Friday, March 13, 2015

The 13 Days of Friday the 13th: Day Thirteen

Happy Friday the 13th, all.

Despite a few bumps in the road, we've finally arrived at our final destination; back to Camp Crystal Lake where it all began. The place where a young boy drowned once upon a time, and the monster known as Jason Voorhees was born.

Actually, that's not entirely true.

The part about Jason and Crystal Lake is totally true, but it's the talk about arrivals and destinations that's pretty much false. See, my own journey through the Friday the 13th series might be over, but the real adventure is just getting started. I should be, at the time of this scheduled posting, somewhere about half-way between my home and Cherry Hill, New Jersey. What's waiting for me there is Monster Mania XXX, a weekend long celebration of everything macabre.

Sean Cunningham, the man most responsible for creating the series, will be there. Kane Hodder, the most famous actor to portray Jason, will be there, too. So will the franchise's very first "final girl", Adrienne King. Oh, and let's not forget Ari Lehman, who was the original, water-logged, kid-version of Jason. There may also be a Tommy Jarvis or two, but since Corey Feldman won't be there, well, who cares?

Nah, I'm just playing, John Shepherd. You did the best you could with Part V.

So, obviously, with me away and no films left to cover [except for the ones I watched and neglected to write about?], today's entry is a festive place-holder. I'll be back from Monster Mania on Sunday, and I'm hoping to have lots to share following a weekend of horrors, cosplayers and Judge Reinhold.

Stay tuned, kids, and I hope you have the merriest of Friday the 13ths..!


  1. With a sequel to the reboot adrift I do wonder what could be done to revive the series and make it worthy of being the significant 13th installment.

    1. I genuinely think they just need to start again but distill out all but the AWESOME concepts. Start the franchise off with an undead Jason. Build in the mythology about him drowning and his mother, sure, but really go whole hog and have fun with it. I think the mistake they made with the reboot was trying to make it seem more realistic or grittier or something.

      Yes. There needs to be gore. Yes. There needs to be the machete and the hockey mask. But it doesn't need to feel so "The Hills Have Eyes" meets "I Know What You Did Last Summer". I just needs to be HUGE and CRAZY and FUN.