- "Jason belongs in hell, And I'm going to see he gets there."
- ― Tommy Jarvis
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives gave Jason Voorhees a new look because he is brought back from the dead and when that happened he receives a more of a zombie look than human, unlike the earlier films where he acts and is hurt like a human. With the release of Jason Lives from then on he received zombie qualities such as superhuman strength and also became practically undefeatable.
Tommy Jarvis is released from the mental institutions in which he has spent most of his adolescence. Along with his friend Allen Hawes, Tommy goes to dig up and cremate Jason's corpse. But when he pierces Jason's chest with an iron fence post, a bolt of lightning resurrects him. Jason quickly takes out Allen with a fist through the chest, and when Tommy flees Jason heads for the renamed and reopened Lake Forest Green.
Tommy enters the Forest Green Police Department and demands the help of the Sheriff. But when Tommy tries to grab a shotgun to take matters into his own hands, the Sheriff Garris has Tommy thrown in jail. Meanwhile, counselors Lizabeth and Darren are killed by Jason on their way to camp. The next morning, Garris' daughter Megan and her fellow counselors Sissy, Paula and Cort visit the station. Tommy warns them of Jason's resurrection before the Sheriff escorts him towards the town limits.
Back at camp, the counselors prepare for the coming campers. Meanwhile, Jason picks off five survivalist gamers in the woods. On the way out of town Tommy makes a break for the graveyard to prove Jason's not in his grave - but the caretaker has covered it over. The officers continue their escort, but when their out of view Tommy turns right back around towards the town he's always known as Crystal Lake.
That night, Cort heads off for a tryst with a girl named Nikki. Jason cuts the power to her RV and boards as they drive away. He slams Nikki's head through a wall and stabs Cort in the head. When the police discover Lizabeth and Darren's bodies, the Sheriff suspects Tommy. But Megan isn't convinced, and when Tommy calls the station she answers and makes plans to meet. At camp, Sissy is killed as Megan and Tommy try to evade the police. Tommy is thrown in jail despite Megan's alibi for him. Jason uses camp counselor Paula to repaint one of the cabins in blood red, and Megan busts Tommy out.
The police make their way to the camp, and officers Thornton and Pappas are killed before the Sheriff comes up against Jason. Megan and Tommy arrive at the seemingly serene camp, but soon find Paula's remains. Sheriff Garris is killed trying to keep Jason away from his daughter. Despite Megan's protests, Tommy goes out on the lake alone and calls to Jason. . .
In the end, Tommy is able to use a boulder to chain Jason to the bottom of Crystal Lake, however he attempts to drown Tommy, but Megan stops him, grinding his throat up with the propeller blades of a boat. Megan brings Tommy to shore, and he says Jason is home.
- This is the first film of two featuring Jason's resurrection from an actual death (the other being Freddy vs Jason), the first of two to end with him being chained to the bottom of Crystal Lake, the third and last to feature Tommy as the protagonist, and the first of the three to not imply that he may be a killer in future installments.
- This is also the first Jason film to feature little kids at the camp.
- During one of the scenes, a girl named Nancy tells Paula that a monster tried to kill her. When Paula asks if she had a bad dream, Nancy replies that it was "real just like TV". This could possibly be a reference to Freddy Krueger's series, A Nightmare on Elm Street, as Nancy is also the name of the protagonist of the first film. Though Freddy has been proven to exist in the same timeline, however, it is unlikely that Nancy was actually attacked by Freddy, as he can only attack people in Springwood.
- Only Friday The 13th instalment where there is nudity
- The only Friday The 13th instalment to feature a soundtrack that is not an overall original score, however in the first entry the song Sail Away Tiny Sparrow is played in two key sequences and although not featured on the available soundtrack is credited, the song sung by people involved in the production.