FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE COMPLETE...
What's it about
For the first time ever on blu-ray, Jason Voorhees is slashing his way into your home. If it's got Jason in it, it's here, from part one to the remake, including the New Line films and Jason's encounter with Freddy!
Is it good movie?
I've always, always fancied myself as a Friday the 13th guy. Growing
up, it was the Friday VHS covers that terrified me. I know it's a bit
subjective and perhaps selective memory, but I fondly remember being
terrified by TV spots for parts 4 and 5 as a kid. Seeing that goon with
the hockey mask coming after some poor teenager was enough to send me
So it was no surprise that when I finally summoned up the courage
around the age of 10 or 11, it was the Friday series I turned to first
to dip my toe in horror lake. So, suffice it to say, I have a lot of
history with this franchise. I'm going to give this review with my own
sheer personal bias- I know that some movies have more love and hate
with the fans than others, but I'm just going to give my straight up
opinion. Everyone and their mother have their own thoughts on this
franchise, so I likely won't change your mind. With all that said,
here's my (kinda) brief perspective on this long, storied franchise.
Friday the 13th
Director: Sean S. Cunningham
Cast: Adrienne King, Betsy
Palmer, Kevin Bacon, Jeannine Taylor
Plot: Camp counselors are
stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a
summer camp that was the site of a child's drowning.
Review: The granddaddy of 'em
all has quite frankly not aged well. It plays almost like a goofy sort
of cartoon at this point, but remember- this is a pioneer or sorts!
This baby was responsible for scaring the ever-loving crap out of a
whole generation of young people. The idea of fun-loving, red-blooded
teenagers getting hacked up for no reason? How awful.
This is a crude and harsh looking movie that in a lot of ways set the
rules for so many copycat slashers to come after it. Scary music
(Manfredini for the win!), scary sounds, the "killer in the bushes" POV
shots, it's all here. You've even got a young and hungry Tommy Savini
providing some awesome effects. Betsy Palmer and Adrienne King are also
quite good in their roles, without a doubt (though Palmer is clearly
the more seasoned actress). Throw in a badass ending and you've got the
start of one of horror's most beloved franchises.
Note: This is the only uncut Friday film in this set.
Friday the 13th
Director: Steve Miner
Cast: Amy Steel, John Furey,
Adrienne King, Kirsten Baker, Stuart Charno
Plot: Mrs. Voorhees is dead,
and Camp Crystal Lake is shut down, but an unknown assailant stalks a
camp next to the infamous place. Is it Mrs. Voorhees' son Jason who
didn't drown in the lake some 30 years before?
Review: A lot of people call
part 2 one of their favorites, but I've never really been huge into the
first two entries of the series. I think it's simply a matter of a
generation gap- by the time I was ready to watch horror, I was able to
get into slicker, more modern versions of the Friday movies. Especially
in the case of Jason's flicks where they tend to be really formulaic,
it made the earlier ones tough to watch once I started going backwards.
This entry is actually one of the ones I'm least familiar with (by that
it means that I have only seen it two or three times instead of 10-15
like many others). The movie sucks, it does. But, it sucks so good. You
can tell almost right away that this is a cash-grab because they
actually got Adrienne King to show up and get killed off, which is a
great little cameo and a fun way to start things off. After that, this
movie is basically a remake, following the same pattern that almost
every movie afterwards would follow. There are cookie cutter
characters, boobs, drugs, sex and blood.
Being a bit more objective, as a Friday fan, this isn’t a very
memorable movie for me. Sure, it introduces Jason and features the
decapitated head of Mrs. Voorhees, but it just isn’t really gripping.
The kills are decent enough for the time and the effects aren’t awful
but still, this isn’t a thrilling entry. You may feel differently, but
I’m just not a huge fan of the first two films, although I can
appreciate what they add to the franchise.
Friday the 13th
Part III – 3-D
Director: Steve Miner
Cast: Richard Brooker, Gloria
Charles, Steve "Dash" Daskawisz, Anne Gaybis, Rachel Howard
Plot: Having escaped, Jason Voorhees is back, hockey mask and all, to
continue his murderous rampage across Camp Crystal Lake.
Review: This one cashed in on
the old anaglyph 3D fad back in the day (who would ever think that 3D
would be popular at the movies, sheesh?) to bring us Jason in
eyeball-popping glory. I've always had a bit of a soft spot for this
one, although it's worth noting that this set totally cheeses out on
giving us a 3D transfer, instead opting for the "traditional" method.
You won't be able to forget that this was a 3D movie, either..because
this one is practically pure comedy with all the stuff they throw at
the screen. Hell, that's part of its charm! The characters don't stand
out though, besides the great Larry Zerner's performance as Shelley
(the tubby schlub who winds up giving Jason his mask!).
This is a purely fun, purely ridiculous flick complete with a disco
theme! If you're into a dated, pre-zombie Jason and can find a
substance or two to enhance the lame 3D viewing, you're at least in for
Part IV: The Final
Director: Joe Zito
Cast: Erich Anderson, Judie
Aronson, Kimberly Beck, Peter Barton, Corey Feldman
Plot: After being mortally
wounded and taken to the morgue, murderer Jason Voorhees spontaneously
revives and embarks on a killing spree as he makes his way back to his
home at Camp Crystal Lake.
Review: Although it's never
been my personal favorite, I can see why many fans consider this one to
be a high point in the Friday series. Now, it's not like this one
breaks the mold or anything- Jason comes back to life all of a sudden
(which really makes no sense), and heads back to Crystal Lake to murder
people while the Jarvis family (who live nearby, of course) get caught
up in the crossfire.
Thing is though, this one gets a lot right. It's paced well, loaded
with darkness and tension, and even the teenagers are likeable and
downright hilarious (obligatory reference to Crispin Glover's dance
goes here), and there's a ton of nudity and otherwise enjoyable female
content. On top of that, the awesome Tom Savini shows up for effects
duty and absolutely doesn't let anyone down- he's got some very nasty
tricks up his sleeve here.
It helps too that Corey Feldman (though young) manages to steal the
show as the odd aspiring effects artist. He makes some memorable facial
expressions and just fits. He goes way off the deep end during the
finale too, which is so memorable both for Jason's death and Tommy's
transformation. This is simply a great slasher.
Part V: A New
Director: Danny Steinmann
Cast: John Shepherd, Anthony
Barrile, Todd Bryant
Plot: Still haunted by his
gruesome past, Tommy Jarvis - the boy who killed Jason Voorhees -
wonders if somehow he is connected to brutal slayings occurring in and
around the secluded halfway house where he now lives.
Review: Arguably one of the
very worst entries so far, it's too bad that it follows such a
fan-favorite. In case you don't remember or didn't already know, this
one features (SPOILER!) an impostor Jason. That's right, this is one of
those "who is under the mask" sort of gimmicks, as the bizarre Tommy
Jarvis (played strangely by John Shepherd- the guy barely emotes) makes
friends with annoying young Reggie (Shevar Ross) to try and piece it
together after tragedy falls on the halfway home.
There are some memorable characters (Anita and Demon come to mind,
especially when Demon's singing on the crapper, the stupid hillbillies,
and twisted punk rocker Violet too), and some decent kills (and there
are lots and lots of them, many of them totally unnecessary), but this
is a totally forgettable entry. If you're looking for straight-up
sleaze, nudity and killing, you'll find it here but part V is missing
the J-Man and really sort of craps on the cool stuff part IV builds up
to. No wonder part 6 ignores its existence.
Part VI: Jason
Director: Tom McLoughlin
Cast: C.J. Graham, Thom
Matthews, Ron Palillo, Renee Jones, Jennifer Cooke
Plot: Tommy's all grown up now,
and he's escaped a mental institution. He's on his way to Forest Green
(the former Crystal Lake) to make sure that Jason's been dead and
buried. Naturally, Jason manages to come to life once again, and begins
a rampage on (where else?) his former campground.
Review: This is a bit of a
turning point in the series, where director Tom McLoughlin makes Jason
more of a monster (he's actually revived by an impromptu lightning
rod!) for the first time. This one is a heavy favorite for a lot of
fans, myself included. I much prefer the "undead" Jason to the "weird
bald guy in a jumpsuit" Jason as a personal preference. The brief
strings of plot make sense, as overly concerned Sheriff Garris (played
wonderfully by David Kagen..named after Mick Garris!)wants to keep the
peace by keeping the truth under wraps, while Tommy (Thom Mathews)
falls in love with his daughter AND has to stop Jason. The rest of the
movie moves along at a great pace, and keeps a light and comedic tone
that winks at the audience. Memorable moments include a hilarious
cemetery caretaker, a strange paintball scene, and of course plenty of
Jason moments. This one isn't super gory though, and I really find that
CJ Graham's Jason is a bit lacking- the guy just doesn't put much
physicality in the role, comes off a bit small too. I also think it
doesn’t' help that Jason looks like a real dork in this movie with his
silly gloves and outfit. Still though, this is an easy Friday movie to
watch that encapsulates a lot about this series that people love (it
even has some tunes from Alice Cooper!).
Part VII: The New
Director: John Carl Buechler
Cast: Kane Hodder, Lar Park
Lincoln, Kevin Spirtas, Susan Blu, Terry Kiser
Plot: After accidentally
resurrecting Jason from his watery grave while trying to bring her dead
dad back, Tina (Lar Park Lincoln) is dropped into the woods of Crystal
Lake (of course, teenagers are partying there too) with her Mom
(Susan Blu) and psychiatrist (Terry Kiser) to try to get her special
powers under control. Meanwhile, Jason + teenagers partying in the
woods = killing.
Originally conceived as Freddy vs. Jason before rights negotiations
fell through, this one comes off as Jason vs. Carrie and it just works.
John Carl Buechler takes the directing seat and uses his effects
knowledge to construct my absolute favorite look for Jason- he's
waterlogged, ragged and rotting away. It's so cool to see his bones and
flesh sticking through his wrecked outfit. I admit that his face looks
ridiculous once his mask comes off, but that's small potatoes.
Unfortunately, we get the same old "rated" cut of this one, which is a
shame because the violence is clearly snipped.
Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood still has some great kills, but
be aware that the MPAA wasn't kind to this one. I've always liked the
silly little supernatural gimmick tacked on to this entry, and I think
it feels a bit like a comic book which adds some real fun to the mix.
Series favorite Kane Hodder also makes his first appearance here as
Jason, and proves that it took seven entries to get the character
right- the guy embodies the role. You can see it in his breathing that
he's pure evil! Add the great Terry Kiser (Bernie!) to the mix, and
you're in for a fun time. As a downside, the acting from the leads is
particularly brutal (especially Kevin Spirtas), and the ending of the
flick left a lot to be desired, even for a Friday movie. Still though,
arguably one of my most watched Friday movies.
Part VII: Jason
Director: Rob Hedden
Cast: Jensen Daggett, Scott
Reeves, Mark Richman, Barbara Bingham, V.C. Dupree
Plot: A bunch of high school
kids take a cruise to New York City, and Jason tags along for the ride.
Review: I'll always have a
special place in my heart for this one, as it's the flick that took my
horror virginity from me as a young lady..er...man. However, it's tough
to deny that it's misleading, bloodless, silly and ultimately (and
unfortunately) fairly dull.
Many of these sequels seem arguably unnecessary, but this one just felt
mailed in. Helmed by F13 the Series' Rob Hedden, it should be noted
that this is "Jason on a boat" and not "Jason in New York". Even
Jason's resurrection is lazy this time around (just hitting a power
cord underwater? the guy had Jason's exact mask on his stupid boat?
come on). The plot is thin even by Friday standards (though young Jason
figures in fairly well, the final girl's I've always thought
there were fun moments (the "head" scene comes to mind), and the stuff
in NYC is unquestionably cool (Jason in Times Square is a memorable
visual), but it doesn't add up. Plus, the ending here is so incredibly
ridiculous that it really hurts to think about. Jason's makeup is
really awful here too, though Kane Hodder does turn in another great
performance. I think it's worth seeing for completion's sake, but I
can't argue that this is a weak entry that under-delivers.
Jason Goes to Hell
Director: Adam Marcus
Cast: John D. Le May, Kari
Keegan, Erin Gray, Allison Smith, Steven Culp
Plot: Jason is back (he's just back) and we learn that in order to kill
a Voorhees, he must die by a Voorhees (or something like that). Jason's
long lost sister is tasked with taking him out for good, and in the
meantime, he's learned a new trick- how to jump from body to body.
Review: This one gets a TON of heat from the fans as well, as it takes
the franchise in a whole new direction. I think it's really cool to see
this one released alongside the paramount flicks, but it's too bad we
only get the rated cut (we got the freaking unrated one on VHS, for
god's sake!). Again, this one is worth mentioning for me as a movie
that absolutely scared the crap out of me when I saw it as a kid. It's
got a mean streak and can get pretty dark and violent without question.
Directed by first time director (and long-time fan) Adam Marcus, this
ambitious entry kills Jason within the first ten minutes of the
film..they just blow the ever-loving crap out of him (it's an awesome
scene). From here, the movie develops into a little evil Jason
monster-thing that crawls into a woman's uhh...vertical smile, which
has Jason jumping from body to body until he presumably finds a
suitable host to be reborn (or something).
I don't hate this movie, I guess it just doesn't fit with the others at
all. I think it's suspenseful, shot with style and can be pretty scary.
Though there isn't much Jason, he's a monstrous, disgusting beast when
he's around. At least this one tries to have a different plot (John D.
Lemay is a charismatic everyman lead who goes through hell, and
Creighton Duke is a hilarious bounty hunter who somehow knows exactly
what to do), but it can be awkward when you're watching a 6 foot black
dude in a doctor's coat acting like Jason and slicing people up (the
tent scene uncut is one of the coolest kills in the whole series). If
you're a Jason lover, you'll be understandably disappointed. If you're
into a different take on things, maybe you can appreciate the new
direction. If nothing else, this one needs to be seen for its daring
attempt to shake things up- even if it wasn't exactly welcomed (but
after NINE goddamn movies, isn't it time to look around?)
Director: Jim Isaac
Cast: Kane Hodder, Lexa Doig,
Plot: Jason gets frozen with a
scientist (Lexa Doig) and the two wind up getting thawed and reanimated
in the year 2455 on a spaceship full of disposable space-dorks.
Review: Okay, okay, I get it-
this is another often maligned entry in the Friday series. Honestly
though, if you're just looking at sheer entertainment value, Jason X
has it in spades. This one infamously sat on the shelf for awhile after
rotting away in development hell, and came out rather quietly,
performing not-so-well at the box office after being leaked on the
internet. Unfortunately, this also marked the last time we'd see Kane
Hodder bring this character to life.
I'll go ahead and say it- I think Jason X is a good time. I think of it
as a sort of dorky space TV show (like a bad TNG episode) with Jason
thrown in (though the movie is way too bright for my tastes). He's
caught early, he's frozen, he's thawed and he starts wreaking havoc on
the ship. If you know anything about Jason X at all, you know that
"evil gets an upgrade" in the form of Uber-Jason towards the end of the
movie. I'm okay with it! Sure, it's different (like JGTH) but what's
wrong with that in entry TEN? This one takes a far more comedic,
tongue-in-cheek approach and while some of the characters are annoying,
there are some badass kills (the freeze-smash, the drill bit, the
cyborg battle, etc.). There's a great nod to past entries (we love to
smoke pot!) and a ridiculous space-battle between Jason and one of the
space marines (Peter Mensah rocks!). Ultimately, at this point its kind
of open to interpretation- why not do something silly or "out there"?
Last I checked, people didn't exactly fawn over the remake, and that
was basically more of the same.
Freddy vs. Jason
Director: Ronny Yu
Cast: Jason Ritter, Monica
Keena, Kelly Rowland, Robert Englund, Ken Kirzinger
Plot: Freddy's weak and wants
someone to help him kill a bunch of kids to get back into shape. He
tries to trick Jason into doing it, while a group of Elm Street kids
tries to survive getting caught up in the middle.
Review: I waited a long, long
time for this flick to come out and I feel like I've written about it
so much (I even did a podcast on it for a few hours once). Here's the
thing- when this movie was coming out, I was sure it was going to
disappoint me and ultimately let me down. When I finally got to see it,
I was so pleased that it wasn't a total piece of garbage. In fact, it
gets a lot right. As far as the plot and cast go, it's pretty okay,
dealing with Hypnocil to forget Freddy, connections to Crystal Lake,
mental hospitals and more. Nice to see Katherine Isabelle (though her
character is detestable), and Monica Keena and Jason Ritter do just
fine as the leads, though it might have been nice to see Monica's
Talk about development hell- this movie was stuck there for awhile.
However, what we wound up with was pretty good. If you're a Jason fan,
you kind of get a new take on Jason. This time around, he's a
lumbering, slow sort of dummy. He never comes off as overly menacing,
just sort of stupid most of the time. This isn't to say that he's not
dangerous- Jason beats wholesale ass in this flick in so many cool
ways. It's just that he's a shark who remains docile until he gets that
whiff of chum. He's designed this way to build sympathy for the
character (as odd as that sounds), as Freddy is using Jason's fears (of
water and the image of his Mom) to control him until Jason wises up and
decides he's had enough of Freddy's sh*t.
I have to say that I prefer Freddy's portrayal in this flick as opposed
to Jason- I should reiterate that I’m perhaps just more pleased with
Freddy's character. It's a true return to form for Robert Englund, as
he gets to infuse pure evil back into the Springwood Slasher, instead
of just cracking jokes. He's absolutely fantastic in what would prove
to be his final time playing the character. Stuntman Ken Kirzinger
slips into the hockey mask this time around, and is just fine.
Production reasons stated for him playing the role center around his
"more expressive eyes", but Hodder maintains it's simply because the
flick was shot in Canada and they wanted a Canadian stunt guy. Too bad-
he's unquestionably missed.
Yes, there are inconsistencies in the plot (of course there are) and
some of the characters are annoying (I wanted Rowland dead
immediately..and the script choice of a homophobic remark from her
character was less than stellar), but F/J absolutely delivers the
bloody goods. There are plenty of great murderous moments (the dream
world stuff is really handled well), and the final fight scene is just
pure insanity. I cannot tell you how pleased I was when it finally
comes down to the bloody wire- these monsters absolutely ravage each
other; Ronny Yu's amazing sense of visual style and study of pro
wrestling really shines through here and it's appreciated. Is there a
winner? Well if you don't know, I'll let you find that out. I've
already talked about this flick for several paragraphs, so I'll stop
here- I really enjoyed this one.
Friday the 13th
Director: Marcus Nispel
Cast: Derek Mears, Jared
Padalecki, Arlen Escarpeta, Danielle Panabaker, Ben Feldman
Plot: A group of young adults
discover a boarded up Camp Crystal Lake, where they soon encounter
Jason Voorhees and his deadly intentions.
Review: A new Friday movie!
With Michael Bay involved! A bigger budget! A director (Marcus Nispel)
who pulled off a decent horror remake (Texas Chainsaw)! A new Jason
(Derek Mears) who's passionate about the role! I know it all sounds
awesome, but this one really falls flat. I watched it a few times when
I originally had to review it, but since then I've tried more than once
and just can't get through it. It's just so dull.
This film really exists only for the kids who would think the old
movies were cheesy and full of bad effects (which they are). It's a
slick re-imagining (hate that word) of a franchise that doesn't really
add anything new at all. Let's start with Jason, because he's really
the only character in this movie who matters. I dig Derek Mears and I
thought he did a pretty good job as Jason. I'm a Kane Hodder booster,
which shouldn't surprise you, but Mears is an intelligent and capable
performer who does a good job with the character. With that said, he
didn't look right to me. I don't like 'hillbilly' Jason and found that
the guy just didn't look scary. He looked better in the sack than he
did in the mask, and that's not right either. I also don't really like
the redesign of the mask. I actually prefer the F/J look over this one.
As for the rest of it all, it's pretty par for the course. The
teenagers are stupid stereotypes, and casting Padalecki from
Supernatural didn't blow my mind (the guy was SO serious all the time)
despite trying to add a bit of plot with the sister thing. The kills
were pretty good (I dug the sleeping bag, running machete to the face),
but when you really expected the flick to deliver the goods, it
doesn't. It's not shy, but nothing makes you high five your friend
I was unquestionably disappointed with this film, because it felt
unnecessary and didn't live up to its promises to reinvigorate the
franchise. As it stands, it just feels like another entry into the
franchise. There's lots of potential and the inevitable sequel could be
better, but I'll cross that bridge when I get to it.
Video / Audio
Parts 1-3 are presented identically to their original blu-ray releases
at 1.85:1 widescreen, and
certainly look pretty good given how old they are. Detail is fairly
sharp, with decent colors and black levels.
Part three suffers the worst, since it wasn't given the appropriate 3D
conversion. It's ugly and pretty blurry. Too bad.
Part 4: 1.78:1 widescreen, and
it's not looking too hot. The detail level is inconsistent, there's a
fair amount of uneven grain, though colors look pretty good.
Parts 5/6: Both show up in 1.78:1
widescreen and ironically enough look pretty damn good, which is
a shame because part 5 is just so lame. Pretty good facial detail here,
black levels are good and colors are excellent. Still some grain though.
Parts 7/8: Again, these look pretty good in 1.78:1 widescreen, though 8 is
stronger looking, with better color saturation and deeper black levels.
Nothing amazing here, pretty much on par with the presentation in parts
Goes to Hell/Jason X: Keeping on par with most of the set these
maintain the 1.78:1 widescreen
ratio, Jason Goes to Hell looks alright, but pretty muted given that
it's not nearly as old as the other films that come through. The whole
thing just seems a bit blurry and dark. Jason X looks understandably
cleaner and far more hi-res as we get into the more modern stuff.
F/J: This one comes in 2:35:1
widescreen and looks wonderful in high definition. Details are
extravagant- this is a beautiful video presentation.
Friday the 13th (2009): presented in 2.39:1
widescreen and looks fantastic, great stuff here. Very sharp
picture and a great transfer overall.
Parts 1-3: Dolby TrueHD
soundtracks here- they're decent, but can get tinny and somewhat
unbalanced during tense scenes. Perfectly serviceable, though.
Part 4: DTS-HD master audio
soundtrack- not quite as good as the first three films, with some
obvious pops and hisses in the track, this one lacks punch.
Parts 5/6: Another DTS-HD
master track, this one sounds really good, though it tends to be
balanced a bit more towards the front speakers. Again, things seems to
get screechy when the action picks up but this is mostly fine.
Parts 7/8: More DTS-HD master
tracks, these feature great, clear dialogue with a similar
tinny/screechy feel when the soundtrack gets going.
Hell/X: DTS-Master tracks
again, with a good performance from Jason goes to Hell and an excellent
showing for Jason X with great surround balance, effects and dialogue
F/J: This one has a DTS-HD 6.1
track that is every bit as excellent as Jason X's, if not better. Great
Friday 2009: Dolby TrueHD 5.1
and also sounds just great. Sure, this movie is lacking some Manfredini
violins, but this mix is fantastic and delivers on all fronts.
NOTE: If you own any of these
films on Blu-Ray, know that these are identical copies, right down to
the menu and disc art. The "Killer Bonus" DVD that was included is the
exact same disc used in the Crystal Lake to Manhattan box set from
about a decade ago. There is not a
single new extra that has been produced for this set, so you've been
warned. Some recaps of the extras are borrowed from previous
reviews from the awesome folks who've written for this website.
What's in the box? You get a Crystal Lake camp counselor patch, two pairs of anaglyph 3D
(red/blue) glasses for Part 3, a mini pamphlet
version of Peter Bracke's excellent book Crystal Lake Memories,
and a little red band that says "You're
All Doomed" to keep it all together.
There's also a code to download all of the films together in an
Ultraviolet digital copy.
Friday the 13th:
Commentary with Director Sean
S. Cunningham, Cast and Crew is actually just audio interview excerpts
that sound like they recorded at different times. Author Peter Bracke
moderates between comments by Cunningham and various crew.
Fresh Cuts: New Tales from Friday the
13th (HD, 14 min) gathers crew members for interviews as they
look back on the success of the films. It runs about 14 minutes.
The Man Behind the Legacy: Sean S.
Cunningham (HD, 9 min): A 9-minute sit down with the
producer-director of the original film has some interesting points; for
one, he and writer Victor Miller didn't like the direction of Jason as
the killer, but soon admitted they were wrong.
A Friday the 13th Reunion (HD,
17 min): A great little discussion panel with makeup artist Tom Savini,
actrors Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King and Ari Lehman (who played young
Jason), composer Harry Manfredini, and writer Victor Miller.
Friday the 13th Chronicles (SD,
21 min) : This 20 minute piece features interviews with the cast and
crew and tends to repeat itself a little bit.
Secrets Galore Behind the Gore (HD,
10 min): 10 minutes with Tom Savini, as he gleefully narrates over
stills and other neat artifacts to show off his handiwork.
Lost Tales from Camp Blood - Part 1
(HD, 8 min): A short scene where a big killer (probably Jason) stalks
and kills two people.
Plus, you get the film's Theatrical Trailer.
Friday the 13th
Inside Crystal Lake Memories
(HD, 11 min): a great little primer for an excellent coffee table book
that came out a few years ago. My wife bought me that book when it came
out and I still read it all the time. This is a short feature that
gives a bit of insight into this movie and should prompt you to run out
and buy it, I say.
Jason Forever (SD, 29 min): a
half hour bit which includes fanboys asking 4 Jason actors (yeah, Kane
is there) some questions you’ve likely heard answered before. Still, a
good watch if you’re new to the series.
Friday's Legacy: Horror Conventions (SD,
7 min) : a fluff piece from a convention in 2008 featuring actors
talking about random bits and pieces of their moment in the spotlight
and how they’re clinging to it.
Lost Tales from Crystal Lake – Part II
(HD, 9 min): which seems to be a continuation of some sort of fan film
or something. It seems Jason-esque, until some dude in a coat is
revealed as the killer. Why does this exist on this release?
There is also a trailer.
Friday the 13th
Part III – 3-D:
Fresh Cuts: 3D Terror (HD, 13
min): Moderated by Crystal Lake Memories writer Peter Bracke, this
13-minute retrospective on the film includes things such as the
decision to go 3D (and its repercussions), as well as the different
endings that were considered (including one that involved Stan
Winston's handiwork for Jason). Like the previous Friday The 13th
Chronicles featurette, this isn't as in-depth as many would like, but
it's nice to have.
Legacy of the Mask (HD, 10
min): which runs 10 minutes and is also in HD. This serves as a rundown
of Jason's evolution throughout the series up to his Vanc-, er,
Manhattan stroll. The focus is on the mask (natch), and how the crew's
hockey games led to the decision to go the route we've all come to know
Slasher Films: Going for the Jugular
(HD, 7 min): really just a fluff piece. Featuring several series alumni
as well as Tyler Mane aka the HALLOWEEN remake's The Shape and Tony
Todd aka The Candyman, this featurette goes into just what makes a good
slasher flick, and these films' appeal. Interesting, but at seven
minutes (in HD), it feels sort of wasted.
Lost Tales from Crystal Lake – Part III
(HD, 5 min): another throwaway piece, although the killer (who isn't
masked nor is he Jason) does a nice job of stalking and putting a
hammer to good use. Otherwise, it's forgettable.
As well, there's PART 3's theatrical trailer in HD.
The Final Chapter:
Commentary: Director Joe Zito,
screenwriter Barney Cohen and editor Joel Goodman provide a good,
entertaining track. Zito in particular is great to listen to. He
appears to love this film and loves telling the audience every great
detail he can remember.
Fan Commentary: Adam Green and
Joe Lynch provide a track. Basically, they come off obsessive fans who
love this movie a bit too much, but it is fun listening to a couple of
guys really dig this thing.
Lost Tales from Camp Blood – Part 4
(HD, 6 min): The mini movie thing continues, It has a killer with an
axe, which is always fun.
Slashed Scenes (HD, 15 min) :
Right around 15-minutes of cut scenes that are without sound, leaving
the director to comment and fill in the missing parts. Really, most are
outtakes, not cut scenes as promised, but it’s extremely interesting
seeing how horror great Tom Savini’s created and used the effects.
Friday the 13th Chronicles: Friday the
13th – Part IV (SD, 13 min): Feldman and Zito discuss Tommy
Jason's Unlucky Day: 25 Years After
(HD, 11 min): A good look back at the film with interviews from the
cast and crew. There’s plenty of good stories and plenty of Savini,
which is always, well, good.
The Lost Ending (HD, 3 min): I
always am interested in alternative endings no matter the film. And in
the case of this movie, I prefer the ending shown here, which
incorporates a dream sequence and answers the question of what happened
to Corey Feldman’s mom.
The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited,
Part 1 (HD, 18 min): A 17-minute fake documentary that views
Jason and his murders as real life. Sorta Blair Witch-ish with
interviews from the “town folk” and “historians.” Amusing for awhile.
Jimmy's Dead Dance Moves (HD,
2 min) : An outtake of the very strange Crispin Glover doing his very
strange dance. I can’t really explain his moves, but let’s say it’s by
far the worst dance I’ve ever seen.
Secrets Galore Behind the Gore (SD,
13 min): Savini discussing the tricks of the trade all over again.
The Friday the 13th Chronicles; Part
V features Zito and Feldman discussing Tommy Jarvis' character.
Plus, the trailer and previews.
A New Beginning:
Director/co-screenwriter Danny Steinmann, along with various cast and
crew members, provide an entertaining, goofy track. These guys seem to
have a blast doing this commentary, and it feels like a family reunion.
They had me laughing several times. Very reminiscent of Mystery Science
Lost Tales from Camp Blood – Part 5
(HD, 10 min) : A six-minute installment of the exclusive mini film. It
appears to be just an exercise in gory filmmaking.
The Making of (HD, 11 min):
Not nearly as extensive or entertaining as Part IV’s installment, but
still a decent collection of interviews with the cast and the critics.
Can’t say I agreed with the one who declared it one of the best of the
The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited,
Part 2 (HD, 10 min): The second fake documentary runs about ten
minutes. It views Jason and his murders as real. Sorta Blair Witch-ish
with interviews from the “town folk” and “historians.” Amusing for a
Friday the 13th Chronicles, Part V
(SD, 6 min) — Joseph Zito and Corey Feldman are strangely enough, back
again to talk about Tommy.
Trailer's here, too.
Cast and Crew Commentary:
Director McLoughlin, editor Bruce Green, and actor Vincent Guastaferro
provide an informative and entertaining commentary, even if they take
the movie a little more seriously than it merits.
Director commentary: This
one's just McLoughlin alone, having a friendly and upbeat discussion
with..no one, talking all about how the film came to be and how he
wanted to inject some fun into the franchise.
Lost Tales from Camp Blood –
Part 6 (HD, 7 min): It keeps going, just a couple of minutes of a
hospital patient being chased through the woods by a non-Jason
killer-type wielding a machete.
The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited,
Part III (HD, 10 min): Not sure why it is part III on disc VI, but
there you go. This is a pseudo-documentary full of fake interviews
basically giving the once-over of the proceedings in the film. It
smartly continues the tongue-in-cheek audience-winking vibe that the
film itself has. Also, observant viewers will notice an interviewed
mental patient listed as Dukey Flyswatter. This is the same moniker
credited as the voice actor for the Imp in David DeCoteau's Linnea
Quigley-starring 80's b-movie gem Sorority Babes in the Slime
Jason Lives: The Making of (HD,
13 min): This is more of a straight interview piece intercut with clips
from the movie than an actual making of piece, but it still contains
some tasty stories and bits of trivia.
Friday the 13th Chronicles, Part VI
(SD, 15 min): McLoughlin and CJ Graham get to chatting about the film.
Meeting Mr. Voorhees (HD, 3
min): This is an animatic of what McLoughlin wanted as the final scene
in the film, which ultimately got scrapped: namely, the introduction of
Jason’s father. Personally, I think it would have felt tacked-on and
Slashed Scenes (HD, 6 min): A 3
minutes of extended kill scenes.
Original Theatrical Trailer:
This is really a teaser, not a trailer. Until the title came up, I
would have sworn it was for Return of the Living Dead.
Friday the 13th
Part VII: The New Blood:
Commentary with director John
Carl Buechler and actors Lar Park Lincoln and Kane Hodder: It isn't the
beefiest track, but these guys have a great time talking about the
flick, and doesn't have much dead air. Strangely enough, Lincoln's
dialogue was put in separately. Still, good stuff.
Jason's Destroyer (HD, 15 min):
Running about 15 minutes long, this one is full of fun tidbits of
information, and you'll find lots of grainy, nasty uncut footage here.
Mind over Matter: The Truth of
Telekinesis (HD, 7 min): This short features parapsychologists
and psychics talking about the use of telekinesis in the film. This one
takes itself pretty seriously for a fluff piece, but it's a cool
Makeover by Maddy (HD, 3 min):
This brief deal features Elizabeth Kaitan and Diana Barrows (Robin and
Maddy) performing makeover, having their first meeting in fifteen
years. Lame, but funny.
Friday the 13th Chronicles, Part VII (SD,
12 min): Buechler, Hodder and Lincoln chat about the film for about ten
Slashed Scenes (HD, 17 min):
Here's the beef- all the uncut nasty scenes, introduced by Buechler,
who apologizes for their awful quality. Too bad they didn't ever
remaster them and add them into the film- can you believe it got an X
the first time through the MPAA?
Secrets Galore Behind the Gore
(SD, 11 min): features Buechler this time around, and is quite fun as
A trailer! For you! To watch!
Friday the 13th
Part VII: Jason Takes Manhattan:
Two commentaries: One with Rob
Hedden going it alone, the other with cast members Scott Reeves, Jensen
Daggett and Kane Hodder (via telephone). Both are fact-filled and
strong, though those with interest in the more technical side would be
better suited to Hedden's take.
New York Has a New Problem (HD,
18 min): A 20 minute series of interviews with Hedden and other folks
involved with the flick. Pretty standard stuff, a lot of talk about
censorship and fan reactions.
Friday the 13th Chronicles, Part VIII
(SD, 15 min) : This one features Hedden mostly solo, and remains pretty
fun to watch, though he begins to repeat himself. Still, Hedden's a
likable guy who has certainly not forgotten this one.
Slashed scenes( HD, 13 min):
about 15 minutes of deleted stuff, most of it containing the wonderful
Rounding things out are a brief blooper
reel and a trailer.
Jason Goes to Hell:
15 minutes or so of deleted scenes
from the toned down television version. Lame.
Audio commentary: Jim Isaac,
Todd Farmer and Noel Cunningham take the reigns here, and they're
extremely candid, honest, informative and charming.
The Many Lives of Jason Voorhees
(SD, 30 min): is an excellent 30 minute career retrospective from a
bunch of noteworthy horror fans and critics alike. This studies impact,
great moments, and more. This is a must watch!
By Any Means Necessary (SD, 18
min): is your standard 15 or so minute EPK where the cast and crew talk
about how awesome this movie is.
Believe it or not, a trailer
Freddy vs. Jason
Feature Length Commentary: Director Ronny Yu and actors Robert Englund
and Ken Kirzinger come in to partake in this feature length commentary.
Yu and Englund are particularly very animated giving us loads of
insight about the many facets of making the film. From the experiences
on location, to commenting on the actors in the film, to the hardships
of some of the scenes to Freddy's "raison d'etre", this commentary made
for a groovy listen and should please the fans. Why was Kirzinger so
quiet though? I wanted more from the guy that bumped Hodder off. Oh
Deleted/Alternate Scenes (HD):
Here we're treated to 21 deleted scenes with optional commentary by
director Ronny Yu and executive producer Douglas Curtis. To be honest,
nothing really stood out here apart form the "alternate opening" which
heavily nodded the Friday the 13th series and the "original ending"
which although pretty tacky, was kind of fun to watch from a fan point
of view ("Nightmare on Elm Street: Friday the 13th Part II" came to
mind, for some reason). The commentary basically explained why the
scenes were cut out (usually because of test screening feedback or
pacing reasons). This was a decent feature. I expected more slick
deleted scenes than the ones offered, but it still quenched my thirst.
Genesis: Development Hell (SD,
10 minutes): The lengthy struggle the film went through to finally come
to life is dissected here.
On Location- Springwood Revisited (SD,
14 minutes): This featurette takes us on set to witness Yu performing
Art Direction- Jason's Decorating Tips
(SD, 11 minutes): The look of the dream world vs the look of the
reality world. What they went for.
Stunts- When Push Comes to Shove
(SD, 21 minutes): We get an in-depth look at the stunts in the film and
how they were accomplished.
Make-Up - Effects- Freddy's
Beauty Secrets (SD, 6 minutes): The Freddy makeup process gets the
royal treatment in this feature.
Visual Effects Featurettes (SD,
35 minutes): Here we get 12 Visual Effects Featurettes that we can
either watch individually or all at once. This feature had visual
effects supervisors Ariel Velasco Shaw and Kevin Elam come in to talk
about the many visual effects found in the film from the CGI shots, the
green screen effects, to the blood and guts. Although I enjoyed this
feature and appreciated its weighty insight into the world of special
effects, it did feel a tad too long. I said a tad, so don't go call
your lawyers just yet.
Pre-Fight Press Conference (SD,
4 minutes): This feature covers the cute promo event that took place in
Vegas where Jason (Ken) and Freddy (Bobby) came up on stage in front of
a crowd to go through a mock pre-fight boxing press conference. Robert
Englund really ran with it, having an obvious hoot with it all. A
silly-willie yet very entertaining watch.
My Summer Vacation (SD)- My
Visit to Camp Hack 'n Slash (4 minutes): This feature chronicled the
time that some fans spent at a Camp that was put together to push the
film. So we see fans drink beer, draw pictures of Fred and Jase, play
sports, participate in eating contests and do arts and crafts
(mmm...ok). If it wouldn't be for the wet T-Shirt contest and the
screening of the film, I would've said this weekend looked pretty
lame-ass to me, but then again, I wasn't there so what the fuck do I
know. An interesting feature in a "Animal Discovery Channel" type of
We also get the Original Theatrical
Trailer, various TV spots
(8 of them), a Music Video for
the song "How Can I Live?" by Ill Nino (good tune).
Friday the 13th (2009):
Rebirth of Jason Voorhees (HD,
11 min): a 12 minute little press kit which of course features
glad handing and is exactly a part of the reason why I was so pumped to
see this movie. It feels like everyone's talking about a different
There are also 3 Deleted Scenes (HD,
8 min): a lame alternate ending,
a cop scene and another cut of Jason getting his mask. This all runs
about 8 minutes long so don't expect much substance.
There's also the Terror Trivia Track,
which I just finished watching and is really annoying. It's an
infrequent trivia track laid over the movie interspersed with making of
footage. I thought this was terrible stuff because you can't watch the
film and then the footage shows up infrequently and goes on forever.
The footage on its own is good, but not in this weird pop-up track.
Hacking Back/Slashing Forward
(HD) is 10 minutes of fan service to the original movies and really
just makes me want to watch them. Good stuff, but too short.
The Seven Best Kills (HD) runs
about 20 minutes and details just what the title implies. It's
interesting enough to note that most were done without any CGI, but why
couldn't they have added more "F*CK yeah!" to them?
Bonus disc (DVD):
Friday the 13th Chronicles:
Here's all of them, put together in a full-length cut!
Secrets Galore Behind the Gore:
Crystal Lake Victims tell All!:
A bunch of cast and crew members share tidbits about getting cast in
the film, and a bit of their experiences.
Tales from the Cutting Room Floor:
All the deleted scenes (from the first 8 flicks)!
Friday Artifacts and Collectibles:
All the cool props and stuff that the different cast, crew and
directors kept from the films. Lucky!
Trailers for the first 8 flicks
are here too.
It's unquestionably disappointing that this one is just a rehash, but
to say "just a rehash" isn't totally fair- there's tons of stuff to dig
into here. If you own the previous box sets, don't get this unless
you're dying to have better picture/audio quality (though none of it is
mind-glowingly good). If you're simply a collector, you've probably
already got it and you're not happy about it. As a lifelong fan, I'm
quite happy to have Jason sitting at home amongst my Hi-Def collection.
Sure, the movies can be hit and miss (hack and slash?), but I'll always
have a soft spot in my heart for the old hockey masked kid from Crystal