Much like any long-running horror franchise, Friday the 13th has gone to some strange places in its illustrious history. In short, Jason Voorhees has risen from the grave, took Manhattan in a way much different from the Muppets, gone to space, and has even been rebooted. But one sequel in particular still remains a point of discussion amongst the fanbase, that being the controversial Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday.
Personally, it’s my least favorite in the entire series, but I can still understand why it has its supporters. With its outlandish plot that saw Jason hop from body to body before being reborn and emerging from beneath a floor as a fully clothed adult – in addition to planting the first seed for Freddy vs. Jason – it’s kind of easy to see why this flick has a cult following.
Regardless, it’s impossible to ignore how many times this flick has come up in conversation in recent memory. Really, it seems like now is the time for juicy bits of trivia to be made public, one of which saw director Adam Marcus reveal that Jason is, at least in his view and canon, a Deadite.
But now, thanks to a Q&A Marcus did with the Facebook group Club Voorhees, we’ve filled in a big blank. This one, though, pertains to Creighton Duke, the no-nonsense bounty hunter who swore a blood oath on Jason. And while that role was probably instrumental in helping actor Steven Williams land the Rufus Turner gig over on Supernatural, it’d have been nice to have learned his motivation.
Anyway, here’s Marcus with the details:
“Here’s what happened. A teenage Creighton was out on Crystal Lake with his girlfriend. Jason capsized their small boat and pulled the girl down into the lake. Creighton tried to save her but could not. She was never seen again.
“Creighton vowed revenge and from that moment on he spent his life in the study and pursuit of Jason. He became a bounty hunter just to fund his work in taking down his nemesis. That’s the story.”
Well, that was pretty straightforward. Granted, they could’ve set aside thirty seconds in Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday in order to have explained that, but we can at least take consolation in knowing that all was revealed on social media decades later.