Some sad news this morning as it appears that director James Isaac (Jason X, Skinwalkers, and Pig Hunt) has passed away at age 51. Isaac was heavily influenced by David Cronenberg (note Cronenberg’s appearance in Jason X) and also did special effects work for eXistenz (as well as non-Cronenberg films Virtuosity and House 2: The Second Story).
This morning screenwriter Todd Farmer (who wrote Jason X) tweeted, “RIP Jimmy Issac. A wonderful man, husband and father. I never tear up. I thought.”
I’m not sure what the cause of death was, all I know is that he was most certainly too young. And that he gave us one of the all time great Friday The 13th kills (the frozen face).
Our sincere condolences go out to his friends and family. Put on Jason X today.
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
Before Todd Farmer wrote both Drive Angry 3D and My Bloody Valentine 3D for directing partner Patrick Lussier, the bald badass froze the legendary Jason Voorhees and shipped him into deep space.
Farmer, who both penned and starred in New Line Cinema’s 2001 Jason X, will be appearing in person this coming Friday the 13th at the Cinefamily (611 N Fairfax Avenue) in Los Angeles, CA to introduce the film as part of their “Friday Night Frights” series!
To get you pumped, the theater created the above video featuring clips from Jason X set to David Bowie’s “Space Oddity”.
In the tenth Friday the 13th, directed by James Isaac, “Jason Voorhees returns with a new look, a new machete, and his same murderous attitude as he is awakened on a spaceship in the 25th century.“
400 years into the future, Earth is a desolate. Alien explorers have arrived on Earth and look for signs of life. They go below the planet’s surface and discover a series of tunnels that lead to an underground facility. There they discover two people cryogenically frozen. One is female and the other is just a hulking mass. They open them up and are unprepared for the evil they will release. Look out, Jason is back