6. Jason Lives: Friday The 13th Part VI
Yes, the franchise needed to return its proper killer to assuage fans' fears that it would be relying on other lunatics in future.
So writer/director Tom McLoughlin was charged with coming up with a way for the seemingly unstoppable Mr Voorhees to return.
His idea reunited Tommy Jarvis with his old nemesis and saw the troubled Tommy trying to put an end to Jason once and for all. Sadly, after exhuming his body and stabbing him through with an iron fence post, an inconvenient lightning strike brings the masked murderer back to life….
But while the movie brought Tommy back, it was with a new face, as John Shepherd had become a born-again Christian and refused to participate. Thom Mathews took over the role.
There was also a new Jason, in the shape of crew member Dan Bradley. Sadly for him, Paramount didn't like his build and had the character recast with CJ Graham, who did all his own stunts despite no real training.
It might explain why Jason's shape and eye colour change during the film.
With a 40-day schedule, McLoughlin shot largely in and around Camp Daniel Morgan in Georgia, which stood in for the re-opened (and renamed to Forest Green) Camp Crystal Lake.
But he also deployed some Spielberg-alike tricks, substituting his hands for Mathews' in one close-up and filming a scene where Jason's neck is crunched by a boat's propeller in his parents' swimming pool. Probably the closest the franchise has come to Spielberg-level skill.
And this film's fake, Bowie-flavoured title? The pun-tastic Aladdin Sane ("a lad insane", geddit?)
It's also considered one of the funnier, spoofier outings for the franchise - loaded with references, including Cunningham Road, a town named for John Carpenter and Karloff's the grocery store.
Despite this, it was still less successful at the box office, earning $19.4 million - even with an Alice Cooper soundtrack single.
But Jason would not be denied. He would survive…