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South Park Creators Want To Make More Movies, And Not For Streaming

Later this month, Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s animated series South Park will begin its 23rd season on Comedy Central. Although the frequently controversial and almost always hilarious show has already been renewed through 2022, it’s not the only project Matt Stone and Trey Parker have on their minds. The South Park creators actually want to make more movies, as Matt Stone explained:

They may be best known for South Park on TV, but Matt Stone and Trey Parker have big screen experience as well. Trey Parker wrote and directed the 1997 comedy Orgazmo and the duo worked together on South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut and Team America: World Police. So as they told The Hollywood Reporter, they think of themselves as filmmakers and want to dive back into that space with a new movie.

Matt Stone acknowledges that the movie business might be a hassle and that with so many different platforms, everyone is working in television now, but that does not dissuade them. They don’t care about the hurdles and headaches of the movie business, they just want to make one. They sound extremely eager about it too, like they’re just itching for the opportunity to make more movies.

This isn’t just an abstract desire either; Matt Stone and Trey Parker have some things in mind for new movie projects. These film projects are not South Park-related, so Kyle, Kenny, Cartman and Stan’s escapades will be confined to the small screen for now. Stone and Parker wouldn’t divulge to THR what exactly their movie plans entail, but Matt Stone did describe them as “really fucking killer ideas.”

Stone and Parker’s last film, the puppet comedy Team America, was 15 years ago and in the time since then, we’ve seen the rise of streaming services. So with the South Park creators so keen on making more movies, you might think that they could take their movies to one of the many platforms available today (Disney+ is the obvious candidate right?). But the two have no interest in making movies for streaming platforms, as Matt Stone made clear:

Christopher Nolan, Quentin Tarantino, Steven Spielberg and Matt Stone & Trey Parker: defenders of the theatrical experience. Movies on streaming platforms might be in vogue right now, but releasing a movie that way does not interest the South Park creators. They want to make more movies and they want them to be seen by audiences on the big screen.

Although Trey Parker also hinted that they really like premiere parties, their reasoning seems to primarily be that they want people to see their movies with a crowd. That is something that can’t be replicated at home, no matter how nice your home theater system and even if you invite a bunch of people over.

Seeing a movie with a packed theater (of hopefully courteous people) is an incredible experience. And if we are to assume that Matt Stone and Trey Parker have comedy movies in mind, they want theaters full of people all laughing together.

South Park Season 23 premieres on Comedy Central on September 25. Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to keep track of all the movies coming to the big screen this fall.

James Gunn Announces Full Cast Of The Suicide Squad

It’s been a minute since we last saw the DC Extended Universe’s version of the Suicide Squad, but the officially-designated Task Force X will be back in theaters soon, this time under the helm of James Gunn. While we’ve gotten some casting confirmations and reports for The Suicide Squad over the past several months, Gunn has officially unveiled the full cast for this sequel/reboot/relaunch/whatever this movie is. Check it out!

The Suicide Squad charges into theaters on August 6, 2021, so keep checking back with CinemaBlend for more updates on its development. Don’t forget to also look through our DC movies guide to learn what else is in the works for this superhero franchise.

Everything You Need to Know About the College Cheating Scandal

While Huffman accepted a plea deal on April 8, the fate of Loughlin’s legal battle is still unknown, as she and Giannulli have yet to agree to a deal and additional charges have been added to their indictments. “She has been in complete denial and thought maybe she could skate by,” a source told E!. “She refused to accept any jail time and thought the D.A. was bluffing. She was adamant she wouldn’t do any jail time.”

“Lori is finally realizing just how serious this is,” the source continues. “She is seeing the light that she will do jail time and is freaking out.”

TMZ broke the news on Monday, April 15, that both Loughlin and Giannulli are pleading not guilty to all the charges against them in this case.

On Monday, May 13, Huffman was back in court to officially plead guilty to paying $15,000 to an admissions consultant and his nonprofit organization, Key Worldwide Foundation. People reports that she appeared in court holding hands with her brother and started crying as she reiterated that her daughter knew nothing about the scheme. She will be sentenced on September 13, but prosecutors recommended four months in prison and a $20,000 fine.

On Monday, June 10, Huffman was spotted attending her daughter Sophia’s high school graduation. Per Us Weekly, she wore a blue floral sundress and appeared to be in good spirits, chatting with friends.

On July 31, a source told Us Weekly that Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose had been kicked out of their sorority at USC. According to the source, both of them were part of Kappa Kappa Gamma, a sorority that includes about 60,000 women across 140 collegiate chapters. However, the organization reportedly removed the sisters amid the scandal “and is trying to distance themselves from the situation as much as possible.”

As of Friday, September 6, Huffman’s sentencing was still up in the air. The former Desperate Housewives actress, along with 27 of her closest friends including costar Eva Longoria and husband William H. Macy, sent Judge Indira Talwani of Massachusetts letters in support of the actor and mother, with the hopes of receiving less jail time. In Huffman’s letter, which was obtained by People, she explains her involvement in the scam was an accident: Huffman’s daughter Sophia had poor math scores on the SATS, which she believed would prevent her from getting into an acting program.

Ultimately, those poor test scores led Huffman to seek help from a college admissions consultant named Rick Singer, who she says convinced her to commit the crime. She wrote, “To my utter shame, I finally agreed to cheating on Sophia’s SAT scores, and also considered doing the same thing for [her other daughter] Georgia.”

“Please, let me be very clear, I know there is no justification for what I have done. Yes, there is a bigger picture, but ultimately it doesn’t matter because I could have said ‘No’ to cheating on the SAT scores,” Huffman wrote. “I unequivocally take complete responsibility for my actions and will respectfully accept whatever punishment the court deems appropriate.”

She added, “In my desperation to be a good mother I talked myself into believing that all I was doing was giving my daughter a fair shot. I see the irony in that statement now because what I have done is the opposite of fair. I have broken the law, deceived the educational community, betrayed my daughter, and failed my family.”

Macy, her husband of 22 years, wrote a letter that stressed how traumatic the scandal has been for his daughters. He wrote of his youngest daughter Georgia, “After watching the six FBI agents put her handcuffed Mom into a car and drive her away, she cried. The next day she said she wanted to go to school, but as the news of the case became a firestorm she had to come home.” He says his other daughter, Sophia, “still doesn’t like to sleep alone and has nightmares from FBI agents waking her that morning with guns drawn.”

Jamie Foxx Tried To Talk Idris Elba Out Of Doing Django Unchained

Seven years and two more releases later, Quentin Tarantino’s biggest commercial hit is still Django Unchained. Even though the western was controversial, it made close to a half-billion dollars worldwide and was showered with acclaim. When Jamie Foxx recently attended Toronto International Film Festival, he spoke again about his iconic role as the titular Django Unchained character. And why not?

The actor fought through some pretty stiff competition before he nabbed the role of Django in the 2012 Tarantino film. After Will Smith turned down the movie over the movie’s dark themes of vengence, Idris Elba was next in line for the part. Jamie Foxx recalled crossing paths with Elba when he was in the running and the role came up. Foxx then tried to deter Elba with these words, as he recalled at TIFF Talks:

Idris Elba is not only a magnificent actor, but is well-known to have audiences ogling and swooning. He was even bestowed People’s coveted “Sexiest Man Alive” honor in 2018. He’s been fan-cast as the next 007 actor and scored big roles in Luthor, Thor, Pacific Rim and, most recently, Hobbs & Shaw.

Before he was Hollywood’s favorite eye-candy, Jamie Foxx could spot his beauty a mile away and tried to use it to his advantage. He basically told Idris Elba he was too good looking to play the 2012 role. It’s kind of a clever way to go about it because it never sounds like he’s not complimenting him!

Ultimately, Idris Elba didn’t lose out on the part because of his conversation with Jamie Foxx at all. Quentin Tarantino reportedly decided he was too British for a role rooted in the American experience. Yes, it’s yet another controversial decision from Quentin Tarantino, but at least he’s consistent. Here’s what he told The Sun in 2013:

It’s good Quentin Tarantino isn’t in the business of superhero filmmaking, because Tom Holland would be out of a job! Anyway, once he decided against Idris Elba, he moved to a shortlist that included Terrance Howard, Chris Tucker, Tyrese Gibson and Michael K. Williams. When he met Jamie Foxx, he’d found his Django. In Tarantino’s words:

And the rest is history! Jamie Foxx is Django. It’s one the actor’s most memorable roles to date, and he still calls Quentin Tarantino “the best director out there.” He may reprise his role in a Django/Zorro crossover reportedly in the works from writer Jerrod Carmichael.

Jamie Foxx next stars alongside Brie Larson and Michael B. Jordan in Just Mercy from upcoming Shang-Chi director Destin Daniel Cretton. The court drama is about a defense attorney (Jordan) who clears the name of death row prisoner Walter McMillian (Foxx). Just Mercy comes to theaters on January 10, 2020.

Hustlers Director Lorene Scafaria Made the Best Movie of the Year—Here’s How She Did It

“We’ve seen so many scenes in strip clubs in other movies and TV shows, but so few from a dancer’s perspective,” Hustlers director, writer, and producer Lorene Scafaria tells me. The film, based on a New York magazine article by Jessica Pressler, stars Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez as the ringleaders of a group of strippers who scammed their wealthy Wall Street clients using a mix of drugs, smarts, and sex appeal. “I was just really excited to walk in their shoes, literally, tell the story through their eyes, and explore a world that maybe we think we know but don’t really unless we’ve worked there.”

That desire to tell the women’s lives from their perspective—and understanding the limitations and challenges in doing so—is why Scafaria was the best person to put this story to screen. In another’s hands, the film could have easily turned into an over-sexed romp a la Showgirls or a weepy cautionary tale. Scafaria hits the right tone, though: She doesn’t shy away from all the fun and nudity one might find in a strip club without sacrificing the gravitas that happens as the dancers’ lives spin out of control.

Lili Reinhart, Jennifer Lopez, Keke Palmer, and Constance Wu play a group of strippers who con their wealthy clients.

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Scafaria says she did a lot of research beyond the source material to get it right. In addition to meeting with dancers and other club employees who worked during the movie’s time period (roughly 2007 to 2013), she hired a stripper consultant to read an early script and be available on set during filming. She also looked at the article in a new light. “Reading between the lines of the article, I got inspiration because I thought, This is a really interesting friendship story,” she tells me. “I wanted to incorporate that part of it as much as anything else.”

All that research and careful attention to tone paid off: The film has an 87% approval rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, and critics are already calling it a serious Oscars contender.

So what does it take to create the movie of the year? Scafaria breaks down the film’s biggest moments and themes, below. Some spoilers ahead.

The Athleticism

When Lopez’s character, Ramona, first teaches Wu’s Destiny how to pole dance, it’s set to Chopin. The message: Pole dancing is an art form, requiring as much skill as any master classical pianist. Scafaria tells me she wrote the Chopin music cues into the script because the classical composer’s songs are frequently taught to student pianists—a fitting comparison to Ramona, who shows Destiny the ropes of the strip club. “These are songs that require a lot of flexibility and sincerity,” Scafaria says. “To me, that felt like what’s required of these dancers on the pole. The Chopin pieces were always the sound of the movie, and the sound of the work that the women do.”

But they’re not just artists—they’re athletes. Watch Lopez’s pole-dancing workout videos for proof of that. “I wanted to show these women in power and in control,” Scafaria says. “In a lot of ways, I approached it like a sports movie because I wanted to highlight the athleticism of what they do, the strength that’s involved. There’s a lot of beauty and grace to it.”

The Cameos

The inclusion of music’s hottest names Cardi B and Lizzo in Hustlers has been much publicized, but they’re doing more than just lending star power to the IMDB page. Both women play strippers at the club during its last glory days—right before the economic recession hit—and their time on screen is equal parts hilarious and nuanced. “It was very exciting to see women like Cardi and Lizzo just come and coexist in the same movie as all of these other performers from a lot of different walks of life,” Scafaria says. “Actors, singers, dancers, strippers…to see them all in one room together was really something.”

Cardi B was particularly brilliant casting because she’s famously worked as a stripper before. Scafaria says Cardi brought her signature high energy to the set. “I wanted her to make the lines her own,” she says. “If anything didn’t feel authentic to her, I wanted her to call it out. But it wasn’t until we were there shooting scenes that I really got to see her bring it to life. She’s such a natural. Everybody knows how funny she is—she’s an incredible personality—so I’m sure nobody’s surprised that the kinds of improvisation she could throw around [was amazing].”

This Week In Trailers: Midway, Little Monsters, And TIFF Favorites


Famous wars and battles have always proven to be great fodder for movies, able to captivate audiences in a visceral way. We’ve seen this in projects ranging from Dunkirk to Pearl Harbor, although the latest addition to the genre is Roland Emmerich’s Midway. The White House Down director’s upcoming drama is based off the Battle of Midway from World War II, and he’s assembled a killer cast to bring the story to life. This includes Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Nick Jonas, Mandy Moore, Woody Harrelson, Darren Criss, and Dennis Quaid. The trailer teases an epic and thrilling journey, and the movie will arrive in theaters on November 8th.

Wait, Adam Sandler Could Earn An Oscar Nom This Year?

Rarely does Adam Sandler get confused with being an Oscar-worthy actor. Don’t get me wrong. Sandler has had a ridiculously successful film career, one that he has extended by shifting predominantly to the streaming giant Netflix, where he entertains his audience and employs close pals like David Spade and Chris Rock in pictures like The Do-Over and The Week Of, respectively.

That’s not to say, though, that Sandler’s name hasn’t been linked with critically-acclaimed performances from time to time, reminding film journalists – perhaps in a frustrating fashion – that the volatile man-child can be utterly captivating when he tries to find a project that fits snuggly in his wheelhouse. Sandler’s patent fits of rage and adolescence were mined for beauty by Paul Thomas Anderson in Punch-Drunk Love and Judd Apatow (for half of Funny People). And the phenomenon is happening again.

Sandler’s new film, Uncut Gems, teams him with the promising filmmaking duo of Benny and Josh Safdie, music and short-film helmers who shocked the community in 2017 with sweaty, sleazy, nail-biting Good Time. That late-night thriller reminded people of Robert Pattinson’s pure talents, and their follow-up is doing the same for the one-time Happy Gilmore.

In Uncut Gems, Sandler owns the role of Howard Ratner, a mid-level Manhattan jeweler who occasionally caters to NBA superstars when his partner, Demany (LaKeith Stanfield), can lure them into their Manhattan shop. When not selling rings or chains to the likes of Kevin Garnett (who plays himself in the movie), Howard nurses a debilitating gambling habit… one that has him into a lot of debt with some seriously bad dudes.

But Howard has a plan. He has obtained a very rare gem from Africa – one that he believes can be auctioned off for more than $1 million. Naturally, the appearance of the stone triggers more problems than Howard anticipated, and anyone who saw the Safdies turn the screws on RPatz in Good Time know just how bad things are about to get for Sandler before his night is through.

The thing about Punch-Drunk Love also becomes the thing for Uncut Games. Neither role required Adam Sandler to stretch too far from what he’s comfortable doing. Instead, the Safdie brothers create a pent-up, fast-talking riff on a persona you might have heard on a Sandler comedy record, or in a Netflix film. Only, they film they built around Sandler is so much better than his usual.

Uncut Gems applies the pressure and never really stops. It’s not as airtight as Good Time, but it’s an uncomfortable trip through some areas of New York City we rarely see on screen, and Sandler is the ideal tour guide. He plays a defensive, beaten-down yet eager-to-please mid-level con artist with ease, and the agitated energy he brings to his comedy ends up being the exact vibe that the Safdie brothers wanted for Uncut Gems. It’s a terrific Sandler performance, and coming on the heels of the also impressive The Meyerowitz Stories, it makes me think the actor might be ready to move into the next phase of his career.

Could Adam Sandler get an Oscar nomination for Uncut Gems? He’s certainly a candidate. The only thing that might hold him up is the stiff competition in the category, as we can also predict solid chances for people like Leonardo DiCaprio, Joaquin Phoenix, Adam Driver and Christian Bale.

But at the very least, Adam Sandler’s an Oscar contender for Uncut Gems in September, and when’s the last time you could say that with a straight face.

Looks Like Venom 2 Is Filming Soon

To the surprise of many, Sony’s Venom was a massive success at the box office last year, earning over $856 million worldwide. This success all but ensured that Tom Hardy’s anti-hero movie would be getting a sequel and sure enough it is. That sequel has been coming together recently and it now looks like Venom 2 will actually begin filming soon.

According to Production Weekly, Venom 2 is set to begin filming this fall on November 25, a little over a year and a month since the first film debuted in theaters. The sequel film will also be shooting under the working title “Fillmore.” The production listing revealed nothing else about what we can expect from this huge sequel.

That working title for Venom 2 doesn’t seem to be a reference to the comics or offer any obvious clues towards what this film will be. The Fillmore is a historic music venue in San Francisco, where the first Venom took place, but that’s about it. There was also a Disney cartoon called Fillmore!, where every character was named after a street in San Francisco. So as far as insight we can glean from this working title goes, that’s about it, which is to say, nothing.

Venom 2 shooting so soon should be exciting for fans, who helped Ruben Fleischer’s film become a smashing success despite an absolutely miserable critical reception. One imagines that Sony wants to get Venom 2 out as soon as possible and with it going before cameras in the very near future, fans hopefully won’t have too long to wait to see Tom Hardy’s symbiote once more.

Although an official release date has not been announced, Venom 2 is expected to hit theaters on October 2, 2020. This would be right in line with the original’s October 5 release date, showing that Sony wants to recreate the conditions that resulted in the first one being such a success.

In addition to directing, Andy Serkis is also crafting the story for the film alongside star Tom Hardy and writer Kelly Marcel. We’ll have to see what that team can come up with, but no matter what Venom 2 should look pretty darn good. In a surprising hire, legendary cinematographer Robert Richardson will be shooting Venom 2.

Richardson previously worked on Serkis’ directorial debut Breathe, as well as serving as the DP for many of the films of Oliver Stone, Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino.

Besides star Tom Hardy, Venom 2 will also be bringing back Michelle Williams and Woody Harrelson, who showed up in the original’s end credits scene as Cletus Kasady, a serial killer who in the comics eventually becomes Carnage.

We’ll keep you updated on the latest Venom 2 news as it develops. In the meantime, check out our 2019 Release Schedule to see what movies you can look forward to this fall.

It’s Calling Me Back: Inside (Sandy) Alex G’s Creatively Restless House Of Sugar

(Sandy) Alex G is being asked about Frank Ocean again, and all he can do is politely laugh. To be fair, the connection is a key part of his bio: The 26-year-old played guitar on both Blonde and Endless, raising his profile from beloved lo-fi linchpin with hours of music on Bandcamp to marquee collaborator. Or so you’d think. In the years since, apart from a spare Oneohtrix Point Never cover and production work for Glitterer, his name has only appeared on his own musical projects. This is very much by design.

“I don’t want someone to hear a song and then they don’t know which part is me and which part isn’t me,” Alex told MTV News. On his restlessly creative new album House of Sugar, out today (September 13) via Domino, all the parts are his, even as he enlists added help for violin, bass, drums, guitar, vocals, and even saxophone on key tracks.

After Blonde, he put the word out about potentially writing for other artists behind the scenes, but prospective partners wanted more. “The few people that asked I think wanted me to be a public collaborator,” the Philadelphia singer-songwriter said. “I wasn’t that into that just because I’m trying to keep my name a little bit more for myself.”

That name — born Alexander Giannascoli but known widely as Alex G before adding (Sandy) in 2017 — is distinctly his. His Bandcamp page stretches back to 2010, brimming with slender yet emotionally complex acoustic numbers with titles like “Gnaw” and “Harvey.” The experience of listening to his music, home-recorded on a laptop but roomy, always feels uniquely private. It’s led to a fanbase so devoted they’ve dedicated a subreddit to him; r/sandyalexg posters share guitar tabs, upload live videos, and in one recent example of extreme fandom, even unearthed Alex’s own high school track times.

Alex has seen the site, and he says he’s grateful for their dedication even as it continues to blow his mind. “I feel a lot of respect from those people and I appreciate that, but also I guess I’m just like, why are you interested in [my track times]?” he says. At the same time, the mere presence of the site “makes me feel more secure in my efforts.” The subreddit speaks to the state of modern fandom, where the barrier between artist and listener is more tenuous than ever thanks to social media. But Alex’s official social pages are mostly promotional, leaving most of the personal connection to occur via the music itself. It comes in the details.

On “Hope,” a House of Sugar highlight and early single, he sings with an ache in his voice, “He was a good friend of mine / He died, why write about it now? / Gotta honor him somehow.” The next lines specifically reference fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid linked to nearly 60 percent of all opioid-related deaths in 2017 (as well as those of Prince and Tom Petty).

“It happened,” Alex said. “I was living with a guy, and then he died. But I’m usually reluctant to talk about any songs because, you know, they’re all autobiographical in a way.” He’s especially reticent to divulge too much about “Hope” given the sensitive nature of its creation. “I felt differently because I had never been so literal, and so I wanted to be sure that I was as respectful of the situation as possible because I knew the people around me were gonna be like, ‘Uh, what the fuck?'”

Alex stresses that his goal is to create resonant art by being honest with himself while maneuvering around telling his own precise story. It’s more like, as he explained, “look at this character in this context.” You can hear those inspired machinations across House of Sugar. On “Bad Man,” he adopts a winking Les Claypool twang to deliver some unsavory details about broken wrists and bombs. (“I wanted the listener to hear me saying, like, ‘I get it,’ basically.”) “Cow” shimmers gorgeously even as he sings, “You big old cow” to a potential savior. And if you’ve ever messed around with rudimentary keyboard and drum programming in an attempt to ape Aphex Twin, “Project 2” will make you feel extremely seen.

House of Sugar‘s endless charm lies in Alex’s commitment to his comparatively barebones setup. Just like on previous releases, everything’s run through a laptop, though this time, he upgraded his microphone in order to “move forward in a different direction” that “makes you wanna dance and shit.” One song notably not captured in the studio is Springsteenian closer “SugarHouse,” whose immediate sax wails make it feel at first like music trailing in from another room. The version here — captured at a November 2018 gig in St. Louis with his live band Sam Acchione, Tom Kelly, John Heywood, and David Allen Scoli — holds as much melancholy as the dozen tracks before it, yet Alex found inspiration in a hopeful place.

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“I toured so much with these guys, and basically they’re my closest friends. I respect their musicianship a lot, so I wanted them on the album,” he said. There’s also precedent: Neil Young’s 1992 album Harvest Moon, which closes with a sprawling 10-minute live cut of “Natural Beauty.” “I just really fucked with that. It takes you out of the studio for a second.”

While Alex creates in the studio, his sister Rachel, a visual artist, creates separately. After, her work — often singular figures in the middle distance — becomes irrevocably linked to his by occupying his album covers. “I think it’s cool because we are kind of always on the same page about stuff, at least aesthetically,” he said. Alex attributed his exploration of alternative music to her, and she even lends vocals to the ghostly “Near.” Her “strong-willed” pursuits of art and music ended up paying off for him, too. “I’m sort of the spoiled benefactor of that.”

That symbiotic dynamic made me think of Alex’s own backlog of music, hours of intimate recordings all available at a click. Once you start in, the way he bounds from industrial hardcore to Pavement alt to lovesick folk can intoxicate. You might start to recall it in, say, a sunset. Back over at r/sandyalexg, a fan did exactly that, photoshopping House of Sugar‘s cover skater onto a beautiful purple nighttime vista. It was widely praised, how else but with some casual lyric quoting. One commenter invoked “Gretel,” one of Alex’s best, just about summing up the intangible power of his music: “It’s calling me back.”

The Most Iconic Kill From Each Of The Friday The 13th Movies

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One of horror’s most prolific monsters, Jason Voorhees has spent a lot of time causing blood-splattering chaos in the Friday the 13th movies, to the point where one might think he’d get tired of all swinging all those machetes and gouging all those eye sockets. But that’s the thing about unexplainable vengeance-driven monsters with muddied origin stories: they only stop killing when audiences stop watching.

To celebrate Friday the 13th popping up just a month ahead of the Halloween season’s arrival, I thought I’d take a look back at Jason Voorhees’ reign of terror to celebrate the most iconic kills from each of the Friday the 13th movies. Note that by “iconic,” I’m not necessarily talking about the most gory or effects-driven death, even though some of those do indeed pop up. I’m rounding up the kill scenes that had the most people talking after the movie for any number of reasons.

And just remember, it’s perfectly fine if you don’t agree with my picks, since Jason Voorhees, and Pamela Voorhees and Part V’s Rod Burns, have more than enough victims for everyone to have their own personal rankings. For now, though, let’s kick things off with a little Six Degrees of Friday the 13th.

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Friday the 13th (1980)

The very first Friday the 13th movie was, simplistically speaking, a cash-grab in the wake of Halloween‘s success at the box office, and director Sean Cunningham had no clue the franchise would become such a premiere horror staple. He also likely had zero inklings that the first film’s Kevin Bacon would become one of the biggest movie stars on the planet in the coming decades.

Kevin Bacon’s Jack wasn’t killed by Jason Voorhees proper – he was one of murderous mommy Pamela Voorhees’ nine victims – which almost makes his death even more special. He was killed via an arrow through the neck, as delivered from beneath the bed he was lying on, so clearly Wu-Tang Clan’s “Check Ya Neck” hadn’t come out yet. The special effects work seen here comes from horror mastermind Tom Savini, and though it wasn’t the most complicated shot, Bacon’s neck splurts remain as effective as any effects in the entire Friday the 13th film franchise.

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Friday the 13th Part 2

Directed by future horror mainstay Steve Miner, Friday the 13th Part 2 marks the true introduction of Jason Voorhees as the central killer of the franchise, with his dearly missed mommy getting killed off at the end of the previous movie. That was about all it did, story-wise, with the sequel mostly retreading Camp Crystal Lake visitors getting picked off one by one; or by two, in Jef and Sandra’s case, which was all sexy until it suddenly wasn’t at all.

Some might say that Adrienne King’s Alice gets the most iconic death, since she was the first film’s Final Girl Alice, but Jason’s big revenge was a rather bland icepick to the head. The second death was not only another reprisal, that of Walt Gorney’s Crazy Ralph, but it was also more chilling, and also logistically IMPOSSIBLE even by Friday the 13th‘s wacky logic. Ralph is voyeuristically perving while standing against a tree (not the impossible part), and Jason pulls wire across Ralph’s throat, even though there’s no feasible way Jason could have maneuvered that while standing behind the tree. The death of a series wackadoo, along with the immediate embrace of supernatural weirdness, makes Crazy Ralph the top pick for Friday the 13th Part 2.

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Friday the 13 Part 3

At just the third film in the franchise, Friday the 13th joined the 3-D bandwagon, giving a loosely plotted film the advantage of such unforgettable shots as “having a pitchfork handle’s end come at your face slowly” and “having an eyeball pop out in your general direction for half a second.” (That second one is legitimately awesome, for the record.) Jason also got his signature hockey mask in Friday the 13th Part III (which arbitrarily jumped to Roman numerals for some of the rest of the sequels).

As far as iconic deaths go, Friday the 13th Part III wasn’t exactly an embarrassment of riches. But we did get a post-coital Andy walking around on his hands, and then taking a machete to the groin and getting his lower bits lopped in half. This might have lost out to the guy who got killed while trying to take a shit – because we’re already at that point of stretching the term “iconic” out – if not for Jason somehow then shoving Andy’s spatchcocked body into the rafters in order to freak his pregnant girlfriend out right before stabbing her through a hammock. Jason already proving himself the Bobby Fischer of slasher movies.

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Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter‘s most iconic death would be the death of THE TRUTH, since there were so many movies that came after this. It was meant to be the last one, which is why Tom Savini returned, which is likely why there are so many great kills in this fourth film. There’s the guy who directly acknowledged his death by screaming “He’s killing me!” over and over. There’s that face being smashed against shower tiles, the woman being thrown slow-motion onto a car, the weirdo coroner’s hacksaw head-twist and more.

But because we’re talking iconic, I have to go with a kill-shot centered on another soon-to-be-famous actor, Crispin Glover, whose character Jimmy gets his hand impaled by a corkscrew and then takes a cleaver straight to the face. And. He. Deserves. It. Combine all of the above, and it’s Friday the 13th magic at its best.

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Friday the 13th: A New Beginning

You know what isn’t beginning in Friday the 13th: A New Beginning? My appreciation for Jason Voorhees ripoff artists like Roy Burns. The fifth film in the Friday the 13th franchise takes a detour from the norm by actually keeping Jason dead while a copycat killer rises up and terrorizes a halfway house inhabited by franchise character Tommy Jarvis. There are a ton of deaths in this flick, but to me, the most memorable and different one of all was suffered by another of the franchise’s more insufferable characters.

While Mother Ethel Hubbard threw raw vegetables into a pot of water, which she called believed was already a meal, her miffed son Junior was tearing ass around the yard on a motorcycle was whine-screaming. As Junior is passing by a tree, Roy Burns swings a cleaver out and clothesline-decapitates Junior, whose head goes tumbling as his body crashes along with the motorcycle. It’s a solid death that’s punctuated by Roy killing Mother, who squeezes a tomato as she dies. Not quite worthy of a chef’s kiss, but it’s the best that Roy Burns could do.

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Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives

Jason Voorhees returns! Lives! Does More Things! Friday the 13th‘s sixth entry turns the supernatural dial to 11, where it remains for the rest of the franchise. This movie offers up the ridiculousness where someone tries to offer Jason money not to kill her, and then a credit card is seen floating away from her cold, dead hand. Jason also literally rips someone’s heart out, and if that don’t beat all…

The most iconic death in Friday the 13th Part VI, though, involves one of the series’ very few car stunts, which was a huge deal at the time. After crushing Nikki’s head inside the RV that Cort is driving (while also rocking the fuck out), Jason stabs Cort in the head with a knife, which sends the RV off the road, where it flips onto its side and bursts into flames. And out comes Jason to stand atop the fallen RV like the wreck-surviving undead warrior that he now is.

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Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood

Showcasing actor Kane Hodder’s first time behind Jason’s mask, Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood is not memorable for a whole lot of other things. It’s basically “Jason vs. Carrie,” with a telekinetic girl battling Jason and…people die.

However, what makes (a very small part of) this movie great is the scene in which Judy gets slammed into a tree while inside of her sleeping bag. While not as gruesome as it might have been had the censors not been all over this movie, Jason using a woman as a baseball bat remains one of the most revered kills all the Friday the 13th movies. It’s all about the crunch you hear, and also what you don’t hear.

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Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan

Another movie title that lies to audiences, with Jason spending very little time actually in New York. He also spends very little time doing anything amazing in Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan. This is not a standout movie.

As such, there aren’t a lot of kills that go down in iconic fashions, but videocamera enthusiast Wayne Webber gets stuck with a pretty devastating death when looking at the big picture. First, Jason tosses him onto a control panel, and it’s the most hectic of all the control panel deaths in these movies. He immediately catches on fire, and sparks are flying nowhere near his point of impact. It’s kind of amazing, and his twitching hand at the end is comically disturbing. Plus, his death definitely causes problems for that boat and everyone in it, so Jason was going for victims by proxy with this one.

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Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday

And now for something completely different…a Friday the 13th movie that doesn’t have the franchise title in the name, and also features the evil spirit of Jason Voorhees traveling from person to person. It’s not exactly the most celebrated movie, which is like saying liver and onions isn’t the most celebrated breakfast cereal.

But for all its issues, Jason Goes to Hell does feature perhaps the most fucked-up sex death in any Friday the 13th movie. Taking things back to basics, Deborah and Luke are getting it on inside a tent when Jason picks up a rail spike and plunges it into the tent and through Deborah’s nude torso, cutting her in half. WHILE LUKE IS STILL ALL UP IN THAT. Granted, he doesn’t live much longer to craft a tale for the grandchildren that he won’t be having with Deborah. Jason straight-up hates orgasms.

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Jason X

No one in their right mind would think sending Jason Voorhees to space is a good idea. Ipso facto, no one in the movie Jason X is in their right mind, because they sent Jason to space. This is a movie that somehow features a cameo and on-screen death for David Cronenberg, the highly lauded director of such classics as The Fly, Videodrome and A History of Violence. He gets impaled through the stomach while trying to run away, and it’s pretty badass.

However, everyone who watched Jason X immediately committed to memory the moment when Jason pushed Adrienne’s face into the liquid nitrogen, and then smashed her frozen face into bloodied smithereens. If the rest of the movie had been this cheer-worthy, then…well, I seriously can’t even hyperbolize what that kind of world would be like.

Freddy vs. Jason

No, Freddy vs. Jason isn’t technically a Friday the 13th movie, but it’s a “Jason Voorhees” movie, so it fits in as much as Jason Goes to Hell does. This mash-up horror-comedy with Nightmare on Elm Street‘s Freddy Krueger featured one of the weirdest kill sequences in any horror movie: the stoner guy’s caterpillar dream sequence. But that was more of a Freddy thing, even if Jason was the one who did the murdering.

As such, the most iconic kill in Freddy vs. Jason ups the ante on one of Jason’s previous highlights. He stabs the turdball Trey repeatedly in the back before bending the dude’s bed in half, crushing his body backwards in the process. Bodies don’t work like that, Jason! But this kill worked better than any of his others in Freddy vs. Jason, and it still makes me uncomfortable to think about Trey’s calves hitting his shoulder blades.

Friday the 13th (2009)

For the franchise’s first big reboot, Friday the 13th gave Jason Voorhees a psychological spin that gave his actions more motivational purpose than they’d had in many of the prior films, and once again made him feel like more of a victim than just a pure killer. Of course, he also felt more vicious at times, such as when he strung Amanda up inside a sleeping bag over a burning fire, or when he stabbed the lovable Chewie in the throat so many times with that screwdriver.

This truly almost went to the shocking death of Danielle Panabaker’s Jenna, since she was presumed to be a survivor by that point during the characters’ escape. But no, Jason brutally murdering the piece of shit Trent is Friday the 13th‘s most iconic death in 2009. The guy was the character most deserving of having his body meet a blade, and Jason introduced them in the nastiest of ways. Plus, instead of just dumping the body on the ground like he normally does, Jason speared him onto the back of a guy’s truck just before he drove away.

Fans have been waiting years to see a 13th film come out of the Friday the 13th franchise, but every time it looks like one is going to happen, some kind of legal snafu pops up and stalls things anew. So there’s a chance we won’t get to see one for quite a while still, but always know that Jason is out there watching, and waiting for the best moment to strike, and also figuring out the best way to shove your body into a pantry so that there’s maximum jump-scare potential when someone else opens it.

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