The franchise almost got *real* weird in the late ’80s!
Director Tom McLoughlin was the man tasked with bringing Jason Voorhees back to life for Friday the 13th Part 6: Jason Lives, and he did so in a way that ensured the sixth installment in the franchise would go on to become one of the most beloved. McLoughlin didn’t return for the seventh film, but there was a time when he was approached to.
Speaking with fellow horror director Mick Garris on the latest episode of Garris’ podcast Post Mortem, McLoughlin revealed his wacky pitch for a Jason Lives follow-up!
“[Producer] Frank Mancuso Jr. came to me… he wanted me to do another film after we did [Jason Lives],” McLoughlin recalled. “He said, ‘What do you think about Freddy and Jason?’ And I go, ‘But Freddy is at New Line.’ He came back and goes, ‘Ah forget it, it’s not gonna work anyway.’ So I said, ‘Ya know what… you guys own Cheech and Chong. What if we do Cheech and Chong Meets Jason?’“
He continued, “But [Frank] said, ‘Ya know what… no – the comedy audience is gonna want that kind of movie, the horror audience is gonna want the other… no, we can’t.’”
Instead, McLoughlin went on to write/direct a few episodes of “Friday the 13th: The Series.” As for the seventh film, well, Jason essentially ended up battling Carrie White.
But hey, Part 3‘s Chuck was basically a bootleg Tommy Chong, so at least we got that!