WHERE THIS EVIL HAILS FROM: 1980’s Friday the 13th
WHY THIS EVIL MADE ME FILLE THE FEAR: Jason is a bit of a complex villain. As one of the stories goes, he rose from Crystal Lake that night he witnessed his mother’s beheading on the beach by Alice, our camp counsellor heroine. Ever since, he’s been killing in her name. However, the only reason she was killed in the first place was because she was busy slashing camp counsellors herself–seeking vengeance for the promiscuous counsellors who weren’t keeping an eye on her son when he drowned. They’re fighting for each other; it’s almost sweet, isn’t it?
Fear of Jason comes from the idea that there’s unexpected brute force waiting for you just around the corner. He’s ruthless (well, almost–he’s got a soft spot if you’re lucky enough to have a moment to take advantage of it) and he will use just about anything as a weapon–a guitar, dry ice, a sewing needle. He also kills just by association, so no one’s safe. Just camping in the woods with your boyfriend? Dead. Staying with your family in a cabin? Dead. Studying cellular regeneration in outer space? Dead. So that last one’s a bit off (and that time he was in Manhattan), but most of the time he’s in the deep, dark woods, which is scary enough on its own, let alone with a murderous, immortal madman lurking in it.
HOW THIS EVIL STILL DOES: Jason will literally and figuratively never die. Almost 25 years after the film that started it all, there are talks of spin-offs and reboots, not to mention the already-existing 12 films, a TV show, books and comics. While I can’t say that Jason still incites all the fear that he did in the 80s, his name is ingrained in horror culture and it’s tough not to notice when a Friday the 13th is approaching.