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Diabolique’s Camp Carnage: The “Friday the 13th” Franchise

"Friday the 13th"

“Friday the 13th”

My fascination with summer camp-themed slasher fare stems mostly from two things: my deep-seeded love of all things freaky and frightening, and my tragically unfulfilled childhood desire to attend summer camp (and partly the raging jealousy that boiled inside me every summer when my older brothers were shipped off to camp while I was deemed “too young” to attend). There were a lot of influential horror movies from the monumental ‘80s slasher era that told terrifying, titillating and often tacky tales of young adults venturing out into the deepest, most ominous parts of the woods with a group of friends to get fucked up beyond all recognition. The stripping off of clothes and the revealing of supple young bodies was only the predecessor to the bloody carnage that was about to ensue. I think a lot of horror fans, like I, got an early introduction to our beloved genre by being subjected to iconic genre fare like Friday the 13th and Sleepaway Camp during the impressionable years of our youth—and furthermore, dedicating our adult years to seeking out these titles and others just like them.

These movies are by no means brilliant works of creative, provocative cinematic genius, but they brought a lot of concepts and devices to the horror film chopping block that have stuck around through the proceeding decades and have become some of the most recognized and arguably admirable clichés in the genre. Some of these titles supersede others—offering up awe-inspiring special FX, buckets upon buckets of blood, mind-blowing climactic twists and quirky characters—but the true essence of a superlative summer camp slasher flick is a really bad ass killer. It goes without saying that most die-hard horror fans are suckers for these summer camp slasher flicks. So over the course of the summer, Diabolique will be presenting readers with a comprehensive catalogue of films that fall within that category. By watching these movies, you’ll learn everything you need to know in order to avoid being sliced & diced on those highly anticipated summer camping trips. Boys and girls, I present you with Diabolique’s Camp Carnage!

Camp Carnage: Friday the 13th franchise

I’m sure all of you Diabolique campers who have been following my seasonal Camp Carnage column have been wondering why I’ve made no mention of the most prolific summer camp slasher movie in the history of horror cinema. Well, it’s because I’m a firm believer in saving the very best for last—and not only is this particular selection my favorite addition to the summer camp slasher catalogue, but it also happens to be one of my favorite major horror franchises.  So here it is, campers. Without further ado, we’re wrapping up this summer’s Camp Carnage column with a trip to Camp Crystal Lake to celebrate perhaps the most beloved—and most lucrative—horror franchise ever to bloody up the silver screen: Friday the 13th.

The fact that since its release in 1980, Friday the 13th has made millions off of collectible memorabilia alone—figurines, trading cards, stickers, posters, T-shirts and so on—is somewhat surprising when you consider the fact that the franchise itself sprouted from a mere marketing campaign… well, sort of. Director/producer Sean C. Cunningham wanted to make a movie titled Friday the 13th before a full working script was even completed. However, following in the wake of John Carpenter’s Halloween (1979), Cunningham intended to make a genuinely entertaining scary movie, one that would provoke screams and laughs from the audience.  Unsure of whether the title Friday the 13th had been used before, and more importantly, whether he would have to worry about copyright infringement, Cunningham set out to hire an advertising agency to create an eye-popping logo for the movie that he wanted to make. He then had the ad placed in an issue of Variety and waited to see if anyone would come forth to claim ownership of the title. The first draft of the film was tentatively titled A Long Night at Camp Blood during the writing process. After all was said and done, Cunningham felt that there was nothing restricting him from using the title; but distributor George Mansour made note of a previous film titled Friday the 13th: The Orphan (1979). Apparently there were threats of a lawsuit over the title, but a settlement was made, which ultimately marked the inauguration of one of the most significant horror franchises in the history of cinema, and—although completely unintentional—one of the top three most iconic villains ever to slash their way across the silver screen.

One thing worth noting about the Friday the 13th franchise is the timeline ambiguity. A lot of things happen over the course of the ten films leaving the question of when certain events take place for the viewer to figure out. Over the 33 years since its initial release, Friday the 13th fans all over the world have wasted a lot of time and breath on trying to construct a sensible timeline. There is a plethora of websites and message boards out there that have been solely dedicated to the chronological organization of the events that transpired at Camp Crystal Lake (as well as in Manhattan and space). We here at Diabolique will try to lay it all out as best as possible in our summary of the series. So here goes nothing…

Prelude to the Franchise –

We all know the story of the little disabled boy who drowned in Crystal Lake in the summer of 1957 while some horny teenage camp counselors got it on in a cabin. That little boy was Jason Voorhees: the one and only spawn of Pamela Voorhees. One year after Jason’s demise, two counselors were murdered at the camp, and the camp was subsequently referred to as Camp Blood by the local townsfolk. Camp Crystal Lake (or Camp Blood; whichever you prefer), was then closed down. Several attempts to reopen the camp were unsuccessful.

"Friday the 13th"

“Friday the 13th”

Friday the 13th (1980) –

After the aforementioned failed attempts to get Camp Crystal Lake up and running again, a group of 20-somethings finally gets the chance to breathe new life into the tainted grounds. The leader of the pack, Steve Christy, hires on a few minions to get the job done. As is the case with most of the slasher movies that came out of the ‘80s, the majority of no-name actors who were cast in Friday the 13th disappeared into oblivion after production of the film. Adrienne King—who nearly reached Scream Queen status for her role as Alice Hardy—went on to do a few voice acting roles after intentionally disappearing from acting following a frightful encounter with a stalker, and actor Kevin Bacon, who played Jack Burrel, has since established himself as an esteemed Hollywood actor who has stayed genre friendly throughout the years, including his current television series, The Following.

One of the girls is snuffed out while hitchhiking her way to the defunct campgrounds, while others are warned by the local town crazy that there is a killer lurking in the woods and that the camp itself has a so=called “death curse,” giving way to one of the most memorable lines in the whole series. Of course they set about their mission anyway while completely ignoring the crazy guy’s warnings and consequently are all murdered one by one. The climax of the film occurs when Alice faces off with Ms. Voorhees—our mysterious killer at large whose ghastly motive is to avenge the untimely death of her son— resulting in a more-campy-than-gory decapitation (created by legendary effects wizard Tom Savini). The film ends on an exceptional cliff-hanger note that was never actually included in writer Victor Miller’s original script but now stands as one of the iconic images in the horror lexicon. Our final girl, Alice—left in an understandably weary state after her battle with Ms. Voorhees—is left drifting on the lake in a canoe when an outlandishly deformed Jason surfaces and pulls her down. Fin.

There has been some debate over who actually came up with the idea to add this final jump scare. Some sources cite co-writer Ron Kurz as the brains behind that particular scene, and some sources state that Savini came up with idea after seeing Brian DePalma’s Carrie adaptation. Regardless of who came up with it, it’s one of the most iconic pieces of imagery in the entire series, and it may have inadvertently paved the way for the many sequels that followed.

"Friday the 13th Part Two"

“Friday the 13th Part Two”

Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) –

For a little rag-tag slasher flick that was never meant to have a follow up, Friday the 13th was enough of a box office success that Paramount Pictures immediately jumped on the franchise bandwagon within one year of its release. Frank Mancuso, who obtained international rights to the film, stated, and I paraphrase, that the goal was to create something significant enough to draw teenagers out to the theatre once a year for the release of the latest instalment. Now that Jason’s overprotective, vengeance-starved mother was out of the picture, who better to fill the murderous shoes than Jason himself? And that is exactly the direction that writers Ron Kurz and Victor Miller took the sequel in. Tom Savini was asked to reprise his duties as the special effects creator on the set of Friday the 13th Part 2, but he turned the offer down because he felt that the sequel and the return of Jason Voorhees was never meant to be; the idea seemed ludicrous. Savini then went on to do the effects for another one of Diabolique’s favourite summer camp slasher films, The Burning, which was in production at the same time.

Similar to its slasher predecessor Halloween, Friday the 13th’s first sequel is a direct continuation of the events from the first movie. As mentioned, Jason Voorhees made his big debut in Friday the 13th Part 2. His iconic goalie mask wasn’t introduced until the next instalment, instead wearing a sack over his head as he went through a series of seemingly nameless teenagers to avenge his mother. Final girl Adrienne King, meant to return for a leading role once more, returned only for an opening scene character disposal as a result of the fallout from her aforementioned stalker incident. This entry is bloody and inventive with its kills, but otherwise, a consumable and forgettable introduction to the unstoppable force that became of Jason Voorhees.

"Friday the 13th Part Three"

“Friday the 13th Part Three”

Friday the 13th Part 3 (1982) –

Originally released in 3D, Friday the 13th Part 3 was the first Paramount Pictures film to utilize the third-dimension gimmick since 1954, and is likely the best known of it’s era for the flash-bang reunion of cinema and 3D. It was the first film in the series to introduce the quintessential goalie-mask clad image of the Jason Voorhees that went on to gain a mammoth cult following. It was also the first instalment to indicate Jason’s uncanny ability to escape the narrow confines of death.  It can be said that in many ways, part 3 is like the Evil Dead 2 of the Friday the 13th franchise. Many scenes in this second sequel mirror imagery from the first Friday the 13th (although mommy dearest is long dead by this point). Additionally, the characters are similar to the characters in the first Friday film. Interestingly, none of the characters in part 3 ever actually say the name “Jason”. This sequel was initially intended to end the series, but obviously, that notion was seven-sequels premature. This entry is a step above the second as it’s more fun and less outright horrific, even if the gore hits just as hard. In the wake of Friday the 13th Part 3, Jason Voorhees was nominated as one of the top 50 villains in AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Heroes and Villains.

"Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter"

“Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter”

Friday the 13th Part 4: The Final Chapter (1984) –

Considered by many horror fans to be one of the best sequels in the franchise, Friday the 13th Part 4 is without a doubt one of the most memorable and well-executed of the bunch. Although its subtitle is deceiving, once again giving off the impression that the installment would be the very last, Friday the 13th Part 4 really only wraps up the first act of the seemingly endless saga of Jason Voorhees, ending his “mortal” form and giving way to the more supernaturally inspired Voorhees. It is also the first Friday sequel to be directed by someone other than Steve Miner (who directed the first two sequels), welcoming The Prowler director Joseph Zito to the director’s chair. Needless to say, he did a damn fine job of upping the ante of the series, adding solid actors (including Crispin Glover and Kimberly Beck) and unforgettable kills as well as a gripping narrative and sense of tension.

The Final Chapter was the fifth highest grossing instalment in the series, and it also beat out A Nightmare on Elm Street that year, making it the highest grossing horror film of 1984. It was also the first Friday the 13th film to introduce the most beloved anti-hero in the series, Tommy Jarvis (played by a young Corey Feldman). The character of Tommy Jarvis represents the 10-year-old macabre-minded, monster obsessed misfit in all of us, and although I’m sure we can all on some level relate to the beer-guzzling, pot smoking, sexually charged shenanigans of the camp counselors and irreverent teenagers that get brutally butchered across the gamut of the Friday the 13th series, little Tommy Jarvis is special. Horror hounds can relate to this kid on a very personal and deeply profound level, much akin to a more selfless version of Fright Night’s “Evil” Ed. And this relation to a primary character is what makes The Final Friday stand out from a vast array of sub-par horror sequels, adding a feeling of genuity and involvement not seen amongst the franchise since the first film.

"Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning"

“Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning”

Friday the 13th Part 5: A New Beginning (1985) –

A New Beginning falls to the bottom of the barrel of Friday the 13th sequels for many reasons. One month prior to its March 1985 release, the film was slashed to bits by the Motion Pictures Association of America as it went through the hands of the MPAA a total of nine times before it was finally given an ‘R’ rating and deemed fit for release. Sixteen scenes of graphic violence and sexual content were altered or cut in order to bring it down from its original ‘X’ rating, which threw off the pacing and set pieces at every turn. Interestingly, this is the first film in the series where Jason is referred to by his full name (Jason Voorhees). Prior to A New Beginning, he was only ever referred to as just “Jason”. It is also the first entry in the series to feature a goalie-mask clad imposter emulating the murderous persona of Jason for reasons as thinly developed as one could ever imagine. The real Jason Voorhees never actually appears in the film—which, as one can imagine, really pissed a lot of horror fans off and still does to this very day.

Tommy Jarvis is back but this time he’s all grown up (played by John Shepherd, despite a singular cameo from Feldman in the film’s opening minutes) and has gone slightly looney tunes from his childhood encounter with Jason, which in turn, loses all the horror movie fandom that made him so empathetic in his first appearance. The original script called for the return of a now teenaged Tommy Jarvis, with Corey Feldman reprising his role, but since Feldman was working on The Goonies, therefore the script was re-written to only feature him in a cameo at the beginning of the movie, recapping via dream sequence the events that transpired at the end of The Final Chapter. Needless to say, A New Beginning was a desperate act to continue the franchise in the wake of the developing Psycho, A Nightmare on Elm Street and Halloween franchises, and that quality shows in every department.

"Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives"

“Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives”

Friday the 13th Part 6: Jason Lives (1986) –

The first sequel to gross under the $20 million and to not place first in the US box office upon its release, Jason Lives signified the beginning of the creative and financial decline of the franchise. The fifth sequel in the Friday the 13th franchise does however have its redeeming qualities. At a whopping 18 kills, it had the highest body count out of any of the Friday films that had been made at that time, until Jason X beat it out by 10 fatalities (coming in at a total of 28). It was also the first sequel to contain absolutely no nudity or sexual content, a signature staple of Friday the 13th and most ‘80s era slasher movies, and introduced the first supernatural aspects of Jason Voorhees in the franchise’s history. Jason Lives is also the only film in the franchise to feature children attending camp in the present moment, as opposed to in prologues and flashbacks like in the other sequels.

Additionally, in the original script of Jason Lives, Jason’s father was brought into the story for the first and only time ever. The scenes featuring his father were never actually shot, but they were included in the rare novelization of Friday the 13th. John Shepherd was asked to reprise the role of Tommy Jarvis, but turned it down, apparently having become a born again Christian and it went against his religious values. Jason Lives also introduced the idea of meta-horror way before this style of filmmaking became prevalent with films like Wes Craven’s New Nightmare and Scream. The film contains numerous horror culture references throughout its running time, and while it doesn’t poke fun at the horror genre by doing so, it actually makes these references to horror films and filmmakers part of its universe. Part 6 is awkward in its placement in the franchise, showing a glimmer of hope to go back to the formula that built the franchise in between two of the franchises most controversial entries.

"Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood"

“Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood”

Friday the 13th Part 7: The New Blood (1988) –

One of my personal favorite installments in the Friday the 13th franchise, The New Blood is the first film to really explore the supernatural side of Jason Voorhees as well as his opposition. At the beginning of the film, Jason is released from the dark depths of Crystal Lake where Tommy Jarvis had shackled him at the end of Jason Lives in an attempt to kill him for good thanks to a telekinetic girl named Tina Shepard, who summons him back from his watery grave. The writers actually intended to put Jason up against Freddy Krueger—who was also at the time rising to his peak of horror fame—in this particular sequel, but Paramount Pictures and New Line Cinema butted heads about the division of profit  and the original concept was on the back burner. The New Blood was also legendary horror actor/stuntman Kane Hodder’s big debut into the genre. It takes a type of brutish man-beast to effectively fill the shoes of Jason Voorhees, and Hodder proved himself worthy. He even does his own stunt work in the film.

To the dismay of director John Carl Buechler, the film was wrung dry by the MPAA. Numerous scenes of graphic violence were edited out before it was given an ‘R’ rating. The New Blood is believed to have been the most heavily edited installment in the franchise. The goalie mask that Kane Hodder wore in this particular sequel was actually the same one that was used in part 3—where Jason first puts on the mask—with slight alterations made to it. Also, a few of the actors who auditioned for roles in The New Blood had actually starred in previous sequels, including Kerry Noonan (Paula in Friday the 13th Part 6: Jason Lives) and Marta Kober (Sandra in Friday the 13th Part 2). Both actresses had been offered the roles that they auditioned for but were later recast when the truth of their prior involvement in the series was revealed.

The New Blood is also one of the most controversial in the series, as it’s the first installment to completely shun the reality based horror of its predecessors. Many fans, including this writer, find the injection of imagination invigorating, and the kills of the film benefit from both the telekinetic and undead properties. Other fans, however, are quick to call the film a franchise turncoat and the first that undermines the credibility of the franchise as a slasher film.

"Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan"

“Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan”

Friday the 13th Part 8: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989) –

Jason Takes Manhattan was once again intended to be the final chapter in the franchise… but of course, two other Friday the 13th films followed. It is the lowest grossing film in the series, and for good reason. Aside from Jason’s use of a few choice murder weapons (a harpoon and an ice skate) this entry doesn’t have much going for it, despite it’s campy nature accruing a ardent cult following. Due to budgetary and schedule restraints, most of the film was actually shot in Vancouver, thus making the subtitle deceiving and Jason never reaches Manhattan until the final act. In fact, most of the running time actually takes place on a boat in Vancouver. For some odd reason, the creators wanted to take Jason away from his stomping grounds of Camp Crystal Lake and introduce him to a much vaster environment, which could have made for an outrageously high body count had the concept been executed well. Unfortunately, the body count is only 17, though the film depicts three ambiguous scenes of violence that could have possibly led to death. If these deaths had actually been confirmed in the film, Jason Takes Manhattan would have come in second next to Jason X for highest body count.

The film was also the first Friday to go for full-camp, preferring the outrageous to the sensible and features deaths that include a boxing match decapitation and even makes Jason self-aware. Jason Takes Manhattan also marks the end of Paramount Pictures ownership of the franchise, as New Line Cinema took over for two final entries in the series before Paramount came back to produce the 2009 remake and purchased the rights to the franchise as a whole earlier this year.. Kane Hodder reprised his role as Jason in this entry, cementing the beginning of his career as a major horror icon, and provided one of the most bizarre interviews ever on The Arsenio Hall Show as he promoted the film in character as Jason.

"Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday"

“Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday”

 Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993) –

Once again, the subtitle tricked viewers into believing that this would be the absolute final entry in the Friday the 13th franchise. As one would have figured out by now, the premature notion of conclusion had become a staple of the franchise. Needless to say, by this point the series has been exhausted. A lot of Friday fans hate on this installment because the writers used the concept of Jason coming back and needing to transfer his soul into humans in order to stay “alive” and continue his ruthless murder streak and leaves the series dangling on an incredibly anticlimactic note. Jason Goes to Hell happens to be one of my personal favorite additions to the series, and a lot of my love for this one is based on the fact that we get to see a grown man devour an oozing black heart in the most savage manner possible. It doesn’t really get much more badass than that. Kane Hodder once again reprised the role of Mr. Voorhees, as well as the role of one of the hospital security guards AND Freddy Krueger’s arm in the final scene. Jason’s monstrous demeanor in Jason Goes to Hell surpasses that of any of the other entries in the series, as Jason was reinvented as a result of this film was the first Friday produced by New Line Cinema. The entry is also the second lowest grossing film in the franchise next to Jason Takes Manhattan; however, it ended up earning five times its budget, so it wasn’t a total lost cause, financially speaking. Props (I.E. the skull dagger and the Necronomicon) that were created by director/producer Tim Sullivan (2001 Maniacs!) for Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2 were used on the set of the film. Tim Sullivan did not grant permission for these items to be used which resulted in a bit of an after-the-fact dispute, leaving the film to be legally tangled for it’s DVD release as well as releases of the franchise as a box set. The crew also used several set pieces and props from other notable horror films, such as the crate from George Romero’s Creepshow, the jungle gym from Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds and the monkey heart that was used in Robert Rodriguez’s From Dusk Till Dawn. Jason Goes to Hell was the first entry in the Friday the 13th series to be released uncut on home video, although it was released on both VHS and DVD alongside the R-rated version. The film ends with a unlicensed teaser prelude to Freddy vs. Jason, which took longer than expected to actually evolve and thus a ridiculous detour into outer space happened.

"Jason X"

“Jason X”

Jason X (2001) –

You know a horror franchise has been done to death when the villain goes to space, and Jason X is no exception. In my opinion, the film was basically created just to fill the time cap between Jason Goes to Hell and Freddy vs. Jason, because the latter took much longer than anticipated to actually come to fruition, although New Line stated the film was meant to start a new Jason franchise in time for the new millennium, reinventing Jason for the cyber-friendly generation. In fact, Jason X actually had four tentative release dates before it was actually released. Noel Cunningham, son of original Friday the 13th creator Sean Cunningham, produced the film and screenwriter Todd Farmer penned the script, taking great inspirationRidley Scott’s Alien. This entry contains the mother-load of Friday the 13th body counts, coming in at a whopping 28 kills, including an opening credits kill of David Cronenberg. Sadly most of the graphic violence was computer generated—which may or may not have had something to do with the fact that only a few seconds were edited in order for the final version to get an R-rating, despite the practical “face-freezing” kill being a franchise  highlight. Jason X went through the least amount of editing of any of the Friday the 13th sequels. Kane Hodder, who once again plays Jason, actually emulated the sleeping bag death scene that first appeared in The New Blood, one of the most memorable kills in the entire series, for a comic effect. Betsy Palmer who played Pamela Voorhees in the first Friday the 13th was asked to reprise her role in this entry via cloning, as she was in Toronto acting in a stage production when the film was being shot, but she could not come to an agreement with the producers and thus she did not appear in the film. Jason X is the third lowest grossing film in the franchise, but reception was blatantly negative from film critics and horror fans alike. Needless to say, Jason X is utterly atrocious and should never have been made.

"Freddy vs. Jason"

“Freddy vs. Jason”

Freddy vs. Jason (2003) –

The idea to pit Jason against Freddy dates back to 1986. New Line Cinema and Paramount Pictures attempted to bring the project to fruition in 1987, but they were unable to come to an agreement about where to go with the script and the characters. Original Friday the 13th creator Sean Cunningham wanted to take back the rights to the franchise after Jason Takes Manhattan bombed at the box office, and then attempted to work with New Line Cinema to bring the project to life. This was around the time New Line Cinema acquired the rights from Paramount Pictures, and Paramount and New Line were constantly feuding over ownership over the characters.  Then A Nightmare on Elm Street original creator Wes Craven stepped in to make New Nightmare under New Line Cinema and Freddy vs. Jason was once again placed on the back burner. However, the time lapse allowed for Cunningham to breathe new life (or death) into Jason after he had hit rock bottom in Jason Goes to Manhattan and fan demand was at an all-time low; Jason Goes to Hell was made. The ninth instalment in the Friday the 13th series turned in a surprisingly decent profit off of the promise of the film being the franchise’s finale.  But again, issues arose and the production of Freddy vs. Jason was delayed yet again which ultimately led to the creation of Jason X in 2001, which was a massive failure,  financially and in terms of support from the studio and the fan base.

After 15 years spent in dreaded development hell and $6 million lost to 18 unused scripts later, Freddy vs. Jason was finally released in 2003. Perhaps the most significant issue that plagued the production of Freddy vs. Jason was actually coming up with a script that worked, so I think it’s safe to say that the horror gods really wanted a showdown between Freddy and Jason to happen, because eventually it did. Sean Cunningham and die-hard Voorhees fans were outraged by director Ronny Yu’s decision to recast Jason (which Yu now says was actually New Line Cinema’s decision to find an actor who was taller than Hodder to look more imposing over the 5’9 Englund). Kane Hodder was initially given the script but was replaced by Canadian stuntman Ken Kerzinger, who also did some of the stunts in Jason Takes Manhattan. Ronny Yu reportedly felt that the entry needed a slower more deliberate Jason as opposed to the brutal nature and breakneck pacing that Hodder had previously brought to the role. Freddy vs. Jason was generally well received by horror fans but garnered mixed reviews from film critics and the general movie-going populace. Following the film’s financial success, the troubled development on a follow-up, which at times had been developed with the two facing off against Doug Bradley’s Pinhead, Bruce Campbell’s Ash (which eventually became a graphic novel) and Leatherface. It also paved the inevitable path to remakes of the two most monumental horror franchises in the history of genre cinema.

"Friday the 13th (2009)"

“Friday the 13th (2009)”

Friday the 13th (2009) – 

Not surprisingly, the horror community erupted in annoyance and disapproval when news of a remake of Friday the 13th was announced. I’m sure I’ll catch some grief from admitting this, but I actually enjoyed it. I feel that it’s one of the most innovative and well executed horror reboots to date, and while the remake received generally negative critic reviews, it is the second highest grossing entry in the franchise. It earned approximately $19 million on opening night, which was the largest opening-night profit turned from any of the Friday the 13th films.  It earned over $40 million on its opening weekend, which was the largest amount any horror film has made on an opening weekend. To date, it is the second most profitable entry in the Friday the 13th franchise. Platinum Dunes co-produced the film in partnership with Paramount Pictures and New Line Cinema, but it wasn’t until after a legal dispute that the companies came to an agreement. The remake is said to be a reimagining of the first four films in the original line-up. Jason appears wearing both the burlap sack that he wore in Friday the 13th Part 2 and the iconic hockey mask that he acquired in Friday the 13th Part 3, as the first three films are compacted into the first 20 minutes of the remake. The mask that was used for the remake is actually a remolded version of the original mask from part 3. Derek Mears stars as Jason Voorhees in the re-imagining and according to co-writer Damian Shannon, the revamped Jason was somewhat inspired by Rambo in First Blood in that the motivation behind his ruthless killings is to protect his territory. Marcus Nispel confirmed that this is just one of several new dimensions that were added to Jason’s personality for the remake. Following the release of the 2009 remake, there were rumours of a sequel already having been in the works. But no actual news of the production of a sequel was ever released. Producer Brad Fuller of Platinum Dunes recently confirmed via Twitter that the sequel is no longer being produced, but with Paramount acquiring the franchises rights only a few months ago, this may not be the last we see of Jason Voorhees.

Conclusion –

And thus concludes our very lengthy and factually substantial overview of the most lucrative quintessential franchise in the history of horror cinema. Jason Voorhees and Camp Crystal Lake will forever remain very near and dear to the hearts of horror hounds all over the world. And we here at Diabolique hope that this has been a very enlightening read for all of you who have tuned in. In conclusion of our seasonal Camp Carnage column, we hope that you will all take some time today to crack open your From Crystal Lake to Manhattan box sets (or, if you’ve been lucky enough to have acquired it already, your Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th) and devote a few hours to watching at least two of your favourite Friday entries; because after all: “His name was Jason and today is his birthday.”

Happy Friday the 13th!

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About Lacey Paige

Lacey is a devoted horror enthuasiast and movie collector. A recent journalism school graduate, she is currently a contributing writer for Diabolique, Cinesploitation, Absolute Underground and Fangoria. She likes taking long walks in dark, eerie places; reading true crime and horror fiction; and sharing her borderline-obsessive love of horror with just about anyone who will listen. Follow her on Twitter: @LaceyPaige88.

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