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‘Never Sleep Again’ Producers Take On Jason Voorhees With ‘Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th‘ Doc!!!

Have you guys seen the A Nightmare on Elm Street documentary Never Sleep Again yet? No? Well, you’re missing out on the single best horror doc ever assembled. Now, the producers are tackling the world of Jason Voorhees.

Panic Productions and Hutson Ranch Media announced today that the documentary Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th officially began lensing on April 24, 2012 in Los Angeles, New York, Connecticut and Vancouver. Inspired by author Peter M. Bracke’s bestselling book, this thrilling retrospective promises to be the definitive look at the making of the iconic horror franchise.

Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of ‘Friday the 13th’ promises to give horror fans a unique insider’s look into the iconic horror series, featuring over 100 interviews with cast and crew spanning all twelve films and the television series, many of whom have never before publicly discussed their involvement in the long-running franchise. The documentary is written and directed by Daniel Farrands and produced by Thommy Hutson, who previously combined forces on the most acclaimed horror franchise documentary ever made, 2010’s Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy, an epic four-hour journey that chronicled the making of director Wes Craven’s seminal 1984 shocker and its seven sequels.

From its inception in 1980, the Friday the 13th film series has proven to be as unstoppable at the box office as its hockey-masked, machete-wielding villain Jason Voorhees, who has terrorized the fictional town of Crystal Lake for more than 30 years. Since then, Friday the 13th has become a true multimedia juggernaut, having spawned twelve feature films, a syndicated television drama and an extensive line of merchandise and collectibles. What’s more, revenue figures are as staggering as they are relentless: over 95 million tickets sold and nearly $600 million in domestic box office receipts alone.

I literally grew up on the Friday the 13th films,” says Farrands. “And in a very real way the series is responsible for my career in the film industry. It is truly an honor to chronicle the history of the series in a comprehensive documentary that I hope will serve as a worthy companion piece to the films and satisfy the series’ loyal fans.

Producer Thommy Hutson who, in addition to Never Sleep Again, also wrote and produced definitive documentaries on Scream and The Return of the Living Dead, agrees. “After exploring the success and making of nightmares, ghost-faced killers and wise-cracking zombies, the time felt right to document the rise of one of the most well-known, feared and loved villains of our generation,” he says. “I am thrilled to be part of a project that will undoubtedly be the definitive story of not just Jason Voorhees, but the film franchise that created him. It’s a campfire tale long overdue.

Upon its original release as a collectible hardcover edition in October 2005, “Crystal Lake Memories” was instantly hailed as one of the most lavish, comprehensive and meticulously researched books ever created about a film series. Author Peter M. Bracke crafted a narrative as full of shocks and surprises as the films themselves, painting a graphically compelling picture of one of horror’s most enduring franchises. In April 2012, an all-new and fully expanded eBook edition of “Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th” was released to the iBooks, Kindle and Nook platforms. “As a life-long fan of Friday the 13th, it was a dream come true to document the series with the original hardcover and electronic versions of “Crystal Lake Memories,”” says Bracke. “So I am absolutely thrilled that the team behind Never Sleep Again has decided to tackle all things Jason and Friday the 13th. It is simply an amazing honor to be a part of this ‘visual companion piece’ to “Crystal Lake Memories,” and I can’t wait to see it!

The documentary Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of ‘Friday the 13th’ is slated for a late 2012 release.



  • Rusted

    This is great news. Never Sleep Again is awesome, and after the terrible His Name Was Jason it’s good that this franchise is going to get the doco treatment it deserves.

  • dangerzone79

    This is weird. I will ALWAYS take a new doc on a horror movie/series, but this is being made but the SAME director AND the same writers of “His Name Was Jason.” Which I actually liked and seemed to cover A LOT of things. But I just don’t get why this is happening. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll buy it & love it, I’m just super confused.

  • Nothing333

    I liked the book Crystal Lake Memories and Never Sleep Again. Im sure this is great. It would be nice to see docs on more obscure horror classics from the past.

  • Rendrogy

    A serious WTF here, for reasons dangerzone79 just gave. They already MADE the damn doc, and now they’re doing it again?! Such a sad time we live in, when they’re even remaking DOCUMENTARIES. *sigh*

  • Jhanse3 (Jhanse29)

    I think His Name was Jason was a practice run. It was ok but they have done amazing since. Loved the NOES and More Brains. I’m excited for this as well

  • djblack1313

    Nothing333, i agree w/ you. i’d love docs (even if combined) on MY BLOODY VALENTINE, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME, PROPHECY, HE KNOWS YOUR ALONE, ect. etc.

    • zaglewiz

      Those aren’t really obscure though. I think the Rise and Fall of the Slasher film filled in a few gaps but I know what you’re saying. All in all I’m looking very forward to this being a F13th fanboy and all.

  • BannerPilot

    This is great news.

  • Joe-Banger

    Good article Brad. What did the tv series have to do with the film series besides the name Friday the 13th? Nothing I noticed.

  • St.Anger

    So glad Friday The 13th is going to get the doc it deserves.

  • doctrina

    You made my day great story a new dvd case at my board

  • ThunderDragoon

    I’m so happy. His Name Was Jason was a joke compared to Never Sleep Again.

  • Nightflyre9

    The FT13 franchise deserves the massive deluxe-documentary treatment as much as, if not more than, ANOES did. This is amazing news. Now when will someone tackle a definitive, be-all-end-all doc on the Halloween movies?

  • EvilDeadFridaythe13thfan

    hell yeah! his name was jason was bogus, id love to see what comes out of this.

  • Snoogans

    Great news! Never Sleep Again was fantastic and completely outdid His Name was Jason in every way. Maybe they can do the same for the Halloween series next.

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