While I love all the permeations of horror to varying degrees (supernatural, hauntings, werewolves, zombies, J-horror etc…), slashers are probably my favorite sub-genre. While I can occasionally get myself in the headspace of being frightened by a poltergeist or work up enough suspension of disbelief to get on-edge during a zombie film, slashers require me to do a lot less mental projection in order to go along for the ride.
Why? Because I’m afraid of real people chasing me through the woods with knives. While it’s of course an extremely unlikely event, it’s still something of a possibility. I consider home-invasion films a branch of the slasher genre for this very reason. The reason I lock my door every night? I’m taking an active step (or empty gesture) against someone entering my home and dismantling me. It’s a far bigger concern to me than my residence being built on an ancient burial ground (though I’ll let you know if that changes the next time I move).
I also think I love slashers the most because of the nostalgia factor. They remind me of simpler times. The fact that they’re typically in rural settings holds them in stark contrast to my daily life in the city. Many of them are downright relaxing and comforting to watch in the moments when someone isn’t getting killed. Of course this is part of the point – something evil infiltrating something idyllic. It also doesn’t hurt that the 80′s were the heyday of the slasher film (obviously Scream aren’t Halloween rural or from the 80′s. But they exude a charming small town optimism that I like). I know many people who considered that era a dark time, but its cinematic depiction in these films is positively utopian compared to our current reality. Plus, there’s usually sex. That always helps.
To that end I ask, “what’s your favorite slasher film?” Mine changes daily, actually. I know that when I did my Friday The 13th Rankings I pegged Part 6 as my favorite entry in the franchise. Oddly enough I feel that Jason Lives doesn’t feel like much of a slasher to me tonally. So I’m going to keep it in the family, but go with Friday The 13th Part 2 as my favorite slasher under the criteria discussed above. Again, this changes all the time. Halloween is obviously a much, much MUCH better film, but I’m in a rural mood today.
What about you? Does your favorite slasher change day-to-day like mine does? Or is it consistently your favorite?
What interesting timing for Friday the 13th to hit, dead smack in the meat of the ongoing San Diego Comic-Con. While this looks cool from the outside, our work is going to be cut out for us. Today is going to be jam-packed with horror content from interviews to all sorts of reveals from this years hottest genre films.
But before Comic-Con consumes us all, let us all take a second to celebrate our holiday. As Rebecca Black would sing, “Partying, partying – yeah – fun, fun, fun, fun.” Damn straight.
Being that Friday the 13th typically hits twice a year, it’s hard to come up with some fresh-old content to share. This morning I’ve scoured the web and delivered a hilarious clip featuring Jason Voorhees in a tribute to Benny Hill, a short from “Adult Swim” that takes you inside Jason’s home and an interview with Jason on “Family Guy”. Also, we’ve got a look at Jason’s appearance on the “Arsenio Hall Show” promoting Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, game play footage from the classic NES game, and Alice Cooper’s incredible “He’s Back (The Man Behind the Mask)” music video.
End the week right. Let Rebecca sing you off into the sunset.
We have heard your cries! MANY of you felt that the The Ultimate Horror Challenge wasn’t comprehensive enough! So we included an additional 20 films that round it out a bit more. Many of these are from your suggestions! But this still isn’t a list of every horror movie ever made. And it still doesn’t contain every major work of every horror auteur (there’s still no John Carpenter’s They Live or Wes Craven’s The Last House On The Left).
The next update will be the Ultimate Horror Challenge: Final Edition – where we take your best new suggestions and use them to get up to 101 films that every horror fan should see! So in addition to your ranking, let us know which films should make the cut! Should newer fan favorites like Frozen or The Devil’s Rejects be included? Should we go back and pick up a few more old-school slashers? You’re shaping the Final 20! Discuss and vote and I’ll tally it up!
There are now 81 Films listed below the jump. Each film you’ve seen earns you 1 Point. Count out how many you’ve seen and let us know which category you fall into!
1-10 Points: Soccer Mom
11-20 Points: Mildly Adventurous
21-30 Points: Casual Fan
31-40 Points: Enthusiast
41-50 Points: Hardcore
51-60 Points: Unstable
61-70 Points: Need Meds
71-80 Points: Psychopath
81 Points: Special Circle Of Hell
Head inside to take the challenge! The films are listed in no particular order. This is NOT a ranking! READ MORE
This isn’t a list of every horror movie ever made. Nor does it contain every major work of every horror auteur (you’ll notice we didn’t include John Carpenter’s They Live or Wes Craven’s The Last House On The Left). Rather, this is a compendium of films that we feel – in one way or another – are essential viewing for every horror fan. Some are mainstream (Poltergeist), some aren’t (Cannibal Holocaust). It’s a broad sampling of key films from the genre.
But you don’t have to be a horror die-hard to take the challenge! If you’re comfortable being a “Soccer Mom”, simply clock how many of these you have (or haven’t) seen and let us know! There are 61 Films listed below the jump. Each film you’ve seen earns you 1 Point. Count out how many you’ve seen and let us know which category you fall into. You can give us your specific count in the comments or yell at us for the films we’ve left out!! The categories are:
1-10 Points: Soccer Mom
11-20 Points: Mildly Adventurous
21-30 Points: Casual Fan
31-40 Points: Hardcore
41-50 Points: Unstable
51-60 Points: Psychopath
61 Points: Special Circle Of Hell
Head inside to take the challenge! The films are listed in no particular order. This is NOT a ranking! READ MORE
For those smarty-pants who approach their horror entertainment from an academic perspective, Life Lessons from Slasher Films was released this month by Scarecrow Books, a highbrow publishing line specializing in reference works and college textbooks (and priced accordingly). Rather than attempt to compile an all-inclusive slasher-pedia like the recent Slasher Movie Book, author Jessica Robinson contrasts and compares a handful of staples from the sub-genre: Friday the 13th, Halloween, Black Christmas, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Psycho, Nightmare on Elm Street, and Scream. Drawing parallels and spinning theories, Robinson (who has penned a couple of fiction titles under the alias “Pembroke Sinclair”) draws some shrewd connections between the films, even as she occasionally stretches the boundaries of logic. Life Lessons from Slasher Films is a well-conceived think-piece, but I took some umbrage with a few of Robinson’s assertions. Some of you die-hard slasher hounds may feel the same way. The full review follows. READ MORE
Kicking off this edition of Random Cool, above is a handy guide to visiting every shooting location (in chronological order) in a single day of the classic 1984 Ghostbusters, complete with reenactments of the scenes! It’s pretty amazing and even includes a full list at the end so you can join the club in remembering the four ‘busters who saved the day! (Now, if only the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was actually shot in New York…)
The Bleeding Cool shared details on a new toaster that will imprint iconic images from your favorite Warner Bros. films (including Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street; pictured above and inside) and television series onto slices of bread to make a fun impression on your breakfast, lunch or midnight snack! The extra-wide slots allow you to not only toast bread, but also bagels and more. UL tested and approved, it includes illuminated function buttons for cancel, reheat and frozen. The toaster design is a beautiful glossy black finish featuring the logo from the film or television series, and is a compliment to any counter top. Dynamic Forces is to produce toasters featuring Warner Bros imagery, including the likes of Watchmen, The Wizard of Oz, A Christmas Story, Where the Wild Things Are, The Goonies, Gremlins, Little Shop of Horrors, Watchmen, Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Mad Magazine and Friends.
Lastly, we’ve also added Vulture’s “Supercut of Movie Characters With No Reflections”. As they explain: “A vampire or invisible character’s inability to primp raises the question: How do they look so damn immaculate all the time?! Johnny Depp’s Barnabas Collins joins a fellowship of “invisible” superhuman characters who shun reflections in mirrors. In Memoirs of an Invisible Man, Chevy Chase’s hat floats six feet above the ground; in Beetlejuice, Geena Davis’s toy horse trots in mid-air; and Fright Night‘s Amanda Bearse spins around the dance floor with a handsome vampire, until they twirl past a mirror. Then boom! No date!”
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. READ MORE
I actually had the urge to put up this list immediately after my rankings of the Nightmare On Elm Street series a few weeks ago but then decided to hold off until today. After all, it’s an actual Friday The 13th and thus a far more appropriate date to commemorate the series.
What’s interesting about the Friday The 13th franchise – as opposed to A Nightmare On Elm Street – is that my personal rankings of it usually vary depending on what day you catch me. The overall shape of it remains fairly constant, but here and there certain entries have the ability to slide up or down a notch or two depending on my mood. I also don’t feel that there’s one perfect entry in the franchise. As much as I love most of these films, many of them are incredibly flawed – which is part of the charm for me and is also why I would completely understand the reasoning behind a list that was the exact opposite of mine.
With one huge exception, I tend to favor the days of pre-zombie Jason even though I have no particular stake in him being alive or undead. Maybe it’s the nostalgia factor but I find that there’s something innocent and comforting about those early days at Camp Crystal Lake. I could almost watch those movies without the kills. It also may have something to do with the fact that the characters in those latter films are coarse and even more thinly drawn than the earlier installments, which is saying something.
Anyway, head inside to see where I stand on the series! And – as always – let me know your own rankings in the comments! READ MORE
Being a serial killer, retarded or otherwise, isn’t a job with a healthy retirement plan. And as good as you are, it’s lonely at the top. Freddy Krueger doesn’t have a special someone to grow old with, Jason doesn’t understand basic economics and the ladies never flocked to Michael Myers’ charming personality.
Photographer Federico Chiesa understands this and he’s crafted a new series of photographs that relay the fates of our favorite villains. The photos are part of his series “Horror Vacui” (latin for “fear of empty space“) and they’re something you’re definitely gonna want to check out.
Hit the jump to see the fates that await some of our most iconic evil-doers! READ MORE
While many of our favorite horror performances enjoy their richly deserved iconic status, there are plenty of great turns out their that don’t get nearly enough credit. And it can happen for a variety of reasons. Perhaps the movie tanked or wasn’t well regarded. But sometimes the films were hugely successful (or found cult popularity later) and their roles were simply outshined by the other stars, or elements, in the picture.
In this list I take a look at 10 performances that I feel haven’t gotten their due. I wanted the focus to be on films that you’ve likely seen (and love), so there’s a chance you may already feel the same way about many of these performances. In some cases these are roles that already get a fair amount of credit in the horror community – but are ignored in popular discussion of the performer’s overall career.
Disagree? Did I miss someone? Make sure your voice is heard in the comments!
It was the end of Jason Voorhees, at least until Jason Lives. NECA has unveiled an incredible new Jason figure inspired by Friday the 13th IV: The Final Chapter. The toy features the infamous machete wound to the head, with machete, knife and axe accessories. Oh, and his mask comes off to displays the exact same wound in Jason’s ugly mug. Geek boner? Yes please. Now all we need is a little Tommy Jarvis accessory!
In addition, they’ve also revealed a Jason from Friday the 13th Part 3, which features good ol’ Jason donning his mask for the first time. It comes with a harpoon accessory (you can shoot it in your eye just like in 3-D!) and varient mask.
Check out both images below and tell us what you think! READ MORE
Yeah, I know it’s Sunday the 15th. But still! Below you’ll find a sneak peak at the head for NECA’s Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter Voorhees toy. I can only assume it comes with a machete to lay into that gushing wound. In all seriousness, how cool would it be if the figure came with Tommy Jarvis (Corey Feldman), the only person to truly stop Jason before he was resurrected as a zombie in Part 6?
Furthermore, how cool would it be if NECA eventually released a box set containing all 13 Jason’s (including baby Jason and the two incarnations from Jason X)?
In addition, Derek Mears has made two, previously unreleased, images available of him as Jason in Friday The 13th (2009). Unlike some other horror sites/writers – I actually dug the Platinum Dunes F13 remake. It’s one of the top four Friday movies in my book – and it’s the best Dunes movie by a country mile.
The boys over at NECA shared a special Friday the 13th treat with their fans giving the first ever look at their brand new Jason Voorhees action figure.
Below you’ll find a sneak peak at the head for their Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter Voorhees toy. I can only assume it comes with a machete to lay into that gushing wound. In all seriousness, how cool would it be if the figure came with Tommy Jarvis (Corey Feldman), the only person to truly stop Jason before he was resurrected as a zombie in Part 6?
Furthermore, how cool would it be if NECA eventually released a box set containing all 13 Jason’s (including baby Jason and the two incarnations from Jason X)? READ MORE
It’s Friday the 13th. It’s our own personal holiday that typically comes more than once a year. It’s an excuse to spend the entire day watching horror movies. It’s also a date that most of us genre fiends prefer to revisit New Line Cinema’s classic Friday the 13th franchise.
With the hours already ticking down until Saturday the 14th, time is of the essence (unless of course you play the time zone game). It’s time to drop everything you’re doing and worship the day that has delivered more than a handful of sweet offerings over the past 30 years.
First and foremost, after the break we’ve uploaded the popular YouTube video featuring (nearly) every kill in the Friday the 13th franchise (it hasn’t been updated). In addition, we’d also like to point you to our 2009 series of articles entitled 13 Days of Friday the 13th, which was used to amp up the release of the WB remake. Weeding through the 800+ stories you’ll find a recap of all of the films as well as some gems including “Camp Whisker Lake: Facial Hair and the Friday the 13th Franchise,” “The Nerds of Friday the 13th,” and of course, “The Masks of Jason Voorhees!” READ MORE
This past weekend I got the opportunity to go to Erebus, a haunted house in Pontiac, MI, where I met up with one of horror’s biggest names, Kane Hodder! Kane has been the man behind Jason Voorhees, Victor Crowley, Ed Gein, and many more. His devotion and love to the horror genre is well known and he is nothing less than a genre legend.
Having said all that, I’m excited to bring you Kane’s Top 10 songs! Check it out after the jump as well as details regarding his latest book, Unmasked: True Life Story Of The World’s Most Prolific Cinematic Killer (official site)!
When Paramount released the first Friday the 13th box set back in 2004, it was a huge disappointment. Fans were finally able to buy the first eight films together, true, but none of them were uncut and bonus features – which Jason aficionados knew existed through the festival circuit, overseas releases and the like – were nowhere to be found. The supplemental materials included were a bit better than most people gave them credit for being, but the sting of not having uncut versions sent fans over the edge – folks, we’re never going to get them uncut due to monetary concerns and guild regulations. READ MORE
Think Jason Voorhees is dead? Think again. The boys over at Shocktillyoudrop are reporting that development talks continue on for a sequel to the 2009 reboot that put Derek Mears behind the mask of the infamous slasher.
The site reports that the beloved horror icon could be adapting to the “found footage” treatment. Brad Fuller at Platinum Dunes assured us today, however, that there is still no movement on any sort on sequel to Dunes’ 2009 production. He would not confirm or deny the company was fielding ideas from other writers. “There’s no other place I’d rather be than Crystal Lake right now,” he told Shock. As previously stated, a sequel penned by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift had not yet been given the green light.
The site also smartly reminds us all that beyond Platinum Dunes, a few entities need to agree to another Friday the 13th, including Paramount, New Line and Sean Cunningham. Until they align and the studios give a green light, don’t expect a sequel.
When Paramount started releasing Blu-ray and DVD “Deluxe Editions” of Friday The 13th and its sequels, fans were both elated and somewhat disgruntled. In 2004, they released what should have been the box set to end all box sets, but instead failed to include a lot of bonus materials that WE KNEW existed – some of these supplemental materials ended up on the reissues. The studio only released the first three films on Blu-ray, but continued their series on DVD. Now, they’re releasing a new box set on October 4th including all of the deluxe editions, a hockey mask and an eight-page booklet. Oh, and it’s limited to 50,000 copies worldwide.
I’m sorry, but it’s 2011: this should be available on Blu-ray, too. A hockey mask replica and an eight-page book? Seriously Paramount, those are your selling points? What Jason mega-fan doesn’t own a hockey mask or Peter Bracke’s Crystal Lake Memories already?
You know what would be great, though? Uncut, remastered editions of the first eight films on both formats. READ MORE
It is rare (if ever) that myself and fellow Graphic Content contributor Johnny_Trouble are both left speechless, and even rarer still that we are both speechless at the same time. But then again it is also rare that a clothing range incorporates “STREET SHARKS”, “SLEEPAWAY CAMP”, “FRIDAY THE 13TH”, “A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET”, “GHOSTBUSTERS”, “SHORT CIRCUIT”, and MORE into one line. However, Kyle Crawford and Electric Zombie.com have done just that with the clothing masterminds’ all new range which includes tees, bags, flip-flops, bags, and everything in between. Below you can get just a taste of the new range that is available today.
It’s been quiet on the Platinum Dunes horror front ever since the release of A Nightmare on Elm Street last April. Even the Friday the 13th sequel has been met with complete silence. Dunes producer Brad Fuller took to Twitter late last night, and early this morning to clarify some rumors and update the status on both franchises.
“I want to set the record straight on Freddy and Jason. First, let’s talk Jason,” said Fuller. “[Damian] Shannon and [Mark] Swift wrote a great script. We are ready to go, when New Line is ready. But as of yet, they are not ready,” he says of the long-gestured sequel to their Friday the 13th reboot that introduced Derek Mears as the new Jason Voorhees.
As for Freddy Krueger’s return to theaters, don’t even hold your breath. “As for Freddy, as far as I know, there isn’t even talk of writing another script,” he writes adding that “Rated R Horror movies, right now, don’t seem to generate interest from the studios. Everyday we want to hear from any studio that they want a horror movie, but it hasn’t happened. So right now we are working on a handful of films, including ‘TMNT,’ and ‘Ouija.’ ”
Us horror fans know this isn’t the end of Freddy and Jason, and eventually the studio will revive them, which begs the questions: why the f*ck not now? Instead of always looking at a calculator, it would be nice if the studio execs also looked at making their fans happy. Wouldn’t it be nice to be a huge New Line Cinema fan again? Those were the days… New Line Cinema: the house that Freddy built. Hmmmmm.
After falsely reporting that Warner Bros. Pictures was out on the hunt for a F/X company to bring Jason Voorhees back to the big screen, a Friday the 13th Blog was updated with some sort confirmation that the studio is currently developing the delayed Friday the 13th: Part 2 3D, a no-brainer of a sequel considering the popularity of the character and franchise. No word on if Platinum Dunes or Paramount Pictures are involved, but in order for the franchise to carry the Friday the 13th title Paramount MUST be. Either way, I’d love to see Derek Mears return as the infamous mongoloid slasher – and for the mayhem to take place in the middle of winter, as previously rumored. READ MORE
Over at mania.com right now, they are holding a 13 days of Jason series. Every day a new artist (like Mark Rudolph featured) does their interpretation of Jason plus an interview with the artist. It’s really well done and great to get yourself ready for the new movie later in the month. Check it out here. READ MORE