Pamela Sue Voorhees
Pamela Voorhees
Pamela Voorhees as portrayed by Paula Shaw in Freddy vs. Jason
Pamela Sue Voorhees

49 (at the time of death)


Cook (till 1957)
Spree killer (pre-mortem)


Pamela Sue Voorhees was the mother of Jason Voorhees and was the main antagonist of the first Friday the 13th film.

She was originally portrayed by the late Betsy Palmer, who reprised her role briefly in Friday the 13th Part II. She was later portrayed by Paula Shaw in Freddy vs. Jason.

Her Story

Pamela went on a killing spree in 1979 when Camp Crystal Lake was officially reopened as an act of revenge on the camp counselors after Jason's supposed drowning in 1957.

Pamela was beheaded by Alice Hardy after killing most of the counselors. Pamela's severed head, sweater, pants, and machete were salvaged by Jason.

In Freddy vs. Jason, Freddy Krueger takes the form of Pamela in order to resurrect Jason and manipulates him into starting a new killing spree in Springwood.

After Jason enters the Dream World for the first time, Pamela finally reveals herself to be Freddy.


  • The character of Pamela Voorhees was created by director Sean S. Cunningham and writers Victor Miller and Ron Kurz.
  • Actress Nana Visitor played the role of Mrs. Voorhees in the 2009 Friday the 13th remake directed by Marcus Nispel. The character's role in this film was greatly truncated from the original and she only appears in the beginning of the film moments before she is decapitated in front of her son Jason.
  • Many of the "prowler" scenes from Friday the 13th were actually played by stunt man and special effects assistant Taso Stavrakis. It is Taso driving the jeep in the beginning of the film with Robbi Morgan (Annie) and it is he who slices Annie's throat with the hunting knife. In the uncut version of the film, Pamela's hands are seen groping about in front of the camera after Alice beheads her. These are actually Taso's hands. It has become a joke among the crew members that Pamela Voorhees has exceptionally hairy hands.
  • In Friday the 13th, Pamela is identified only as Mrs. Voorhees. Her first name is not revealed until Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter.
  • The dates of birth/death of Pamela Voorhees are indicated on her tombstone in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter.
  • Actress Betsy Palmer accepted the part of Mrs. Voorhees due largely to the fact that she needed money for a new car.
  • Freddy Krueger once used his powers to assume the form of Mrs. Voorhees as part of a ploy to fool Jason.
  • Actress Kathleen Garrett provided voice samples for the character of Pamela Voorhees in the teaser trailer for the 2009 remake of Friday the 13th. She is credited in the film as voice artist.

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