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The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – October 18, 2017

Greetings comic book fans and welcome to another episode of the Crank File. Every Wednesday is new comic book day and on Tuesdays I like to spotlight some of the stuff I’ll be checking out.

Here’s what I’m reading this week:

The Top of the Pile: Mighty Thor #700

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Jason Aaron
Art: Russell Dauterman

What it is: DEATH OF THE MIGHTY THOR Part 1 The final judgement comes as the Mangog arrives! The War Thor will meet the beast head on. But even the bloodthirst of this Ultimate Thor may pale in comparison to the might of the Mangog! The battle rages as Jane’s cancer takes a turn for the worse, and she might not have to wait for the final judgment at all. The clock is ticking, and no hammer can save her this time. It’s the beginning of the end that will lead to the most dramatic return in the Marvel Universe!! Rated T+

Why we love it: A milestone issue. Jane Foster, the Mighty Thor, will be passing the hammer back to the Odinson. I was personally a big fan of Lady Thor and will be sad to see her go. I hope they give her a hero’s sendoff that is worthy of her.

 The Mainstream One: Incredible Hulk #709

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Greg Pak
Art: Greg Land

What it is: RETURN TO PLANET HULK Part 1 When Amadeus Cho picks up a distress signal from a distant planet he’s shocked to find out it’s from SAKAAR. As the Totally Awesome Hulk, he’s been trying to avert the curse of anger that haunted Bruce Banner. But SAKAAR is a place for warriors and gladiators…a place where the Hulk fought brutally in the Imperial Arena…who is calling Cho for help? Rated T

Why we like it: Greg Pak brings the green skinned one back to Skaar for another round on Planet Hulk. The last time the Hulk came to Skaar, Banner Hulk liberated it (through smashing of course) and brought peace to the war torn world. That’s a tough act to follow but I’m sure Amadeus is up to the challenge. I am a little disappointed that they didn’t bring back the art team from the original planet Hulk. Laaaand!

The Indie One: Realm #2

Publisher: Image
Words: Seth Peck
Art: Jeremy Haun

What it is: Molly and company hit the road, Ben kills stuff, and Johnny Eldritch has a conference call with the Destroyer of Worlds.

Why we like it: Issue #1 was interesting enough to give the #2 a spin. End of the world story with a dungeons and dragons feel.

  The #1 One: Maestros #1

Publisher: Image
Words and Art: Steve Skroce

What it is:  The Maestro and his entire royal family have been murdered. Now, his banished son from Earth will inherit the Wizard King’s throne along with a spell that turns its user into GOD. With enemies everywhere, will this Orlando-born millennial be able to keep his new magic kingdom? From STEVE SKROCE, the storyboard artist of The Matrix trilogy, the artist and co-creator of WE STAND ON GUARD and Doc Frankenstein, the writer / artist of Wolverine, and the artist of Amazing Spider-Man and ALAN MOORE’s YOUNGBLOOD.

Why we like it: Light week for #1’s. Steve Skroce drew amazing artwork for We Stand on Guard, so interested to see what he does with this solo project.

 The One I’m Buying for the Cover: Harley Quinn #30

Publisher: DC
Cover Art: Frank Cho

What it is: ‘Vote Harley’ part four! Harley actually might win this thing…which means Mayor DePerto’s backed in a corner-and there’s nothing more dangerous than that! RATED T+

Why we like it: Happy Harleyween!

 

That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!

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The Foreigner – The Dope Sheet Movie Review

Release Date:  October 13, 2017
Rating:  R
Run Time:  1 hour 54 min
After Credit Scene:  NO
IMAX Viewing:  NO
3D Viewing:  NO
Reviewer:  Wayne Demers
The Dope Sheet Score:  7.7 out of 10

A non-spoiler review.

“A humble businessman with a buried past seeks justice when his daughter is killed in an act of terrorism.  A cat-and-mouse conflict ensues with a government official, whose past may hold clues to the killers’ identities.”

What works:  Finally a Jackie Chan movie that allows him to act, truly act (ok, he isn’t going to get any acting award nominations), without any comedic moments between moments of action.  He may be older, but the man still has the action scenes down.  Pierce Brosnan plays a government official with ties to the IRA and is caught in the middle of law officials and a mourning father whom want information.  You get solid performances from both and there is plenty of action for everyone to appreciate.  If Rambo and Jason Bourne were to run into Jackie Chan, I feel like they all would have their hands full.

What doesn’t work:  The supporting cast, specifically the terrorists, feel very empty and the acting takes a hit.  I’m always wondering where all these people always seem to have martial arts training.  Jackie Chan’s character always seems to have a way out and we’re supposed to just fill in the blanks that he gets away and moves on.  There is a romance in the film that just doesn’t seem to fit and honestly, we could have done without that entire subplot. 

All in all, I enjoyed the film.  I enjoyed it most because this is not your stereotypical Chan movie because the story is a bit more grounded and Jackie gets a chance to act.  Yes, we get some of the martial arts flavor that we see in many of his movies, but it is toned down and fits well into the story.  Let’s hope we can see Jackie in more serious movie roles that don’t focus on what he is mostly known for, antic ridden martial arts fighting.

On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, I give The Foreigner a 7.7.  Grab some concessions and enjoy some action, Rambo style.

Did you see the film?  Tell us your opinion below.

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Trailer Snark (October 13, 2017 Theatrical Trailers)

Welcome to Trailer Snark, a weekly column covering trailers for movies that will be released this week with thoughts from our roster of bloggers (Jessica from The Female Perspective, Ken from The Crank File, Jim from The Front Row View, Eric from View from Above, Robert from Cards and Counters, Wayne from The Dope Sheet, and Great Stories founder Chris).  Thanks for reading, and enjoy the previews!

Marshall (Open Road Films) – Drama/Biography
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic content, sexuality, violence and some strong language.
Tag Line: His Name Means Justice
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad
Plot: About a young Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, as he battles through one of his career-defining cases.
Running Time: 118 minutes

Rob F: Chadwick Boseman showed us the story of Jackie Robinson, and now he will show us that of Thurgood Marshall. With the ugliness of racism still far too prevalent in society, maybe this is film we should all watch and try to learn from.
Chris: Now, here is a piece of history I would like to learn more about.  Nicely cut trailer, and Chadwick Boseman is one of my new favorites on the scene today.
Wayne: Looks like a very interesting story and one I would pay to see. Buying a ticket.

The Foreigner (STX Entertainment) – Action/Thriller
Rated R for violence, language and some sexual material
Tag Line: Never push a good man too far.
Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Jackie Chan, Katie Leung
Plot: A humble businessman with a buried past seeks justice when his daughter is killed in an act of terrorism. A cat-and-mouse conflict ensues with a government official, whose past may hold clues to the killers’ identities.
Running Time: 114 minutes

Wayne: I want to see Jackie Chan in a role where it isn’t with some silly detective. High hopes for this film. Buying a ticket.
Rob F: Jackie Chan is not someone I would want to piss off, but this looks mediocre at best. Pass.
Chris:  Refreshing change of pace from cop buddy and silly roles for the talented Chan.  I am very excited to see him square off against Brosnan in what looks to be an intense film.

Happy Death Day (Universal Pictures) – Horror/Mystery
Rated PG-13 for violence/terror, crude sexual content, language, some drug material and partial nudity
Tag Line: Get Up. Live Your Day. Get Killed. Again.
Starring: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard
Plot: A college student relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer’s identity.
Running Time: 96 minutes

Chris: Similar feel to Final Destination but a lot less fun it seems.  I like my horror movies, but this one is not calling me to the theater.
Wayne: I’ve seen Ground Hog Day and this is a twist on it. Not so sure I would enjoy seeing this one though. I’m going to pass.
Rob: Groundhog Day meets Scream. Good laughs I am sure, and I have a free pass that I might burn on this one.

Breathe (Bleecker Street Media) – Biography/Drama/Romance
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material including some bloody medical images
Tag Line: An inspiration love story.
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Tom Hollander
Plot: The inspiring true love story of Robin and Diana Cavendish, an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. Their heartwarming celebration of human possibility marks the directorial debut of Andy Serkis.
Running Time: 117 minutes

Rob F: Looks like a good film, but not a big screen one for me. 
Wayne: An excellent cast with a compelling story. I may not see it in the theater, but it is worth seeing. Buying a ticket.
Chris: I have this feeling that we are going to be very sad in the end.  Love is complicated and beautiful even in the face of hopelessness.  I’ll wait for the small screen though.

Goodbye Christopher Robin (Fox Searchlight) – Biography/History/Family
Rated PG for thematic elements, some bullying, war images and brief language
Tag Line: Inspired by the true story.
Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie
Plot: A behind-the-scenes look at the life of author A.A. Milne and the creation of the Winnie the Pooh stories inspired by his son C.R. Milne.
Running Time: 107 minutes

Chris: Wow, I was taken by surprise with this one.  Captured me right from the get-go, and I will definitely be seeing this one.  Decidedly not Hollywood Poo(h). 
Rob F: No thanks. Animated I can tolerate some Pooh, but not a big enough fan to see this.
Wayne: I’m not a fan of this time period but the actors have me interested. Still, going to pass.

Professor Marston & the Wonder Woman (Annapurna Pictures) – Drama
R for strong sexual content including brief graphic images, and language.
Tag Line: Meet the women behind the man behind the woman.
Starring: Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote
Plot: The story of psychologist William Moulton Marston, the polyamorous relationship between his wife and his mistress, the creation of his beloved comic book character Wonder Woman, and the controversy the comic generated.
Running Time: 108 minutes
Wayne: I’m curious about this story only because I’m a fan of Wonder Woman, but feel this film will fall flat on viewers. I’m going to pass.
Chris:  Hey, it’s the pervy comic book creator origin story! 
Rob F: I’d probably rent it because of its relation to comics.  

Tickets Purchased: Two for The Foreigner (Chris and Wayne) and One for Marshall (Rob)

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Five Days of Friday the 13th Part Five: From the Bottom of the Lake

His Name was Jason, the Official Great Stories Friday the 13th Blog.

From the Bottom of the Lake

By Tom Vanner

DEAR AMERICA!!!! Sorry just watched a Graham Allan rant. Good Facebook follow. Anyway the day has come. Today is finally Friday the 13th. A happy one it is. Today no doubt there is a marathon going on some channel starring yours and my favorite movie killer. Today people will be sharing all there favorite Friday the 13th memes, trying to avoid black cats whenever and wherever possible, and hoping to God that stepping on the crack didn’t actually break their mothers back. Friday the 13th has for a very long time been a day of superstition and bad luck, but did you know where it came from? If you thought it was from a young boy drowning at summer camp and returning a couple decades later to kill teens camping in the woods, underage drinking, and having sex, I got news for ya! You’re wrong.

On Friday October 13, 1307 the Knights templar were arrested by French King Phillip the IV for the crime of “heresey”. Originally I heard the Knights were executed but in reality it was really boring. They were arrested, their assets were taken from them, and King Phillip got richer. A dull, boring way to begin the myth of Friday the 13th superstitions. However that is the first Friday the 13th bad joo-joo origin. It should be known that the French did wear Detroit Red Wings goalie masks when the arrests were made. One thing in this story is false….can you figure out which part?

Here are a few thoughts of the remaining “Friday the 13th” movies out of order. The Remake in 2009 was a good flick I’d recommend a watch if you haven’t seen it. Derek Mears plays an excellent Jason. A tall ass Jason. He had a good style and was fairly violent.

Freddy V.S Jason, the battle to end all battles. A much anticipated movie for slasher fans around the world. As we know Kane Hodder had lost the role of Jason so the movie took a hit for that. Ken Kirzinger played a pretty intimidating Jason. His downfall might not be entirely his fault but Jason was too slow and not violent enough through-out the film, especially with what fans had become accustom too. There was one kill that sticks out because it was flat out awesome. The first kill of the movie, the bed folded in half kill. It really set a precedent for the rest of the movie which wasn’t met. Another problem I have with the movie is the whole water is Jason’s weakness and fear. Ummm have we ever watched the series? Water has not bothered this dude since he was like 11, and now in 2003 he crumbles under the pressure of the thought of water. Come on bro. They did a good job showing off Jason’s inability to be destroyed but I feel all in all they didn’t give the guy enough respect. Don’t get me wrong Freddy vs Jason is a Halloween and Friday the 13TH ritual for me but I feel it should have been better. A fun fact for this movie, even though he wasn’t cast in the movie. There is a scene with Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 3 in the back ground. Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3 features Kane Hodder as a stunt coordinator and stunt double Leatherface, R.A Mihailoff. The scene that is playing in Freddy vs Jason is the only scene that Kane plays Leatherface for the entire scene.

As I bring this Blog to a close I have to say I impressed myself. Hopefully I impressed some of you. I had pitched the idea to Chris Mills about a blog for Friday the 13th for today. He had then introduced the idea of a week- long series. I honestly didn’t know if I had enough content but just the movie series “Friday the 13th” I kept it going.

After this past week I think we have all learned a thing or two about Jason Voorhees and Friday the 13th. The number one thing being is obviously isn’t Jason actually the good guy? I mean think about it. He was bullied and picked on as a kid. He “drowns” due to negligence, and then watched his mother gets beheaded. The only thing the guy asks for is to be left alone and he wants to go home. Nope, every other second it feels some punk teen is trespassing his land and doing dumb crap there. Really what I want you to take out of this, if you’re near an abandoned camp, and you have the sudden urge to have sex while hammered, do yourself a favor and keep going. You’re most likely going to piss off the resident.

I would like thank you everyone who followed me this week and kept reading what I had to say. I especially want to thank Chris for allowing a forum for my rants. He’s the founder of “Great Stories” the website and the store. If you’re into magic the gathering, dungeons and dragons, and comics alike, check him out. I’d also like to invite all you fine people to “13th world” in Cumberland RI (Yes another shameless plug) to visit your pal Jason. I bid you all farewell; enjoy your day of terrors. Remember to watch something bloody today and since its right around the corner, Happy Halloween!

To learn more about 13th World Haunted attraction, visit their website!

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Five Days of Friday the 13th Part Four: The Man, The Myth, The Jason

His Name was Jason, the Official Great Stories Friday the 13th Blog.

The Man, The Myth, The Jason

By Tom Vanner

Good News everybody, we have all returned!! Ok so maybe not everybody has returned, I see a few people are most likely late today. We don’t have to wait, anyway, in total there were 10 Friday the 13th’s in the original series, “Freddy VS Jason” and “Friday the 13th” the remake.  A total of 12 movies and every movie featured a different actor playing Jason, with the exception of parts 7, 8, 9, and X. That is 7 people who have donned the mask. 6 movies had hockey masks, 1 had a potato sack and the original movie did not have Jason as the main character.

The most notable of all the Jason’s is Kane Hodder. He played Jason more than anybody and had some of Jason’s most iconic kills. From the Part 7 sleeping bag kill to the punch decapitation in part 8 and even X had a pretty awesome kill where Jason freezes a scientist head in a sink of nitrogen, then shatters her head on the counter.  Kane’s depiction of Jason is synonymous of violence. In every other movie Jason makes the kill gets the job done and that’s, that. Jason played by Kane has an unmatched efficiency and almost has an extra commitment to each kill. Kane had always added to each kill in the movies, weather it was an extra step to the sequence or just and extra hack of the machete. His commitment to death in the “Friday The 13TH” series is why he was the only Jason actor to do the body capture of Jason in “Friday The 13th” the Game (released for console Friday the 13th)

Calling Kane an actor is almost insulting the man. He is a stunt man and stunt coordinator who just happened to play Jason.  Kane having worked with John Carl Buechler on “Prison” had impressed John so much with his commitment to getting a good shot and being so comfortable in full makeup. John lobbied for and asked Kane to take on the starring role of “Friday the 13th Part 7 the New Blood”. Kane Never have acted before took on the role and spent a lot of time paying attention to body language and posture. He ultimately decided in order for the role to feel natural he would just be himself. Kane started the breathing thing. Whenever you see Jason standing in a roadway or in the woods and all of a sudden he takes a deep breath. That was added to the character to give him life. The lack of body motion from other actors taking the role makes Jason seem kind of statuesque. If the character has movement and life it just adds depth to him. Hodder while filming kill scenes, being a fan of the series would ask himself prior to the kill, WWJD? What would Jason Do?

That my friend, helped create the sleeping bag kill.  Now I’m not going to sit here and tell you I’ve never asked myself the same question.  I have and depending on the situation you would be surprised the positive outcome you get when you find the answer.

Kane had fallen in love with the character and took on the role 3 more times. When Freddy VS Jason was in talks, Hodder received his copy of the script and became ecstatic. He gets to play his favorite role again and work with a now personal friend Robert Englund. Time went by and Hodder never heard anything from the producers, he would call and never get a call back. Jason had been re-casted and that left Hodder devastated, he would never get an explanation either, which just pissed him off. Kane felt a personal connection to Jason, being a victim of bullying at young age and constantly getting beaten up, he felt he and Jason had that connection.

Kane has since moved on, continuing to make films, and work in the stunt business.  He picked up the role of Victor Crowley in the Hatchet series. They just released their fourth film, and if you enjoy 80’2 style horror and insanely violent kills, you’ll enjoy this series. You will also get to see Kane one with other Horror icons, Derek Mears, R.A Mihailoff and Tony Todd, to name a few. He is always going to conventions, making public appearances whenever he can, he spends a lot of time with children and in burn wards, along with other Burn victims.

Kane Hodder is an excellent ambassador of the horror genre. He is an awesome guy to meet. Very friendly, easy to approach, doesn’t have a massive ego that can push you out of the way.  I have been lucky enough to meet him along with my family. Best of all he (fake) choked my son, (that lucky son of a…).  Let me tell you, when it comes to choking children under 2 I do believe there is no one more professional at then he is. The event last all of half a second and got a great shot as well. I would love to see Kane Hodder as Jason Voorhees in a movie again, it would just complete me. If it never happens well, we have four to enjoy.

For more on Kane Hodder you can find his book, “Unmasked, the true story of cinemas most prolific killer” and coming out this year the film documentary, “To Hell and Back, The Kane Hodder story”. I for one am fan girl excited over the film.

Tomorrow is Friday the 13th, so be sure to have some mirrors to break and a few ladders to walk under. We wrap our time up together and maybe learn something about ourselves.

 

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New at the Shop: Wings of Glory

Recently the players at the shop have been introduces to Wings of Glory. A game that lets you relive the aerial combat of World War I and World War II by using miniatures and their assigned cards to represent the airplanes and their maneuvers. This is a two player plus game where players will take to the skies to engage their opponents in aerial combat by dueling in dog fights, or by trying to accomplish specific missions.

Here at Great Stories we started meeting every other Thursday for a campaign night with the World War 1 version of the game. This version of the game has fun, fast pace game play which you are able to start playing within minutes of cracking open the box. The easy to understand game mechanics and all of the different airplane miniatures with different flight capabilities keep the play fresh and exciting while still keeping the flow of the combat simple and fun.

To get into the game, it is very affordable and the product is easily accessible. The best way to try it is to purchase a Duel Pack. The Duel Pack comes with the basic rule book, all of the counters, damage ruler and 2 airplanes and their damage/maneuver decks. This way you and a friend can either jump right into an aerial duel, or try one of the scenarios/missions that you can find within the rule book.

 

At the beginning of the turn each player chooses 3 maneuver cards. All maneuvers of each play are done simultaneously. To do this, take a maneuver card from the deck assigned to your plane and first, line up the center of the card and the center of your base. Then “maneuver” the entire plane and base to line up over the arrow on the card. Your plane can fire once per turn when in range. You will know when you are within firing with the measuring tool. (Pictured below)

 

The most stressful part while playing the game could be while taking damage you not only count the hit points you are taking but also the special damage that can comes with drawing from the damage deck. On this example of a damage card, you are counting the 3 damage and the symbol here indicates that your pilot has been hit. This comes with special conditions that must be met.

 

I have found this game while being incredibly entertaining, it can be pretty educational too. If you love airplanes or just war and history in general, you will find joy in this game. For me, it’s the history behind everything. With each miniature that you purchase and collect you will receive historical information about that plane and a veteran pilot you served in that era. Then if you ask someone like Ben from the shop, who introduced us to the game. “I just love airplanes, and I want to share that passion.” And that my friends is why I come to Great Stories. You not only meet great people and play great games; you also find a community who just share their passion for gaming, comics, movies and more. We have started something great here at the shop. We already have 8 to 10 people on a regular basis to come and play “Wings” and anyone is welcome to join. Come down to the shop and ask about “Wings” night. If you are into games with miniatures; I recommend this to you. You can also ask about all of the other great events going on around the shop. This is a place that is always changing, always adapting. Don’t miss out on all of the fun.

Until then my fellow gamers,

 

See you across the table

 

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Five Days of Friday the 13th Part Three: A Dive Into the Absurd

His Name was Jason, the Official Great Stories Friday the 13th Blog.

A Dive Into the Absurd

By Tom Vanner

Let’s face it the rational that was potentially there to keep the series going has gone out the window. The second half of the series has brought “Friday the 13th”, the horror movie into horror Sci-Fi.  Things start getting weird here, but that’s O.K, it’s a movie. Don’t hurt yourself trying to make sense of it. That’s my job. I’ll do the best I can but realistically today’s lesson is just about the movies.

“Friday the 13th Part VI Jason Lives” has the return of…, that’s right you guessed it, Tommy Jarvis. Thought I was going to say Jason huh? The title should have been a give-away. A younger looking Tommy Jarvis from the previous movie finds himself in such disbelief that Jason, the guy he himself buried a machete into the side of his head, is dead. Even after his next encounter with Jason was an imposter in which again Tommy himself killed. He just can’t believe Jason’s dead. Only way to find out for sure obviously is to dig up the corpse and poke the body with a stick.  He does just that, the only appropriate time to do something like this though is obviously at night, with a chance of thunder storms. Rain cools you down from physical labor, Lightening provides lighting and the thunder is for dramatic effect. Anyway at Jason’s Grave Tommy finds what most people would expect in someone’s grave, the person, dead, in a casket. Tommy can’t handle the feelings he has after seeing Jason again for the first time since he was a child and using as much rational as possible stabs Jason with a 5 ft long rod iron fence post. Que in the Lightning and as the title suggests, JASON LIVES! (Dr Frankenstein laughing in the back ground).

Now, electricity to the heart does save lives. Usually an actual rhythm is needed in order for that to work. Ventricular Tachycardia or Ventricle Fibrillation, but we are not nit pickers. The movie said it brought Jason back well, then by golly it brought the bastid back. I would also like to apologize to anyone who watches medical dramas on T.V if there is a flat-line across the monitor, there is no shocking. Another spoiler alert, the paddles aren’t a thing anymore. Just insult to injury, Santa and the Easter bunny are also fake. Oddly enough the tooth fairy, she’s real.

Back to the carnage, Jason gets up, puts on his mask (you’ll note the red dashes have returned) goes and starts killing again. Several people die in various ways and the final showdown is a head to head battle with the reigning champion in this corner Tommy Jarvis and the contender in this corner Jason Voorhees, in a winner takes all fight to the Death.  Tommy somehow gets a huge rock into a boat and secures chains to it, then he waits for Jason in the middle of the lake.  Jason goes on in after him and Tommy lights the water on fire (he had gasoline…calm down). Jason jumps out of the water attempting to pull Jarvis in but is met with a chain then Tommy locks it around Jason’s neck and the huge rock gets thrown overboard pulling Jason down under water with it. Jason gets in hit in the face with the Boats propeller and that is the demise of Jason.

Until of course, Part VII “The New Blood” is my personal favorite and has one of the better story lines. A very young Tina who happens to live off Crystal Lake and who happens to have telekinetic abilities,  starts the movie while in fear and angry at her father. Tina screams at him from a canoe and the dock he was standing on collapses, killing him. Later in Life Tina has become a late teenager early 20’s grown woman. She, her mother, and psychiatrist return to her childhood home, to make an attempt to harness and control her telekinesis. Naturally there are group of teens planning a weekend of booze, drugs and sex for a birthday celebration next door.  Tina, one night while getting pushed a little too hard by her doctor, freaks out and goes out by the Lake to let out her frustrations. I’ll give you one guess who her powers accidentally awakens… none other then Jason.  Jason emerges from the water and off he goes dismembering drunken horny teens.  The end battle comes, well at the end, Jason vs. Tina, and the guy trying to get with her from next door. The guy and Jason are going at it on the dock, when Tina uses her telekinetic powers to resurrect her father from the bottom of the Lake, he breaks through the dock in a moment my son would describe as “WHOA”, and Tina’s dad drags Jason back to the bottom of the Lake.

This movie is pretty special. Jason played by Kane Hodder for the first time and the only actor to ever repeat the character of Jason with 4 appearances, has a new life about him. Kane adds an attitude to the character that gives Jason a more intimidating and predatorial presence about him. Jason also has a violence about him now that is unmatched, thanks largely in part too, Kane. This is evident with one of the series best kills, the sleeping bag kill. What is special about this kill is a sleeping bag is not a weapon; it’s a warm comfort zone that brings coziness into the wild. A “safe space”, if you will. In Jason’s eyes it’s a convenient way to turn an early 20’s female into a baseball bat. The other fun part of “The New Blood“is it’s the first time Jason really has any competition. Never before this movie had Jason taken such a beating. He gets electrocuted, hung, shot with a nail gun, a roof collapses on him, and burned, which Jason loses his mask prior to the burn, because Tina is a jerk.  The burn scene is a history making event in cinema. It was the first burn scene to show actual ignition, and it was at the time the longest Burn scene to appear in a movie, clocking in at approximately 45 seconds.

The Part 7 zombie Jason is in this guy’s opinion the absolute best looking Jason. With an obvious decay effect, the skeletal structures of Jason are protruding through his flesh and clothes. Remember when Jason took a boat propeller to the face in part 6? Yeah they covered that with a chunk missing from the lower left hand corner. Because of this Mask damage Kane had to actually do 3 in half hours of make-up every day of shooting to have full facial prosthetics throughout the entire movie.

Onward and Up-ward to “Jason takes Manhattan”.  I guess they figured 8 movies in the same camp would just be a little ridiculous. This time around Teens on a boat trip, O.K class do we know what the teens will be doing?… That’s right getting drunk and having sex. So this High school class trip managed to get from Manhattan to Crystal Lake. Hold up, Manhattan is off the coast of a body of salt water (aka the freaking ocean), Crystal Lake is a body of fresh water, and a lake. How     does a boat get from…..whatever it’s a movie.   The boat is dragging anchor (apparently it makes a better drag then anchor) it catches a power cable, because we all know best place to keep electrical lines is the bottom of a Lake, and Jason happens to pinned on the Power lines via the dock. Unlike the shark in Jaws 2, Jason is brought to life by high-tension power lines and not killed by them.  Electrical intervention saves the day again!! See that Jason trumps Jaws.   So Jason all pissed off, electrocuted and masks less, finds his way onto the boat via the conveniently dragging anchor. He locates a new mask (Yay!!! Hits you right in the feels), and goes on killing all in attendance on the boat until we arrive in NYC. Once in NYC Jason takes a tour of Time, square, kills a bunch of people, he kicks a boom box, kills more people and we get to the end sequence where the movie has to come to an end.   So the two survivors and Jason are in the sewer, thankfully the Ninja Turtles were out of town so Jason couldn’t kill them,  but the surviving couple find a way to flood the sewer and drown Jason, because you know, that has worked so many times before. This weird thing happens where Jason like reverts back to being a child, like he morphs into the child version of himself. Some people think the child morphing event is like a “dream” where Jason has finally met his end and has reverted back to the age in which he died. If you’ve been following the blog the last few days you should be able to pick out the approximate age of Jason’s death. What is that age class?   Very good about 33 year’s old, see that I knew you were paying attention.  Fun Fact, when Jason is puking in the sewer, that is Kane Hodder actually really throwing up. A cool party trick he can do at will.

What is nice About Part 9 “Jason goes to Hell”, they stopped trying to bring him back and just said, “Screw it no more explanation, he’s just here”. This Movie gets weird, very weird.  First Jason “dies” at the beginning, via hundreds of bullets, because nobody has ever tried shooting him before.  However now Jason has a new ability, to possess? Yeah, ok let’s go with it…Jason can hop from body to body so he can continue killing people. Unfortunately Kane Hodder only plays Jason for maybe 20 min tops in this movie. He does however get to be killed by Jason. So in addition to being able to possess people, there is all of a sudden a whole list of rules. Why not? Let’s complicate crap now. Only a Voorhees can kill a Voorhees , Jason must be killed with the knife in this manor before this time, don’t feed him after midnight, and if you say his name3 times while looking into a mirror a butterfly gets his wings. This is probably my least favorite of all the movies, but it’s there, we can’t deny it so we move fourth. In order for the “rules” to even be applicable because like all movies this one has to come to an end at some point, Jason now has a sister who was killed, but no worries Jessica, Jason’s niece is around. Yep who would have thought?  Jessica at the end ultimately ends up killing Jason with the dagger, Jason is dragged to Hell.    And all that remains is his mask.  Which gets pulled down into Hell by whom? Freddy Krueger.  (Played by Kane Hodder).

Finally we have Jason X, which obviously by the way the 9th movie ended is defiantly “Jason in Space.”  ….. It was late 90’s every movie went to space in that era, including the Leprechaun.  Again Jason is fine, Hell isn’t that bad when you’re the most bad ass mother ever. Jason no longer possesses people which is fine but he does regenerate. This is discussed by Dr’s, oh yea maybe I should let you know hey Jason has become a lab rat. With little to no explanation how they capture Jason, a research team has determined, That Jason is indestructible. Well no kidding.  Jason and this girl end up becoming cryogenically frozen, after wait for it… Jason goes all Friday the 13th on everyone in this military lab and kills a whole bunch of people.   Jason and Rowan (the frozen girl) end up falling into a cryogenic tube (similar to Fry, for the Futurama fans out there.) get frozen and are not found again until the year 2455. A class trip is going to the baron waste land known as earth in search of ancient humans.  So the class finds Jason and Rowan then decide lets go ahead and take these two home. They do their research and find out who Rowan and her male companion are and of course decide, why not, lets defrost them.  This decision quickly becomes one you might call regretful. These future science people have amazing technology which is used to fully revive Rowan (Jason as you probably would guess doesn’t need that nonsense.) Once he warms up enough and remembers who he is, Jason kills a bunch of them with relative ease. A cyborg female receives an artillery upgrade and she goes ahead and all but eliminates Jason. Jason is seemingly dead with part of his head blown off along with a variety of other parts. Remember that cool technology I was telling you about?  Yeah, guess where Jason landed.  Now Jason gets a huge upgrade and the indestructible force that is Jason becomes more indestructible.  Ultimately they are unable to kill Jason but Brodski (a main character) sacrifices himself to drive Jason back to Earth without space ships,  in hopes of Jason burning up upon re-entry. I’ll give you three guesses which body of water Jason lands in.

Jason X had in my opinion the 2nd worse looking Jason. The mask seemed like it was too small and Jason regenerating skin and flesh just isn’t my cup of tea.  Uber Jason was pretty bad ass not gonna lie. They had found a way to literally turn Jason into a tank, and he was pretty menacing. The metal skull mask by far surpassed the potentially child sized mask he had prior in the movie.

So that is Friday the 13th the series.  We still have a couple of more days until the most ceremonious of Fridays. Come on back tomorrow and see what else I can ramble on about.

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Five Days of Friday the 13th Part Two: The Rationale of a Madman

His Name was Jason, the Official Great Stories Friday the 13th Blog.

The Rationale of a Madman

By Tom Vanner

Why, hello my pretties. We had last left off in June 1979 the reopening of “Camp Crystal Lake.” In Today’s tale we go through the first 5 movies and how I have over the course of my life developed a rational that this could actually happen. It’s not likely and maybe has only 1% chance of actually working but I like those odds. Time to put on your pay the eff attention hats and let’s go.

Camp Crystal Lake has been green lighted to reopen after 22 years. The new counselors begin working on getting ready to reopen. One night counselor’s start getting picked off one by one and are just slaughtered. Thankfully for Alice, the only survivor, a sweet older women named Pamela happens to stop by camp and offer some comfort and consul. The women reveals a tale of when she was younger working as a cook, her son had drowned in the lake and his body was never recovered, and tonight was his birthday. Pamela then went mental and tried to kill Alice. However Alice was the Main character, so not only did she live but, she beheaded Mrs. Voorhees. Pamela had died in the same place her son had.

Fun facts the Late Betsy Palmer had Played Pamela Voorhees in the original “Friday the 13th”. She was asked after making the film on her thoughts of the movie. She would go on to say “I think its shit”.  She had little to no expectations for the movie and never in her wildest dreams would have imagined the success it had.  She had first read the script and though it was terrible, however she needed a new car and they were going to pay her $10,000, so she took the job.  Jason was never written as being disabled he was suppose to be a regular boy, last second however they decided to try to add more sympathy to Jason by making him disabled. Jason was also originally named Josh, Jason was another writing change.

“Friday the 13th” became such a hit, they did a 2nd movie an official Part II. You may be wondering, “But hey how are they going to do that? Pamela has no head and Jason died at 11 back in 1957, you just wrote that, a few times actually.”

You got me, my friend. Jason did drown at the age of 11, or did he?  His body was never found, (I also said this couple of times tighten those straps on your pay the eff attention hats).  So here is how it could work.  Jason went into the water; thrashing around people began to notice. People did witness Jason struggling in the water. In the commotion the few people who noticed took their eyes off him and he was gone. Who’s to say he somehow didn’t save himself and get out of the water on his own?  Scared and embarrassed and having literally zero trust in anyone he hid out in the woods, scavenging for food and ended up building his own shelter.  He never reunited with his mother but would take notice whenever she was in the area. June 13th 1979 on his 33rd birthday, he witnesses Alice decapitate his beloved mother. He would be timid no more. Now Jason is out and about taking revenge not for himself but for his mother. He picks up where she left off killing anyone who dares to enter “Camp Crystal Lake”. In this movie Jason has his first mask, the potato sack. He does end up getting revenge on Alice for killing his mother with an ice pick through the head.   A new group of counselors are in the area for a training

including one Ginny who is actually a psychologist. Ginny and this guy Paul end up being the only two survivors. Ginny using her psychologist skills at the end of the movie puts on Pamela’s sweater on and tries to act like Jason’s mother. She ends up putting a machete into his left shoulder as the “death blow”. Which doesn’t even hold up in the movie, he later jumps through a window pulling Ginny outside. She most likely dies. I know what you’re going to say,

“DUDE, he was macheted with a machete!!!”

Dude, a shoulder wound is not a death sentence. Sure you could bleed out eventually and the impending infection will most likely take a toll but come on really? No one has died from a shoulder shot.

Part 3 came to us thankfully, it was 1982 Jason has a large cut that he must attend to, and he does so.

What’s special about Part 3 for just about every Jason fan is the introduction of the Hockey Mask. After getting some new threads (from a hillbillies clothes line) Jason goes ahead now displaced from his camp is trying to gain his bearings and basically go home. However there are People that need his attention and expertise on the way. After his first kill of Part 3 Jason finds his new mask, a Detroit Red Wings goalie mask.

So again group of early 20’s late teens are planning on drinking somewhere In the area of Crystal Lake. Jason kills a whole bunch of them using a variety of methods and at one point is hung from the top of the barn.

You: “Dude there is no way u can rationalize surviving a hanging. Come on Tom you did pretty good with last 2 movies, but come on”.

Me: Of course I can, this is my blog. So when you hang somebody (not that I have.) they die from one of 2 ways to die from hanging. 1. Asphyxiation or suffocation. 2. Internal decapitation or a snap neck.  So to achieve a snapped neck you would have to have a heavy enough snap in the rope. See where those two go hand in hand, I knew you were following.  So go back and watch the movie, I’ll Waite for you. Done? Excellent, did you see it, that rope couldn’t have snapped any softer if you were trying to hang a Care bear. So that would leave asphyxiation. That takes time, much more time than it took for Jason to recollect himself and demonstrate the upper body strength needed to free himself.

“Ok Tom you explained that pretty well, still unlikely but ok. So what about the FREAKING AXE, TO THE HEAD!! How can you explain that one?”

Well hold on hold on I’m getting to the axe in the head. By the way I know that these scenarios are unlikely, that’s why it has only happened in a movie. Moving on so a few minutes later, yes Jason receives his first true death blow, done. Jason is dead can’t be explained. He’s dead it’s over Series has seen its completion.  Or has it? Wipe that smile off your face and follow me for a second.  Jason has a sever disfigurement, but wait a second where is that again?….. Oh right in his head. What happens to organs in the area of deformities? In a lot of cases is they grow in a space that is most normal for them. Let’s take a peek at Jason’s head here. The left side where the axe penetrates is shorter than the right and the right side has a bulging effect to it. Mmmmmm I wonder why it’s bulging…. Oh right his brain needed a place to develop. In other words in the very unlikely of unlikely events, which is still possible by the smallest of percents the axe does not penetrate the brain and BAM! Jason gets away with another one. All thanks to that huge birth defect. I mean honestly if the girl swinging the axe was a lefty, game over.

So that brings us to the start of the Tommy Jarvis series. Part 4 The Final Chapter. After regaining consciousness and Jason laughing to himself with how bad people are at killing him. Jason goes home. But on one side of  his lake of course we have vacationers. Jason having a splitting head ache at this point (pun intended) isn’t in the mood for anyone’s crap so he’s going to end the vacation early. After eliminating the majority of the people in the area. Jason is left with 3 survivors.

Corey Feldman, I mean Tommy Jarvis is approx 10-12 years old at the end of the movie he poses himself as Jason when, he was a boy, and is able to distract Jason long enough to be able to bury a machete into Jason’s head, more than half way through. Game over, see ya later folks no way in hell we can come back with another one. It was a true death shot delivered. Jason Voorhees has officially been killed.

Naturally Part 5 comes into play. Started off with a Tommy Jarvis in his 20’s living in a group home, not far from….. You guessed it Crystal Lake. So there was one guy we can just call him oh I don’t know D-bag Vic and he’s chopping wood. There was Joey Burns who wasn’t all right in the head.  Kind of an adorable klutz that you try not to get mad at. Any way Joey asked D-bag Vic if he could help him with chopping wood. Since D-bag Vic has a bit of an anger problem and is well… a D-bag, he gets all pissy. After being a D-bag to Joey, Joey still offers him a chocolate bar. (Seriously after D-bag Vic treats him like a D-bag? I know right?) So Vic does the D-bag thing and chops it in half. Joey Tells D-bag how much he sucks and then D-Bag axes Joey in the back.  Of course we have a murder, a single murder, and people alive to call 911. So they do that. Paramedics arrive on scene and Roy Burns discovers this poor murder kid is actually his son who he hadn’t seen since birth. Roy decides to exact his revenge on the entire group home the most perfect way he can think of, impersonating a serial killer that is already dead and buried, Jason Voorhees. In this movie you’ll notice a distinct difference in the Mask; it actually has blue dashes over the cheeks  instead of the red and no dash over the forehead.  So he goes on killing the people at this group and at the end, Tommy Jarvis Kills “Jason” again this time by impalement.  It’s Roy not Jason, easy kill, Tommy Jarvis loses a little bit of credit and now the series is over.

Come back tomorrow where we talk about the rest of the series.

Reader, “Wait didn’t you just say it was over?”

R.I.P Richard Brooker, November 20, 1954- April 8, 2013 Jason Voorhees- Friday the 13TH Part III

R.I.P Betsy Palmer, November 1, 1926-May29, 2015   Pamela Voorhees- Friday the 13th

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The Crank File: What I’m Reading This Week – October 11, 2017

Greetings comic book fans and welcome to another episode of the Crank File. Every Wednesday is new comic book day and on Tuesdays I like to spotlight some of the stuff I’ll be checking out.

Here’s what I’m reading this week:

The Top of the Pile: Dark Nights Metal #3

Publisher: DC
Words: Scott Snyder
Art: Greg Capullo

What it is: Superman is pulled into the mystery of the Dark Multiverse while the Justice League follows the trail to a weapon that could keep the forces of the Dark Multiverse at bay!

Why we love it: I had thought that Snyder had lost some of his bat-mojo after a lackluster ending to his New 52 run and a pedestrian All-Star Batman series. Guess he was just channeling it all into Metal because this series has been balls-to-the-wall awesome. Even the tie-ins have been fun reads. Damn event books, I wish I knew how to quit you.

The Mainstream One: Weapon X #9

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Greg Pak
Art: Marc Borstel

What it is: ‘THE SEARCH FOR WEAPON H’ CONTINUES! Old Man Logan and the gang are still one step behind Weapon X in finding this new Hulk/Wolverine-like creature. The only person who can point them in the right direction? Reverend Stryker! Rated T+

Why we like it: Looks like Weapon H is officially here to stay. During a panel at New York Comic Con, Marvel editor Nick Lowe seemed to confirm that the company’s latest mashup sensation is getting his own solo series in the near future. Until then, fans of the Hulk/Wolvie hybrid will have to check out Weapon X to get their Weapon H fix.

The Indie One: Mech Cadet Yu #3

Publisher: Boom!
Words: Greg Pak
Art: Takeshi Miyazawa

What it is: The cadets are undergoing their most intense training yet, when Park’s mech starts to malfunction with dangerous consequences.

Why we like it: Part Gundam, part Iron Giant, Mech Cadet Yu takes the bombast of the mecha genre and gives it a heart. Yes, Mech Cadet Yu is about giant, fighting robots but it’s mostly about the people piloting them and writer Greg Pak has created some great characters to root for. Miyazawa’s artwork is fantastic as well, a beautiful East meets West style that shows its manga roots while feeling fresh and modern.

 

The #1 One: Ragman #1

Publisher: DC
Words: Ray Fawkes
Art: Inaki Miranda

What it is: After a failed mission to raid a tomb in the Israeli Desert, war veteran Rory Harper is plagued by the death of his partners. As Rory battles his guilt back in Gotham City, he discovers that what was in that tomb has followed him home, and it’s about to change his life. But as Rory begins his journey, an evil is invading Gotham City, and it wants what he’s discovered. A hero is born in this visionary reimagining of the Ragman mythos by writer Ray Fawkes and artist Inaki Miranda! RATED T

Why we like it: Ragman was the creation of Joe Kubert and Robert Kanhigher in the late 70’s. The character never gained too much popularity despite having a cool moniker and costume design. Part of it was due to a convoluted origin story and bizarre powers which were constantly being reimagined. Still, the concept of a Ragman is undeniably interesting and I’m hoping that DC can finally utilize him successfully as a super-natural, mystic warrior in the vein of Moon Knight.

The One I’m Buying for the Cover: X-Men Blue #13

Publisher: Marvel
Words: Cullen Bunn
Art: Jorge Molina
Cover Art: Art Adams

What it is: MOJO WORLDWIDE Part 2 The X-Men may have bitten off more than they can chew when the Mojoverse continues its bizarre invasion of MANHATTAN! JEAN GREY and her team fight side by side with KITTY PRYDE and her team but can MOJO be defeated when he’s got the X-Men’s greatest hits weaponized against them? Or will an unlikely alley come to the rescue? PLUS: Includes 3 bonus MARVEL PRIMER PAGES! Story by Robbie Thompson and art by Mark Bagley! Rated T+

Why we like it: This Art Adams cover featuring the Dark Phoenix is a must buy for me.

 

That’s all I got this week. Until next time, carpe comics!

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Interview with Nicole Majik (Angels & Demons Preview)

Presenting an interview with Nicole Majik, our featured guest for the upcoming Angels & Demons: Experiences in the Paranormal event taking place this Friday, October 13th at 7 PM at Solomon’s Temple Lodge in Uxbridge, MA.

How old were you when you realized you had an ability to make contact with the spirit world and can you tell us about this first experience?

It was June, 1980. I was 5 years old. I knew that my grandfather passed away during the nighttime. When my sister mentioned it to me I nonchalantly said, “I know” and kept about my business. She said that I couldn’t know because I was sleeping. I said that my aunt’s dog came to me in my sleep and showed me that he was dead now. (My aunt was the one who received the news first and I was very close to her throughout my life. Her dog I considered my own dog and we used to telepathically communicate all the time) I saw my grandfather and he had pulled a quarter from behind each of my ears like he always did to me and smiled and went away. My sister accused me of lying and told on me like I was insincere. I didn’t care because I just knew and she didn’t understand.

Have you ever been intimidated or fearful of situations involving this extra-sensory ability?

Yes and no. It sometimes is a double-edged sword. There is much responsibility that comes with it many times and with that a type of empowerment that you have the gift, so use it. I have seen many things that have been “scary” or “intimidating”, but at the same time, the gift allows you to utilize it to overcome that sense of fear and walk with power in those situations. Sometimes you just have to be strong and trust in it.

How has this experience influenced your life and your approach to relationships and life in general?

The experience with seeing spirits and auras and being able to communicate with people, past and present on a very different plane has shaped me into the person I am today. It has allowed me to see things from very different points of view at the same time; it’s shown me how and when to speak or bite my tongue; it has shown me the truth behind people’s words and to just take in what they say even when I know they are lying to me. So relationships over my lifetime have been quite interesting. People aren’t always what they try to project themselves to be, and there is something very frustrating and sad about that to me when I witness the human conflict unfolding right in front of me. On another note, that has also allowed me to develop a special sense of compassion and understanding for this human condition and has grown into a sense of non-judgment for people in general. I guess it has allowed me to mature in certain areas that seem much more abstract and untouchable in the psyche and heart.

Do you feel that you would be a different person if not for this experience?

Very simplified, we become a product of all of our beliefs and experiences, and since seeing spirits and other things in the metaphysical realm has been a large part of my life, I probably would have become someone different than I am today. What that person would be like, I have no idea. There are infinite possibilities and I am living one of them now.

What can people expect from your Angels and Demons event?

People can expect a laid back, down to Earth discussion of my own personal experiences in the paranormal. Some of these stories have been mentioned briefly and not in the full detail that will be told on Friday the 13th. Some of these stories have only been told to only a few people very close to me. I will give the first public fully detailed version about my own Near Death Experience and riding upon angel wings and how that experience sparked the fire to drastically change my life forever with a force that seemed almost uncontrollable. The stories that I have chosen are close to my heart and have deep meaning for how such paranormal experiences can change a person and shape them into who they become. I hope that I can take the audience into another world and through my words have them gain some insight and imagine themselves experiencing to some degree what I have.

What are your interests and passions? What are your professional goals and pursuits, with Majik LLC?

My interests and passions are simple: helping people to embrace who they truly are, and empowering them to awaken their true potential. I do this work through various avenues and in everything I do, from my “day job” to Majik, LLC and all of my personal endeavors.

And where can we find out more about what you do, and what may be coming up?

All of my services, workshops, events, and more can be found on my website: www.MajikLLC.com
Follow me on Facebook and Twitter: @MajikLLC
Instagram: Nicole_Majik

Tickets are available now for this very special and fun event.  You can buy them in advance for $15 at Great Stories Comics & Gaming in Uxbridge, or click the EventBrite link here to buy online!