Friday, February 6, 2009

HIS NAME WAS JASON

Promoting the new FRIDAY THE 13th reboot, as well as acknowledging the franchise’s 30th Anniversary, comes HIS NAME WAS JASON, a new feature-length documentary from Anchor Bay Entertainment and filmmakers Daniel Farrands and Andrew Kasch.

A joyous celebration of the entire FRIDAY THE 13th series, this documentary features interviews with virtually every actor, writer and director to ever work in the franchise. (Notable exceptions: Kevin Bacon, Corey Feldman and Crispin Glover.)

Hosted by noted special make-up effects artist Tom Savini (who supervised said effects on FRIDAYs Parts 1 and 4), this 90-minute collection of talking heads is entertaining and informative, covering the entire history of the FRIDAY phenomena, from it’s conception in 1980 to the new remake/reboot due next week. Most interesting to me was the obvious pride that everyone interviewed possesses for having been involved in the franchise. No one here seems embarrassed or cynical about the movies – on the contrary, they’re clearly enthusiastic about the films and their part in them.

The DVD is a two disc affair. Disc 1 includes the feature presentation, as well as longer interview segments with all seven of the actors that played Jason Voorhees over the years. Disc 2 includes extended interviews with virtually everyone that appeared in the documentary, an amusing "Camp Crystal Lake Survival Guide," convention footage, four fan films, and a look at Universal Studios’ Halloween horror Nights tribute to the FRIDAY films.

If you’re a fan of the FRIDAY THE 13th film series, you may want to pick this up. It’s full of fascinating anecdotes, trivia, behind-the-scenes information, and the enthusiasm of the interviewees is infectious. It’s made me want to go out and track down the installments I haven’t yet seen, and made me curious about the remake… which means it’s done its job. It also comes with a coupon good for $5 off admission to the new flick. Check it out.

BUY: His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th