The unfortunate news has arrived - Friday The 13th is officially
joining the movie remake trend. We are left with Jason X as
the end of Jason Voorhees in the canon of the original franchise, and we'll
never get a Freddy vs. Jason sequel the way it should've been done
in the first place. And with this, you know a remake of A Nightmare
On Elm Street is not far off. Think of it - Leatherface, Michael
Myers, and Pinhead have already jumped on that remake bandwagon.
Plus, Sam Raimi keeps talking about remaking The Evil Dead.
Freddy Krueger has no immunity to the remake syndrome. In any case,
the man who will direct New Line Cinema's & Platinum Dunes F13 remake
is the same man who helmed their TCM remake - Marcus Nispel. Allow
your sordid thoughts to stir.....
Now, Bloody Disgusting
has gotten their hands on the casting breakdowns for more than a dozen
roles for the film. SPOILERS are certainly present, I'm sure.
Read at your own risk.
WHITNEY Caucasian. Mid 20s. Younger
sister to Clay. Pretty and strong girl. She has the smarts and the will
to survive in the most desperate of circumstances.
CLAY Caucasian. Late 20s. Older
brother of Whitney. He's good-looking and has a quiet inner confidence.
He's a dedicated and smart guy. All the girls definitely find him attractive.
CHUMBLER Caucasian, early to mid-20s.
A little chubby, but he wears his size well, along with his cool chin beard.
He has a tendency to make wear his attraction to attractive girls on his
sleeve. He has no shame. Please submit your funniest character actors.
TRENT Caucasian, early to mid-20s.
The Alpha-Male. He's got money, and he wants you to be his friend... especially
if you can do something for him.
JENNA Caucasian, early to mid-20s.
Trent's date for the weekend. She's great-looking, athletic, and the adventurous
type. We wonder why she would be with Trent.
LAWRENCE Black, early to mid-20s.
Good-looking and funny as hell. He's smart and is already trying to get
his own company started. He puts on a white sounding "good ol' boy" voice
when talking to his business associates.
NOLAN He wears a T-shirt that says
F**K CHRISTMAS - The asterisks are snowflakes. But when an older woman
walks by, he crosses his arms, covering it. Nolan poses as a rebel, but
he's just as square as the rest of us.
CHELSEA Attractive college girl.
Friends with BREE, but not as sexy. PARTIAL NUDITY REQUIRED
BREE Attractive friend to Chelsea,
definitely the sexier of the two, and she dresses to make sure you can
tell the difference. Hot as Hell!
WADE Caucasian, mid-20s. He's technologically
inclined... at least enough to use a GPS Receiver. He knows the story about
Camp Crystal Lake and he tells it to his crew around a campfire.
MIKE Caucasian, mid-20s. Whitney's
boyfriend. He's a genuine and logical guy. He makes sure that his friends,
and especially Whitney, are safe and taken care of. He's a really nice
AMANDA Caucasian, mid-20s, voluptuous.
Perfectly tanned and sexy. She's into Richie...at least for the weekend.
PARTIAL NUDITY REQUIRED
RICHIE Caucasian, mid-20s. Funny
and definitely attracted to Amanda. He doesn't waste time making a move
In 2008, the only Friday The 13th of the whole year lands in June, and
it does not seem likely this film will make such a date. A better
estimate would be August, September, or October. In any case, it
has been heavly circulated that Jason, not Pamela, Voorhees will be the
killer in this film. Wonder how soon it'll be before Kane Hodder
starts petitioning for the role again.
Collectibles is now accepting pre-orders for its Jason Voorhees Friday
The 13th, Part VII: The New Blood 'Scream Scene.' You can check
out higher resolution photos at the provided link. Sideshow promotes
the collectible as follows: "The second New Line Horror Scream Scene, this
intricate sculpture depicts Jason Voorhees chained beneath the water's
surface, trapped in the watery tomb that held him before the awakening
that unleashed him once again. Cast of the highest quality polystone,
this diorama is individually hand numbered and expertly hand detailed to
Sideshow Collectibles' exacting standards. The Jason Scream Scene
Diorama is a worthy addition for any Jason or horror collection."
As always, Sideshow's level fo detail and creativity is amazing!
Though, they have one warning for you, since it depicts Jason floating
WARNING!! Please note, this item
is not intended for use underwater, in a fish tank or aquarium. If
this item is placed into an environment with fish, the fish will DIE!!!
Til You Drop says they got a tip from a 100% reliable source that Freddy
vs. Jason scribes Mark Swift and Damian Shannon are the newest picks
to write the remake of Friday The 13th. Despite what Ronny
Yu & David Goyer did to ruin their script for FvJ, I don't feel
these two guys should be given this task. Now, let me get something
straight off my chest - Hollywood has announced remakes of Near Dark,
Fright Night, The Wolfman, Hellraiser, and add that onto the MOUNTAIN
of shitty remakes of horror classics we've had in just the last year!
Give me a goddamn break! STOP IT! Nine out of ten times, these
remakes only serve to put the final nail in the coffin of the franchise.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise is dead, Halloween has now been mutilated
five years after it was already pronounced DOA, and I don't see a new Omen
franchise gearing up, do you? Trying to start fresh with a remake
really doesn't do a damn thing, in my honest opinion. Either make
a new sequel, or just leave the franchise alone. Now, as far as Shannon
& Swift go? I think there's gotta be better choices out there
to pen the new Friday The 13th film. I haven't had the desire
to watch Freddy vs. Jason in over three years, and I view that film
as a major disappointment. Of course, no matter how good the
script might turn out, I wouldn't be surprised if New Line shafted us with
another piss poor hack director who knows nothing of the craft of creating
true horror cinema. Guess we'll be finding that out before too long
as well. The scary thing is - they could actually do WORSE than the
previously attached director Jonathan Liebesman (Texas Chainsaw Massacre:
Devin snagged an interview with Platinum Dunes' Andrew Form and Brad Fuller
while making the publicity rounds for The Hitcher remake (they apparently
do nothing but remakes). The two producers began talking all about
the proposed Friday The 13th remake (see, I told you), and brought
up a lot of questions that probably don't need answering. Here's
some portions of the interview:
Fuller says that the film won’t
be The Best of Jason Voorhees, but they’re free to pick and choose elements
that they like the best. And their Jason will wear the hockey mask, even
though he first got it in the third film. Form told me, “I think there
are moments we want to address, like how does the hockey mask happen. It’ll
happen differently in our movie than in the third one. Where is Jason from,
why do these killings happen, and what is Crystal Lake?”
And then Bradley Fuller dropped
the bomb on me: “And how does Tommy Jarvis fit in?”
In addition to this monster bombshell,
there was a little talks about something that I think is extremely important
to the franchise... is Jason supernatural? Here's what Fuller tells CHUD:
"We talk about that for hours on
end. How do you do that and not make it seem cheesy? If you don’t do that
well, they’re not along for the ride of the movie. In some ways, you’re
better off not addressing it ? which I don’t think we’re going to do ?
or you come up with a writer and a group of people who sit in a room and
come up with an idea so brilliant that it works, and that’s what we’re
striving to do. Every discussion about this movie ? you talk about the
kills, you talk about the hot chicks, you talk about the nudity, you talk
about Crystal Lake ? but at the end of the day, the question is, ‘Is there
a supernatural element to this movie?’ Is Jason a demon? I think you can’t
figure out any of the other things until you figure that out."
You know, it is possible to over-think a premise. Sooner or later,
you need to step back and realize that you're really killing off a lot
of the intrigue and mystery of the character and story (sounds just like
what Rob Zombie has done with his Halloween remake). Honestly,
the original continuity of the Friday The 13th films has yet to
come to a satisfying conclusion, and I see it is far from being worn out
to the point where a restart is required. They're just remaking it
because that's all they do, and because it's the trend now. Unfortunately,
I feel the trend has long out-lived itself already, and people are rather
sick of them. Seriously, there's probably an average of one or more
remakes released into theatres per week now. If that's true, we would
be getting more than 52 remakes per year. And what percentage of
them are actualy worthwhile, and what percentage of them are actually REALLY
GOOD films? Hell, what percentage of them were even justified in
being made in the first place? It's all just dollar signs and trends
to these people, and they are far too concerned in killing the mystique
of Jason Voorhees than making a really bad ass horror film which concludes
the original continuity in a proper fashion. Of course, I'm just
bashing my head against a brick wall here. This crap is gonna get
made no matter how anyone complans about it. If Jonathan Liebesman
is still directing this thing, I already know it's gonna suck by the fact
of my review of The Texas Chainsaw Masacre: The Beginning.
Though, apparently, if the film does happen, it will be a joint New Line
Cinema / Paramount Pictures production. This is supposedly due to
legalities with the original eight films, which various elements from many
of them are being adapted for this remake.
Bloody Disgusting received
second-hand news from Platinum Dunes producer Andrew Form who says that
the Friday The 13th remake is scoped out for a July, 2007 release
date. Take this as tentative as the vague legal battle over some
kind of copyrights is still on-going. Jonathan Liebesman, who also
helmed the New Line/Platinum Dunes film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre:
The Beginning, is touted to be the director of this film as well.
B-D reader 'xerotheory7803' sent
in this little update on New Line Cinema and Platinum Dunes' delayed Friday
the 13th project. Xero tells B-D, "I just got back from the Fangoria Weekend
of Horrors in Jersey and got a little bit of news to share with you. After
the 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning' Panel, I was talking with
Andrew Form, one of the producers who is also producing the new 'Friday
The 13th', and he said that the remake, which is tied in a rights battle
right now, should be in theaters by July 2007. He also exclaimed that they
will fight to the bitter end to make sure it is released with an R rating,
no PG-13 bullshit for Jason Voorhees." We've also heard some positive rumbling
here in Los Angeles and hope to have some big news for you soon!
has some special news for all New York-based Friday The 13th & Elm
Street fans. It's not Freddy vs. Jason, but a double feature
theatrical screening of the original films that started the franchises
over 20 years ago! Fango's making it an even more special night with
free admission, among other things.
In yet another pairing of fuse and
FANGORIA, which are teaming for the first televised CHAINSAW AWARDS (see
info here), the music channel and Fango will present Creeper Double Feature,
an event showcasing two of the most influential horror films (in 35mm!)
of all time: Wes Craven’s original A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET and Sean S.
Cunningham’s trendsetting slasher FRIDAY THE 13TH. To be hosted by Fango
editor Tony Timpone, the free event will be held Thursday, October 5 at
8 p.m. at New York City’s IFC Center (323 Sixth Avenue at West 3rd Street),
with a “first come, first serve” policy. Not only is there no charge for
admission, but attendees will also receive a goodie bag, and there will
be Creeper Cocktail drink specials for those 21 and older! —Sean Decker
reports that Jonathan Liebesman, director of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre:
The Beginning, is ready to re-approach New Line Cinema about his restart
of the Friday The 13th franchise. Whatever legal issues New
Line and Platinum Dunes ran into are still unknown, and whether or not
they've been resolved is also unknown. Still, if this moves things
along to another Friday film, I'll support it. It's been three
years without more cinematic Jason Voorhees massacres, and we're hungry
for one. Here's Fango's article:
The FRIDAY THE 13th remake/sequel/whatever
project—which has seen its share of legal ups and downs ever since being
announced earlier this year—ain’t so dead after all, it seems. When last
we heard, things were at a standstill as production outfit Platinum Dunes
decided to slow down on its approach to a possible early-2007 release via
New Line (remember, it was initially supposed to hit Friday, October 13
of this year), and survey the specifics of who owned the rights.
In a recent chat with Jonathan Liebesman,
who helmed the upcoming TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE BEGINNING for Platinum
Dunes and New Line, Fango has learned the future FRIDAY director is heading
back to the studio in the coming days to pitch his take on a film that
is geared to reignite and overhaul the franchise. While he’d like to give
us the specifics of his vision, Liebesman has politely asked us to keep
mum. “I’m afraid that things will change between the time you run the story
and what the outcome of my meeting will be,” he laughs. “I don’t want to
get the fans all excited and then see them pissed off that they got excited
says there's still hope for the New Line/Platinum Dunes Friday The 13th
film, but it's marginal. They scored an interview with producer Brad
Fuller (the full version will be posted in the near future), and while
he is hopeful, it's out of Platinum Dunes' hands. Here's the excerpt
from that interview:
"We have been trying to get “Friday
the 13th” made for a long time. The rights continue to be a problem, but
we are optimistic that those issues will be resolved sometime in the next
On my guess, this copyright issue could be due to this being a remake
of sorts of the original Friday The 13th film, and thus, could involve
Paramount Pictures and/or screenwriter Victor Miller. This is only
my shots in the dark, but I don't know what else could be the problem (I
highly doubt Cunningham is doing anything to delay his next easy payday).
re-enforces our previous update on the new Friday flick - it is
on indefinite hold. If thi is indeed a remake of one or several Paramount
franchise installments, that could be the source of the copyright issues.
In any case, the main point of relevant information in their article is
as follows (you can hit the link above for the full article):
Now, Fango has received a number
of specifics from various sources as to why FRIDAY has stalled out, and
all share the common claim that the issue lies with who owns the rights
and whether those parties are getting their fare share of the money being
made from the new project. “If that’s the case, then you certainly know
more than we do here,” Platinum Dunes’ Brad Fuller tells Fango. “I mean,
that kind of talk doesn’t even filter in this far to us. But I will say
that, yes, FRIDAY THE 13TH has been put on hold until that’s all figured
Disgusting has some unfortunate news which would very much explain
the dead silence on New Line Cinema's new Friday flick:
’ve got some terrible, terrible
news from the grapevine regarding New Line Cinema's latest entry in the
Friday the 13th series, which was slated for an October release, with Platinum
Dunes attached to produce. During a conversation with an insider I was
informed that the Friday the 13th quasi-remake might be dead in the water,
“Sadly, it seems like things are at a standstill because of rights issues.”
That’s as much as I know at the moment, so keep your eyes peeled here for
(hopefully) an update soon. Jonathan Liebesman was set to direct off a
script by Mark Wheaton. The remake would have incorporated components of
the films, though it is known that Jason would have worn the mask and will
kill. The setting would have been that of the first movie, Crystal Lake.
reports news circulating on the most likely candidate for the director's
chair on this new Friday film. Whatever this new installment
is going to be, I'm just going to keep myself indifferent until final details
are announced. Though, I did hope that Platinum Dunes would choose
someone they haven't yet worked with just so we get as much fresh blood
(no pun intended) into this film, but let's all stay optimistic for once
on this website. Here's the Bloody Disgusting report:
Although we're unsure if contracts
have been signed as of yet, Darkness Falls and Texas Chainsaw
Massacre: The Beginning director Jonathan Liebesman (interview)should
be reteaming with Platinum Dunes to helm their upcoming Friday the 13th
film, which we've been informed will not be called Friday the 13th Part
11. Producer Brad Fuller tells B-D exclusively, "We had a great time making
TCM with Jonathan and we have been so impressed with his work ethic and
talent that as soon as 'Friday the 13th' became a reality we jumped at
the chance to work with him again." Mark Wheaton will be writing the script,
which will feature Jason Voorhees' origins in some new original way. As
of last week nothing was official with the plot, but things are on fast
track since they're going to try at get this baby out by October, Friday
the 13th, 2006. The remake will incorporate components of the films, though
it is known that Jason will wear the mask and will kill. The setting will
be that of the first movie, Crystal Lake, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Another update, this time from Bloody-Disgusting,
reagrding the role of Jason Voorhees (or really, who won't be playing him:
Over the past few days Andrew Bryniarski,
who plays Leatherface in Platinum Dunes' Texas Chainsaw Massacre
remake and its upcoming prequel Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning,
has been putting out word that he think he'd be a perfect fit for Jason
in the next Friday the 13th film. We decided to drop word
into the Dunes' base and see what they had to say about it, here's the
skinny from Brad Fuller, "we love and admire Andrew's work as Leatherface,
but we are going in a different direction with Jason." Expect more
announcements soon, such as who will direct the pic. The next Jason
pic, which will feature some of his origins, is shooting for an October
13th, 2006 date, which is ultimately unrealistic.
has some words from Plainum Dunes' Brad Fuller on the preliminary ideas
for the new Friday The 13th film as well as the realistic possibliy
that the film won't make a 2006 release date let alone Friday, October
Various sources across the web are
rumbling (and grumbling) about the latest news on New Line’s next Jason
Voorhees outing, as the Hollywood trades officially confirmed that Michael
Bay and his Platinum Dunes production shingle are assisting the studio
in bringing a new FRIDAY THE 13TH to the big screen.
One certainly had reason to presume
that FRIDAY would get a straight redux, given Platinum’s track record with
the TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE and AMITYVILLE HORROR remakes—but that doesn’t
appear to be the case at all. It’s still unclear what this FRIDAY, penned
by former Fango scribe Mark Wheaton (who did the final script work on THE
MESSENGERS for Ghost House Pictures and the Pang Bros.), will deliver to
the legions of Voorhees fans who continue to nourish themselves on 10 straight-up
Jason splatter-sodes and one VS. entry. Suffice to say, rumors have run
rampant; for some answers, Fango turned to Plantinum Dunes’ Brad Fuller,
who’s co-producing the film with partners Andrew Form and Michael Bay.
“We don’t know exactly what it’s
going to be yet; it’s definitely not going to be set after FREDDY VS. JASON
or JASON X,” Fuller tells Fango, addressing their film’s place in the FRIDAY
universe. “This was such a juicy title, we couldn’t pass it up. So we’ve
been talking to Wheaton, and we’re figuring it out. Jason didn’t really
start killing until FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 2, so this isn’t a remake of the
first one—Jason’s definitely going to be killing people in our movie. He
didn’t wear the hockey mask until the third film [pictured], and our Jason
is definitely going to wear the mask—so this is how we’re going about it
“It feels to me like it’s going
to be a re-imagining of…” Fuller pauses, trying to find the right word.
“I don’t know if there is a term for it…it’s going to be like what we did
with THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, that’s the best analogy I have. There
are going to be things you recognize, but we will make it a distinctively
different story. We’re going to keep all of the things that are expected
[of a FRIDAY THE 13TH film] in there.”
Early reports stated that New Line
was eyeing a release date of Friday, October 13th of this year. As far
as this is concerned, Fuller is remaining realistic. Sticking to that deadline
would involve nothing less than meticulous yet swift preparation. “We’re
not planning on meeting that October date,” he reveals. “It was something
that was originally discussed, but we don’t think we should write a script,
find a director, cast a movie, and then make a film [that fast]. It deserves
time, and we don’t want to rush this. The October date doesn’t feel like
something we will be doing; plus we have a movie [TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE:
THE ORIGIN] coming out a week before. We’re not going let a release date
dictate the film’s quality.”
And who will play the man behind
the mask? It’s still too early to tell, but contrary to the recent gossip,
it’s not going to be CHAINSAW’s hulking Andrew Bryniarski. “In our mind,
he is Leatherface,” says Fuller. “With those two icons, you can’t mix them.
I don’t see Andrew Bryniarski playing Jason.” —Ryan Rotten
Things are OFFICIAL, a new Friday The 13th film is on the way!
New Line Cinema is teaming again with Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes to produce
the film for an October '06 release. Here's the official word, as
reported in Variety.
Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes shingle
is coming aboard to produce the 11th outing in the sturdy "Friday the 13th"
franchise for New Line.
Studio's hoping to fast-track the
project -- centered on the origins of the Jason Voorhees character -- so
that the pic can be released three weeks before Halloween on Friday, Oct.
13. Bay will produce with Platinum Dunes partners Brad Fuller and Andrew
New Line's hired Mark Wheaton ("Son
of the Morning Star") to pen the script. Studio prexy Toby Emmerich is
overseeing along with execs Cale Boyter and Jeff Katz.
The original "Friday the 13th" --
set at a reopened camp that had closed 20 years earlier -- took nearly
$40 million in domestic grosses in 1980. That's still the best domestic
performance in the series, although New Line's spinoff pic "Freddy Vs.
Jason" was a solid success in 2003, with $82 million domestic.
Platinum Dunes, which Bay launched
in 2001 as a low-budget horror specialist, produced New Line's 2003 remake
of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and its upcoming "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre:
Mark Wheaton used to be the west coast correspondant for CHUD
(parent website of Creature Corner)
under the handle "Smilin'" Jack Ruby, and is a serious, passionate Friday
fan. I do remember his review, generally, of Freddy vs. Jason,
and it was negative. He didn't like the film, but honestly, once
I had the time to let the film absorb and settle in my mind - it really
was a major disappointment. with numerous missed opportunities In
any case, with Platinum Dunes on board, I feel confident that this next
F13 will be really good. I very much enjoyed their TCM remake, and
felt it was the truest horror film in years. So, I am definitely
positive about this project. Friday, Octobe 13th, here we come! Bloody-Disgusting
posted further news this morning:
Although this picture is rumored
to be a remake, we've been told it may be more of a "re-envisionment" of
the series. From our anonymous scooper, we've were informed that Michael
Bay and Platinum Dunes apparently WANTED to remake it but would said "let's
do something different" instead. New Line was super cool with it. So the
next 'Friday' more of an ULTIMATE FRIDAY THE 13th... if you know anything
about the Marvel comics ULTIMATE series.
Basically, the plan (which can still
change) is takes place after part 1 and shows Jason killing and becoming
the monster we know and love. Getting the potato sack mask and the hockey
Watch this spot for more inside
goodies soon. Click here
for the official press release.
On the collector's side of things, Sideshow Collectibles has announced
at the recent Toy Fair that they will produce the Friday The 13th: The
Final Chapter version of Jason Voorhees. The new figure will
be 12 inches tall, and a preview of the figure can be found
here. That's only one of dozens of new products they're producing
for 2006 from new Marvel COmics figures to Star Wars to Terminator 2 to
Premium Format Angel & Buffy figures. For further information
of their Toy Fair announcements, go here.
reports that New Line Cinema has plans to release a brand new Friday
The 13th feature film on Friday, October 13th, 2006! Supposedly,
the new script is to center on the origins of Jason Voorhees, but didn't
they tackle that already with Jason Goes To Hell? Whatever
the case, if we're getting a new F13 for the Halloween season, I'm happy.
Hopefully, more details will arise soon, and FH will be there to report
Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday The 13th from the
founder of DVDFile.com, Peter M. Bracke, is now available for pre-order
from Amazon.com. Peter's been researching this book for a long time,
interviewing key members in the history of the franchise, and it promises
to be so very comprehensive. Subsequently, you may NOW order and
own David Grove's Making
Friday The 13th: The Legend of Camp Blood as well. Mr. Grove
concentrated mostly on the first four films, but has information regarding
the entire franchise through Freddy vs. Jason! Between these
two fabulous books, I doubt they'll be anything you WON'T know about this
25 year old franchise spanning eleven films in all (and hopefully more
just announced the pre-order of their Exclusive Jason Voorhees "The New
Blood" figure! The figure has a removeable hockey mask that reveals
John Carl Beuchler's fantastic makeup design for Kane Hodder's first and
classic performance in the role, and is absolutely accurate to the film.
You can pre-order for $45, and is scheduled to be shipping the 2nd quarter
of 2005. Here are the features of this remarkably crafted figure
with some photos, and don't forget you can purchase Friday
The 13th, Part VII: The New Blood or the Friday
The 13th: From Crystal Lake to Manhattan DVD box set from DVDEmpire.com.
The Sideshow Exclusive Jason Voorhees - Part 7 Figure
• Over 30 points of articulation
• Removable hockey mask revealing the horribly disfigured
and decomposed, rotted face of Jason Voorhees
• Authentic shredded clothing that reveals film accurate
decomposed skin suit!
• Real metal neck chain
• Tent stakes
• 12" figure display stand featuring the Friday the 13th
Part VII logo
• EXCLUSIVE ACCESSORY: Jason's Tree Trimmer
Tokin' Chuckles, a long time member of FridayThe13thForum.com (and
its previous incarnations) has put together a very cool video for Fridays
fans. In it, he visits several of the shooting locations for the
Paramount Friday The 13th films which include those from the original Friday
The 13th, Part 2, Part 3, and Part VI: JASON LIVES. Also, with this
video, he will including your choice of a photo from one of these locations
featured in the video (you can browse these photos here).
Here's Chuck with a few more words:
This video will be available to
reserve copies until October 5th (when the Friday the 13th DVD set is to
hit the shelves). This was kind of my way at paying homage to the
series that I grew up with and consider to be the best running series (in
terms of worthy entries) of any group of horror-related sequels.
And so I am pleased to offer this personal venture video to my fellow Friday
family as sort of a pre-cursor to the exciting release of the DVD set and
the upcoming 25th Anniversary celebration next March in California.
The video costs $20.00 + $4 for shipping. Money orders would be
the quickest way to ensure a fast reception of the video, but personal
checks will also be excepted. Please, direct whatever questions you
may have via an email to Sean,
or visit this discussion
thread. My copy is already in the mail, and it should arrive
sometime next week.
Head on over to DVDFile.com
to gaze upon the eye-sore that is the complete artwork for Paramount's
F13 DVD box set set for release on October 5th. On the brighter side
now has a 1/4 scale Jason Voorhees from "FREDDY vs. JASON" available now.
Yeah, I'm way behind schedule here, but I've been damn busy lately.
The full press release for Paramount's Friday The 13th DVD box set is here.
I will rant a bit here, but not much.
I have vowed NOT to purchase this box set due to the lackluster approach
Paramount put into this. For one, Tom Savini did record audio commenatry
for the original "Friday The 13th" with Sean S. Cunningham, and one for
"The Final Chapter" with director Joeeph Zito. Though, Paramount
has chosen NOT to include those commentaries. Also, there are no
new transfers or soundtracks. The same transfers and soundtracks
used on the bare bones editions are being used here (though, there was
a new print produced of the original F13 last year for the Maniafest convention).
Also, any F13 fanatic will tell you that there are a number of missing
sound effects and musical cues in "The Final Chapter" which probably will
not be fixed this time around. Also, Tom McLoughlin had to actually
beg Paramount to allow him to do an audio commentary for JASON LIVES (and
to do it for free). In fact, many people offered to contribute their
services and materials for free for this box set, but Paramount turned
most of them down. The Alice Cooper "The Man Behind The Mask" music
video was set for inclusion early on, but was pulled along with a "JASON
TAKES MANHATTAN" gag reel. Also, the uncut print of the original
"Friday The 13th" exists and has been released oversees on laserdisc and
DVD for years! Paramount has the rights to that footage and print
the same as the film's international distributor - Warner Bros., but they
continue to deny us the pleasure of owning it on Region 1 DVD. Also,
cut footage exists for more films than what they are offering here in their
featurettes. Paramount has a history of this. "My Bloody Valentine"
producer John Dunning is said to have both footage cut from the 1981 slasher
as well as a complete negative with eight to nine minutes of extra footage.
Though, he is having difficulties trying to release an uncut DVD because
Paramount won't relinquish the rights, nor will they release it themselves.
Add to that, Paramount halted production on the box set prematurely so
they could release the set on a self-imposed street date of late September
/ early October. I could go onto criticize the technical aspects
of the set (two movies per disc, horrible packageing, etc.), but I digress.
Just one more day. On Tuesday, June 29th, Paramount Home Entertainment
will announce the final specs for their FRIDAY THE 13TH DVD box set.
Stay posted to here and DVDFile.com.
There is currently a great deal of talk, mostly negative, regarding
details on the FRIDAY THE 13TH box set that Paramount Home Entertainment
is producing. Now, even though the source of this information is
highly reliable and has been working very closely with those personally
producing the content for the set, he is not an official source from Paramount.
As is the long standing policy here at FOREVER HORROR, especially with
such sensitive and controversial information such as this, we will not
report on said information until it is either stated by an official source
at Paramount, or is officially confirmed by Paramount themselves.
For those unaware of this information that has spread across the web this
past weekend, Camp Crystal Lake
Online has all the stated details. Anyone well versed in their
DVD news knows that DVD specs can change drastically, erradically, and
without cause. Features can be added, removed, changed, and release
dates can even be pushed back by over a year (i.e. Anchor Bay's "DAWN OF
THE DEAD" Multi-Disc Special Edition DVD set).
reports that, over at Tom Savini's
official site, the makeup effects master has said he's been contacted
about adding his voice to the audio commentary for a new special edition
DVD for the original "FRIDAY THE 13TH". It's not confirmed that it's
for Paramount's SE box set, but it seems most plausible. He may also
be recording a track for "THE FINAL CHAPTER" as Savini's site said that
it may be a joint track with Sean S. Cunningham & Joseph Zito (director
of "THE FINAL CHAPTER"). Still no further release info yet, but it's
still set for a September 2004 release.
Now, at SideshowToy.com, you can order your classic 12" Jason Voorhees
figure. Designed & costumed in the style of FRIDAY THE 13TH,
PART 3 & FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER. Also, you can pre-order
their "FREDDY vs. JASON" 14" version of Jason
Voorhees as well. You can check out their photos of the beautifully
designed figures there. SideshowToy.com accompanies the following
description with their 'FvJ' Jason Voorhees:
It has been almost 10 years since
one of the scariest horror characters of all time, Freddy Krueger, invaded
the dreams of a generation to exact his deadly form of revenge and murder.
Now, Freddy has entered into the dreams of another master of evil - the
unstoppable Jason Voorhees -- plunging cinema's two greatest titans of
terror into a battle to end all battles.
Jason Voorhees is created as he
appears in the film "Freddy vs. Jason." This figure features movie accurate
costuming and a portrait that captures Jason's current decomposed state.
He is also packaaged with two machetes; one bloody and one flaming. A display
base is included. Jason's mask is sculpted to his head, and not removable.
Heads up, people! Got an email today from Mr. George Rigney.
He is looking for a 3-D print of FRIDAY THE 13TH, PART 3 for a 3-D film
festival this month in California. As he states, all prints are in
the hands of collectors, and I'm certain he can make some special arrangement
for your print to be safely returned after the festivals' conclusion.
All the information he sent me is below, and his email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am assisting Chris Condon of StereoVision
We are having a 3D festival in San
Diego from October 17th to the 30Th.
We are trying to find a 3D print
of Friday The 13th.
If you have any leads let me know.
Any existing prints are in the hands of collectors.
Paramount does not have any as
far as we know.
Thanx for any help.
Also, a Bloody-Disgusting
exclusive coming from a Q&A at the recent screening of New Line's "TEXAS
CHAIN SAW MASSACRE" remake comes our way concerning the NEXT FRIDAY THE
13TH FILM!!! But it's gonna be a while, and it may be back in the
hands of Sean Cunningham.
We also had the opportunity to ask
Jeff Allard and the gang from the studio in the foyer about the horror
resurrection of late, and they talked about cabin fever and freddy vs jason
etc. anyway, we got a semi-official 'yes' that there is going to be another
freddy vs jason, but probably with one of the other horror icons teaming
up with Fred. No mention of whom.
Thirdly - and god I hope this is
not old news! - the popularity of F vs J has breathed new life into the
"Jason" franchise too. They'll be making another solo one of him too. Not
in space apparently - just back to the roots. Camp Crystal Lake. I asked
when, they said 'a couple of years' when Sean [I presume Cunningham?] finishes
October is here, and Fangoria
has a little more word of the FRIDAY THE 13TH DVD box set:
"Paramount has a tentative September
2004 street date for its FRIDAY THE 13TH DVD boxed set . Efforts are currently
underway to put together uncut versions of as many of the films as possible.
Whether the new discs will also be available separately has yet to be determined."
Well, the winners of the Maniafest FRIDAY THE 13TH Cut 'Em Up Film
Contest are online here.
I'm glad to see that our long time friend and microbudget filmmaker, Timothy
J. Whitfield and his friend Joe got, at least, an honorable mention in
the contest for their live-action short "THE COLD HEART OF CRYSTAL LAKE".
Though, honorable mentions don't win you anything at all but an honorable
mention. It's a shortened 13 minute version (so as the contest requirements
stated) as the full version is about 17 minutes. You can hit their
discussion thread on Fridaythe13thforums.com
to find out who to download it from (it's not hosted any place online).
Though, you can view the second place winner here.
Personally, I think this "JASON: THE REBIRTH" animated short sucks.
If it were a live-action film, it wouldn't have been given much thought
at all, and the animation isn't that hot to begin with. It has NO
plot whatsoever. COMPLETE absence of plot. Nothing at all in
the realm of plots. Just Jason begin resurrected from the bottom
of Crystal Lake by his mother's blood after she was decapitated at the
end of the original FRIDAY THE 13TH. That's it. It's about
four or five minutes, tops. I'm interested to see what number one
has reported on the announcement of Paramount's FRIDAY THE 13TH special
edition box set, AND the possiblity of FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE SERIES (FRIDAY'S
CURSE in Europe) hitting DVD eventually as well. Here's what they
Rounding out today's news is the
latest news from Camp Blood, er, the happy home of Jason Voorhees. At a
special screening of the original Friday the 13th at Maniafest this past
Friday, Paramount Home Entertainment representatives were on hand to officially
announce an upcoming box set of the first eight Friday flicks. Details
remain sketchy, but fans asking for uncut versions of the flicks may be
in luck - Paramount is hard at work trying to locate the missing footage
needed to reconstitute new cuts of the films. The set is currently due
for release in the fourth quarter of next year, and Paramount is also considering
releasing on DVD the Jason-less but fairly popular Friday the 13th television
series that ran for three seasons in syndication in the late 80's. Watch
this space for further updates.
And if your bloodlust still isn't
satiated, also revealed by series creator Sean Cunningham at the screening
is that Jason may now really find his way into your living room - hot on
the heels of the success of Freddy Vs. Jason, a new television series based
on the serial killer's myth and lore, The Crystal Lake Chronicles, is currently
in development. Guess this guy just won't ever die? Stay tuned.
Peter H. emailed Bloody-Disgusting
about the Paramount DVD box set announcement last night at Maniafest.
No details have been confirmed. Paramount is still uncertain about
pretty much everything. Though, the uncut versions of the films IS
a possiblity, if they can find all of the cut footage. So, we'll
have to wait a good number of months before we get anything concrete regarding
features and the status of the uncut Fridays. Here's all of what
Peter H. reported:
"I just got back from Maniafest
in LA, where I saw a new 35mm print of Friday the 13th. It was said that
there would be a special anouncement regarding the future of the franchise,
and sure enough a rep from Paramount told the audience that a box-set is
in the works for late next year. He was very vague about the details, but
assured us that unrated versions of the eight films were a possibility.
He then asked the very sparse audience if they were in possesion of any
lost scenes to contact him. That should give you an idea of how far we
have to go. Audio commentaries were also a possibility, depending on the
availability of the talent.
Also of interest was Sean Cunningham
speaking of a possible TV series revolving teens at Camp Crystal Lake.
I gathered that it would be a pre-series set time frame, but he was short
on details (as usual).
Later Joseph Zito took the stage
and spoke about lost scenes for Friday 4. He assured us that they do exist,
and it was possible to confirm a new negative.
Well, it seems as though NECA's "New Blood" 18 inch Jason figure is
set for shelves. We've got pictures of the packaged Jason action
figure from all angles. Also, the final image is that of NECA's Pinhead
figure next to the packaging for a size comparison. You'll see just
how HUGE this Buechler-designed Jason figure is! You can find out
all the info on the figure by fitting NECA
Shady news, in my opinion, from DVDFile.com
concerning reissues of the "FRIDAY THE 13th" films on DVD.
"In other Paramount news, fans of that big guy in a hockey
mask have been clamoring for special edition reissues of the Friday the
13th series for some time now, so we talked with Paramount Home Entertainment's
head of publicity Martin Blythe, who had some good news for fans of the
sultan of summer camp slaughter.
Holding distribution rights to the first eight films in
the never-ending series, Paramount is currently in the beginning stages
of planning new reissues of the Friday flicks, although due to the very
limited availability of archival materials, just what form such a release
would take, such as a box set, remains formative. There is also no word
on whether uncut versions of the films, which have always been the most
sought after by fans of the series, will be possible to include. As for
a release date, a late 2004 arrival is hoped for. Watch this space!"
Kane Hodder & John Carl Buechler BOTH have the UNCUT versions of
"The New Blood". Paramount, call them up, and they'll be pleased
to have them transferred in crisp digital quality audio and video.
Also, call up your international distributors (i.e. Warner Bros.) because
they seem to have uncut versions of some of the films as well. Call
up Alice Cooper, he'll be happy to contribute his music video for "He's
Back (The Man Behind The Mask)" to the "JASON LIVES" disc. Paramount
merely needs to look in the right places and call the right people to get
the proper archival & uncut material. Also, it took Paramount
four damn years to put out the bare bones DVDs (two a year for four years).
I'd be AMAZED if they could slap together a halfway decent set of special
editions in a little over a year for the entire series. Well, as
DVDFile.com said, "watch this space!"
Well, series news is few & far between aside from the usual 'FvJ'
tidbits. This concerns the 18" action figure being released by NECA,
and the news comes via Celluloid
Shockers. NECA released the following statement along with two
nice photos of the figure itself:
"Jason has been one of the most requested 18" action figures
of all time and NECA delivers the goods and then some with this figure.
This is the most movie accurate Jason ever produced. He stands 18" tall,
features a removable mask, machete, axe, sound, and more. NECA will
also release a limited edition resin statue of Jason. While details are
still being finalized the statue will have a detailed diorama base and
will be limited to 1000 pieces. Plans also call for a signed Certificate
of Authenticity with the signatures of actor Kane Hodder and sculptor Kyle
Celluloid Shockers also got an exclusive statement from the CEO of NECA,
Randy Falk, that the figure may show up as early as July, and will be available
wherever NECA products are sold.
Though, the figure I'm hot for is the WETA Sideshow 12" figure based
on the "Friday the 13th, Part 3" Jason Voorhees. This one looks GREAT!
Real cloth clothing, removeable mask, and you know what? We've got
photos! Of Jason both masked on UNmasked! Three photos for
your viewing pleasure. It costs $40.00, and you can pre-order your
figure (limited to only 7500) at WETA's official
site. The beautiful figure is coming this August/September!
DarkHorizons.com & DVDFile.com
report that Warner Bros. (the international distributor of the Paramount
F13's) will release a special edition DVD of the original "FRIDAY THE 13th"
just in time for the theatrical release of "FREDDY vs. JASON". It
will contain the international cut of the film & a new documentary
"Return to Crystal Lake" with interviews with Sean S. Cuningham, Adrienne
King, Betsy Palmer, and writer Victor Miler. This will NOT be avaliable
in Region 1 (U.S. & Canada) as Paramount (the domestic distributors)
have indicated NO plans in releasing any special editions for ANY of the
'F13' films here in the States.
Also, DVDFile.com also states that a book will be published this Fall
detailing the making of the entire "FRIDAY THE 13th" film series.
No other information is available at this time, but I'll make sure to dig
around Amazon.com and other places to get you as many details on this as
As an update in regards to this page's purpose. This page will
report on any F13 merchandise that's upcoming ranging from DVDs to action
figures to whatever else they decide to throw the way of the F13 fans.
News on "FREDDY vs. JASON" will be posted on THAT section of this site,
and any possible news concerning any post-FvJ "FRIDAY/JASON X" films will
be posted here first, then transferred to its own seperate page (once rumor
becomes fact). Details on the "JASON X" & "JASON GOES TO HELL"
DVDs are up on the JASON X page of this site. As of now, we have
no information as to whether or not Paramount has ANY intentions of releasing
unrated versions of the "FRIDAY THE 13th" DVDs. It's possible, but
I wouldn't put money on it until Paramount at least, publically, addresses
the issue. Maybe someone should contact Fangoria Magazine to start
a petition to get these versions released. Such a respected horror
publication could bring some serious weight to the cause.
Paramount has finally decided to do something with the F13 series.
They'll release them on DVD in sets of twos (Pt1 & Pt2, Pt3 & Pt4,
etc.) starting this Fall. Not much on them, but they're widescreen,
have trailers, and a few others little things. NEW LINE CINEMA will
release a special JGTH DVD with trailers, widescreen, and possibly the
extra footage we've all been waiting for for YEARS! Interviews &
an audio commentary maybe added if they can get the right guys for it.
Here are the box covers for "FRIDAY
THE 13TH Part 3: 3D" (yes, 3D) & "JASON
GOES TO HELL: The Final Friday", or view them at the F13 multimedia
page. Also, SSC/Crystal Lake Films has informed us that "JASON X:
FRIDAY THE 13th Part 10" is planned to be made before "FREDDY vs. JASON".
Check out Tim Whitfield's "JASON X" posters on the Fan Art page.
WOW! It's been a while since we updated this section, but there's not
much to say. If you've found out, we're moving all our news for the upcoming
"Freddy vs Jason" movie to the "Freddy
vs Jason" section. Some of the info we gave out last time was false.
The movie is yet to be filmed(at least that's what New
Line Cinema tells us. From now on, info that we promise will be TRUE.
So, go here for future
"Friday The 13th" and "Nightmare On Elm Street" updates.
Well it seems that the film is held back to Sept. 3rd, 1999, so says
the IMDB. This is annoying the pants
off us at "FOREVER HORROR", so you're not the only ones. Anyway, we are
soon going to add a whole page devoted to "FREDDY vs JASON"! So get ready!
P.S.- If you haven't yet purchased a "MOVIE MANIAC'S" action figure,
hurry & by them here!
"Freddy vs Jason" is filming at the minute! So far, we have heard rumors
of Robert Englund and Kane Hodder reprising their roles as Freddy and Jason.
Also, hurry, Freddy & Jason action figures are out for $9.99! They
are released by "McFarland Toys" and are currently at Kay-Bee Toy Stores
and Media Play! The Jason ones are actually selling faster than the Freddy's.
Also on this chain is Leatherface!