A group of teenagers. Alone in the woods.
The inspiration behind the original Friday the 13th, if we’re cutting right to the point, was John Carpenter’s Halloween, which director Sean Cunningham essentially wanted to rip off and cash in on the success of. With Friday the 13th, he ended up taking the American slasher to a whole new level of brutality, and the rest is of course history.
But there is one real-life murder case, predating the release of Friday the 13th by 20 years, that sure seems to have loosely inspired Cunningham’s seminal slasher. So much so, in fact, that Finland’s “Lake Bodom murders” are often referred to as “the real Friday the 13th.” Reelz Channel’s “The Shocking Truth” explores the murders this week.
“The Shocking Truth digs deep into notorious real-life murders and crimes and explores how Hollywood turned them into its most memorable thrillers. The behind-the-scenes stories of how these gruesome events became unforgettable movies is as fascinating as the true crimes themselves. Through cinematic re-enactments and exclusive interviews with the writers, directors and cast members, as well as the detectives, attorneys, and criminologists who investigated the actual crimes, we lay out a compelling story line — how despicable wrong doings became art, creating moments etched in our pop culture.”
“On June 5, 1960, at Bodominsky Lake, 15-year-old females, Maila Irmeli Björklund and Anja Tuulikki Mäki, and 18-year-old male, Seppo Antero Boisman, were killed while sleeping inside a tent by blunt force trauma to their heads from a stone.”
“The Shocking Truth: Friday the 13th” premieres 9pm EST on Saturday, April 28.
— The Shocking Truth (@TVShockingTruth) April 13, 2018