Quote: "I was actually in the ad business, a copywriter and concept guy. I had written a couple of screenplays, and ended up being offered a couple of Afterschool Special-type programs for CBS. And this was more exciting than advertising, so I quit. And one of those specials I wrote was called - goodness gracious, stay with me here - The Inside-Out Clown, about a fat kid who went to clown school and learned that life isn’t about clowning, clowning is about life. And I don’t know why he read the script, but Joe Zito - who is also, shall we say, an overweight person - called me up and said, ‘I love the kids you draw. I want you to write a horror film for me.’|
Joe was right on the money there. When I started writing, he said to me, ‘Don’t try to think of any new ways to kill kids, ‘cause people have seen everything. Just make real kids like your Afterschool Special kids, and whatever we do to them will be horrific.’ I had liked the first two Friday films, because they had made kids that, for the most part, you understood and you cared about. Part 3 was a trick movie - they killed all these kids that were better off dead anyway. So we strove to make lovable, real-world teens - even if Jason never showed up, it was still American Graffiti, you know? Because when you kill kids like that, people really get freaked out." - pg. 101, Crystal Lake Memories
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