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We’re Passing the Longest Stretch of Time Between ‘Friday the 13th’ Films EVER

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We’re Passing the Longest Stretch of Time Between ‘Friday the 13th’ Films EVER

We don’t want to depress you on Friday the 13th, but these are the facts.

When director Sean S. Cunningham’s low-budget Friday the 13th was released in May of 1980, it’s pretty safe to say that nobody expected it to be a big time hit, much less one that would change the face of the horror genre. But, as we know looking back, that weekend in May did indeed alter the course of horror history, ushering in a new wave of gory slasher flicks.

Paramount immediately began milking the franchise dry just one year later, releasing Friday the 13th: Part 2 in April 1981, less than a year after the first film!

Of course, the Friday the 13th franchise didn’t slow down from there, as Part 2 made Jason Voorhees the star of the show and really established the franchise as a dominant force on the horror scene for many years to come. Between 1980 and 1989, a whopping EIGHT Friday the 13th films were quickly written, shot and released.

Jason Takes Manhattan closed out the ’80s with its 1989 release, and it would be four years before Jason returned in Jason Goes to Hell. At that time, four years without Jason was completely unheard of; little did Friday fans realize at the time, they were about to wait a whole lot longer for the next installment.

While New Line’s Jason Goes to Hell memorably teased a battle between Freddy and Jason, the studio spent the remainder of the ’90s trying to figure out how to bring the two horror icons together for that promised mash-up. Instead, they eventually ended up bringing Jason back solo for the outer space-set Jason X, released more than 8 years after Jason Goes to Hell.

8 years, 8 months, 2 weeks, to be exact.

Not long after, Freddy vs. Jason finally came to fruition in 2003, but it would be a long time before we ever saw Freddy Krueger or Jason Voorhees up on the big screen again. Jason’s return came first, with Platinum Dunes’ Friday the 13th remake arriving in theaters on February 13th, 2009 – 5 years, 6 months after Freddy vs. Jason.

Sadly, the planned sequel to the remake never got off the ground.

And so today, Friday, October 13th, 2017, marks exactly 8 years, 8 months since we last saw Jason Voorhees slash up teenagers, which means we’re currently less than 2 weeks shy of breaking the record for the longest stretch of time between Friday the 13th films in the 37-year history of the franchise.

Needless to say, with no new installment even announced or seemingly in any stage of development at this time, we are currently on track to shatter that unfortunate record.

A strange fate for a franchise that once unleashed a new film every single year.

The biggest bummer of all this is that Paramount had initially planned on releasing a new Friday the 13th movie TODAY, but they pulled the plug back in February; from what we’ve been told, the under-performance of Rings gave the studio cold feet about reviving another long-dormant horror franchise from the past.

Breck Eisner was to direct Prisoners writer Aaron Guzikowski’s script.

It’s no secret that New Line/Warner Bros. will be reclaiming the rights to Friday the 13th (from Paramount) sometime in 2018 (provided that messy legal battle that’s been going on this year doesn’t screw things up any further), so the future of the franchise is very much hanging in the balance right now.

If we can be sure of one thing, it’s that Jason Voorhees will eventually return. And when he does, it’ll be the most long-awaited reunion any of us has ever experienced.



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COMMENTS

158 Comments
  • Khy

    It’s been 84 years….and I can still smell the fresh blood. The camp fire had never been lit. The sleeping bags had never been slept in. Jason was called the master of slashers. And he was. He really was…

    • disqus_uqr3Boh0Wp

      yeah it’s a sunk ship at the minute this. God I hope they get things sorted out.

  • PghSteezFan

    If they had a producer who even had a clue, such as Frank Mancuso Jr. back in the day, they’d still be able to milk the cow. How in the world they cannot make a decent F13 similar to the first 7 for around $10M – $15M is beyond me – the first weekend BO returns would easily cover that and after about 3 weeks in it would be all profit from there on out – then add in the home market and I just cannot understand why this franchise is not being taken advantage of. I guess everyone has to make it a $45M project and that scares off the studios.

    • Saturn

      They should get Harvey Weinstein on board – seems he could do with the work……

      Okay, probably too soon………….

    • Agreed. I think it’s probably a combination of two factors:

      1) Platinum Dunes aren’t the most competent kids on the block.

      2) Paramount Pictures, who own the rights, seems to be really overthinking it and don’t really understand the franchise. The two studios had a good script from Nick Antosca, and they ended up ditching it for some silly origin story that fans weren’t interested in (and it still got cancelled). Paramount also commissioned a F13 TV series while Hannibal was on the air, describing it as a “Sophisticated crime thriller” involving Jason. Yeah, that nearly happened.

      http://deadline.com/2015/08/friday-the-13th-series-the-cw-feature-movie-the-pretender-1201497591/

  • Carnage

    We miss you Jason. Won’t you come back to us please?

    • Jared Patrick

      “Jason come back!… You can blame it all on… Paramount… Jason come back!”

      • Paramount and Platinum Dunes… They’re like partners in crime, lol

        • Jared Patrick

          Well, more so Paramount lol because Platinum Dunes were under their control. They really had no say creatively. They were just given a concept and had to make some kind of movie out of it. Honestly, it could’ve been a lot worse, granted it probably wasn’t the best they could do, but it wasn’t terrible.

          • Even with other studios, Dunes doesn’t have a particularly good track record.

  • Khy

    I remember being so “expectant” after the reboot. Going to blockbuster and getting the killer cut DVD and still being largely unimpressed with the film. “The next one will be the 13th film so it better be good. August 13th 2010 next year? I better walk out of the theater happy.”

    Oh silly Khy. How millennial of you. The reboot came out literally my senior year (I graduated early that January) and with there not being another film since…Friday 09 is strangely nostalgic for me now that I look back. Talk about absence makes the heart grow fonder.

    At least Halloween is set to have a grand return. Maybe Friday will follow. Perhaps we’ll get solid entries that will be worth the almost decade long wait. One good movie every ten years I can be fine with rather than one bad one every year. One things for certain- I’m going to truly cherish and enjoy the development of Halloween or another Friday film more than I would’ve back in 2009/2010.

  • Will Coors

    They should do exactly what the “chucky” series is doing and get new films on a DVD/Stream release. They are low budget films to begin with, there is no reason why Jason can’t take the “chucky”route and find success on home video. The reason why Chucky sells DVD’s is because fans and Jason fans would do the SAME for him. There HAS to be someway to keep the franchise going. BREAKS MY HEART!

    • Khy

      I wouldn’t oppose the Friday series skipping theaters. I mean it was always a low-budget property anyway and now it seems like the studios don’t really have any theatrical interest in the property unless it’s a gimmick they can slap on to it “Found Footage, 3D ect”. I would have no problem with them going the Chucky route.

      Honestly, I think most people need to face facts and realize that’s kinda where our slasher icons belong in this day and age and that isn’t a bad thing. Most audiences are probably skeptical of shelling out money for a basic slasher no matter how good it may be, but they’ll have no problem streaming it on VOD or Netfliix or picking up the blu-ray even. The great thing about Chucky is that it cuts the bullshit and goes straight to the fans.

      Though I know we don’t share the same view as most fans. But theatrical isn’t the end all be all for me.

      • Necro

        Yep Khy I agree there

    • Necro

      Yeah I could definitely get behind that idea! IMO just because it goes straight to home video doesn’t automatically make it garbage. If studio’s are to afraid of these films bombing theatrically, then it’s a somewhat safer route for them, and a win for us, well most likely anyway. Yeah I definitely wouldn’t oppose it, at least we’d be getting new stuff.

    • I’m conflicted on this. On one hand, I want to see Jason on the big screen again. On the other hand, look at how the big studios have been treating the franchise. Maybe giving it a lower budget release would allow the series to return to its roots. And I think F13 is one of those franchises where I would rather have a relatively new director that knows his stuff make a new F13 film than a more pretentious, bigger name filmmaker that doesn’t.

    • Hack Snyder

      Interesting idea but let’s not forget that the Chucky series is the ONLY good direct-to-video series.

      • Will Coors

        True, but maybe they/we could change that

  • zombie84_41

    Thats ok if it takes time, maybe they can sit down and think of a nice and exciting way to reboot it and make it fresh and new again. Let the old Franchise be its done. Time to restart the franchise as something even better.

    • LastCubScout

      Disagree! The series from its inception has always been about cheap fast-food horror. This is the one series that I prefer quantity over quality. Keep ’em cheap and keep ’em comin’!

      • zombie84_41

        Then we gotta make it really cheesy why not throw in a time traveling idea with Jason going back and forth through time or something hes been in fucking space LOL. So time travel will be something very odd and weird. IDK how they will be able to do it but it just popped in my head

        • John Connor

          I want sequels to Jason X.
          They can do anything with it.
          Infinite possibilities.

          • zombie84_41

            LOL I wanta see Jason on uranus LOL just had to.

        • LastCubScout

          Fine. I just want them to come out with something! Anything!

          • zombie84_41

            same they can pull off anything

    • Khy

      I say why not go and make an original property then.
      Don’t get me wrong, I want a fresh approach to the series and don’t just want generic bland films, but at this point it’s like teaching an old dog new tricks. 12 films in and “fresh and new” means “gimmick” to the studios. I’m fine with a good old fashioned run around the campground premise at this point as long as its fairly enjoyable.
      But save all the major “re-invention” for actual new films.

      • zombie84_41

        one idea they never did before a time traveling Jason. I wonder how this will work out.

        • John Connor

          They can basically do that by a sequel to Jason X on a new planet where humans are living the equivalent of our Dark Ages or the witchhunting times.

          • zombie84_41

            They could I would love to see that for sure.

  • Creepshow

    Quick, someone save Jason! He’s drowning in his own tears!

    • Saturn

      Why? Is he a SJW?

      • Creepshow

        I’m not sure. But I do know that his butt hurts, because there’s a big crack in it.

  • Nekrim

    Maybe the box office succes of IT will fast forward a new sequel shortly

    • Trav

      I’m thinking the same thing. New Line knows Friday The 13th has a huge fanbase that’s been waiting a long time for a new movie. I think it’s similar to Stephen King fans waiting for a re-adaption of IT, and that’s why when it finally came, people flocked to the theater to see it. I think next year’s Halloween might have similar success to what IT had, as well as a new Friday movie if they ever decide to make it.

      • Jared Patrick

        With the huge success of of IT, plus the popularity and success of the Friday the 13th game. the franchise is at hot as it was in the 80’s. I think the only thing stopping New Line/ Warner from any kind of progress on a new movie, is the rights battle.

        • Trav

          It’s a pretty bold statement to say the Friday the 13th franchise is as hot as it was in the 80’s, but I get your point. The video game has done a lot to revive people’s interest in the franchise. Speaking of the rights battle, has there been any update on that? I hope it gets decided soon!

          • Jared Patrick

            Not that I know of, but I heard it’s supposed to be settled in early 2018. Probably before the rights revert back to New Line. I hope so anyway. We need a new Friday the 13th movie! Jason’s been away from the big screen for far too long.

          • Trav

            I agree! But you want a nice hold-over? Go watch “Never Hike Alone”, the Friday The 13th fan-film that was released on YouTube recently. I was shocked by how good it was. That’s just my opinion of course.

          • Jared Patrick

            Oh yeah, I saw it within minutes of it being uploaded lol. I was very impressed by the outcome! Definitely well worth the wait. Womp Stomp Films did an amazing job. I hear they actually might be planning a sequel or another new take on F13. That’s just rumors of course, but who knows… I wouldn’t be opposed to it.

    • That, and Nightmare on Elm Street would be great.

  • Tiger Quinn

    Doesn’t need anything but a straightforward sequel with good scares and kills. Summer camp’s are still hugely popular – doesn’t need ghosts, zombies, magic or reboot, just Jason in the woods and stupid teens.

  • James Jeans

    I reckon if Halloween is successful next year, Friday the 13th will be fast tracked. History repeating itself, and whatnot.

    • Khy

      Halloween ’78 Sparked Friday. Halloween ’07 sparked Friday ’09. Halloween ’18 sparks Friday ’20?
      Seems like it to me. Then I guess Nightmare will follow after Friday.

    • I hope so. Fingers crossed that Platinum Dunes isn’t involved with this one.

    • Bob Marshall

      Get Adam Green (ArieScope) in to do the next Friday the 13th and then get Andy Muschietti in for the next A Nightmare on Elm Street. Set both in the 80s and don’t overdo the budgets, let the creativity of the directors lead the films.

  • Hockey Machete

    Even Platinum Dunes loses the rights to New Line, I hope Derek Mears can keep playing Jason like Kane did after Paramount handed over the Friday films.

    • Khy

      Platinum Dunes never technically had the rights. They were hired by New Line to make the 09 remake. Paramount then hired them to make the canceled reboot. But other than that, Platinum Dunes themselves have no say or power in where the series goes. Never have.

      • disqus_uqr3Boh0Wp

        I’m glad to hear that. I just want to distance myself from the 2009 film as much as possible. what ever comes next I either want fresh meat all around or people from the original 8 films.

      • Hockey Machete

        That’s a relief.

    • Khy

      Platinum Dunes never technically had the rights. They were hired by New Line to make the 09 remake. Paramount then hired them to make the canceled reboot. But other than that, Platinum Dunes themselves have no say or power in where the series goes. Never have.

    • I’d be willing to give Mears a chance IF they fix Jason’s characterisation, because he was completely out-of-character throughout most of the 2009 film. Ultimately, that would come down to the writing, though.

      • Hockey Machete

        So long as they ditch the tunnels and Jason taking live hostages, I’d say its for the better.

      • Bob Marshall

        He wasn’t out or character at all they just added some layers to the characters. If you think that’s out of character then you must think the Jason of Part III is as he acts nothing like the way the character is portrayed in Part II. Go watch the series the are differences in many of the portrayals and new layers added too.

        • Nope. The character had virtually nothing to do with Jason Voorhees, besides having a hockey mask and a machete. His kill style and characterisation are completely wrong, he willfully takes prisoners, he slowly roasts people like marshmallows and then sets bear-traps to keep people from saving them, he steals kerosene, shoots bow-and-arrows, he let’s local people live at Crystal Lake if they “leave him alone”, ETC. Frankly, the character written in the film purely and simply wasn’t Jason. You can argue that “But it was based on the original Jason!”, but frankly he had nothing to do with that Jason either (besides not being slow-moving and undead).

          As for any minor differences in Part III and onward from the second film, the character made his first real appearance in Part II. They were still developing the character at that point to the extent that he didn’t have his trademark hockey mask yet. You’re comparing apples to oranges. There’s a difference between developing a newly created character, and having a rebooted version of said character be completely in-name-only, long after everyone knows who Jason is.

          • Bob Marshall

            Nope it’s still Jason. You can’t make the exvuse for III because they were still developing the character. If anything they commit a worse crime cause it’s meant to be the next day yet Jason has grown massively. All they did in the ‘09 version was bring him to to date and make him smarter. How about how Jason acts differently in Part 7 compared to 8? Or in FvJ compared to 7-X. Jason may not have taken live prisoners in the originals but he took dead bodies to his Mothers shrine. Something that disappears in later sequels too. End of the day you can claim it wasn’t Jason but it was. You are factually wrong to say it wasn’t. All they did was add a hunter aspect to the character.

          • Nice try. Jason is largely the same character in Part III that he is in Part II; the differences are minor. The same goes for nearly all of the subsequent sequels. Did he gain supernatural abilities? Sure. Did the actors bring their attributes to the role? Definitely. But Jason Voorhees’ characterisation is largely consistent throughout the series. The only real exception is Jason Takes Manhatten, which isn’t exactly a prime example of a Friday the 13th film, and all of the differences you named from the other movies are minor at best. Dragging around corpses is hardly against Jason’s character, but taking live prisoners literally goes against everything he stands for.

            The fact of the matter is that Derek Mears’ Pseudo-Jason had almost nothing to do with Jason Voorhees. They both are silent, and they have a hockey mask and machete. The similarities literally end there. Besides reaching for shaky arguments regarding the previous films, you have completely failed to demonstrate any “factual” incorrectness. You also completely and utterly failed to justify what Psuedo-Jason (2009) has in common with actual Jason. Jason didn’t grow or evolve in the 2009 reboot because he purely and simply wasn’t the same character (except in name and appearance only). I hope your next arguments are less dubious than everything you just said.

          • Bob Marshall

            How did I not provide any factual evidence? Does Jason still stalk and slash his victims? Yes he does. It’s Jason on the reboot. You can say what you want but you are completely wrong. I suppose Heath Ledgers Joker wasn’t the Joker because he had some differences to the Jack Nicholson version either? Or what about Tyler Mane as Michael Myers? Etc etc.

          • “It’s Jason on the reboot. You can say what you want but you are completely wrong.”
            Again, you have failed to demonstrate this. He is Jason… just in-name-only, and in-appearance-only. That’s about it.

            “I suppose Heath Ledgers Joker wasn’t the Joker because he had some differences to the Jack Nicholson version either? Or what about Tyler Mane as Michael Myers? Etc etc.”

            *Facepalm*
            I’m not even going to repeat my comments. From here on out, I’ll just screencap them below. The only short version I’ll repeat is that giving a new interpretation of something is fine. Giving something the same name and appearance of something, but it have nothing else in common with it is something else entirely (a la Dracula in Dracula Untold, Ghostface in MTV’s Scream, Pseudo-Jason in the F13 reboot).

            “How did I not provide any factual evidence?”

            The part where you gave zero justification as to what Pseudo-Jason has in common with the character he’s supposedly based on, and then asserted that everything I’m saying is “factually incorrect”.

            “. Aslong as you maintain the core elements of the character then you are allowed to add layers just as those movies did.”

            Exactly! The reboot didn’t “add layers” to anything, as he acts and kills nothing like Jason Voorhees. If you want me to break down every single thing he does that is out-of-character, I will.

            “Or what about Tyler Mane as Michael Myers?”

            What about him? In the 2007 remake, Mane’s character is Michael Myers (and not just in-name-only). That doesn’t happen until Halloween II.

            “With him kidnapping Whitney that was just another take on what happened in Part 2 when Jason is tricked by Ginny into thinking she’s his mother. In F13 ‘09 he is confused by this woman who looks like his Mother.”

            Not the same thing at all. In Part II, Jason was genuinely convinced that Ginny was his mother, which is the only reason he didn’t kill her (his mother is probably the only person he wouldn’t kill). In the reboot, he finds a woman that has a resemblance to his mother and then imprisons her for it. For one, the reboot doesn’t make it clear if Jason even thought that the prisoner was actually his mother (probably not). For two, why would Jason imprison his own mother?

            “So drop the narrow minded fanboy view that a character has to be only as you see it. “

            After you provided one flawed example, and continued to not address most of my points? Wow. And it’s hardly a narrow point of view to want Jason Voorhees to actually be… Jason Voorhees. As a mentioned earlier, Jason’s kill style and characterisation have been largely consistent throughout the first eleven films (except for Part VIII, where he only chases specific people throughout Manhatten). The 2009 reboot version is largely an in-name-only portrayal of said character. And aren’t you the one that nitpicked the minor differences between the sequels (which I addressed)? Seems hypocritical.
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d9a5113b0c91bfb57693b523e071351462f680f6bd54595750494a540fec76b7.jpg

          • Bob Marshall

            You’re still wrong I pointed out that he has the core essence of the character. How did I not provide examples? I even saw said he kills those that enter his domain, he loves his Mother too much etc. Therefore he is the character. As I said they just added layers to him.

            For the record I hate Rob Zombies Halloween films but they’re stills Michael Myers.

            Again it’s quite clear to me that you have a narrow minded view of the characters you love. Seems you only like what you like and won’t accept any deviation from that.

          • Okay? Not sure what you want to me to say to those insults. Goodbye… I guess.

          • Bob Marshall

            It was not my intention to insult and if I did I apologise wholeheartedly. I guess we will just have to agree to disagree.

      • John Connor

        How can he be out of character when its a remake (new version of the character)?

        • Because the character still needs to be Jason Voorhees, and the core of who he is as the character. It’s clear that Platinum Dunes doesn’t have a handle on who Jason is and how he should be portrayed. Other examples of this include Dracula Untold (which was a superhero story that largely had nothing to do with Dracula), and the Scream TV series (which is largely just an unrelated MTV teen drama with a ghost-mask killer). Being considered a reboot isn’t much of an excuse to take the name of something and almost nothing else.

          If you want an example of how to reinterpret or reinvent something correctly, look at Heath Ledger’s The Joker. That version of the character was different from every previous incarnation but, at his core, he was still characterised as The Joker. The same cannot be said for Derek Mears’ Jason, who is mostly an entirely different character in a hockey mask. If they weren’t trying to cash in on the success of the other films, Friday the 13th (2009) could change the name and mask of the killer and it would be an entirely unrelated slasher about kids in the woods.

        • If you really think about it, it’s a bit ridiculous that the studios have had this difficult of a time bringing Friday the 13th back to the big screen for so long. The fanbase really isn’t asking for much. We aren’t expecting some sophisticated masterpiece. We just want a fun and/or scary slasher film that feels like Friday the 13th and is filled with new creative kills like the franchise is known for.

          I think the studios have been overthinking it for the last few decades, either by alienating fans by trying too hard to do something new (such as the case of Jason Takes Manhattan, Jason X, Jason Goes to Hell), trying to come up with a shocking secret origin for the cancelled 2017 film, ETC. They had an opportunity to continue Freddy vs. Jason, something fans wanted to see, but didn’t. I think the 2009 film fell short by retreading the first four films while lacking memorable kills and over reinventing Jason to the point that he’s almost a separate character altogether.

          Instead of putting all of their creativity into trying to redefine Friday the 13th, or coming up with an unwanted origin prequel, why don’t they do something more simple? I think an easy way to win back the fans is to use the general F13 formula as a template for the next film, but put all of their creativity into developing the kills, scares, chase sequences, set pieces, ETC. To repeat another Bloody-Disgusting article, “How hard is it to make a Friday the 13th film?”

          • Necro

            Yeah I agree Darkknight, they are definitely over thinking this and making it so much harder than it is! I refuse to believe that it’s that hard to make one new ‘Friday’ film.

    • John Connor

      Of course he can.
      They don’t own him.

  • Francesco Falciani

    it’s sad and it’s even sadder that we won’t get a new f13th any time son

    • John Connor

      I’m not your son.

      But I am your daddy.

  • Ken protecious

    Just start from after part VIII and get Hodder again too

    • Part VII would be better (Part VIII was the beginning of the end for the franchise), but I otherwise agree with your comment. Even a reboot that’s good would be fine. Paramount and Platinum Dunes had several years to come up with a new F13 film, and all they had to show for it is some origin story that no one asked for, and will hopefully never get made. Let’s hope New Line Cinema can do better after 2018.

  • Nia Snacks

    Okay so we’re clearly not getting a new Friday the 13th movie anytime soon so how about we focus on getting a new Blu-ray box set out that doesn’t cost $350 on Amazon

    • I read the script to the F13 film that was supposed to come out this year, and it would have just killed the franchise again (and Paramount would probably still have the rights afterwards).

    • Bouncy X

      the blu ray set was probably a miracle considering the rights issues involved. once the rights do go back to WB, unless they strike another deal with paramount, i don’t see another box set containing the whole series likely happening again…..unless Scream Factory gets the rights and pulls a Halloween.

      though i personally would prefer them to get the Nightmare rights and do that collection as the blu ray set for that one is terrible, incomplete with a way too dark image on a few of the movies.

      • Ocelot006 .

        Not many rights issue involved with the box sets at all. At the time WB was distributing Paramount’s catalog films in Blu-Ray.

      • Ocelot006 .

        What the heck was wrong with the Elm Street collection?

      • Nia Snacks

        We just have to pray. I never thought I’d have a Phantasm box set so anything can happen down the line.

        • John Connor

          Pray to me.

      • Mamet006

        No rights issues involved in that box set. WB had the distribution rights to Paramount’s catalog films at the time. Pretty straight forward stuff.

  • American Atheist

    I enjoyed the remake. I just watched it earlier today. I have mixed feelings about Friday the 13th. It’s my least favorite horror series, but I still enjoy watching it. Friday the 13th just doesn’t hold up as well as it did when I was a kid watching them at the theater.

    I’m not opposed to more sequels. I just don’t want them for the sake of them being sequels. If they are going to do them, do them right. You can tell the remake was done by someone who appreciated the source material. Honestly, I just wanted a sequel to Freddy vs Jason. I know it will never happen but I really enjoyed that film.

    • Khy

      I’m surprised they never made a sequel to FVJ. FVJ was huge.
      A 2nd could’ve been fun. Though up Freddy’s body count.

      • We should have gotten that instead of the lackluster remakes of both films, tbh.

      • John Connor

        I’m glad they didn’t just for the sake of making one.

        FvJ was well thought out.
        Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash was in the works but was canceled due to Sam Raimi not wanting to compromise and hand over his character to strangers (which was a wise choice) .

        Though now I think FvJvA could be a lot of fun as a new season of Ash Vs Evil Dead.
        But it’ll likely never happen because no one will want to share.
        All they would need is New Line.
        That would certainly up the ratings of the show though.

  • The Dark One

    Seeing as how horror had been doing so good lately I’m sure one will be in the works too, especially after IT and the new Halloween if done right.

    • Mamet006

      When is horror ever doing poorly?

  • Brian

    Bring Back Tommy Jarvis!!! Or do something where it involves all of the survivors from the previous ones. I didn’t like the remake (2009) because this generation of “teens” suck, and any new installment will suck even more.

    • Forca84

      The characters in in the 2009 film weren’t Teens… To each there own man. But the characters weren’t annoying to me. It’s not like they were buried in their phones using text slang or logging into Facebook. They were no more annoying than any of the other franchise characters to me.

      • Brian

        I just re-watched it for the first time since it came out. It wasn’t as bad as i thought it was. Still there were no characters i even remotely liked. In the 80s movies there were at least some characters that had personality… Another thing, it didn’t seem like the Jason i grew up with. I mean he’s running, he’s torturing girls to death with the fire and the sleeping bag, and he’s holding a girl captive for Christ sake? Jason would never do any of that in the other films. He’s a killing machine, he would never hold someone captive or kill someone in that fasion.

        • Forca84

          I agree Jason taking a hostage was legit out of character. That was wack. A main gripe I have. The sleeping bag thing was brutal but well done. Guess they wanted to change it up from beating it against a tree.

          I liked the new characters. Except Jared Padalecki. He’s the odd one out. Legit looking like he rode in after filming “Supernatural”. But I guess it’s because the more I read about his outbursts IRL the more he seems like a douche to me.

          • I’d say that Jason was out-of-character for the large majority of the film. None of the kills were particularly memorable or Jason-like, not to mention all of the things he does that go against his character – taking prisoners, shooting bows-and-arrows, growing weed… for some odd reason, letting locals live at Crystal Lake, slowly roasting people like marshmallows and then setting bare traps (again, seriously?), stealing kerosene, going underneath the house and playing ‘Whack-A-Mole” with his machete, ETC. The killer in the film just wasn’t Jason Voorhees, aside from the name, weapon, and cosmetic appearance.

            I’ve heard some people call Derek Mears the “scariest” Jason, which is head-scratching to me given some of the great actors who have played the role and, not to mention, weren’t out-of-character. Not only that, but he didn’t do anything that was scary, and the underground tunnels explanation took away a good chunk of the fear factor.

            And while I’m glad that some people appreciated the characters and such more than I did, I honestly had a hard time telling some of them apart and remembering which male and female lead lives to the end upon revisiting the film. Not because of my memory, but because they are so generic.

            That being said, it’s not the worst F13 film. It’s probably a 4/10, and nowhere near as bad as the likes of Jason Takes Manhattan. But it’s not good, either.

          • Adam Paquette

            Jason wasn’t growing weed dumbass. Wade even says he got the tip from a second hand source. Obviously someone planted a bunch of weed there awhile back and either was killed by Jason or planned on coming back to get the crops. I’m so sick of people claiming Jason is a pot farmer in this movie! Donnie didn’t plant them either, he says he “found a shit ton of it growing out in woods” right? Also, Jason runs in parts 2, 3 and 4, so him running in the remake was nothing unusual. Everyone is so used to the slow, robotic and *cough*overrated*cough* Kane Hodder. I’ll take Ted White, Richard Brooker, Derek Mears and even C.J. Graham over Kane. Plus, Kane is in 3 of the shittiest movies in the franchise…. parts 8, 9 and 10 are a fucking dumpster fire.

          • Perhaps the film (including the Killer Cut, which is the version I own in my collection) should have made that more clear then. Given everything else that Jason does in the film, I hardly think that Jason growing weed is below them.

        • John Connor

          Stop whining.

    • Horrible Day

      Your wish has been granted. There’s a very special guest appearance in the friday fan film “Never Hike Alone” that was just released on youtube today

  • “The biggest bummer of all this is that Paramount had initially planned on releasing a new Friday the 13th movie TODAY, but they pulled the plug back in February.”

    Honestly, having no Friday the 13th movie is better than having the reboot that was supposed to come out this year. I read the script and it was abysmal. Hopefully, things change when New Line gets the rights next year. And literally everyone I know that was excited for it just wanted another F13 film; no one seemed particularly interested in it’s prequel plot… Especially when Jason doesn’t show up until the last 20 minutes. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d445a2c20ae6d7ee5b4a16261cd69a2ac73edf5d62f1baa066a72a82503cb9f9.jpg

    • Ocelot006 .

      You have the script?

    • Hack Snyder

      Well, now I’m very happy that we didn’t get that reboot. Why does Hollywood insist on over-explaining Jason? Neither general audiences or fans of the franchise want him to have a convoluted backstory.

  • Travis Ignaffo

    I would like more Friday the 13th books. The novel Hate-Kill-Repeat was decent, it picked up right after Part 7. It was a little weird in plot but it was good, detailed and had a big body count. More books like it would be cool.

  • Bee

    I had the pleasure of working on a F13 fan film that drops TONIGHT at 8:15 pst, and I highly recommend you all watch it. It’s up there…to the point where you are all basically getting a new F13 film today. It’s called “Never Hike Alone” and it will seriously satisfy your F13 needs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Tony Harley

      i remember watching the trailer for that! great job!

    • MaesRevenge

      Just watched it on YouTube, great job!

    • Judge Satchmo

      Just finished it. The first 40 minutes is pure gold. I feel confident in saying that there are scenes that rank with the very best of the series. They absolutely nail the atmosphere. The call backs to other films is done in such a creepy and effective way. A must see for even casual fans if the franchise.

      If I were to give it a skull rating it’d be 4.5 out of 5.

    • Thanks, I’ll check it out.

  • Satanzilla

    Wow what a milestone!

    –said nobody

  • Geno1987

    Among the slasher remakes, Friday the 13th was the best one they did. Where others veered off and screwed up the characters Friday the 13th kept Jason as his classic self and never tried to reinvent the wheel.

    • JB

      The My Bloody Valentine remake was pretty good too.

    • “Friday the 13th kept Jason as his classic self and never tried to reinvent the wheel.”

      With all due respect, I think you saw a different F13 reboot than I did 😉

      • Geno1987

        Well think of it this way. Was Jason…
        -a trailer park kid abused by an alcoholic daddy
        -talking
        -growing a beard
        -have a fixation for masks and wear one as a child
        -misunderstood and lonely
        I think the reboot could have easily screwed him up, but chose to keep to the spirit of part 2 and 3.

        • I can see where you are coming from (you were glad it didn’t do any of said reboot cliche stuff, like the cancelled 2017 reboot was going to do). But while he didn’t do any of those things, my problems lie with Jason:
          -Being explained to use underground tunnels as his “behind you” powers; I know they wanted to make him human again, but this explanation just makes him significantly less scary
          -Kill style being mostly wrong, with him shooting bows-and-arrows, slowly torturing people with fire, ETC
          -Stealing kerosene and potentially growing weed… Because reasons.
          -Taking prisoners
          -Letting locals live at Crystal Lake
          -Generally retreading everything from the original films in a much less effective way, such as jumping out of the lake for the fifth time or changing his baghead to a hockey mask for no particular reason (in Part III, he didn’t have a mask at all, hence the need for the hockey mask)
          -ETC

          • Forca85

            He wasn’t growing Weed. Why would he? He wasn’t protecting it either… lol. It was a plot device to attract characters. The Hick Donnie was growing it. In the original cut death scene Donnie finds Jason stealing Kerosene and is killed instead of grabbing Weed. (Again the GD Kerosene isn’t important. You are over thinking it)

            Bland, stereotypical characters? every entry has them…

            He only killed people who got in his way. The old lady was smart enough to know that. It seemed not many people lived in the area. If they did they knew their place. He follows Alice all the way to wherever the hell she lives to kill her in part 2 but no one bats an eye? Did he take a Plane or magically teleport? Did she live nearby?? He didn’t kill any kids in another entry because they weren’t bothering him.

            The bow and Arrow thing. He watched his Mother kill with it. Here’s my take on it..
            He used a spear gun in part 3 to kill. Is using a Bow and Arrow really so over the top? Would you have preferred he jump out of the water to kill Nolan?

            The Bear traps and “Texas chainsaw” vibe aND torture… Same director and team behind it. Personally it didn’t really bother me. What was missing is the original musicAL score… He really only tortured Amanda in the sleepingbag and Lawrence using him as bait. I liked a different take instead of standard Zombie Jason… Which he can still be turned into.

            Jason taking hostages… Yeah… I agree with you. Not sure how it could be written better or changed.

            I’m not trying to be a Douche replying but you seem to be nitpicking. At the end of the day the whole series could be analyzed and picked apart to the point of nausea.

          • “Again the GD Kerosene isn’t important.”

            That doesn’t make the idea of Jason Voorhees stealing Kerosene any less dumb to me… Especially when he spends the entire movie out-of-character.

            “every entry has them…”

            Yes, but in every other entry, the characters are at least distinct enough from one another with individual personalities. I know that we aren’t going into Friday the 13th looking for critically acclaimed three-dimensional characters, as that’s not what the films are about.

            “He only killed people who got in his way.”

            Hence another major problem. Only killing specific people who “get in his way” isn’t Jason Voorhees’ M.O. And aside from the maligned Jason Takes Manhattan, it never really has been.

            “He used a spear gun in part 3 to kill. Is using a Bow and Arrow really so over the top?”

            The fact that Part III was made early in the character’s development aside (hence the occasional minor difference), all he had to do was point and shoot the spear gun, which was something he found. So it at least somewhat fits in with his usual kill style. Whereas, Jason shooting a bow-and-arrow is just silly, especially when he’s hitting someone on a speeding boat in a film where he’s supposed to be reinterpreted as “realistic”.

            “The Bear traps and “Texas chainsaw” vibe aND torture… Same director and team behind it.”

            Yeah, I noticed that. But while underground tunnels and bear traps worked in their interpretation of the Texas Chainsaw family (which I think captured the unhinged tone of the original Sawyer clan), these Platinum Dunes cliches don’t work as well in a Friday the 13th film.

            “but you seem to be nitpicking”

            It would be nitpicking if these were minor flaws in a well done film, but the entire film is this way.

            “the whole series could be analyzed and picked apart to the point of nausea.”

            Yes, but the reboot is far below the standard of a good F13 film IMO, even lacking the memorable brutal kills that made it famous (they were mostly forgettable and CGI-ridden). Really, you could say the same thing about Jason’s body jumping in Jason Goes to Hell or any of the worst F13 films.

          • Will Coors

            I totally agree with Darkknight here. As much as the writers claimed to be fans, i think there was A LOT of key “F13” things it was missing. I hated the fact that he kept a girl locked up all because she looked like her mother. That’s not jason, thats not the kind of killer he is, it really just made the film feel like it was a guy in a hockey mask. I’m kind of the fence about the pillow case mask, while I like the nod to part 2 I hated him finding the hockey mask again. I really appreciated the start of the film and how you are kind of tricked into who the main characters are but when the characters are introduced, theres nothing to really like about them. I know its a F13 film and characters have to die but they just were not that entertaining to watch, they were annoying. Some cool kills but they could of been even cooler for a 2009 film. I just don’t really like the remake, its just not friday the 13th.

          • Forca84

            To each his own. Was just trying to make sense of common criticism. Which I suck at.

          • Adam Paquette

            You have the same opinion as me. The remake gets way too much unnecessary hatred. Literally everything you just said is exactly what I think. I agree that really the main thing missing was the music, and the classic “ki ki ki ma ma ma” I think they played it once or twice throughout the whole movie! Derek Mears was great as Jason, I hope they bring him back for the next one. (if they ever make another one)

          • Forca84

            It may not be the best in the series. I think many can agree it’s not the worst. Seeing the Gore we were denied in several films gave it some points for me. But to others it’s not enough. Which is fine. I suck at giving my opinion.

          • BreeBennett

            I agree with you 100%. Everything you said is exactly what I think.

          • Geno1987

            Well despite all the retreads it did and things Jason was not known for in the later sequels, it at least pushed the envelope on nudity and gore. Something modern horror movies are very shy away from. Perhaps that’s why this never got a sequel…too shocking for modern audiences.

          • Well, it definitely pushed the envelope on nudity. I didn’t find the gore all that memorable or groundbreaking.

  • Ocelot006 .

    Well….it doesn’t feel like that long. I guess that’s the best news.

  • discochic

    There was something special about the first 3 films in this series, the 4th never excited me at all – I find it quite dull, and 5 and 6 were the last good entries. I liked the remake, but 7,,8, 9, 10 were rubbish – although at least 10 had some degree of fun to it.

    • Trav

      Wow! I’m not the only one that likes the 5th entry in the franchise! Cool! I also liked the remake.

  • Bob Marshall

    Are Bloody-Disgusting really not going to report on Never Hike Alone? I know they’ve reported on fan films before so it can’t be that aspect. It’s an absolute fantastic movie that brings something fresh and unique to the franchise, it also has an appearance from one of the franchises favourite actors.

  • I would love if the producers do a movie based on the Friday the 13th: Game.
    A movie placed in the middle of the 80s, an homage to the slasher genre and with the characters from the game, trying to make some fun with the cliches of the genre, giving some funny deaths and a cameo of Tommy Jarvis coming to fight Jason but running away from him and escaping by car, leaving the counselors alone.
    In my opinion would be a success because in someway is a love letter to the players of the game and to Jason’s fans.

    • I don’t know about a direct adaptation, but I definitely agree that the next Friday the 13th film should take notes from F13: The Game. It perfectly captured the tone, feel, atmosphere, and kills of the Friday the 13th movies, better than anything else in recent memory (including the reboot). Also – wouldn’t it be great if Tom Savini, Harry Manfredini, and maybe even Kane Hodder returned in the next film? I would be so hyped.

      It’s weird how an unheard-of independent video game studio can understand the franchise better than Paramount Pictures, Platinum Dunes, and virtually everyone recently involved with the series. Did you hear about the cancelled Friday the 13th TV series that was announced while Hannibal was on the air in 2015? To quote, “A sophisticated, horror/crime thriller, the potential Friday The 13th series is about the ongoing quest of a detective’s search for his missing brother that is somehow tied to Jason Voorhees.” Seriously, what were they thinking? (http://deadline.com/2015/08/friday-the-13th-series-the-cw-feature-movie-the-pretender-1201497591/)

      I’m very optimistic now that New Line Cinema gets the rights back in 2018. Hopefully, they realise how much we, the fans, are waiting for a proper revival.

  • Vincente DiSanti

    Missing Friday the 13th? Well we have the cure: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7K_wkQSM8xM

    • Will Coors

      this is EXACTLY what we need. Drop all this “orgin” and “mythology” bullshit and just get right to the action! (I’m not saying get rid of his mythology but I think a big reason the franchise is having so much trouble is because it’s trying to be too deep when really all we want is jason)

    • MrX13

      Just finished this fan film and it was amazing! Good action sequence between the hiker and Jason. And the ending was a surprise!! Loved it!!

    • Trav

      This was a great fan film!

  • Michael Voorhees

    this is depressing

  • Agarcia

    It’s amazing they’re treating the Friday the 13th franchise like it some Oscar-winning movie. And I personally feel that all Eyes should be on the next Halloween installment by Blumhouse. Blumhouse house has a pretty good track record and if they can hit this one out of the park I say they acquire that Friday the 13th franchise from either paramount or
    Or whoever has it at this point. I for one was actually excited By the winter setting so I hope they go that route but if not make a throwback Friday the 13th part 123 or four summer movie. It can’t be that hard. Give the fans what they want.

    • In case you are wondering about the rights situation, this is the basic summary of it – The rights were initially split between New Line Cinema and Paramount. New Line Cinema gave the full Friday the 13th rights to Paramount in exchange for a deal involving 2014’s Interstellar. Paramount had the last several years to make a new Friday the 13th film, but ended up spending most of it giving the second reboot a release date and then delaying the release date repetitively until it was finally shut down in early 2017. According to the Bloody-Disgusting article below, New Line Cinema acquires the rights in 2018.

      http://bloody-disgusting.com/news/3423759/exclusive-friday-13th-cursed-production-shut/

      • Agarcia

        That’s really disappointing because New Line did. I thing better. Jason Goes to Hell is tied for Manhattan as worse I the series. Jason X is so bad it’s good but honestly it’s not a Friday the 13th movie. How hard is it to make an old school F13 film like parts 1-4.

    • Max

      Really? Blumhouse? If anyone has popped fully conveyor-belt, bullshit horror movies the most (ever) it’s Blumhouse. I will give you Oculus and maybe Sinister (it was the only movie that scared me in years but few things just brought it down for me). Conjuring movies are overhyped and nothing that hasn’t been seen time and time before, I don’t even want to touch their Paranormal activity franchise, and Happy Death Day proves that they aren’t a company cut out to make slasher movies. PG-13 slasher flick in 2017? That’s some fucking bullshit right there. If they fully aquire the rights to Halloween after Carpenter makes his send-off, it’s safe to say that the franchise won’t stay dead and that we will get some of the worst sequels ever if you ask me. But that’s just my opinion.

      • Trav

        I actually enjoyed Happy Death Day, as it was a fun little slasher. Certainly wan’t a masterpiece, but it was worth the watch. Also, here’s how I look at it: if Blumhouse acquired the rights to Friday The 13th, Micheal Myers and Jason would be under the same roof. That opens up the door for a Jason vs. Micheal movie, which I would rather see over Freddy vs. Jason 2. But that’s just me.

    • Tan Shearer

      Who cares about the Oscars? Just an over-glorified awards show rigged by Hollywood executives

  • Jinder Mahal’s Forearm

    We might honestly be better off. We got the video game and Never Hike Alone this year. Both are amazing! I read the script for the now scrapped remake and it was pretty bad.

    • Jared Patrick

      I read it too, and it really was. They could’ve made it better by doing 2 things. 1. Exclude Elias as the killer in the beginning. 2. It seems like they were going the prequel route, and honestly, it would’ve better off to focus only on the Pamela/Jason drowning story throughout this movie. The Last 15 minutes with adult Jason wasn’t necessary. He felt forced into the script. Having adult Jason in the sequel would’ve worked well though. I’m not a fan of horror prequels, but this wouldn’t have been bad if it didn’t try to force Elias and killer Jason into it.

      • Trav

        Yeah, that script was shit. Having the entire Voorhees family be serial killers was a stupid idea, and having 3 killers in one movie really seems like they are trying to put too much into one movie. The way Jason survives is stupid, and Elias knowing Jason was supernatural without much explanation why wasn’t great either. Honestly, this sounds like it would have been a mess, and one of the worst in the franchise. Maybe Elias as a sympathetic character would have been better?

  • Meisha’s Taint

    WTF is going on?!?!?!!?!!?!?

    Make a cheap movie every other Halloween or Friday the 13th. IT CAN’T LOSE MONEY. This isn’t rocket science there is a huge fan base AND THERE WILL ALWAYS BE TEENS!

    EASY MONEY!!!!!!!!!!

  • Flu-Like Symptoms

    Yep. I’ve pointed this out several times recently in the comments. Halloween is too.

  • John Connor

    Since New Line will soon have Freddy and Jason again, it would be cool if they do a season of Ash Vs. Freddy Vs. Jason.

    Don’t understand why Robert Englund swore to never wear the Freddy makeup again.
    I wouldn’t be opposed to someone else being Freddy like Jackie Earl Haley or Kevin Bacon.

    • Mamet006

      But New Line doesn’t own Ash so that’s a mighty conclusion to come to.

      • John Connor

        It would be an easier deal to make between two entities.

    • Joshua Martyniouk

      Ash Vs Freddy Vs Jason sounds awesome!

    • Trav

      Question: Does New Line still own the rights to Leatherface? I would love to see a Jason vs. Leatherface movie.

      Side note: Part of the reason Englund walked away from the role is because he felt he was too old to continue to play Freddy in future movies. It’s hard to blame him, considering he just turned 70.

      • John Connor

        No idea about the rights but Jason Meets Leatherface does sound logical.

  • BreeBennett

    Oh, this is just sad.

  • MadCows

    WTF? We need another movie already.

  • Bart Crowe

    I have a soft spot for Jason X because it was the first Friday the 13th movie I saw in theaters. I always wanted that sequel where a nanomachine enhanced super Jason terrorized future Earth or a spin off of an idea they introduce at the start. At the beginning of the movie they introduce the idea of the government (via cool David Cronenberg cameo) wanting to use Jason as a weapon.
    I like the idea of our government programming Jason as an unstoppable assassin, similar to Tyrant/Nemesis from the Resident Evil games, to hunt targets only for him to turn on his handlers. Dude it’s literally Jason Bourne meets Jason Vorhees which sounds way cooler in my head than it does seeing it in a comment section.

  • MrX13

    We really do need another Friday the 13th movie! Just make it plain and simple, Jason killing people in the forest near the lake and making it bloody as hell

  • JeffCStevenson

    We don’t need anymore of these films, or Michael Meyer films or Freddy films or Chainsaw films. There is nothing more to be done with them. Create something new and different, make a NEW franchise for the next generation of film goers.

    • Terry Case

      I disagree. I love all those franchises and am hoping for many more movies of each.

  • Stephen Dedalus

    Not so strange given the terrible quality of the films and the lack of enthusiasm of moviegoers.

  • Rick-Taylor

    Considering the series has become quantity over quality, I think having an exceptionally long stretch would do the series good.

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