Thursday, December 12, 2013

A Celebration of Friday the 13th

Tomorrow marks the last Friday the 13th of 2013. We had only two hexed days this year and next year we only have 1 (in June)! For horror enthusiasts, this calendar day is a perfect opportunity to celebrate Jason Voorhees (and his mother... and his impostor... and his body possessing soul?) with a Friday the 13th movie marathon. (The first two are the best but if you need a viewer's guide to the series read this post at Bloody-Disgusting.)

The Blu-ray Box Set
Warner Bros. released Friday the 13th: The Complete Collection on blu-ray this fall, which includes all 10 movies in the series plus Freddy vs. Jason, and the 2009 reboot.  The set also includes a "Killer Extras" bonus DVD and a 40 page booklet excerpted from the 2006 hardcover book, Crystal Lake Memories. 

(Editor's note: Amazon suspended sales of the box set due to production problems that scratched
several of the discs. If giving this set as a gift make sure you the store has a decent return policy.)



The Documentary
The book Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th (a must for fans) begat the exhaustive 7-hour (!) documentary Crystal Lake Memories (also released on blu-ray this fall) which features photos, clips, outtakes, interviews, concept art and behind-the-scenes footage that spans the 30 years of the franchise. (The more manageable 2009 documentary His Name Was Jason is also available to rent or buy and it's only 84 minutes long.)




Jason Is Coming Back
As if that was not enough, Paramount has resumed the rights to the franchise and have 5 years to make new movies. Complicated co-ownership of the lucrative property had stalled all plans for sequels/reboots/reimaginings until now. It looks like they are fast-tracking a sequel to the successful 2009 reboot and according to the official website, the sequel is scheduled to be released on March 13, 2015. Rumors suggest a "found footage" approach. 



Inspired Art Posters
A great movie poster gets to the heart of the film, and artists are exploring minimalist takes on classic movies. Take a look at the Friday the 13th art from Francesco Francavilla of Mondo (left) and Adam Rabalais of Deviant Art (right). Please Platinum Dunes, hire one of these guys to design your official poster!


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