Horror and comedy often go together quite well, as seen in masterpieces like Shaun of the Dead, An American Werewolf in London, and Evil Dead II. However, when one thinks of the best comedic properties in horror, one is unlikely to think of Friday the 13th.
While most of Jason’s various slash-happy adventures definitely contain some humor, only a few of the series’ entries have dared to get blatantly comedic. One of those was 1986’s Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, directed by Tom McLoughlin.
Often regarded as one of the best sequels in the Friday the 13th franchise, Jason Lives was the film that saw the titular killer evolve from backwoods crazy person into unkillable zombie. It also contained lots of great jokes, including Jason getting a James Bond-style entrance at the top of the opening credits.
While McLoughlin didn’t end up returning to direct another F13 film, he recently revealed on Mick Garris’ Post Mortem podcast that he was at one point approached by producer Frank Mancuso Jr. to do so.
Mancuso initially pitched McLoughlin on possibly directing a Freddy and Jason crossover movie, but McLoughlin didn’t that would work – how wrong he was – and instead suggested that Jason meet-up with legendary stoner comics Cheech and Chong. Here’s his full quote from the show, courtesy of EW
“[Frank Mancuso Jr.] wanted me to do another film after we did Jason,” McLoughlin says. “And I said, ‘What are you thinking? I don’t know what it could be now.’ And he said, ‘Well, what do you think about Freddy (Krueger) and Jason?’ And I go, ‘But Freddy’s at New Line and the guys at Paramount have [Jason].’ And it’s like, ‘Well, we’re going to try and see if we can work something out.’ So, I started thinking about that, going, It doesn’t make sense. I mean he lives in one realm and — you know, I take this stuff very seriously, what realm a monster’s supposed to stay in. And he came back, he goes, ‘Eh, forget it, it’s not going to work anyway.’ And I said, ‘You know what? You guys own Cheech and Chong. What if we do Cheech and Chong-meets-Jason? They’re like camp counselors or something. It’s like, ‘Hey, man, I saw Jason out there.’ ‘No, man, that’s a myth.’ But he said, ‘You know what? No.’”
While seeing Jason encounter Cheech and Chong would certainly have been ridiculous, it definitely could have been ridiculous in a fun way, like Jason X ended up being. Sadly, Paramount wasn’t having it. Jason has always loved killing stoners, and Cheech and Chong would probably be the ultimate trophies in that regard.