The sixth installment in the Friday the 13th film series and the last one to feature Tommy Jarvis (Mathews) as the protagonist. Continuing on from the events of Friday the 13th: A New Beginning, the plot follows Jason Voorhees (Graham) after he is unwittingly resurrected by Tommy, who was attempting to get rid of his body in order to escape his fear of him, and returns to Crystal Lake for a new killing spree, while Tommy attempts to stop him once and for all.

The original storyline had Tommy Jarvis become the series' new antagonist, but after the poor fan reception of A New Beginning, the producers instead brought Jason Voorhees back. In resurrecting Jason, McLoughlin made him an explicitly supernatural force for the first time in the series. This version of Jason, an undead and more powerful superhuman, would become the standard depiction for the rest of the series. The film also introduced metahumor and action film elements, including shootouts and car chases, into the series.