Matt Serafini over at Dread Central has done some ace detective work in regard to a potential Friday The 13th Blu-ray Box-set.
It all went down at the WB Shop Facebook Page and started back in February when the admin there noted, “there should be some news for Jason fans later in the year.” Then, on Tuesday, another fan followed up saying they wanted “Friday The 13th 1-8 On Blu Ray” for Christmas. The shop’s official reply? “You might get that and more if Santa is good to ya.”
It’s worth noting that now WB owns the home video rights for all 12 Jason films. It’s not the worst conclusion to jump to. If you can tell me off the top of your head which movie the pic of Jason above is from, you’re gonna want this in your life. READ MORE
Oddly enough my first experiences with sequels were all pretty positive. The first ones that really come to mind are Aliens (which I didn’t even know was a sequel when I saw it) and Terminator 2: Judgement Day, both James Cameron slam dunks. Even if T2 doesn’t hold up as well as Aliens, it was still tailor made for whatever version of me it was that saw it 5 times in the summer of 1991. These movies, along with Gremlins 2, may be why I don’t necessarily feel the same instant negativity towards sequelization that most people do.
But when I think about it, there are still a few bruises. Elm Street was one of my favorite franchises as a kid but since I was too young to see these things in the theater I had to just sort of catch up with them on VHS on those weekends when things like money and lack of parental supervision really came together. I was lucky enough to skip Freddy’s Revenge (even though I still don’t think it’s all that bad) and head straight to the near factually awesome Dream Warriors. The it was onto The Dream Master, which was riding a real cultural wave – for those of you who don’t remember Freddy Krueger had a truly mainstream moment in 1988 – that I was easily swept up in. It’s almost like I forgave the film for being a step down because I felt like I was part of some larger conversation. 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