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.
Fright Rags unveiled three new t-shirts brandishing a “classic comic book” cover style employing two of our favorite movie maniacs: Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger. Inspired by “The Incredible Hulk,” “X-Men,” and “Venom” – these shirts are on sale now and are only being printed once. Which one are you after? Click on any print below for a link to the store!
I am not sure how I missed this at all, but shame on me. Yesterday, THR ran a report from CineEurope in which Paramount International’s Edward Ryan previewed the studio’s film slate for this year and beyond. In that write-up, we learned Paranormal Activity 5 was getting pushed to 2016 and that Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2 was arriving that year as well. But as far as the 2015 slate was concerned: It seems the new Friday the 13th film we’re getting November 13, 2015 will be in 3D.
On the 79th edition of The Bloodcast Ryan Turek and Clarke Wolfe are back with another In Defense Of… episode.
Clarke defends last summer’s hit The Purge and Ryan sets the record straight on Friday the 13th Part 5: A New Beginning.
But first! Corrections to last week’s episode, capsule reviews of Inner Demons, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County and Cabin Fever: Patient Zero; rebooting The Mask; and further analysis of what’s wrong with “found footage.”
Last night, Friday Night Frights at The Cinefamily here in Los Angeles hosted a triple-feature screening of Friday the 13th Part 6: Jason Lives, Friday the 13th Part 5: A New Beginning and Friday the 13th Part 4: The Final Chapter (in that order).
Director Tom McLoughlin came on out to intro the film, bringing with him the real coffin from Part 6. He presented the film “in 4D” – which meant during the opening “James Bond”-style opening sequence, Jason Voorhees himself (a fella in a really good costume) walked through the theater spooking audience members (he’d show up throughout the film, too – it wasn’t as distracting as it sounds).