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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!

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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.