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THE JASON FILES pt.5 - Ted White

Ted White’s introduction to the movie industry would be somewhat unconventional. Having played football for the University of Oklahoma in his youth, White served with the Marine Corps and, whilst stationed in San Diego in 1949, was asked to volunteer as an extra during a scene for a movie entitled Sands of Iwo Jima.

FX WORKSHOP: Double Impalement (Friday the 13th Part 2)

Whilst 1980′s Friday the 13th was a melting pot of ideas taken from a variety of recent successful horror films (specifically Carrie and Halloween), Friday the 13th Part 2 would lift a murder wholesale from a cult 1971 thriller called Reazione a catena.

FX WORKSHOP: Flying Eyeball (Friday the 13th Part 3)

Friday the 13th Part 3 would continue the tradition of the Grand Guignol-style theatrics that fans had grown accustomed to but and would feature some of the most graphic murders of the franchise, although as a combination of both the added 3-D effects and strict MPAA regulations, each set piece would ultimately be relatively blood-free.

Russell Todd Tribute/Appearance on Saturday (Updated)

We were just tipped off to a Russell Todd (Friday the 13th Part 2) appearance in a few days. No idea if he’ll be bringing his slingshot… Hey gang, Just wanted to let you know that this upcoming Saturday, January 22nd, we will be having the “Chris Gehrt & Friends” stand up comedy show at [...]

Who is Dan Bradley?

Until Crystal Lake Memories and Making Friday the 13th were released a few years back, most fans believed that C.J. Graham had played Jason Voorhees throughout Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives. But the first actor cast to play the newly resurrected ‘zombie’ Jason was newcomer Dan Bradley who, after being fired from the [...]

THE JASON FILES pt.4 – Richard Brooker

Whilst many actors have portrayed the character of Jason Voorhees over the years, only one actor has the distinction of being the first ever Jason to don the infamous hockey mask. Whilst he had obscured his features behind a sack in Friday the 13th Part 2, the makers of Part 3 knew that they needed [...]

FX WORKSHOP – ‘Jason’s Death’ (The Final Chapter)

When Paramount Pictures announced that they would be bringing their lucrative Friday the 13th franchise to an end with The Final Chapter, the filmmakers were under pressure to deliver a climax that would not disappoint the fans. Throughout the two previous films Jason had impaled two lovers during sex and, perhaps most bizarrely, had crushed [...]

FX WORKSHOP - ‘The Split Girl’ (Jason Goes to Hell)

Following the relatively blood-free restraint of Paramount’s Friday the 13th swan song, 1989′s Jason Takes Manhattan, the franchise would return to its gruesome roots for New Line’s first offering, Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday. The special effects were handled by KNB EFX, one of the most respected make-up and effects workshops in the [...]

BIOGRAPHY - Larry Zerner

Larry Zerner may not be a name familiar to those who do not follow the Friday the 13th franchise but his claim to fame was that it was his character that Jason Voorhees would obtain his now-iconic hockey mask from.

THE JASON FILES pt.3 - Steve Daskawisz

Principal photography on Friday the 13th Part 2 was barely underway when the producers were forced to recast the role of Jason Voorhees, the film’s demented killer. Warrington Gillette, the actor who had been set to portray the character, had proven to be a problem for the filmmakers, due to his inability to perform the [...]