In the midst of our San Diego Comic-Con 2014 coverage, we brought you a photo of something NECA had in the works: A replica of Jason Voorhees’ hockey mask from the Friday the 13th video game (pictured). For those who have inquired about it, NECA has revealed this will be available in November.
I supposed another title for this article could be “It Came from Instagram!” with an eerie theremin sound effect. So, there’s this talented fella I follow on Instagram named Ed Harrington (find his site here). He’s an illustrator, Star Wars and horror lover. He’s really into archery too, apparently.
Over the last few months, he’s been posting to his “Nothing Happened Today” Instagram account a series of mock Ikea instructions inspired by the likes of Hellraiser, the Friday the 13th series, The Fly and The Human Centipede. He’s thrown Edward Scissorhand into the mix, too.
The ALS ice bucket challenge has bled into the world of horror. Today, both Tyler Mane (Halloween) and Todd Farmer (Jason X, Drive Angry) took part in the movement that’s raising awareness about ALS and collecting donations. Everywhere you turn, folks are participating and taking their ice bucket challenge videos to social media.
Over the last 24 hours I’ve been seeing folks post awesome animation cell-style images of the Scooby-Doo gang meeting contemporary horror villains like Captain Spaulding, Ghostface, Michael Myers, Patrick Bateman, Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees. I don’t know where they originated, but we should credit artist “TB Real” apparently. (If anyone has more information, please let me know and I’ll update this item.) Loving these so much.
If you were a young horror fan in the ‘80s, chances are you had a favorite among the decade’s big slasher series.
For me, my franchise of choice was Friday the 13th. Freddy had the one-liners and the FX razzle-dazzle and Michael Myers had horror’s #1 holiday staked out as his own but for me, solid, steady Jason had ‘em beat. All throughout the ‘80s, Friday the 13th was the fix that I craved the most each year.
Now, I can’t quite explain why that is but then again I also can’t say why I prefer chocolate ice cream over vanilla. I just do.
In between interviews at Comic-Con today, I made some time to work my way through the exhibitors floor to check out the NECA display. There, they have a “Super Freddy” Con exclusive action figure as well as a bevy of upcoming products that range from a glow-in-the-dark Jason Voorhees mask inspired by the Friday the 13th video game to new figures based on Ghostface, Freddy Krueger, Jason and Leatherface. Check out some pics via the gallery here.
I’m going to give it to you straight about Jason. No approach has been decided when it comes to the new Friday the 13th film. I had a chat with the producers a few weeks back. Admittedly, they’re slammed with films like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Purge: Anarchy right now, but Friday the 13th is definitely on their mind.
When I spoke to producer Brad Fuller of Platinum Dunes, he said David Bruckner (V/H/S, The Signal) is still on board. As for whether the film was going to be “found footage” or 3D, well, B-D got Fuller on the record to talk about that.
Ah, remakes. The mere mention of that word often sends horror fans running for the hills, as there’s nothing we hate quite as much as our favorite classics being messed with.
Well, there’s nothing most of us hate quite as much as that, at least.
The fact of the matter is that there are just as many good remakes as there are bad ones, the same way that there are just as many bad original horror movies as there are good original ones. It’s for this reason that it’s fairly ridiculous to write off all remakes simply because they’re based on movies from the past, as doing so excludes gems like The Fly and The Thing from the Top 10 lists that they most definitely belong high atop.