Saturday, January 3, 2009

Ki, Ki, Ki, Ma, Ma, Ma ...

A couple interesting Friday the 13th tidbits that i've read so far in the awesome book Crystal Lake Memories that i've been meaning to share but haven't gotten around to due to all the holiday hooplah. It's all over now and I can now return to my regularly scheduled postings!

First off, a highly humorous little story, as told by the man who played Jason Voorhees in Part 2, Steve Daskawicz (or Steve Dash if ya can't pronounce that other one). Dash is credited as the 'Jason stunt double' in the flick but he's actually the one who played Voorhees throughout most of the movie. Not to get too in depth on that, but Warrington Gillette was originaly hired for the role but quit after only filming a couple scenes. Dash was hired on but due to contractual obligations with Gillette, he was only allowed to be credited as a mere stunt double. The unmasking scene was Gillette, most of the rest was Dash. But anyway! On to the story ...

A little picture of Dash first to get an idea of who's speaking here ...

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"One day Cliff (the stunt coordinator) and I went into town to get a toaster oven and a hot plate, because we had decided to turn our cabin into a house. We even sealed off the whole cabin with plastic to shield ourselves from the cold. So we go into town to this K-Mart or whatever it was, and I say to Cliff, as a joke, "You buy the stuff and i'll get the toaster oven. And I bet you I could walk right out of here with it and not get caught." So as i'm walking out, and one of the girls who worked there comes out - a very attractive girl - and she says, "You neglected to do one thing - pay for that." So I say to her, "I tell you what. I'm the guy playing Jason in Friday the 13th Part 2 up at the camp. If you come up there tonight, i'll let you watch. And then i'll let you get laid. What do you think?" She did. She let me steal the toaster over. Then she came up that night and I had sex with her."

Such is the power of playing Jason! At a horror convention a couple years back I was hanging around with Richard Brooker, who played Jason in Part 3, and let me tell ya, there wasn't a woman in the place that didn't want a piece of the man. Ordinary looking older dude (although admittedly charming) who they wouldn't have bat an eye at under normal circumstances but alas, he played Jason and therefore he was a serious catch. Although i'm pretty sure if ya even had a walk on, get killed, walk out scene in any of the Friday flicks, the ladies would be flocking around you at a horror convention. In fact, I even caught some second hand attention just because I was bumming around with Brooker!

And now, a very interesting Friday Part 2 factoid that you can dazzle all your friends with next time you pop the movie in ...

Remember that opening scene where Jason approaches the house of the final girl from the first flick, Alice, before he kills her off? All you see are the legs of Jason in that scene and for those insert shots, a woman was playing him! This obviously marks the first and only time a woman played the role of Jason Voorhees! I uploaded the scene for you to check out ...



Those are the legs of costume designer Ellen Lutter!

Needless to say, Crystal Lake Memories is absolutely full of interesting stories and facts like these and really should be picked up by any fan of the series. You will most certaintly get your moneys worth. I cannot thank the author, Peter M. Bracke, enough for taking the time to compile such an amazing and complete history of arguably the greatest horror franchise of all time. Every turn of the page in this book is literally an event.

On a couple other Friday related notes that will fit perfectly in this here post ...

I'm sure most of you are aware of the re-releases of Friday's 1-3 coming to DVD (and Blu-ray in the case of Part 1) on February 3rd, but i've got some even better news for ya regarding my favorite of the series, The Final Chapter. Joe Lynch, the director of Wrong Turn 2, has his own blog called Transmissions & Confessions from a Mad World and he's made a sort of blogging New Year's resolution to make a post, every single day, that will include a picture from his day that kinda best sums up that day. Head over there to check those out. His picture for yesterday was of a recording studio of some kind, which led Lynch to spill the beans on an awesome project that he and Hatchet director Adam Green just did some work on. The two were asked to do a fan/filmmaker commentary for a future re-release DVD of Final Chapter which, according to him, should be coming out sometime this summer! Now i'm a huge fan of both of these guys, i'm a huge fan of commentaries, and i'm a huge fan of Final Chapter, so this is some pretty awesome news for me. Those guys are hilarious and highly informed and I really can't wait to sit down and watch the flick with them (that's essentially what a commentary provides). Re-release of Final Chapter with Lynch/Green commentary .... I couldn't be a happier camper!

With the remake of Friday the 13th coming at us real soon (Feb 13), it looks like the Friday series that has never died is back in full force and I for one am more into the whole thing than I have been in a good long while. I'm ready to indulge in a serious Friday marathon and I cannot wait for the remake to come out. Say what ya want about remakes, but this one looks completely awesome and really, who doesn't wanna see our beloved Jason back on the big screen?! Even if it sucks, you're gonna get Jason back up there slaughtering people! Who can complain! If that's not good enough for ya, the remake is at least bringing increased attention and focus to the original Fridays, so be happy about that ya grinch!

On top of all this, the documentary His Name Was Jason will also be released on DVD February 3rd! Us Friday fans have a lot to look forward to in 2009!

5 comments:

Jason Takes Portland said...

Wow cool story keep them coming, "His Name Was Jason" sounds really cool I will have to check out. I am not optimistic for the remake but it better be obscenely gory.

Any thoughts about the new Bloody Valentine remake in 3-D? Brain C. and I are going to check it out.

Johnny said...

I'm actually very excited for MBV. The return of 3D horror! I'll be there opening night!

thebonebreaker said...

Johnny,

1st - Great Post! [I too have Crystal Lake Memories - I bought it the day it came out, and devored it!]

I'm confused though on what Joe Lynch has to do with The Final Chapter - Joe Zito directed that one [he of The Prowler & Missing in Action fame] Are Lynch & Green providing a commentary track, strictly as fans of the film? [if so, that's cool!]

Also, His Name Was Jason looks fantastic ~ I am looking more forward to that one than the re-make :-)

Johnny said...

Yes, it's a fan commentary. They have nothing to do with the flick other than being huge fans of it, which should make it an awesome commentary!

thebonebreaker said...

Definitely! :-)