Howdy Ho! Why hello there ladies and gents, yes it is true I have returned. Please hold the applause all autographs will be handled after. This time around friends we are doing something a little different. Today we review “Friday the 13th The Game”. You may notice this is titled “Part 3”. It’s pretty much an indictment on me, for this is the 3RD rewrite!!! Moving on, I have been dying to get this game since I heard of its inception. I finally got a PS4 for Christmas (thank you to all involved) and quickly spent Christmas money on the purchasing of “Friday The 13th the Game”. This Blog is going to be a little different from previous. There will be….. Structure!!!
Before we go into game play a quick history on the making s of the game. So Gun Media started a project of having an open world slasher game. “One Long Night at Summer Camp” was born. They wanted to bring in a few experts for the production of the game. They got the help from Tom Savini with design and effects, and then they enrolled the killing expertise of Kane Hodder to perform the body capture of the games killer. As production began the people making the game figured, “You know what? We have the makeup and special effects artist from Friday the 13th and we have Jason Voorhees from 4 films doing the body capture. Why don’t we see if we can get the licensing to Friday The 13th”? The idea was pitched to the licensing holders of the franchise (more on licensing later). The company basically said “Finally this has the game platform we have been waiting for.” “Friday the 13th The Game” has come to life.
The Introduction / Setup:
The introduction is really great. It’s first of all right where you would expect it to be, at the beginning of the game. It really does an excellent job setting up the Game for the 80’s horror fans that are about to embark on this adventure. The first thing that jumps out to me is the super 80’s intro. If you’ve watched enough movies from the 80’s you know what I’m talking about. From the music right down to the coloring and effects, it brought me right back to 1988.
Then you go right to the game home screen and there he is…. Jason looking as menacing as ever, the low creepy Friday the 13th music in the background with the classic “KI KI KI MA MA MA” is just something extra special. There aren’t many game play options which I thought was tad disappointing. I was really hoping for a story mode or a “Grand Theft Auto” style open world where you can just go around and kill random people, maybe have different objectives. Does this devalue the game? Not at all. It doesn’t really need any of that. You have two options of offline play, one being Offline bots. Basically you pick which Jason you want to be, options of part 2,3,4,6,7,8,9 are all available right from the start. My game came with the blood skin option, so basically you can select to have your Jason covered in blood splatter. After doing the first update, The NES skin became available for part 3 Jason which this guy was pretty stoked about. It pays homage to the original Friday the 13TH game for Nintendo. The second update performed gave me the option of part 5 Roy. Meh I could do without. Anyway you decide what Jason you’re going to play as. Then you decide the map, Crystal Lake, regular and small, Higgins Haven, regular or small, or Packanack Lodge. You select your desired location and then decide how many counselors you want to kill, set your difficulty and your off….you have 10 minutes to hunt down annihilate up to 8 counselors, including Tommy Jarvis.
The second option for offline play is Virtual cabin. This feature I find fun because you walk through a cabin, walk up to anything with an icon next to it and you get to learn facts about the Movie franchise or the making of the game as it pertains to that specific item.
For actual game play, it took me some time to get use to the controls so I can effectively use all of Jason’s abilities. There 3 different difficulty levels in offline play I would recommend getting good at controlling your Jason there before moving to online play. I found a problem with online play. I can basically play video games once maybe twice a month on average. When you play online you’re playing against people who have no other obligations in life and it makes for a tough time killing people. Once you get a hold of it the fun begins. The details in each map are incredible you’ll recognize different buildings and aspects of each map for the different movies. Walking around the different worlds as Jason obviously your objective is to kill the counselors. Jason finds his victims through sound signatures, you’ll see a blinking circle off in the distance and you go to it and kill it. Counselors can stop moving and control their breathing to eliminate sound signatures, but Jason has a answer for that by creating fear. Breaking windows, knocking out power and destroying stuff can insight fear in people and make them create a sound signature again. Jason abilities are all pretty awesome and can make you feel like you are in the movie. His ability to Morph can make him just appear in front or just behind you without warning. As a counselor pay attention to the music, the louder the music the closer Jason is. Jason also has a Sense ability basically he is now for a duration of time able to pick up on heat signatures, where at baseline he finds people through audible signatures. He also a shift ability allowing him to move at an accelerated rate without producing sound and can sneak up on people from a good distance almost undetectable. The final ability is stalk, this allows Jason to quietly stalk his prey while giving him an almost night vision effect. You will have many chances to be the counselors. They can be upgraded and have equipped with different equipment, but let’s be honest the whole reason we have the game to watch people get slaughtered or to do the annihilating ourselves as our favorite killer.
If you followed my first blog for October Friday the 13th 2017 you’ll already know my 2 Year old watches Friday the 13th part 7 with me with no fear or problems at all. He actually likes the movies and once in awhile will request we watch it. Friday the 13th the Game is too violent for my kid. Seriously young children should not watch this game be played. He never expressed fear or has blamed Jason for any freights but you can tell by the look on his face the game is too much for him. From my stand point that makes the game that much more awesome, because damn. They literally made this game the way the movies should have been. The Kills are so detailed and gruesome the game was never released in several countries due to the content. I was able to do the sleeping bag Kill which I just happened to be playing as Part 7 Jason. So if you find a counselor hiding in a tent, Jason pulls them out of tent in a sleeping bag and gives a tree two good whacks with the person. In the movie they do not show the actual kill, in the game it’s pretty brutal. My favorite kill so far, has a trophy title of “Cooking with Jason”. Jason Basically stomps the victim in a fire and keeps them there till they stop twitching. Those are just a couple of the environmental kills. To perform an environmental kill grab a victim and take a walk if your able to hold on long enough, chances you’ll the chance to do one of the following, throw someone through a window, drowning, slamming skulls into to coat hooks effectively hanging the body up, along with many other possibilities. Aside from environmental kills there are equipped kills as well, some by weapon some by hand. You can punch decapitate, quarter, twist heads off, crush skulls and even rip a heart out. The range and variety of ways you can kill and dismember people is worth the price of the game alone.
The updates have been awesome so far, new world map, new kills and hell even new Jasons. This game almost “it all”, how could there possibly be a bad thing to write about it? The Future looks bright too, Uber Jason is set to make an appearance along with the space station world map from “Jason X”. There are even rumors of a new game mode, an open world Gran Theft Auto style game play. As great as this sounds the reality is a legal dispute holding up everything that is “Friday the 13th”. Turns out the original screen writer was never employed by the production company who made the original movie and therefore the original movie should never have been made, never mind 12 movies, a comic, 2 video games and anything else that represents the “Friday the 13th” franchise. Unfortunately Gun media is forced to wait until after the proceedings before they can find out if they can even update the game anymore. The case is also holding over a deeply anticipated movie that was actually set and scheduled to film 2 years ago. The Future at this point in time looks bleak for “Friday the 13th”, however things weren’t that bright when Jason fell into Crystal Lake, so who knows. Until next time Kids, take care and happy killings.
This particular blog took me awhile to write, like a long time. Since the start to today a quick edit on “Jason is not to blame for any of my child’s fears”. Yeah we had to take down the picture of a teddy bear wearing a Jason mask picture from his bedroom. Whoopsy.
Our resident Friday the 13th super-fan and aficionado, Tom “Tominek” Vanner is back with a look at the mythology of the Mask. Maybe he’ll clue you in on a few things you didn’t already know about the iconic horror villain?
Hello my friends, good seeing you have all come back to play along again. If you are reading this on a Friday that must mean one thing… It’s Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday!!! That’s right folks one of our founding fathers and the author of the Declaration of Independence was born today, April 13. Happy Birthday Tom!!! This one’s for you (holding up a “coffee” yes coffee.)
Anyway we all know the real reason why we have gathered today, to honor my friend and yours, Jason Voorhees. As some of you know, quick count around the room, ok so like 2 maybe 3 of you might know, whatever. I did 5 days of babbling on about Friday the 13th last October. Well as it turns out I didn’t pay attention to a small detail, a tiny, tiny detail. You know nothing major just forgot to highlight JASON’S FREAKING MASK!!!
I know, I know you’re asking yourself “Tom how the hell did you forget about the mask?” First I didn’t forget about the mask I had talked about its progression through the movies.
You, “Dude really, you claim to be a Friday the 13th expert and you forget his mask, what a fraud.”
Ok honestly, hurtful. Secondly I NEVER CLAIMED TO BE AN EXPERT!!! (editor’s note: Great Stories claimed that Tom was an expert. Our bad! J/K. What can we say? Tom is humble.) So any way today we learn about the origins of Jason’s Iconic Hockey Mask.
Jason, as we all know made his first real on screen appearance in Part 2. He was never suppose to be an actual physical character, he was an idea, or really a motive. At the end of “Friday the 13th” Jason was finally given a face for the sole purpose of a jump scare. With the success of the original film, it was only natural to make a part 2. However they knew they couldn’t have Pamela as the antagonist, since she ain’t got no head Lieutenant Dan. The producers, screen writers or whomever’s job it was began an unofficial back story to Jason where he actually survived his drowning and grew up as a feral kid, so to speak. Keeping with primitive living they decided a potato sack with a single strand of rope and an eye hole was the best way to go with a mask.
Fun story about the Potato sack though, As “Friday the 13th” was in production so was “The Elephant Man”, a drama in which the title character wore a potato sack to hide his face. A couple months after the premier of “ The Elephant Man”, “Friday the 13th Part 2” came out and had kind of a parody feel to it, which was not the intent of the film, obviously.
Part 3 enters conception at some point and the movie begins filming. The Crew knows the Potato sack isn’t working and they need a new direction. They were throwing around ideas and Martin Jay Sadoff happened to have a hockey mask with him, because a bunch of the crew had been on a hockey team together and would often play after filming each day. Martin had jokingly suggested using his hockey mask and then we don’t have to worry about makeup. They makeup tested it and the director or producer thought it was pretty scary.
Martin’s Mask was a Leather mask, and didn’t really fit Richard J Brooker’s head. They casted the Mask in a clear plastic and the mask designer for the film actually painted it from the inside out to prevent paint chipping. There was a second cast done for the scene where Jason gets axed in the head.
Fast Forward to the debut of “Friday the 13TH Part 3”, and all their efforts paid off. The 3rd installment was a huge success. The movie was released August 13th1982, I’ll let you guess what day of the week that was. It wasn’t unit October 31 that year they had really seen the impact of the movie though. They saw kids all over buying up hockey mask to wear as their Jason costumes. At that point they knew if they were to continue the series the hockey mask had to stay, and the icon that is Jason Voorhees had finally been born.
What I find really fascinating about the whole thing is the consistency. Every Movie with exception of Part 5, (Roy you suck.) the makeup and design teams attempted to retain the original integrity of the Mask but did what was needed to carry the story. They kept consistent damage marks throughout each film while at the same time weathering and altering the mask to the current needs of the current film.
The icon that is Jason’s signature hockey mask is so profound that there are many, many people and companies that make replicas of each movies featuring mask. The one mask that gives people the most trouble is the original Part 3. The problem people have is the coloring. In most screen shots the mask appears white however, in some shots it has a yellowish aging to it. People have tried all kinds of paint combinations to mimic the effect and have been unsuccessful. The dirty little secret behind the Part 3 mask is the first layer of paint is actually a varnish. At different angles and lighting that is what gives the effect of “color change”.
In the Horror world there are many, masks and faces that stick out to viewers, Freddy’s burnt up mug, IT’s clown makeup (because well he’s a friggin clown), Pinhead’s ugly grill are all easily recognized. The Hockey mask of Jason Voorhees though, is truly a stand out look that in itself can insight a fear in someone by just being there. I can happily report that I have personally seen this happen through the eye hole in which Jason peers from.
I thank you again for spending some time reading what nonsense I have put together for you. Until next time, take care of yourself, watch something bloody, and remember it is never too early to work on your Halloween costume.
The information gathered about the origin of the mask was cited from the actual crew of “Friday the 13rth part “3 in a documentary, “Legacy of the Mask” which can be found on Youtube.
Paddington 2 (Warner Bros) – Adventure/Family
Rated PG for some action and mild rude humor
Tag Line: A new chapter begins.
Starring: Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant, Hugh Bonneville
Plot: Paddington, now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen.
Running Time: 103 minutes
The Commuter (Lionsgate) – Action/Crime/Drama
Rated PG-13 for some intense action/violence, and language
Tag Line: Lives are on the line.
Starring: Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson
Plot: A businessman is caught up in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute home.
Running Time: 114 minutes
Proud Mary (Screen Gems) – Action/Thriller
Rated R for violence
Tag Line: Killing for the man everyday.
Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Billy Brown
Plot: Mary (Taraji P. Henson) is a hitwoman working for an organized crime family in Boston. Mary’s life is completely turned around when she meets a young boy whose path she crosses when a professional hit goes awry.
Running Time: 89 minutes
Acts of Violence (Lionsgate) – Action/Drama
Rated R for violence, language throughout, sexuality/nudity and drug material
Tag Line: None
Starring: Bruce Willis, Cole Hauser, Sophia Bush
Plot: When his fiancee is kidnapped by human traffickers, Roman (Ashton Holmes) and his ex-military brothers set out to track her down and save her before it is too late. Along the way, Roman teams up with Avery (Bruce Willis), a cop investigating human trafficking and fighting the corrupted bureaucracy that has harmful intentions.
Running Time: 86 minutes
Insidious: The Last Key (Universal Pictures) – Horror/Mystery/Thriller
Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic content, violence and terror, and brief strong language
Tag Line: Fear Comes Home.
Starring: Line Shaye, Leigh Wannell
Plot: Parapsychologist Dr. Elise Rainier faces her most fearsome and personal haunting yet – in her own family home.
Running Time: 103 minutes
Molly’s Game (STX Entertainment) – Biography/Drama
Rated R for language, drug content and some violence
Tag Line: None
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner
Plot: The true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI target.
Running Time: 140 minutes
Devil’s Gate (IFC Midnight) – Horror/Sci-Fi/Thriller
Tag Line: Pray they are never found.
Starring: Milo Ventimiglia, Bridget Regan
Plot: Set in the small town of Devil’s Gate, North Dakota, the film examines the disappearance of a local woman (Regan) and her young son. Schull plays an FBI agent who helps the local sheriff (Frakes) search for answers. Partnering with a deputy (Ashmore), they track down the missing woman’s husband (Ventimiglia) and find that nothing is as it seems.
Running Time: 94 minutes
The Strange Ones (Vertical Entertainment) – Drama/Thriller
Rated R for some disturbing violent images, and brief sexual material
Tag Line: None
Starring: Alex Pettyfer, James Freedson-Jackson, Emily Althaus
Plot: Mysterious events surround two travelers as they make their way across a remote American landscape. On the surface all seems normal, but what appears to be a simple vacation soon gives way to a dark and complex web of secrets.
Running Time: 81 minutes
Stratton (Momentum Pictures) – Action/Thriller
Rated R for strong violence, and language
Tag Line: The enemy has a weapon. So do we.
Starring: Dominick Cooper, Austin Stowell
Plot: A British Special Boat Service commando tracks down an international terrorist cell.
Running Time: 95 minutes
Comic Shop Talk is a video blog dedicated to Comics, and pop culture talk including movies, television, books, and more. Ken Lee is the author of our long-running comic blog The Crank File, Rob Goyer is our Cards and Counters game blog author, Tylor Hamel appears in many in-store livestreams and works at Great Stories Comics & Gaming, Wayne Demers is author of our very own The Dope Sheet movie blog, and Chris Mills is the owner of Great Stories.
Greetings everyone, and welcome to another installment of Comic Shop Talk.
Our first video (Starring Ken, Rob, Wayne, and Chris) covers all things comics starting with DC, before getting into Marvel, and ending with a couple of Indie suggestions. Check out the timestamps below.
0:00-13:05: DC talk including Doomsday Clock, Dark Knights Metal, Batman: White Knight, Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
13:06-34:48: Marvel talk including many Legacy titles including Jean Grey, Doctor Strange, Punisher, Moon Knight, Astonishing X-Men, Spirits of Vengeance, and Monsters Unleashed. We also give some commentary on Marvel’s lenticular covers.
34:49-41:15: Star Wars in Comics including talk about the Mace Windu limited series and the Darth Vader.
41:16-42:52: A couple of quick Indie selections including Spawn and G. I. Joe for the prospectors.
Our second video covers our Pop Culture Talk, as Tylor joins the discussion!
0:00-14:00: We talk about The Punisher on Netflix.
14:01-16:24: The immediate future of Marvel/Netflix cooperation and releases.
16:25-24:50: We then delve into Thor:Ragnarok.
24:51-36:00: We talk the Justice League movie.
36:01-43:30: We talk a bit about the approach of DC and Marvel to their cinematic universes.
43:31-47:35: We talk Marvel’s Inhumans (Disaster…Marvel is human!).
47:36-49:50: A little talk about Agents of SHIELD.
49:51-51:20: We preview a bit of Hulu’s Runaways series.
51:21-1:01:47: We discuss some 2018 projects that are anticipated for both TV and film.
Write in to us with any suggestions you have for comic and pop culture topics for our next video! You can reach us at [email protected]! Thanks for watching!
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!
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.
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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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