Horror films are probably the worst offender for throwing, logic, caution, and good sense to the wind, but that is one of the many reasons we love watching them. Horror movies provide us a form of escapism and the opportunity to be entertained without straining our brains too aggressively. The point at which we must suspend our disbelief the most is almost always the resurrection scene at the beginning of any sequel; the killer comes back to life, usually by some outrageous stroke of stupidity on the part of some poor schmuck. Once that bit of obligatory business is out of the way, the audience is free to enjoy the killer cutting his way through the cast of characters until one valiant and virtuous young woman remains to send the killer to another (temporary) demise.
There are some great and highly inventive resurrection scenes in horror film history; the instances we are about to revisit are absolutely not among them. We are about to take you for a stroll down memory lane, and during that sentimental journey we will revisit five of the most outrageous, unrealistic resurrection scenes in horror films.
Jason gets struck by lightning and his corpse is reanimated in Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives
Tommy Jarvis, driven by paranoia, determines that having killed Jason Voorhees just isn’t enough. The troubled young lad - who is obviously a glutton for punishment - makes the ill fated and idiotic decision to dig up Jason’s grave and make sure that the Crystal Lake killer is dead, for once and for all. Jason is dead, but not for long, thanks to Tommy’s curiosity. Moments after Tommy learns that Jason is still dead, the killer’s freshly exhumed corpse is re-animated by a bolt of lightning. Of course, this is just a movie, but I find that a modicum of respect paid to the viewing audience’s intelligence has never hurt anyone. Since when does lightning resuscitate a corpse that’s been dead for half a decade? Oh, that’s right, it doesn’t. This hair-brained revival is almost as silly as the decision to have a Jason copycat killer, instead of Jason himself, conducting the kills in the largely panned fifth entry in the franchise.
Chucky comes back to life when his melted remains are used in the creation of a new Good Guy Doll prototype in Child’s Play 2
This scene bothers me every time I watch it – not enough to keep me from re-watching Childs Play 2 from time to time, though. The whole idea behind Chucky’s revival in Part 2 just doesn’t make sense. There are so many things that I cannot wrap my brain around in the opening sequence of Child’s Play 2. For instance, if Chucky’s spirit still possesses the material that the doll is made from, why does the doll have to be re-manufactured in order for Chucky to be resuscitated? It seems as though chucky could still use the melted remains of the Good Guy Doll that he is stuck in to ooze around and look for a new vessel. I realize that the longer he is in the doll, the more human he becomes, but the whole thing makes very little sense and seems awfully convoluted. We are discussing a movie starring a talking doll that is possessed by the spirit of a mass murderer, so perhaps I am looking for logic in all the wrong places.
Jason’s resurrection by way of telekinesis in Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood
There are certain elements of this film that I will defend, but even I cannot make excuses for Jason being brought back to the ranks of the living by way of telekinesis. It makes absolutely no sense. The inclusion of telekinesis in the plotline is derivative of films like Carrie, where telekinesis was a logical part of the storyline. But Jason’s resurrection at the beginning of Friday the 13th VII just begs more questions than it answers. For instance, why does Tina’s telekinesis bring Jason back to life? Carrie certainly wasn’t able to use her telekinetic abilities to bring anyone back to life. But, if he hadn’t been brought back, we would never have seen Jason take Manhattan or go to Hell or Jason’s adventures in space, so who are we to complain?
Freddy’s revival by fiery dog urine in A Nightmare on Elm Street IV
I love Fred Krueger as much as the next guy - more, actually. I have the utmost appreciation for his off-color brand of humor and creative choice of weaponry. Though, even I must admit that his reintroduction to the franchise in the fourth film was farfetched and sloppy. Anytime someone is revived by way off a pet dispatching fire urine, which then causes the earth to part and allow for the reconstruction of the skeletal remains of a killer, I just have to call shenanigans. It would be a sad state of affairs if Fred hadn’t been brought back to life, but I think that the manner in which it was done in Part IV was uncharacteristically poor for a franchise that typically puts a little more thought than that in to bringing our friend Fred back to life.
Jason returns from death in Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday
This resurrection makes the list for many reasons, most importantly though; it is on the list for the fact that Jason is killed in the first ten minutes of the movie and makes what might be the most ridiculous, far-fetched, awe-inspiringly bad reincarnation ever committed to film. Jason is brought back to life, shortly after being shot hundreds of times and ultimately blown up by a firing squad. He is in pieces when he is taken to the morgue, and somehow the evil of his aura hypnotizes the coroner in to consuming what is left of Jason – it appears to be his heart - and the cycle starts over. Jason’s evil begins to circulate through a revolving door of host bodies and goes on what we thought, at the time, would be one last killing spree. Does that sound ridiculous yet? If not, you may not be listening.
What do you regard as some of the most outrageous or unrealistic resurrection scenes in horror sequels? Let us know in the comments below.