 years prior, in 2008. Second, we are later told through Rowan's explanation of the past, after she's been revived in the future.
As for the future, it's said in the movie and even the trailer/description, year is 2455. We started with something clear cut and here, we end with something clear cut.
FRIDAY THE 13TH (2009 REMAKE)
Takes place: Alternate universe/timeline.
Regardless of what you read, this doesn't fit the established timeline AT ALL. Perfect example, in the prologue, kid Jason sees his mother decapitated. If we believe that, he wouldn't be full grown, 5 years later, by the time Part 2 rolls around.
I know you see the wheelchair, along with various nods to the original flicks. That being said, alternate reality/universe/timeline/whatever/fuck this movie.
Tomorrow, we (both Josh and Jim) will be bringing you our list of favorites to not so favorites to "we kinda like ems" to absolute dog shit. Stay tuned for that tomorrow. In the meantime, go check out our feature on the Jason Voorhees game we need, by Jim Foote, over at the following link:
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