Jason is the hydrocephalic mass murderer from the Friday the 13th series. I have previously estimated his IQ to be about 50. A lot of people don’t realize that Jason is mentally retarded because the film is very subtle in how it tells us. They simply have his mother say “Jason, should have been watched, every minute, every second, he was (nervous pause) he wasn’t a very good swimmer.” From here, only high social IQ viewers will deduce that Jason was retarded.
The original Friday the 13th movie was set on Friday, June 13, 1980. There’s a scene in the movie where Jason’s mother says “you see, Jason was my son, and today is his birthday.” I assume she meant June 13 was his birthday, not Friday the 13th of any month.
If you ever rent this movie, do not look at the back of the DVD case, whatever you do, because they stupidly ruin some of the film’s surprises on the back. Also don’t rent the garbage remake; rent the original from 1980.
Scholar Vera Dika brilliantly suggested movies like this were so popular in the 1980s because it was the Reagan era, and America was rebelling against the pot-smoking sexually liberal hippie types who supposedly ruined the country and wanted films where socially liberal young people were killed as brutally as possible.
My reason for liking them is the atmosphere, the coziness of being scared from the comfort of your home, nostalgia value, and because I’m fascinated by characters like Jason who are the extremes of mental traits.