With 11 films in the iconic slasher franchise, plus a Freddy Krueger crossover, your Friday the 13th movie marathon will last all night and well into the next morning if you watch them all back-to-back. But if you’ve neither the time nor patience to settle in for 18 hours of summer camp slaughter, we’ve ranked the Friday the 13th films from best to worst, so you don’t have to sit through the rubbish ones. [Spoilers ahead]

FRIDAY THE 13TH (1980)
“The counselors weren’t paying attention, they were making love while that young boy drowned. His name was Jason.” And so it begins! The trendsetting original is still the best, with its gory effects from make-up master Tom Savini, Betsy Palmer’s maniacal Mrs. Voorhees, and Kevin Bacon’s unforgettable death scene. It also features one of the all-time great jump scares.

FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 2 (1981)
Enter Jason, even if he is wearing a bag on his head (the trademark hockey mask doesn’t appear until Part III). The first movie established the template for the gory ‘80s slasher cycle and Part 2 tweaks it for future F13 sequels – namely a bigger bodycount. And Amy Steel is a particularly plucky final girl.

FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER (1984)
The fourth (but of course not final) Friday benefits greatly from some truly jaw-dropping Savini kills, as well as the novelty value of seeing little Corey Feldman facing off against Jason and Crispin Glover awkwardly trying to get laid. Jason’s grisly demise (one of many) is the showstopper!

FRIDAY THE 13TH (2009)
The remake is surprisingly good, and also works as a belated sequel by sticking to the established formula. It’s also got Supernatural’s Jared Padalecki as the hero, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s Nana Visitor in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-her cameo as Mrs. Voorhees. Shot by Daniel Pearl (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), it’s slicker and more expensive than a F13 film should really look.

FRIDAY THE 13TH: A NEW BEGINNING (1985)
The mean-spirited fifth film revives the franchise by adding a neat whodunit element – is Jason really back from the dead, or could it be the traumatised Tommy Jarvis behind the hockey mask? And the final showdown between chainsaw-wielding final girl Pam and the killer is better than most.

FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VI: JASON LIVES (1986)
“He’s back, the man behind the mask,” croons Alice Cooper in the theme song. Alice and Jason are a match you can’t not love, and there’s also a streak of black humour running through this one, which is a welcome change – when a series reaches Part 6, you’re beyond taking things seriously. Case in point –big J is revived Frankenstein-like by a bolt of lightning, while a gravedigger pretty much sums up the series with the quip: “Why’d they have to dig up Jason? Some folks have a strange idea of entertainment.”

JASON X (2001)
Jason in space is as stupid as it sounds, which is why Part 10 qualifies as a guilty pleasure. Highlights include a cameo by David Cronenberg (who gets speared by Jason), a kick-ass leather-clad female android, and some better than usual production values.

FRIDAY THE 13TH PART III (1982)
Great fun when seen in a cinema in 3D – but on the TV screen at home, not so much. Take away the extra dimension and what’s left is a mostly woeful F13 film that’s so obviously studio-bound, you can practically hear the actors’ footsteps on the floor when they’re walking through the “woods”.

FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VII: THE NEW BLOOD (1988)
This one adds a ridiculous Carrie-like twist – the heroine has psychic superpowers, making her more than a match for old Jase, who’s looking more like the Toxic Avenger here. However, with most of the gore removed by the US censors (which defeats the purpose of a F13 film), the awful acting and terrible script is even more obvious. Pass.

JASON GOES THE HELL: THE FINAL FRIDAY (1993)
The ninth film goes totally off the rails by introducing the idea that Jason’s essence and inability to die is the result of some kind of body-hopping demonic parasite. It only superficially resembles a F13 film and you shouldn’t really bother, unless you can find the uncut version that features some rewind-worthy gore. The rest is fast-forward though.

FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VIII: JASON TAKES MANHATTAN (1989)
Jason on the rampage in the Big Apple is a tantalising prospect – too bad it takes him forever to get there! Most of the carnage takes place aboard a New York-bound cruise ship, upon which old hockey mask has stowed away. It would also have us believe the New York sewers are regularly flooded with toxic waste after dark. Enough said.

And let’s not forget…

FREDDY VS. JASON (2003)
This face-off between the two titans of terror is neither a Friday the 13th film nor A Nightmare on Elm Street one – it’s a misguided mongrel mash-up that’s actually a lot more fun than it has any right to be. For completists only.

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