Friday, February 27, 2009

Friday the 13th Month: WWJD: What Would (Tommy) Jarvis Do?

Tommy Jarvis.

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The only recurring character to be in more than 2 movies besides Jason. What's the deal with Jarvis?

Well, Tommy Jarvis was first introduced to the Friday the 13th collection in Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter.

Played by a young Corey Feldman, Tommy is endearing, and kind of creepy, as a kid obsessed with masks and special FX makeup. He's also perhaps a target for pedophiles, as he trustingly brings a hitchhiker who fixes his sister, Trish's, car into his room to check out his mask collection. Tommy is also extremely clever, as the ending of the movie finds Tommy using his FX skills to make himself look like a young Jason to trick Jason and kill him.

Jason? Is that you?

Then, the ending leaves you really questioning whether or not Tommy is a good guy or a bad guy anymore, because he goes crazy killing Jason and yelling "Die!" over and over again and then hugs Trish and looks at the camera like this:

You leave the movie thinking that Tommy Jarvis will take over as the new Jason.

Then, we find Tommy to be older, and obviously very disturbed, in Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (Part 5)

Now, let's be honest here, I am reading on Wikipedia that in Part 5, Tommy is 15 years old. Does that guy look 15 to you? I don't know what is age is here, but I read on Where Are They Now? that he graduated High School in 1978. Now, I'm going to give him the BoftheD (Benefit of the Doubt) and say that he was 17 when he graduated high school. So he was born in 1961, right? Well, Friday the 13th Part 5 was released in 1985. So we'll say his age in 1984, to be fair. So 1984-1961 is 23 right? He was at least 23 years old. 15?!?!? Come on.

Anyway, whatever, the guy playing Tommy is super convincing because he looks really disturbed and uncomfortable the whole time; so that aside, Tommy has now been released from a mental institution and is put into a halfway house where he and other recovering patients are going to re-enter society. Tommy clearly isn't ready for this, as he is beating everyone up and constantly hallucinating that Jason is following him. It also doesn't help that there is a Jason copycat killer on the loose. (p.s. go back and watch it again after you find out who the killer is and watch how obvious they make it in the movie). The film ends with Tommy killing the copycat killer and appearing to take on the persona of Jason. They love to tease this idea.

Ok, so I have Tommy Jarvis Part 5 gossip: The actor that played him, John Shepherd, was actually asked to come back and play TJ again in part 6, but declined due to his religious beliefs. Shepherd's other film roles include Down Periscope and The Hunt for the Red October. I was always confused because i felt that Tommy in Part 5 actually looked older than Tommy in Part 6..oh well.

Then we find new Tommy getting into a bit of trouble with the law in his quest and final showdown with Jason in Friday the 13th: Part VI: Jason Lives. Tommy in this one is no longer insane, instead, he's trying to destroy Jason and he stabs him with some metal pole. Of course, lightning strikes the pole and Jason is revived. What are the chances?

Jason goes on his usual killing spree, and the sheriff of the town is convinced that the killer isn't Jason, but Tommy instead. Tommy is also having a little fling with the sheriff's daughter, so that doesn't help things. (Let me just say that in searching for Tommy pics from Part 6 I found this awesome Friday the 13th myspace that I think you need to check out). In the end of Part 6, Tommy and Jason have a final showdown involving Crystal Lake and alot of fire. Jason gets a chain with a boulder around his neck and sleeps with the fishes.

Mezco Toyz has actually created an action figure of this scene, and I want it very badly:

(sorry it's so small, it's the best I could find)

There were rumors that Tommy Jarvis would make a cameo in the remake that just came out, but that doesn't happen.

I guess what confuses me the most about Tommy Jarvis is the buildup and let down. After Part 6, you don't even hear the name "Jarvis" anymore. There's a girl with telepathy in 7, a cruise ship in 8, Hell in 9, and then space (X) followed by a Freddy mashup. No Tommy Jarvis. They built this whole back story of him for 3 straight films, setting him up to be the Jamie Lee Curtis to his Michael Myers. Then to be the next Jason? And then...nothing. Corey Feldman is also dying to reprise his role...and I guess to get work doing something other than being Corey Haim's friend on a bizarre reality show.

So we here at Monster Bash Blog are hearing this request and we concur: Bring Back Tommy Jarvis!

(In all sincerity, I just want them to continue to make Friday the 13th films after the remake smashes all box office if bringing back Tommy means more movies, I'm all for it!)

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Friday the 13th Month: Sea, Hell, and Space

Jason has come a long way from the underwaters of Camp Crystal Lake.

In parts 8, 9, and X, Jason is on a cruise ship, in Hell, and in outer space, respectively.

Now, reading that, it sounds ridiculous. And it reads just the way it should: ridiculous. There is no reason why a previously drowned child Jason in part one should be on a cruise ship, in Hell, and in outer space.

But, with Jason, there are no limits.

The question now is, where is Jason at his best?

Let's examine.


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Friday the 13th, Part 8: Jason Takes Manhattan finds Jason sailing away with some promiscuous high school grads on a school related cruise around NYC.:

"New York has a new problem" is right! Jason's here! In the City! I would just like to post, in its entirety, Wikipedia's synopsis because I feel that I could not do it justice:

After being resurrected, this time by electricity from an underwater cable that was ripped open by the anchor of a houseboat, the unstoppable Jason Voorhees returns from the dead and kills a high school couple having sex.

The next morning, the cruise ship Lazarus, containing the senior class of Lakeview High, is bound for New York City for the school's high school graduation. The trip is chaperoned by Colleen Van Deusen and Charles McCulloch, who's also brought along his niece, Rennie Wickham. Before the ship sets sail, Jason grabs ahold of the ship's anchor, and climbs aboard. As the night continues on, Rennie keeps having flashbacks of Jason as a child when he drowned.

Meanwhile, Jason kills six passengers, two captains, and two crew members (one accidentally shot by one of the six killed passengers when looking for for Jason). However, one of the student's death causes a fire, burning the fuel tanks, and blowing a hole in the ship's hull. Because of this, Charles, Rennie, Colleen, two other students: Sean and Julius, and one dog abandon the ship in a row boat.

As the group continue to row to safety, they finally end up at New York City. Jason has followed them there however, and kills two gang bangers, a cop, Julius, Charles, and Colleen (killed accidentally when imolated in an exploding car), leaving Sean and Rennie running for their lives. Rennie has a flashback to an event from her early childhood where she was learning how to swim in Crystal Lake and was almost killed by a young Jason.

After a chase that spans from the subway system to Times Square, Rennie and Sean are left running into the sewers of Manhattan, where Jason follows and kills a Sanitation Worker. In an attempt to kill the last two survivors, the sewers are washed out with toxic waste, in which the unfortunate Jason Voorhees becomes submerged. Before the two surviving teens crawl out from the sewers and reunite with their dog in the middle of Times Square, Jason, due to the severe amount of toxic waste being washed over him, is finally at rest and has reverted back to a child, that as of when he originally drowned at Camp Crystal Lake. -Courtesy of

As usual, I've highlighted my favorite parts. Also, it's important to note that not only is Jason in NYC for a total of 10 mins of the movie, the director also portrays NYC as the gutter of the planet. Now, I don't really like New York City myself, but I mean, the amount of drug usage and toxic waste made me feel like I was watching the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.


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Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday finds Jason not even in this movie...ok fine, barely in this movie. Instead, we find out about Jason's "origins" through a moving evil circulating through innocent victims.

I have to be honest here, I don't really discuss this one on Monster Bash Blog very often because it is probably my least favorite Friday the 13th film. And not just because he's not in it, because he also isn't in Part 5 "A New Beginning" and I still liked that one just fine. Thank goodness they decided to not end the series here, even though it was nearly a decade later before Jason X would be released. This movie is absolutely ridiculous. It tries to go back and explain all of the ins and outs of Jason Voorhees and there's a snake crawling into people and people eating hearts and being possessed. Did you know that Jason had a sister? Did you know that Jason could only be killed through a special knife and by a family member? Me neither. In fact, if that were the case, why did it taken 9 movies to figure this out? Who the hell is Duke, also? Why does this Duke character know so much about Jason's lineage? The only redeeming qualities of this movie are: 1. The Jason Burgers, 2. The girl that gets chopped in half in the tent during the realistic sex scene that I truly believe is real, and 3. The heart eating scene is really, really gross.
Actually, now that I think about it this movie is so ridiculous I can't even make myself like it. The ending has Freddy's glove grabbing Jason and dragging him down into Hell, where I imagine he was negotiating with him for Freddy vs. Jason. He and Freddy team up briefly before Jason is launched into space in Jason X...even though Jason X came out first by a year. Who cares! It's Jason!


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Jason X finds Jason sailing through space. In the future.

Jason X takes place in futuristic 2010'ish wow! Wonder what that's like a year from now! But then it REALLY takes place in 2455 which is still a little while away and Jason becomes Mega Jason. Jason X may be one of my favorites from the series, because space was the absolute last place I'd ever expect Jason Voorhees to venture and I can't even believe someone decided that this movie was a good idea. It wasn't a good was a great idea! Possibly the best idea anyone could think of..I just wish on anything that I could have been in that board meeting where they presented this plot to movie executives. Where to begin? I do have to say though, when we have friends over for a spoOoOooky bash and we ask what movie people want to watch, this one always wins. That has to say something.

So where do you think Jason is best? At sea? In Hell? In outer space?

Perhaps Jason is truly the best at Camp Crystal Lake, patrolling the promiscuous.

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I don't decide.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Friday the 13th Month: Monster Bash Blog's Movie Review

So, I needed a day or two to collect my thoughts about this Friday the 13th movie (not really a remake, btw). Also, I didn't want to tell you my thoughts on it the day of its release because that's not fair to you if you haven't seen it yet. I'm considerate. So, as much as I'm hesitant to post this review, because it saddens me deeply, the blog must go on.
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First of all, let me begin by saying that I hyped this movie up to the high heavens. I bought my movie tickets last Sunday, almost a week before the movie was even released. I bought them the second I found out that the theater was doing a 12:01 AM showing.

I was so pumped up, I didn't even care that after seeing it at midnight I'd still have to slither into work the next morning at 7:00 would be worth it! I would be one of the first to see this theatrical masterpiece!

So, Jim, Cos, Renee and I went to the theater around 11:30 to get a good seat. It was pretty crowded for being a Thursday night. In fact, it went from "pretty crowded" to "people having to be ushered to try to find a seat". Midnight showings bring in people in droves, I guess. Myself included. After what seemed like an eternity of waiting and watching some unlucky people who got to the theater too late struggle to find a good seat...the longest set of trailer's I've ever seen in my life aired.

The Last House of the Left trailer aired again and looked even more awesome than I last remembered. Note to self: see that movie. started.

So the first 10 to 15 mins seemed to start off as pure Friday the 13th. There's some promiscuous campers, drugs, beer, and poor dialogue. I do have to say though, the original Friday the 13th's dialogue was bad in a way that you still were like "this is great"...This version was eye rolling horrible dialogue. I felt embarassed for some of the characters.

Then, we had technical difficulties. After what I felt was the greatest Jason kill scene of the movie (SPOILER ----> he grabs the girl in the tent, rolls her up in a sleeping bag, and ties her to a tree above fire, where she flip flops around for awhile and burns alive while her injured boyfriend watches. ), the entire movie started to go backwards and was upside down. Literally. I first thought it was part of the movie and maybe the guy was laying upside down? But then, I saw what looked like the ending of the movie and was devastated. You're ruining it for me!!! People started getting belligerent. They started bringing in security to calm the crowds.

Cos started yelling "free popcorn" and Jim feared a riot would be incited.

The movie was turning out to be not scary at all, but the film difficulties situation was turning into a horrorfest within itself.

Finally, they rushed in another reel of film and started the movie at what looked like a different part. So I may or may not have missed a scene in there. Not sure. People began chants and were clearly as upset as me. How can you not be? This was Jason's big re-debut!

Anyways, back to the movie. Well, after the first scene with the campers...the movie turned into the remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. And I don't really mean that in a good way. You actually could've taken Jason out and this would have been a completely different movie. Just insert Leatherface or another killer.

It felt very un-Friday the 13th. Here are my reasons why (WARNING: SPOILERS):

1. Jason seems to be thoughtful and have some sort of character development where you kind of feel for him at the end. WTF?! I don't want to feel for him. I want him to just kill some campers and get set on fire or launched into space or whatever and then come back at the end.

2. Jason travels through tunnels and sets up complex boobie-traps. Come on. This is just Leatherface with a hockey mask, isn't it? The actor that played Jason said he wanted to go back to when Jason was faster and more human (1980-1985), which I think is great. But then he said he wanted him to be smarter and come up with these traps and I disagree with that direction. Jason isn't McGuyver, he's a killer.

3. Crystal Lake looks really, really like the setting in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Broken down, filled with weird old crap...there's hardly a "camp" there. There's like one cabin and the bed is engraved with "Jason". Give me a break. Really?

4. The "locals" were ridiculous. Apparently, Jason's existence isn't a legend. The people who live there know him, and they coexist with him. In fact, they condone his revenge. Are you kidding me? Jason doesn't cherry pick who he kills...he's not picky. The whole point of Friday the 13th is that Jason is believed to be a legend and there are just mysterious killings that happen to anyone who goes near him...they just usually happen to be sleazy teens. Also, a side note on the townsfolk of Crystal Lake, they behave like the characters in TCM because the one guy is covered in dirt and has a southern drawl and they look like they're in Texas. Side note, the movie is filmed in Austin, TX even though all of the car license plates are NJ (trust me, I know my NJ plates). New Jerseyans may be a lot of things, but I don't think they were portrayed correctly in this movie.

5. The storyline. Ok so usually, here's how it works: Campers go to Crystal Lake, Jason kills them all, except for one or two, they "kill" Jason, Jason comes back in the end. This movie had a guy looking for his sister, this yuppie showing off his house to his friends, only like 2 campers, barely, some old lady who knows Jason personally with a dog, some guy who has sexual relations with mannequins, one cop, and that's it. I give them props for trying to modernize the story, but I love the story. Don't change the formula, it makes it look foreign to me.

6. He keeps the sister alive. Jason doesn't do that. He doesn't keep people alive. He kills them. That's what he does. You expect me to buy into that he can build intricate traps and tunnels to get him everywhere at the right moment but he can't recognize someone that isn't his mother?

7. Too rushed. The people who made this movie were clearly trying to cover alot of ground in a limited amount of time. They should have cut down on the homages and paid closer attention to the details. The opening scene should have lasted longer. Jason should have had a better transition from bag to mask.

I know you're thinking I'm being too harsh because after all, Jason has been in outer space and on a cruise ship...however, even in situations as ridiculous as those, it was undeniable that they were part of the Friday the 13th series. While this movie had its disappointments, I did find some good points:

1. Jason looked awesome. This Jason was fast...he was really tall...his awesome coat was scary as it flowed in the breeze...he was all around great. Derek Mears was a fantastic Jason.
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2. The death scenes were pretty good. The sleeping bag death in the beginning was the best of all, but overall the death scenes were over the top, gory, and great. Jason even throws an axe at someone.
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The deaths were definitely Friday the 13th'esque.

3. The throwbacks to the other movies. The part about "getting exercise" when that girl wanted to hike was a nice tip of the hat to the pregnant girl in part 3 who is talking about getting some exercise; The bag on the head from part 2 was great; The severed head from parts 1 and 2 that we see in the beginning; The part about the girl putting on the medallion (in part 2 she puts on the mother's sweater) to trick Jason (although in part 2 it doesn't last nearly half as long as in this one where he "keeps her" hostage); there's a barn that really brings you back to part 3; the sleeping bag death scene is a tip of the hat back to the greatest sleeping bag death scene of all time in Part VII and also in Freddy vs. Jason; the way Jason reaches at the camera near the end when the sister stabs him is just like in part 3...I could go on...but I'll stop there because I'm sure you're riveted enough.

4. The Asian guy. He was the greatest. I actually had no idea what any of the characters names were because who cares, but his name was Chewie. If you remember, I was pretty satisfied that there was a character named Chewie (see reason number 8 in my post), and he didn't disappoint. He was literally the only realistic comedic relief. I was legitimately sad when he got axed. He gives Jason the hockey stick and tells him it "completes his outfit". Although that part was predictable, it was hilarious.

4. The archery part. I actually missed this, Jim had to point it out to me. There is a scene where Jason shoots a crossbow and gets it right through the guy's head on the boat. We later see in his creepy cabin that Jason won a bunch of awards when he was a kid for his marksmanship. Cleverly done. Actually, that whole scene when he shoots the guy on the boat with an arrow, and then goes after Willa Ford in the lake is pretty awesome.
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5. The ending. The way Jason comes back up and grabs the character is very reminiscent of when he does it as a child to Alice at the end of part 1. I also like that they still leave it open to more sequels, which I hope they will make, just not like this one.

6. the ch ch ch-ha ha ha noise...although it wasn't there nearly enough for me, it got me pumped when I heard it.

7. Not related to the movie, but the theater gave everyone free movie passes because we had to wait and miss some of the movie and watch the ending backwards. That made waiting all worth it.

So, I feel very torn on this movie. If it weren't Jason, I probably wouldn't have liked it, I would have panned it completely. I find myself giving Jason get-out-of-jail-free cards, because I love him so much. This movie didn't give me the feeling that I was watching Friday the 13th. I felt like I was watching the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake without Leatherface and Jessica Biel. On the whole the movie was watchable, but I wasn't jumping out of my seat in excitement like I thought I'd be.

I was reading on that they were toying around with a bunch of ideas for the script of this film. I'll bold face my faves:

"In the lapse between 2003, when Freddy vs Jason was released and summer 2007, there were several working ideas that were being thought of being used for the next Friday the 13th film. These include:

The Homecoming - While past survivor Chris Higgins attempts to forget her dreadful memories by returning to Crystal Lake with her teenage children and doctor, Jason suddenly returns as well with a vengeance to slice through the high school's homecoming dance (being held at Camp Crystal Lake), as a man claiming to be his father holds the secrets to where he has been and how he was created. Request to read the script here. NOTE: This story was going to be a sort of reboot, as it told the events of the 1980 original all the way through The Final Chapter, ignoring everything else in the series. This was rumored to be the 2009 film's plot from 2006 until early 2008. Some things did make it into the final script of the 2009 film (most notably Jason being human and running again).

**Monster Bash Note: While I love Chris from Part 3, this plot sounds a little too much like the one with the telepathic girl, and with the homecoming dance and all of that, I'm not as big a fan. However, I think I would've still liked it.

Freddy vs Jason vs Ash - Set to be the sequel to Freddy vs Jason in which the two iconic killers from the first film would be pitted against Ash from the "The Evil Dead" series. As Freddy plans to use the Book of the Dead to carry out his deadliest scheme yet - and possibly re-enter the 'real world' as a demonic force, Ash must battle him, while also saving kids in a cabin from the deadly wrath of Jason. The script was quickly dropped when Sam Raimi, creator and rights holder of Ash and The Evil Dead series, refused to participate with the idea and when Robert Englund announced he would no longer be playing Freddy Krueger.

**Monster Bash Note: too retarded.

Jason vs Leatherface - machete slicing Jason battles the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface" as well as his family when the skin-mask wearing freak sets his bloodthirsty sights on a group of teens that the hockey masked maniac has been chasing down all the way from Crystal Lake. But soon, the teens discover themselves in the middle of a battle of an icon vs. an icon - of chainsaw versus machete! NOTE: Platinum Dunes, the production company behind both the "Chainsaw" remake and the "Friday" reboot was originally going to use this as a vehicle for bringing Jason back and continuing on Leatherface's story.

**Monster Bash Note: Now we're talkin'!

Bloodbath - A prison bus passing through the abandoned town of Crystal Lake gets into a car accident with two college girls hoping to document footage on the famous Crysta Lake killer (Jason). With no means of transportation for escape, the girls find themselves being hunted by not only the prisoners, but by the famed hockey-masked killer himself! They must rely on a young, handsome prisoner attempting to redeem himself in order to survive. The death penalty has never been so terrifying! NOTE: This script was rejected by Platinum Dunes as a "Friday" script but later sold, where the character of Jason was replaced with a new original killer and the setting was replaced as well. That script is currently in pre-production stages.

** Monster Bash Note: now, I like this idea for a movie, so I'm glad they're still using it. This isn't a Jason movie though, so I'm glad they didn't use it.

The Beginning - Tagging off the success of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning" as well as some of the "Halloween" remake, this was going to show the events of Jason's life from his childhood up until the very beginning of "Friday the 13th Part 2". The idea was also going to explain Jason's supernatural tendencies. This story line was dropped due to the poor fan reaction from other prequels that 'attempted to explain too much.' NOTE: While the 2009 film is not a prequel, it shares some similarities with "The Beginning" in making Jason a human and not a monster.

**Monster Bash Note: I don't think I want to know Jason personally, I like him being a killing machine.

Jason X2 - An obvious sequel to Jason X, this was going to have Jason still in the year 2525 on Earth 2. The story would pick up directly after its predecessor, and Jason would have landed in the area that used to be Crystal Lake. Not much else is known about this script, except that it would have 'Uber-Jason' killing teens of the future. NOTE: This script was nearly greenlit before the released of Jason X, but due to the poor box office returns, the idea was scrapped and the huge success of "Freddy vs. Jason" all thoughts of this script were put aside.

**Monster Bash Blog: WTF?!!? This would have been AMAZING. I can't get enough Uber-Jason.

Jason Takes Los Angeles - While being transported along a helicopter ride to a research facility in Los Angeles, a frozen Jason is resurrected by an electrical current and after slaughtering most of the helicopter crew the helicopter crashes before he can kill the one final young research intern, Ted. As Ted makes his way out of the mountains of the desert and into the city, he is followed by Jason, who leaves a trail of bloodshed and murders behind Ted. With the crooked police on his tail, a gang war heating up in his path, and a ring of adult filmmakers wanting him dead, Ted turns to a naive social worker to help save him from it all! NOTE: This was originally going to be the ninth film in the series, hoping to pick up on the trend of Jason traveling to large cities, but when Paramount sold the rights to New Line the script was put in the vault and Freddy vs Jason was made. However, the script resurfaced nearly 18 years after it was originally conceived.

**Monster Bash Note: Ok, realistically this sucks, but I really, really wish I could've seen this completed. Ted, Crooked police, Gang wars, Adult filmmakers wanting Ted dead, naive social workers?! This is incredible.

The Revenge of Tommy Jarvis - After his sister is brutally murdered by a machete wielding maniac, Tommy goes on a hunt for Jason. As his wife Megan falls into great danger when he attempts to find the man who scarred his childhood, Tommy must face his fears, wise up, and think of way to protect those he loves while burying evil once and for all - as well as his deepest rooted fears! NOTE: Tommy Jarvis was originally going to appear in the 2009 film but filmmakers thought that his character should be saved for the sequels (if there are any).Return to Crystal Lake - Jason has not been in Crystal Lake in years. His name is a legend of sorts, and the town has grown comfortable with its surroundings. But suddenly he reappears, ready to wreak havoc. After trapping a biker gang passing through, the hockey masked maniac quickly gets up to his old habits and does what he is known for in Crystal Lake - killing! NOTE: The Biker gang from Part III" were going to play a large role, as one of the Bikers in this script was the younger brother of Ali.

**Monster Bash Note: This would have been great. Tommy Jarvis returning and the whole story makes sense. Except for the bikers...let the bikers go, ok? Hopefully they'll be able to do this one, because Corey Feldman needs the work and I need more Jason.

Part XII - The idea was to have a sequel that would also not acknowledge the events of any film from Part VII through Freddy vs Jason (excluding Jason Goes to Hell and Jason X). The idea was to put Jason back in Crystal Lake, have him chase teens, and give the series that nostalgic 80's feeling of the original seven movies. Many aspects of this script made it into the final version of the 2009 [i}Friday the 13th but. unlike the 2009 film, this was to act as a sequel and not a reboot of the entire series. NOTE: The entire first segment of the 2009 film will be very similar to this script in its entirety. This was the original script for the 'reboot'. "

**Monster Bash Note: This would have been the best choice. The first 10 mins of the movie are the best and the most true to the originals. If they would have just continued that throughout the movie, this would have been gold in my book.

Oh well, until these other ones come to fruition we at least have the other 10/11 films to look back on and love unconditionally right?

And that's exactly what we here at Monster Bash Blog will do: celebrate the REAL Friday the 13th, Jason style.

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Friday, February 13, 2009

"Fridays Will Never Be the Same Again"

Can you believe it?!

Today is the day!

P.S. I got my Title of the blog from one of the taglines for the original Friday the 13th movie. I felt that it was fitting. Fridays...will the same...after today.

Happy Birthday Jason V.!

I can't believe it opens today! I've been talking about this movie coming out for nearly a year!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Friday the 13th Month: Jason's Birthday Party

It kind of started out as a joke, but somehow, Jim and I came up with this idea of having a "birthday party" for Jason as part of the release of the Friday the 13th Remake (In theaters 02/13/09 a.k.a. the spoOoOoOoOokiest day of your life!). This was mainly because I wanted to try to make a cake that looked like Jason.

Then it turned into a slumber party/movie marathon birthday party, and Jim was sure that nobody would come to that, because a bunch of 25-29 year olds having a slumber party at Jim's house is kind of silly. But Jim was sold on the birthday cake idea.

Then I mentioned it to Renee, who loved it and said she'd definitely be there, regardless of how stupid (amazing) it would be. She also brought a giant coffee to stay awake as long as necessary to get through all of Jason's hijinx.

Then, Jim and I decided to have it on Friday, 02/06/09, as a week before Jason's birthday (Friday the 13th remake release)...because Jim was off from work.

So Jim did what he always does: send out a mass email:


From: Jim
To: Everyone

Well...the world awaits Mr. Voorhees' birthday next Friday...

In case you didn't know, New Line Cinema and Paramount Pictures are delivering to our doorsteps next Friday a wonderful new installment in the life of Mr. Jason Voorhees.

It promises to be spectacular....and I believe it.

So in honor of this historic birthday next week...



There WILL be movies.

There WILL be fun.

There WILL be cake.

The cake WILL be Jason-themed.

And perhaps the BIGGEST announcement of all...



Were going to watch as many of these goddamned movies as we can though!

And eat a cake that looks like Jason!

You thought sleepovers were a chapter of your life that had ended?....Oh, no, no, no

It's time to open up that

Come to what is almost definitely the best Jason-themed party you have ever attended.

Celebrate Jason's birthday on Wilson St!...(temporarily renamed Murder St.)

and just in case you need to reference it to friends...the OFFICIAL name of tonight's ridiculously and unbelievably awesome party is...

Jason's Birthday Party Sleepover!

So when you talk about where you're going to friends, you would say "I can't go to Hoboken tonight, I'm going to Jason's Birthday Party Sleepover!"

It's the party of a lifetime!

Or....better yet....the party of a death-time!

Would it be enough? I wasn't sure...I knew in my cold black heart that this would be the party of a lifetime, but would our friends agree?

I started to gets texts saying "who's Jason?" "Do I know him?" "Are you kidding or serious? " "I'm not sleeping over, but maybe I'll stop by"

And then it crossed the line from "no way" to "ok I'll see you at 8".

Even Scott, who is always busy, said he'd come. This was a serious party...not like Monster Bash...but still serious.

So of course, we took a trip to my favorite place: Party City, and bought birthday party supplies.

Jason confetti

Red Tablecloth and cups (I already had that amazing Freddy vs. Jason platter and the beverage fountain...Abe was in Friday the 13th Part IV so he was invited too)

My awesome dipping sets that I've been collecting and Friday the 13th Chip Bowl

Happy Birthday banner (there was nothing hockey mask or Friday the 13th related at Party was slim pickins this time of year)

I started to work on the cake, Jim bought hurricane cocktail mix (a.k.a. Camp Crystal Lake water)

Here is my masterpiece:

Pretty close right?

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We also got some food from Jason's favorite Mexican food establishment: On The Border...if you'll remember in Friday the 13th Part V Reggie's brother offers him tacos and enchiladas so you know Mexican food is a staple in Friday the 13th films.

And then we were ready to (Birthday) Party!

Any validation that I needed to know that it was a real party occurred when Meg and Keem showed up.

Happy (Early) Birthday Jason!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Friday the 13th Month: Why Part 3 Is the Best

I know I mention it almost daily on Monster Bash Blog, but Friday the 13th: Part 3 is quite possibly the best Friday the 13th...or overall horror movie...on Earth. Perhaps I'm biased...but I doubt it.
Friday the 13th part 3 Pictures, Images and Photos
I can't decide what cover I like better..I think it may be this one:
Friday The 13th Part 3 Pictures, Images and Photos

Of course, it's in 3-D. Part 3's of horror movies seem to have a pattern of being in 3-D because they can make up clever slogans like "Part 3....-D WOW!" I've also noticed more and more things joining the 3-D train, like commercials during the superbowl. Well, we all have Jason to thank for this technology, now don't we? (Obv. I'm kidding - please don't send me corrections on the origins of 3-D).

Here's the amazing trailer:

I feel like the guy reading in the trailer was just making stuff up off the 1:24 he says something about when killing in Jason's woods that Jason will come to you? What is that? What does that mean? I mean, if you're in Jason's woods, then you've come to Jason, right? Who cares! This movie is the greatest!

Wikipedia loves it just as much as me, that is why it has its very own page.

Despite it's horrid ratings from IMDB, I still find it to be the most entertaining film I've ever seen in my life.

Now, let's talk about this. How can I possibly do this piece of golden masterpiece justice? But, I will try.

In 1982, the year of my birth, Friday the 13th Part 3 was released. So, alot of good things came out of 1982, eh? Also, I don't know where Wikipedia is getting their info from, but it's way more description than the movie gives us, so I'm in awe reading this...

Friday the 13th Part 3 is the first of the Jason movies that features Jason with his hockey mask. It is actually kind of an accident how Jason gets it, which I find funny, because before this, he was sporting a spoOoOoOoOky burlap sack. Jason also is wearing flannel and actually runs in this movie, and he is fast. Jason as a villain in this film is awesome because he's realistically scary, unlike the more modern, dino Jason.

But enough about J.V., the characters in this movie are so out-of-this world ridiculous, I'm giggling as I think about them.

So while Jason is gathering his flannel, he goes to a store run by this white trash couple, Edna and Harold. Harold has high cholesterol and Edna wants him to eat better:
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Harold Pictures, Images and Photos
This couple would be retarded if Harold didn't have a full bathroom scene complete with gas noises and Edna didn't look less like a naggy old housewife. Anyway, Jason kills 'em both and off he goes to his old stomping ground!

Lo and behold, there are people going there! In a big van of drugs and sex!

The main character in all of this is a girl named Chris.
Dana Kimmell Pictures, Images and Photos
Chris has some serious issues that we don't find out about right away...we actually find them out later in a Jason flashback, but basically, she runs away from home and Jason finds her and chases her in his quick flannel manner and she passes out and wakes up to find herself with her parents. So Jason haunts her even in her dreams and she's come back to Crystal Lake to face her demons...and her loser boyfriend, Rick:

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Rick is seriously the biggest boner in the universe and he calls Chris fat when he first sees her. I think Chris needs to kick Rick to the curb...but...Rick pays for that comment later:
Friday 13th Part 3 Pictures, Images and Photos
HAHAHAHA! Who's calling names now, Ricky?!

Also along for the ride are Chris's friends:

Debbie, who wants the world to know a thousand times over that she's pregnant:
Debbie Pictures, Images and Photos
even though she's talking about beer 45% of the movie...

her bf Andy (the baby-daddy):
Andy Pictures, Images and Photos
Andy loves juggling fruit and walking on his hands.

Then there are her two...stoner...friends/parents/chaparones? Chili and Chuck:
Chili Pictures, Images and Photos

Chuck Pictures, Images and Photos
Now, I gotta stop here for a minute. Let's be honest here...although they kind of take the "stoner" role a bit far...I'm still not buying that these two would be there under normal circumstances. They're both in their 40s and Chuck looks like a Vietnam veteran mixed with a splash of Cheech and Chong. Why are they hanging out with a bunch of 17 year old floozies? This movie didn't even need them in it. Do they even hang out with the others? No. They make popcorn and smoke weed all day. All they provided to this film was 3D popcorn, smoke and 2 stupid death scenes. I just don't get it. I actually forgot they were in it, too, until I was reading the plot.

Next is Vera, who is Chris's friend, but also the possible love interest for Shelly:
Vera Pictures, Images and Photos
She is a spicy lady who fights with her mom in beginning in another language..I believe Spanish? And then gets into some downtown troubles with Shelly...


The greatest character of them all is obviously Shelly:
Shelly Pictures, Images and Photos
Shelly hates himself and tries to mask his self-hatred with stupid magic tricks and bad jokes. Everyone hates Shelly, but not as much as Shelly hates himself. He makes comments that make everyone uncomfortable like how he can't skinny dip because he's not "skinny enough". Awww. He also tells Vera that his "world" is in a shoebox and to "stick around" so she can find out. Even Vera kind of hates him, and when he gets killed, people still think he's kidding and get annoyed at him. Poor guy.
Shelly is, however, very important to this movie, not only because of his awful-ness, but because it's his hockey mask that Jason takes on as his own. So, thanks Shelly. Fun Fact! I read somewhere that Shelly is a lawyer now...nice going!

But that's not all...we also have BIKERS who are terrorizing grocery stores everywhere! There's Ali, Loco, and Fox (special thanks to people on photobucket that have these screenshots, seriously, thank you):
Ali Pictures, Images and Photos
Loco Pictures, Images and Photos
Fox Pictures, Images and Photos
Fox is played by = Phylicia Rashad Pictures, Images and Photos
Ok fine, Fox isn't Phylicia Rashad from The Cosby Show, but doesn't she kind of look like her badass twin sister?
The bikers are chasing after Shelly because he broke one of their bikes and they end up in the barn at the camp where they all meet their doom...except Ali...kind of...

So anyway, Jason is living it up at this camp in his flannel and kills everyone...except Chris who is a tough-as-nails chick:
friday the 13th part 3 Pictures, Images and Photos

But Chris ends up going crazy in the end. The best part is at the end when he's in the window and she screams "It's you!!" and he lifts his mask up and snickers at her. Wait...was it all dream?

Watch how great he is:

This one's the best, watch from 4:10 on:

This film was originally set to be the final in the trilogy of Jason movies...but that didn't happen, because Jason is so amazingly awesome that they continued right on into hell, cruise ships, and space and copycat killers. Also, they cut out alot of gory stuff, accoring to Wiki, so that they could not have to make it "X" rated.

Seriously, if you haven't seen this movie you are missing out. There's 3D, bad acting, stupid plot points, crossbow usage, the hockey mask's introduction, Shelly, handstand deaths, eyeballs popping out, the line "He's killing me! He's killing me!", and fast backwoods Jason. This movie has it grab your 3-D shades and get to watching!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Friday the 13th Month: Why the Original is So Great

Original Logo Pictures, Images and Photos

There are so many reasons why I love Friday the 13th.

It's got that great mix of corny garbage and scary scenes that make it watchable millions of times over. I could watch it every day all day long. While my favorite is part 3, because that is where I think Jason is at his all-time best, the first one is a classic. Here's why:

1. Kevin Bacon
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Kevin Bacon being in this movie makes it a valid film. I mean, Kevin Bacon is a pretty successful actor...He's come a long way from his days being stabbed through a cot and dancing his heart out in Footloose. He was in Mystic River for goodness sakes. I think because of his role in Friday the 13th, Bacon is now my new favorite actor.

2. The killer was a sweet old lady... this never happens. For 1980, I think this is pretty groundbreaking. It's not a mutated circus freak, there are no escaped convicts or aliens or fire breathing monsters... it's just a regular woman in a sweater...named Pamela Voorhees. just informed me that Pamela used to be the camp cook. That's a SpoooOoOoOoky Fun Fact! I didn't know that actually. Apparently there's a book that explores the background story of Mrs. Voorhees and Jason.

Pamela Voorhees Pictures, Images and Photos
Betsy Palmer would have been the last person I suspected to be a killer. Also, you don't really see her until the very end, so there is no way on Earth you'd even think it could be anyone other than Jason.
pamela voorhees Pictures, Images and Photos
But it waaas....

3. You kind of feel bad for Jason. I mean, it's not his fault he was born the way he was.

Look at him here. He's just confused. And the only reason he died was because the counselors weren't paying attention to him. Even Freddy Kreuger touched on that in Freddy vs. Jason. Jason just wanted to prove he could swim. Seriously, doing research for this blog has provided me with more info than I could've ever imagined. Wikipedia has the origins of how Jason was created. It's really sPOooOoky you should read it!

4. The surprise ending with the lake

I, for one, never expected it. I mean, I expected Pamela to come after her because it was too quiet, or some kind of flashback..but not deformed child Jason back from the lake! First of all, I guess it's so shocking because it doesn't make sense. I mean, Jason died how many years ago? And we're supposed to believe he's stuck in child form at the bottom of the lake? In the next installment he's a grown man! What's going on?! But, regardless, I forgive it and I allow it because I friggin' love him so much.

5. The hero is a pure virtuous teen who is just trying to do a good job. See, there's a good message in there somewhere right?

Poor Alice, she's the only one who's doing her job right. I mean, everyone else is too busy drinking and doing drugs and sleeping around to watch these innocent kids. Someone has to be the responsible one, and for Alice, that virtue provides to be the reason she lives.

So why do you love it? Or hate it? I mean, you can hate it, but that just means you don't get it.

DK Original Pictures, Images and Photos

ch ch ch ch...ha ha ha ch ch ch.... you get it...right?