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The Roy Theory That Changes Everything About Friday The 13th: Part 5

The "Friday the 13th" series went through many changes over three decades and twelve films. While the movies often relied on plot misdirects to keep things fresh, the one constant of the series has been the presence of Jason Voorhees. From the motivation behind the first film's famous twist ending to the reign of terror of the hockey-masked killer himself, in every "Friday the 13th," Jason's influence is somewhere.

However, one of the first attempts in the series to reduce the presence of Jason was the fifth film in the franchise, "Friday the 13th: A New Beginning." Possibly as a way to differentiate itself from the previous entry, which was titled "Friday the 13th: The Last Chapter," Part 5 is set years after the confirmed death of Jason. Nevertheless, someone in a hockey mask begins killing the innocent and not so innocent residents of the Pinehurst Halfway House.

While Sheriff Tucker (Marco St. John) theorizes that the serial killer could be Jason brought back to life, it turns out to be Roy (Dick Weiland), the paramedic who went into a murderous rage after seeing his estranged son Joey (Dominick Brascia) slain. According to the explanation given by the police at the end of the film, Roy is nothing more than a copycat murderer driven mad by grief.

While that explanation wraps things up nicely, some fans wonder if there isn't more to the story. Here is the Roy theory that changes everything.

Fans think that Roy isn't merely a copycat but is possessed by Jason

According to a fan theory shared on Reddit, some feel that Jason's influence on "Friday the 13th: A New Beginning" was more overt than just Roy's inspiration for an outfit. Instead, fans think that Jason has possessed Roy, leading a man whose job involves helping and healing on a murderous rampage.

One of the primary pieces of evidence for this, according to the fan theory, is that Roy exhibits superhuman strength on multiple occasions. Viewers see Roy charge through locked doors with ease and survive an impact with a tractor. Fans on Reddit also point to the final moments of the film, when the main character, Tommy (John Shepherd), dons the hockey mask and attacks Pam as evidence of Jason's power to move from host to host.

The theory gets even stronger when considering one of the later entries in the series, "Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday," which revolved around Jason's ability to take over bodies. While that film was disliked by both fans and critics, according to Rotten Tomatoes, the film's director, Adam Marcus, told Horror Geek Life, "It absolutely is canon." If that is the case, then it follows that Jason could definitely have possessed Roy and, later on, Tommy, making his involvement in the plot of "Friday the 13th: A New Beginning" much more apparent.