Can you believe it’s been around four years since the 2009 Friday the 13th remake hit theaters? Jason Voorhees is once again M.I.A., and that sucks.
While we dream of seeing him slicing and dicing on the big screen once again, remake writers Damian Shannon and Mark Swift, who also penned Freddy vs. Jason, shared the following never-before-seen production sketch of the infamous slasher, whom would be played by genre fav Derek Mears.
“Jason Voorhees concept art by Christopher Shy, commissioned by Marcus Nispel. Beautiful,” the duo explain.
As bizarre as it sounds, the remake only took in $65M after plummeting in its second week of release. The worldwide gross was an unimpressive $91M, which could explain why a sequel has never been greenlit. READ MORE
Time heals all things. For me, this rings especially true of film criticism and the public’s assessment of a film’s quality. When John Carpenter’s The Thing was released in 1982, it was rejected by audiences and critics alike. Meanwhile, MGM’s remake of The Amityville Horror grossed well over $100M worldwide upon its release in 2005. Who has even seen that movie in the past 7 years?
To that end, there are a few films whose legacies and merit I feel deserve some modicum of reconsideration. I’m not saying I’ve picked 5 movies that are secretly The Thing level of quality – none of them are THAT good. But I still think that these are deserving films that got short shrift. They’re the epitome of “underrated.”
Head inside to check out 5 Underrated Horror Movies!!!READ MORE
If I had to make a list of the top four horror movie killers, it’d include Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers and Pinhead. Ghostface comes in at a close fifth place, and of course there’s Chucky, Leatherface, Jigsaw, Hannibal Lecter — err, this isn’t the point. Deviant Artist Chris Fulton has done a fantastic job capturing their murderous charm, which I don’t find all that surprising after seeing his amazing Silent Hill art. After the break I have five of the top horror movie killers, and the mystery killer is quite possibly the most death-obsessed of them all. READ MORE
It’s the 20th episode of Aural Pleasures and we’re thrilled to actually have made it this long! Jonny and Bill are joined by Bill’s brother Dan for a roundtable discussion about everything under the sun, including Jurassic Park 3D, Evil Dead, Friday The 13th, and more.
The guys also chat some music, including the soundtracks to Halo 4 and Bioshock: Infinite as well as groups like Deftones and Rob Zombie‘s upcoming album Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor. They also go over the upcoming Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival and figure out which bands Bill is excited to see! (Hint: it’s not Five Finger Death Punch)
Also, keep your ears peeled back for a guest appearance from one of our favorite bands, Tool! All this and a whole lot more, so give it all a listen below! READ MORE
Some sad news today as Richard Brooker, the very first Jason to ever wear a Hockey Mask, has passed away at the age of 58. Having portrayed Mr. Voorhees in Steve Miner’s Friday The 13th: Part 3, Brooker went onto another acting role in 1983′s Deathstalker before moving on to a career as a horse trainer.
As a child, Brooker was definitely in my nightmares. That shot of him as Jason, looking through the window and smiling at our heroine in the canoe in the middle of the lake… for whatever reason it was one of the more indelibly frightening moments of my childhood.
Head inside to watch the scene, and to pay tribute to him outside of the mask as well. READ MORE
A very special thanks to Hank Sforzini for creating and sending us the absolutely incredible Horror Movie Franchises By the Numbers infographic!
This infographic highlights facts from eight popular horror franchises including The Omen, Alien, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, Friday the 13th, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Exorcist and Night of the Living Dead.
“I have spent the last year working as a freelance writer for ‘Paste Magazine’ and my creative partner, Joseph Bass, and I created this as we are both horror movie enthusiasts,” says Sforzini.
It’s clear that both Sforzini and Bass love the genre as much as we do, and we give our eternal thanks to them for creating this masterpiece of web art! READ MORE
Evil Dead Month marches on here at Bloody-Disgusting! One of the most important aspects of the Evil Dead films (sans Army Of Darkness of course), is the cabin they take place in. Having seen the new remake, I can verify that the aesthetic and layout are more or less the same as they were in the first two films of the original trilogy. Of course, while they may be the pinnacle of the “Cabin In The Woods” subgenre – there’s a sh*t ton more where that came from!
These kind of films are among my favorite in horror, I love a good rural setting. So I’m almost jealous that The Wolfman (@TheWolfmanCometh – on the boards) got the idea for this list – which he wrote – first!
There always seems to be an understadable amount of confusion whenever I post a story from “The Wolfman.” It’s NOT ME you should be praising (or bashing) in the comments, IT’S HIM! So head inside for The Wolfman’s 10 Top “Cabin In The Woods” Movies!!!READ MORE
Not all sequels are welcome, seeing as many of them besmirch some of our otherwise favorite films and/or franchises. Most of the time we can count on franchises to burn themselves out anyway. Freddy’s Dead and Jason Goes To Hell were never really on anyone’s wish list, were they? Are you really glad you saw Seed Of Chucky or do you think that Child’s Play might be better regarded today if it had remained a standalone film?
Still, there are a few amazing films out there that remain un-sequelized. Don’t get me wrong – I recognize that it’s almost a mathematical impossibility for any of these proposed sequels to supersede the quality of the originals – I’m merely talking about a few follow-ups that we’d simply have to go see, despite the inevitable promise of disappointment. Alas, every single one of these (save for one) is a fantasy pipe dream.
Head inside for 5 Horror Sequels We’d Love To See!!!READ MORE
There’s yet to be a Webster’s Dictionary entry for the term “Final Girl” but, as you all know, the Final Girl is typically the last female to survive. She doesn’t have to live, she just has to be the last one. She’s the girl who refuses to be just another victim and actively fights back against whatever force is killing off everyone she knows. I’d say that out of all possible female roles in a horror film, it’s the role of Final Girl that’s most coveted.
Even though there are quite a few actresses famous for being a Final Girl, I’d like to point out that there’s a difference between a Final Girl and a “Scream Queen.” A Scream Queen is an actress who has gained fame and notoriety for her frequent appearances in horror. I wanted to make sure to add the distinction between a Final Girl and a Scream Queen because – spoiler alert – Jamie Lee Curtis will not be found on this list. The entries here are women who have fought back against whatever it was that was after them in hopes of vanquishing their foes. Jamie Lee Curtis is generally considered a Final Girl for surviving her encounters with Michael Myers in the original Halloween, but other than poking her brother in the eye with a coat hanger, what did she actually do to survive the night? Run around? Hide in a closet? Had it not been for Dr. Loomis shooting Michael, Laurie would be dead. Similarly, Marilyn Burns from The Texas Chain Saw Massacre also won’t be found below, sinceStill here? Good! all she did was run through the woods for what seemed like hours after her captors tied some horrible knots.
Still here? Good! Head inside for my Top 5 Final Girls!!! READ MORE
You’re sitting there in the movie theater with your Junior Mints, or in the case of psychopaths, sitting there with Dots, waiting for the movie to start. You have a terrifying debate with yourself for ten seconds while you try to determine whether the lights in the theater are actually dimming or maybe you’re having a stroke. Once that bright green screen pops up, proving that your brain does indeed have enough oxygen, you catch a glimpse of some of Hollywood’s newest garbage. Between romantic comedies and animated adventures starring pop singers, it all looks like the same old stuff. Unexpectedly, a trailer pops up that seems to be pretty creepy, have some decent actors in it, and the credits tell you it’s from people who helped make other horror movies that you absolutely love. When the title is revealed, the entire audience groans, followed by nudging the person next to you and saying, “Can you believe they’re even making that movie?” Or maybe you went to this movie alone and angrily took out your phone to post your disdain on Twitter for everyone (read: not really anyone) to see. No folks, the title didn’t reveal that the trailer you just enjoyed was an M. Night Shyamalan joint, but instead, the movie is a remake, adaptation of, or sequel to something else. No matter what the source material is, nothing seems to cause fanboys to angrily roll their eyes more then finding out their favorite movie/book is getting a remake/adaptation/sequel. My advice to all of you is to quit your complaining about something you had absolutely no involvement in making and should focus your energy on revisiting the source material.
I honestly had no idea this many Jason collectibles existed. This photo essay from Idle Hands (a blog run by Dread Central contributor Paul Nomad) catalogues the many guises of Jason Voorhees that have appeared on shelves over the years. Click on the thumbnails for a better look!
And make sure to visit this page for an even better look!
Talk about a topic that could last forever! Horror fans of course crave great stories, strong characters, potent scares and snappy dialogue – but it’s the vast array of demises that really glue the whole thing together. Some deaths are quick, some are long. Some are funny, others are brutally dour. Then there’s the ones that really make you wince.
WIth that in mind I wanted to take a look at a few death scenes that really make you sit up and say, ” things may be bad with me right now, but at least I’m not that guy!” Stuff where you just kind of have to squirm a little bit, not because it’s super gory necessarily (though it could be), but because it looks so damn uncomfortable. Knowing that this could be an ongoing thing, I wanted to start off a bit broad.This isn’t the final word on the matter, this is only the beginning. At least one of these isn’t even from a horror movie – but that doesn’t mean that the character gets off the hook with any less suffering.
Head inside to check out 5 Incredibly Painful Death Scenes and be sure to leave your suggestions for future installments in the comments! READ MORE
Ebay store Old Colony Hobbies has the most expensive action figures ever, only they’re the coolest thing we’ve seen all years – and they’re one-of-a-kind!
Whomever is behind the store has created custom G.I. Joe-style figures, packaging and all, of some of your favorite genre characters! There’s everyone from Freddy Krueger to Jason Voorhees, not to mention the co-stars from the various franchises from Jaws to Alien, Aliens, Friday the 13th, Dawn of the Dead and more! READ MORE
Adam Dodd stumbled across this hilarious, yet absolutely badass video in which MacGyver (that’s just what I call this dude) creates a custom pocket knife, made from a full length machete, designed specially for Jason Voorhees.
See how the very effective design (which includes the ubiquitous rubber bands) allows effortless decapitations of a big turnip and also a coconut! READ MORE
Let’s face it, the Friday The 13th franchise isn’t exactly known for great writing, outstanding performances, thematic heft, arcs, or anything that would remotely constitute an olive branch to the non-horror fan. But that doesn’t mean the moves are without merit! I’m a nut for the franchise (which you can probably tell by my ranking of the franchise) and, even aside from the kills, there’s plenty to like!
Just because the series isn’t known for its great characters doesn’t mean that there’s not a handful of characters and performances that rise above the rest.
Head inside for my 5 Favorite Friday The 13th Characters!READ MORE
It was announced last week that Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group has gained exclusive rights to physical Blu-ray and DVD distribution of more than 600 Paramount catalog titles (Paramount keeps VOD rights). While nothing major was announced, horror fans have been in a frenzy hoping that we’ll now see that Friday the 13th Blu-ray box set we’ve been demanding.
Daniel Farrands, producer of the absolutely incredible A Nightmare on Elm Street documentary “Never Sleep Again,” already has inside word from Warners regarding the future of the Friday franchise: “It’s confirmed that Warner Bros. DID acquire the F13th titles from Paramount,” Farrands states on his Facebook page. “But they haven’t yet decided whether they will release a full Blu-ray box set or simply release “one offs” of each title.”
What’s exciting is that we can now have one solid set that contains Friday the 13th through Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan alongside Jason Goes to Hell, Jason X and Freddy vs. Jason!
Knowing how the home video whores work, we’ll see individually remastered versions first followed by that well-deserved box set. If you thought the Elm Street box set was worth the wait, then this should be exciting news. I still think distributors are getting lazy with their extra features. Something as big as Friday the 13th deserves major features. One can only hope we’ll one day see the versions that weren’t destroyed by the MPAA.
The thing about revisiting jump scares is, they’re just never quite as effective the second (or third, or fourth, or ninetieth) time around. So when putting together this list, I made a point of seeking out the ones that a) still have an effect on me, even after repeat viewings; b) boast some level of real craftsmanship beyond just “aahh! it’s dark! and there’s a cat! jumping!”; c) stick in the mind long after the initial scare has come and gone; and/or d) display some combination of the above traits.
So what did I come up with at the end of it all? Check out my final ten below, then log your own picks in the comments. READ MORE
EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: Remember perusing the video store on a Friday night looking for something to watch? Back when the video store doubled as your own personal art gallery? Cult poster artist extraordinaire and horror film fiend The Dude Designs (Hobo With a Shotgun,The Inkeepers, They Live Blu-ray art) does and he’s paying homage to all things home video from the ’80s and early ’90s in this illustrated poster curated by Poster Collective. And naturally, he’s brought some icons of horror along for the ride as well.
Poster Collective presents The Dude’s FIRST EVER limited edition print available for sale to the human public (and/or all types of computer-trained dogs or monkeys.) The print will be available for sale on Friday, Oct 19th 2012 @ 10AM EST via Poster Collective at this link. The sale page will also include an in-depth interview with The Dude on his concept for this poster, VHS memories, video nasties in the UK and much more.
They’ve also teamed up with Keep A Breast (the leading youth-focused, global, nonprofit breast cancer organization) to whom we will donate $1 for each poster sold and an extra $50 if all the posters sell out. October is National Breast Cancer Prevention Month.
See the new poster below that features horror icons Chucky, Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees! READ MORE
You love horror. Naturally, you want to show that love on Halloween, the one day a year when you can dress like a psychotic killer and still look relatively normal.
But beware what costume you choose.
Each character says something about you as a person which you might not feel comfortable sharing with the rest of the world. Here are just ten costumes and the secrets about you they could reveal. READ MORE
With the launch of the Swamp Thing/Animal Man crossover event “Rotworld”, and the excitement building over 30 Days of Night/Criminal Macabre crossover, here’s a chance to look at some of the best, and most ridiculous, horror comic crossovers. Great crossovers should never feel cheesy, nor should they feel forced. But who doesn’t want to see Batman fighting Predator to the death? What follows is a list of ten killer horror comic crossovers. READ MORE
Bloody-Disgusting is thrilled to bring you an exclusive interview with Kirk Hammett, the legendary lead guitarist of Metallica! We got the opportunity to ask Kirk a few questions about Metallica before we dove into the world of horror and his book Too Much Horror Business (Amazon). We also get to hear stories of Kirk’s childhood as well as a bit about Cliff Burton and his love of horror. You can read this exclusive interview below! READ MORE
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