Archive for Friday the 13th Franchise

Stalk ‘n’ SlashCinema :: If Jason Still Haunts You … You’re Not Alone (March, 1985)

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Wow. Didn’t realize (or, more than likely, had completely forgotten) that the Friday the 13th franchise was already up to Part V before Freddy Kreuger finally showed up in A Nightmare on Elm Street … Often vilified by franchise fans the Vth and Jason-less entry in the Friday the 13th canon has been gaining some traction in a lot of circles, lately, and is being remembered with more fondness as opposed to ‘Well, that sucked.’ Originally intended to star Corey Feldman, who couldn’t since he was shooting The Goonies, and with every intention to let Jason remain dead and replace him with Tommy Jarvis, director Danny Steinmann was charged to deliver a whodunit with a shock or death every 7 to 8 minutes. Once completed, the film was subsequently hammered by the MPAA, who really started to crack down on these Stalk ‘n’ Slashers after the much publicized outcry over the Christmas ruination of Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984). 16 separate scenes had to be watered down, and it took nine submission attempts before Paramount finally got their R-rating. A direct sequel was planned with Tommy taking up the mask but the fans ultimately rejected this notion and Jason Vorhees was destined to return in Part VI.
Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985) Georgetown Productions Inc. :: Terror Inc. :: Paramount Pictures / EP: Frank Mancuso Jr., Timothy Silver / D: Danny Steinmann / W: Martin Kitrosser, David Cohen, Danny Steinmann / C: Stephen L. Posey / E: Bruce Green / M: Harry Manfredini / S: John Shepherd, Melanie Kinnaman, Shavar Ross, Richard Young, Juliette Cummins

Stalk ‘n’ SlashCinema :: This Is the One You’ve Been Screaming For! (April, 1984)

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Final chapter? Pfft. Hah!

Friday the 13th the Final Chapter (1984) Georgetown Productions Inc. :: Paramount Pictures / P: Robert M. Barsamain, Lisa Barsamian / P: Frank Mancuso Jr., Tony Bishop / D: Joseph Zito / W: Barney Cohen, Bruce Hidemi Sakow / C: João Fernandes / E: Joel Goodman / M: Harry Manfredini / S: Kimberly Beck, Corey Feldman, Crispin Glover, Peter Barton, Erich Anderson, Judie Aronson

Stalk ‘n’ SlashCinema :: A New Dimension in Terror… (August, 1982)

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If it weren’t for the Jason-less installment in A New Beginning and the whole mountain of stupid that was Jason takes Manhattan (– not to mention that piece of @#$% Platinum Dunes put out a few years ago), Friday the 13th Part 3 3D would probably be championed as the worst of the franchise that is very dear to me. I honestly don’t know what triggered the resurgent 3-D boom in the early 1980’s, but several serial sequels serendipitously lined up to have another consonant added to their third installments. And to add insult to injury, for those of us who always preferred Mr. Potato Sack Head, even the Hockey Mask is all Shelley’s fault. Thanks a lot, jerk.

Other Points of Interest:

Full film review of Friday the 13th Part 3 at the Brewery.



Friday the 13th Part 3 3D (1982) Jason Productions :: Georgetown Productions Inc. :: Paramount Pictures / EP: Lisa Barsamian / P: Frank Mancuso Jr., Tony Bishop / AP: Peter Schindler / D: Steve Miner / W: Martin Kitrosser, Carol Watson / C: Gerald Feil / E: George Hively / M: Harry Manfredini / S: Dana Kimmell, Tracie Savage, Richard Brooker, Jeffrey Rogers, Richard Brooker, Catherine Parks, Larry Zerner

Stalk ‘n’ SlashCinema :: The Body Count Continues… (May, 1981)

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No one could have predicted the cultural lightning rod and box office phenomenon generated by Friday the 13th, which quickly earned itself a sequel to cash in. Here, Sean Cunningham turned the reins over to his trusted wingman, Steve Miner, who resurrected Jason Vorhees and set the template for the franchise that would inevitably follow. I, for one, will always champion the first as the best but other would argue that Part 2 is the better movie. And that argument is valid, but as I stated before, I’ve always liked the whodunits more than howtheydunits. And for the record, blasphemous though it may be, I totally prefer Mr. Potato Sack over the hockey mask.
Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) Georgetown Productions Inc. :: Paramount Pictures / EP: Lisa Barsamian, Tom Gruenberg / P: Steve Miner, Dennis Stuart Murphy / AP: Frank Mancuso Jr. / D: Steve Miner / W: Ron Kurz / C: Peter Stein / E: Susan E. Cunningham / M: Harry Manfredini / S: Amy Steel, John Furey, Kirsten Baker, Stuart Charno, Walt Gorney, Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King

Stalk ‘n’ SlashCinema :: A 24 Hour Nightmare of Terror! (June, 1980)

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Before June of 1980, summer camp probably brought to mind some fun in the sun, perhaps an inconvenient tumble in a patch of poison ivy, or maybe stealing your first kiss behind the canteen before gathering and singing songs around the campfire under a fat full moon. But after June 1980, thanks to filmmaker, Sean S. Cunningham, a rousing chorus of “Kum-Bah-Yah” rapidly degenerated into a brutally quick rendition of “Kum-Bah-Yeaaarrghh!” when a lethally sharp gardening implement was shoved into your spleen, leaving you to gargle the refrain … Wanting to cash in on the box-office success of Halloween, Cunningham combined elements of that film with a little Agatha Christie (Ten Little Indians), and then topped it off some good-old fashioned sideshow hucksterism and a liberal dose of Tom Savini-fueled grue. And as an end result, Friday the 13th struck a nerve at the box-office and galvanized many a critic, whose panties were soon knotted-up something fierce.

Other Points of Interest:

Poster campaign for Friday the 13th at the Archive.



Friday the 13th (1980) Georgetown Productions Inc. :: Sean S. Cunningham Films :: Paramount Pictures / EP: Alvin Geiler / P: Sean S. Cunningham / AP: Steve Miner / D: Sean S. Cunningham / W: Victor Miller / C: Barry Abrams / E: Bill Freda / M: Harry Manfredini / S: Adrienne King, Harry Crosby, Robbi Morgan, Kevin Bacon, Jeannine Taylor, Laurie Bartram, Mark Nelson, Peter Brouwer, Betsy Palmer