Series: Kill of the Week! #6 — Sleeping Bag Smash


We all knew Jason Voorhees was going to show up in these articles at some point, so it might as well be now. Hell, he might show up again…maybe if we all go out and fornicate in the woods. Sounds like a solid plan to me. Bring your sleeping bags…

I’ve read more than once that this is Kane Hodder’s favorite kill in the entire Friday the 13th series. Who am I to contradict the words of the One True Jason? Seldom does a film really showcase the real hilarity inherent in certain, gruesome death, and Buechler is clearly making a really deep, existential comment here on the brevity of human life. That, or he just wanted to see Jason go smash.

(*Note:  in the original, uncut theatrical version, Jason actually bashes her about six times, and we get a nice look at the bloody bag. With the home video release, this kill is cut down significantly, showing him wing her against the tree just once, with no blood. Director John Carl Buechler has indicated in some behind-the-scenes material that he was “raped by the ratings board” with this film, although he also mentions that this particular cut works in that it makes Jason appear that much stronger, having killed her in one blow.)


About Kara_E

Kara is a Senior Office Assistant for the Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics at Indiana University. A past English major and lifetime writer, she has also served both as an actress and behind-the-scenes assistant for several projects with our friends at Clockwerk Pictures. Kara lives with her husband in Bloomington, Indiana. In her spare time, she is a freelance editor/proofreader for international students at Indiana University, and serves as an organizer of the Dark Carnival Film Festival (

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