There's a Friday the 13th Nintendo game.

Friday the 13th Nintendo game

Almost 30 years before Friday the 13th: The Game, which is available for many platforms, there was a Friday the 13th game made available for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The NES game arrived in 1989. It was developed by the company Atlus and published by LGN, who were responsible for games based on A Nightmare on Elm Street, Back to the Future, and The Karate Kid. The game isn't very good, but its graphics hold a certain kind of kitschy nostalgic cool. In 2017, the company behind Friday the 13th: The Game released a "retro Jason" skin based on the 1989 game as a way to reward fans for their patience with some launch issues.

They almost turned Jason into Rambo.

Jason turned into Rambo

Jason confronts a group of paint ballers in Jason Lives. Originally these victims were going to be hunters, instead. Killing them would have armed Jason with a bunch of guns, including an Uzi, and more bullet belts than a 1980s teenaged thrasher. Luckily, somebody realized Jason toting guns was wrong for the character. It would have been even worse than the zombie with a machine gun in Land of the Dead. While Jason was never turned into Rambo, the movie did turn him into James Bond, at least for a few seconds. Honestly, we love that Jason Lives intro.

Jason's Dad was almost in Part 6.

Jason's Dad

Audiences came close to meeting Elias Voorhees in the series sixth installment. This scene would have fixed a continuity error created by A New Beginning, where it was said that Jason was cremated. In this proposed retcon, audiences would learn that Jason's body was secretly buried under the direction of his father, Elias Voorhees, who would have been seen in the cemetery standing over Jason and Pamela's graves. This scene was scrapped, as was the idea to have Kane Hodder play Elias Voorhees in Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday and Freddy vs. Jason. Jason's father did appear in the novelization of Jason Lives as well as in comic books. Elias Voorhees made it into Jason vs. Leatherface and Friday the 13th: Pamela's Tale.

Jason's mom was almost in Jaxon X.

Jason's Mom

Speaking of Pamela, she nearly returned in Jason X. In perhaps the movie's best scene, the futuristic astronauts who are terrorized by Jason in what's essentially "Jason Goes to Space" are given a brief reprieve when a holographic simulation distracts Jason. In the finished film, there are just the two teenagers Jason smashes together in zipped up sleeping bags. But originally, producers approached Betsy Palmer about reprising her role as Jason's mom for the virtual reality scene. Screenwriter Todd Farmer told The Movie Crypt in 2017 that Palmer's salary demand was too high for the production. Sadly, Betsy Palmer passed away in 2015.

The truth behind 'Kill, kill kill, mom, mom, mom'.

Jason theme song

There's no denying that link between Voorhees mother and son, however. "Chi, chi, chi; ha, ha, ha?" Composer Harry Manfredini revealed that the famous refrain is actually, "Ki, ki, ki; ma, ma, ma," or "kill, kill, kill; mom, mom, mom," which is meant to represent the voice of Jason in his mother's head as she embarks on her rampage.

There's a Freddy Vs. Jason sequel.

Freddy Vs Jason 2

Of course, none of these ten facts really answer the biggest question, as eloquently posed by comedic actor Jason Mantzoukas in the Jason X episode of the brilliant How Did This Get Made podcast: "What is Jason?" The sequel to Freddy vs. Jason may have come close to answering this. In what began as a treatment for a movie but became a comic instead, Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash could offer some grander explanation for Jason's various resurrections and superpowers by bringing him into the Evil Dead universe. It's even been suggested that the Voorhees family is descended from some powerful warlocks. Maybe the Necronomicon plays a role. Ok, we'll admit it, we still can't really answer the big question: "What is Jason?" But it has recently come to light that he may, in fact, be a Deadite.

Ryan J. Downey