You get a small sized preview with the first four films in the Friday the 13th franchise on the very appropriate day of Friday, October 13th on Super Channel Vault.
Growing up as a farm kid in Saskatchewan, I was timid for anything very scary. But as I got older and more adventurous, I wanted to see all the movies that promised unlimited terror. It started with Halloween (1978) (which holds up to this day for me) and the Friday the 13ths.
I first saw Friday the 13th Part 1 and 2 on a friend’s VHS dub from ITV Edmonton. To this day, this movie is quite quaint and of its time (although people argued on how violent and ugly it was). I love this franchise. It has a great nostalgia factor for me. You have the strong female characters (like Adrienne King, Amy Steel), and of course the famous Ki Ki Ki Jason sound from music composer Harry Manfredini. (I know you hear it in your head right now don’t you?) As soon as that sound permeated your ear drums, you knew you were in for a fun ride. If that doesn’t thrill you, check out the dance song version in Friday the 13th Part III during the opening credits. I know you will be dancing to Jason Voorhees in no time! Plus, the best dancing sequence this side of Singin in the Rain - Crispin Glover’s hip and epic moves in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter - will never be forgotten! Fans will know what I mean. Let’s face it, the plot of slasher films is to show people dying in various disgusting and improbable ways. My friends and I were always gearing up to see what effects they would cook up and how gross it could get. I became a huge fan of Tom Savini, the ultimate Makeup Effects Guru who worked on Part 1 and The Final Chapter. I love the old clichés (even at this point) of the lone person/victim going out by themselves, (SPOILER ALERT) and dying via a knife, hatchet, sleeping bag, corkscrew, axe or even a paper clip (#moviegeekreferencegreathorrospoofinthismovieguysopinion). People in various stages of undress getting ready for sex meant they were likely the next victim of Jason Voorhees. It’s always intrigued me that the final sequences of the movie always took place during the worst storm of the summer. Who knew Jason Voorhees was the ultimate weather controller!
If Friday the 13th isn’t your cup of tea, we do have other great flicks like the Wes Craven thriller Red Eye, the Oscar winner The Silence of the Lambs, the classic 1976 Carrie (don’t even think of watching the new one with Chloe Grace Moretz - the 2002 TV remake is leagues ahead of that one!), Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Sleepy Hollow, Ghostbusters I and II, Odd Thomas (starring the late great Anton Yelchin), Bubba Ho-Tep (Bruce Campbell as an aging Elvis and the superb Ossie Davis as JFK fighting an evil mummy - nuff said!), The Addams Family, Hatchet III (with a soon to be released Victor Crowley aka Hatchet IV!) If you like gothic horror with music, check out Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (with a singing Johnny Depp!) The Addams Family (with a perfect Gomez and Morticia played by Raul Julia and Anjelica Houston). If you want ghostly stuff try The Ring remake, the original Paranormal Activity, or the original The Amityville Horror (campy for sure, but miles ahead of the remake from 2005.) You can check out the 90’s slasher faves, I Know What You Did Last Summer and the sequel I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, or a personal favorite of mine, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. It’s so dumb, but I love it anyway. If you are into movie spoofs, we have Hell Baby and the funny Canadian vampire spoof Suck, both on Vault. But you really should watch The Finals Girls on Halloween night. It’s a great, great satire of all slasher films from the 1980’s, and a perfect companion to Friday the 13th airings. The more I watch that one, the more I enjoy it. For more Halloween fun, check out the anthology Minutes Past Midnight, and The Babadook. I'd also suggest Dead Shack, which is a pretty decent horror comedy, and Housebound, another great horror comedy from New Zealand. If you prefer a lot of dread with your horror, check out The Void on Super Channel on Demand.
Whew! OK, like I said before, get your popcorn, candy, beverage of choice, dim the lights, have the covers just below the eyes. Turn off the phone and the computer, turn up the volume real loud and get ready for 5 great days of butt numbing horror. Maybe your heart won’t enjoy the heart-stopping terror (see what I did there) but your brain will be glad you did! Well OK maybe just horror fans brains, but you see where I am going with it.
The TAKMAN sayeth.