Sean S Cunningham

New Line Cinema

Recent Friday the 13th-related rumor mongering has been centered around the possibility that the next film in the franchise might be going the found footage route — hopefully involving Jason with a GoPro camera attached to his hockey mask — but the first solid piece of actual news has turned things in an unexpected direction. Jason Voorhees is heading to the small screen. Again. For the first time. Fans will recall the late ’80s syndicated television series that kept the “Friday the 13th” name while ignoring Jason and his questionable hobbies all together. Basically producers wanted to extend the brand but knew they’d never get a show about teens being slashed on a weekly basis past the censors, so instead they created a story about a pair of siblings searching for cursed antique items. Yes, it was usually as hokey and bad as it sounds, and not even directors like David Cronenberg or Atom Egoyan could change that. But the television landscape is far more forgiving these days, so producer Sean S. Cunningham (who also helmed the first film) is crafting a new show that puts Jason front and center where he belongs. It’s early and little is known as to the details, but Deadline’s announcement features some odd claims that already have us worried.

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When the original Friday the 13th hit theaters in 1980 it was expected by most everyone to be nothing more than a profitable blip on the genre landscape, but thirty three years later it sits as one of the longest running U.S. horror franchises in history. It was meant to be little more than a riff on John Carpenter’s Halloween, but while that series capped off at ten theatrical installments F13 reached twelve including both Freddy vs Jason and the 2009 reboot. While 1980 may be the most important year for fans of the series, 2013 has quickly become the best thanks to two recent home video releases. First up is Friday the 13th: The Complete Collection which collects all twelve films (across nine Blu-rays) plus an additional DVD of bonus material in a very cool tin case. The lid is heavily embossed with an image of Jason and his machete, while the discs are housed in book sleeves. It’s a controversial move to use the sleeve format instead of plastic trays, but it’s far from the only questionable choice made here by Paramount and WB. The second release is Crystal Lake Memories, a whopping 400 minute-long making-of documentary that explores all twelve movies in depth. Filled with candid interviews, behind the scenes photos, and clips (both theatrical and cut scenes), this is an entertaining and informational doc that should delight both die-hard and casual fans.

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The original Friday the 13th caught a lot of critical heat back in 1980, and now many people see it as little more than another in a long line of generic slasher films, but it actually deserves a lot more credit than that. It obviously wasn’t the first of the genre, that honor would probably go to films like Black Christmas and A Bay of Blood, but it (along with Halloween and A Nightmare On Elm Street) began a long, three-way race for horror franchise supremacy that affected the genre for decades. This week sees a new Friday the 13th release hitting shelves, appropriately enough on Friday the 13th, consisting of all twelve films in the series (including the 2009 reboot) in a Complete Collection. It’s not actually as complete as it could or should have been, but one special feature it does include is a commentary track for the very first film. It’s not screen-specific and instead consists of edited together snippets from interviews, but there are still some interesting tidbits to be found. Keep reading to see what I heard on the commentary track for Sean S. Cunningham‘s Friday the 13th.

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Our intrepid reporter Robert Fure caught a super-early screening of Friday the 13th and has some unkind words for the bloody mess.

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I’m not a fan of remakes in general, but I’m not necessarily against them either. Basically, I usually just don’t care. But they should really only be made when something about it can be done better. Which brings us to the upcoming remake of Wes Craven’s The Last House On The Left.

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Exploring how Hitchcock, Carpenter and Cunningham changed the horror genre with 3 classic films.

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