Filmmaker Jorge Torres-Torres, who previously created fan edits of both Phantasm and Evil Dead, just delivered his coup de grâce, a complete reimagining of the entire Friday the 13th franchise.
All of the films have been spliced into a taut 85 minutes of mayhem and carnage in which Jason Voorhees slaughters 83 people. That’s nearly a kill every minute. While I expected this to be more of a supercut of death sequences, Jorge has actually put an immense amount of time and effort into the story arc and giving new continuity to a completely fresh take on the material. I watched it this morning and it’s amazing.
In the “art film”, which is accessible at this link, Jason Voorhees never drowns. Instead, he’s a grown man seeking revenge alongside his mother, Pamela. We follow his path to first getting his mask and running into Corey Feldman’s Tommy, as both a child and adult, to his run-in with Freddy Krueger and eventually launch into deep space.
“I basically took the first five films and edited them as if the murders were being committed all in the same night by Jason and his mother, Pamela,” Jorge tells Bloody Disgusting. “The rest (parts VI-X, including Freddy vs. Jason) are edited to form a more coherent narrative even as the franchise ventures into insane storylines. In addition, I swapped music from the films with a more giallo soundtrack, giving it a slightly romantic palette (most songs are from the Cannibal Holocaust soundtrack). I started this revision on Friday, July 13th of this year. It took almost two months to put together.”
While the dialogue is at a minimum, this fan edit is a masterpiece that should be played at all Halloween parties this October.