The stars of horror aligned and today is Friday the 13th… in October. While Michael Myers owns the month, this is Jason Voorhees’ day. The Friday the 13th franchise goes back to 1980, when Sean S. Cunningham directed the original as a slasher ripoff of John Carpenter’s Halloween. Jason made his debut at the very end in one of horror’s legit greatest jump scares. His legend grew instantly, and by decade’s end, he was 8 (!) films deep. Now nearly 40 years later, the franchise has produced 10 films, 1 crossover, 1 remake, and a short-lived TV series”¦ and damned if that doesn’t add up to 13! So in honor of Friday the 13th, we’re going to rank them from worst to first. Harry Manfredini “¦ HIT THE MUSIC!
Every fan of the Friday the 13th slasher series has their favorite Jason Voorhees. For many, myself included, it’s always been Kane Hodder.
A documentary about the man himself is on the way titled To Hell and Back: The Kane Hodder Story. The doc tells Kane’s story, beginning with his difficult earlier years and leading to his landing the iconic role of Jason and other Hollywood roles. It also features interviews with Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street), who faced off with Voorhees as Freddy Krueger in 2003’s Freddy vs. Jason (though not with Hodder, sadly); Bruce Campbell, who many fans wanted to see join the Freddy and Jason fight in a sequel as Ash from the Evil Dead movies (a battle that did happen in comic book form); Adam Green, who directed Hodder as Victor Crowley in the Hatchet movies after he moved on from the Friday the 13th movies; and more.
Click on over to the other side to read more about the movie and check out a trailer.
For PAX East 2017, developer Gun Media has released a new trailer for Friday the 13th: The Game.
The trailer is presented as a music video for a song called “Killer” by Crazy Lixx, and, fitting to its name, the video is incredibly violent. You know the words to this song. If you’re at all offended by digital fictional characters causing harm or being harmed in lots and lots of gruesome ways, probably best to steer clear.
For the rest of you, do prepare yourself for some classic Jason Voorhees brutality and click on over to the other side to watch the new trailer.
We’ve seen some peeks at Friday the 13th: The Game in the past, but nothing really substantial. Thankfully the closed beta for the game has now kicked off, which means lots of great looks at the game.
Below you’ll find two of these lengthy looks at the game. The first is 17 minutes of camp counselor gameplay footage. The second is 15 minutes of Jason Voorhees gameplay. This is the beta, so remember the game is not yet finished. Still, it’s great getting a nice long look at it and people actually playing it.
“You see, Jason was my son, and today is his birthday.”
With those words, an actress in her mid 50s became an icon, and would carry the legacy of a cheap summer horror flick for the rest of her wonderful life. Betsy Palmer, aka Pamela Voorhees, died Friday, at the age of 88 of natural causes at a hospice facility in Connecticut.