And so we come to the end of the Friday the 13th canon with the chapter I have seen the most times, Jason X.
A savage slice of solid pulp sci-fi served with a soupçon of satire.
In the early 21st Century, Jason (Kane Hodder) has been captured (presumably some time after his return in Freddy vs Jason) and is being held at a specially constructed Crystal Lake research centre, where project leader Rowan (Andromeda's Lexa Doig) has been investigating ways to permanently execute the mass-murdering zombie.
Eventually, she realises the only course of action is to cryofreeze him, but then interdepartmental shenanigans - and a misguided desire to monetise Jason's supernatural regnenerative abilities - leads to the monster's escape.
This ends up with both Jason and Rowan being accidentally frozen... and then forgotten about.
Jump ahead to the year 2455, and a student field trip to the wastelands of the dead Earth comes across the two frozen bodies.
Bringing them back to their ship, The Grendel, for study, the researchers use nanotechnology to bring Rowan back... unfortunately, at the same time, they also accidentally reawaken Jason.
It maybe the future, but teens are still horny and that's motivation enough for Jason to start hacking away again.
You can guess what happens next.
Todd Farmer's script, directed by James Isaac, wears its Alien influences on its sleeve, with Jason substituting for that franchise's iconic xenomorphs.
The Grendel has its own cadre of marines, led by Spartacus's Peter Mensah, bargain basement clones of the beloved characters from Aliens, and their hunt for Jason through the bowels of the ship (while the civilians listen in, from relative safety) is an obvious homage (rip-off?) of the sequence in Aliens where the colonial marines first meet the xenomorphs in the tunnels under the colony on LV-426.
It's then left to the civilians - and their android (Andromeda's Lisa Ryder) to escape Jason's machete long enough for the ship to reach safety.
Unfortunately, just when they think they've got him beat, he gets a new lease of life - an upgrade - thanks to the same nanotechnology that brought Rowan back.
Also, the hull of the Grendel is deteriorating and is likely to collapse before the rescue ship Tiamat can reach them.
Silly, thrilling, and inventive, for me Jason X is a perfect example of how you keep a long-running franchise alive.
Through out-of-the-box thinking that takes the overarching narrative in a totally unexpected direction, yet remains true to its core principles, Farmer and Isaac have created a genuinely unique blend of old school slasher and pulp sci-fi.
Sure, it's obviously not the first blending of sci-fi and horror tropes, but as an extension of a franchise like Friday the 13th, it's inspired.
I would have loved to seen a sequel to this where Jason vents his wrath on the horny teens of Earth Two, but sadly it was not to be.
FILMS WATCHED: 16
NEW TO ME: 10