Friday the 13th has appeared in more than just movies. Here are some of the media appearances that I’ve found interesting and want to share with you.
Six of the twelve films have been turned into books, with Part 3 written twice! Plus, the Jason Lives book introduced Elias Voorhees, Jason’s father, who paid to have his son buried.
In 1994, four young adult novels were released under the Friday the 13th banner. Written by author Eric Morse, these books are more about Jason’s masks possessing people than the killer himself.
In the 2000’s, Black Flame published four Jason X books that continued the future timeline storyline created in the film. They also published another series entitled Friday the 13th where Jason was resurrected by a religious cult, befriended by a serial killer in Hell, searched for by two religious serial killers, placed into a Survivor game show with death row convicts while his DNA creates zombies (man, that sounds better than any of the movies!) and finally, his mother rises from the grave and searches for her son, who has become a circus strongman. I’d watch all of these!
Topps Comics published several Friday the 13th comics, including one where he befriended and then battled Leatherface. Avatar also published several comics, including a Jason vs. Jason X battle. Wildstorm got the license in 2006 and published several mini-series, including Friday the 13th: Pamela’s Tale, which gave plenty of backstory, and two Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash series.
Daniel Farrands has created two documentaries, His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th and Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th, which you can watch on Shudder. It’s about six and a half hours and packed with plenty of information (and narrated by Corey Feldman). It’s pretty amazing how many people they got to show up and it doesn’t pull punches, even mentioning the second film’s Jason look being so close to The Town That Dreaded Sundown and the kills that are taken from Bay of Blood.
There have been a few games, but the two that everyone knows are the near-impossible to defeat Nintendo game and the new Friday the 13th: The Game, which was originally entitled Slasher Vol. 1: Summer Camp.
Eight versions of Jason are available to play, including costumes from the second, third, fourth, sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth films, plus the Nintendo version a new Jason created by Tom Savini. You can also play as Roy Burns, the copycat Jason from Friday the 13th: A New Beginning.
While the counselors in the game are all new characters, they’ve added Shelly Finklestein and Fox from Part 3, as well as Tommy Jarvis, the only character who can kill Jason. Plus there are maps for Camp Crystal Lake, Packanack Lodge, Higgins Haven, Jarvis House, Pinehurst and they have even hinted at including Grendel, the ship from Jason X.
I’ve never played the game, as I’m waiting for the single player version to get finished. But I’m excited that it exists!
Lewis Vendredi made a deal with the devil to sell cursed antiques. But he broke the pact, and it cost him his soul. Now, his niece Micki, and her cousin Ryan have inherited the store… and with it, the curse. Now they must get everything back, and the real terror begins.
Back in the days of syndicated TV, Friday the 13th: The Series aired for three seasons. It’s all about Micki, Ryan and Jack, who try to recover cursed antiques. Originally called The 13th Hour, Jason never appeared on the program, but there was a rumor that the final item the team would have to get was his mask.
I remember wanting to hate this show, yet secretly loving it. I think the fact that Robey was on it and I was 15 had something to do with it.
Can you blame me? Haha — man, the 80’s, right?
The rights to the franchise are slated to revert to New Line/Warner Brothers this year, which would be a good thing. After all, these films are a license to make money and no one can get one off the ground.
However, Victor Miller, who wrote the original Friday the 13th screenplay, has been suing for the rights, as he claims that the transfer of rights meant that Sean Cunningham never had the authority to sell the intellectual property. Ah, lawyers. That said — Blumhouse has hinted that they want to make a film in the series.
Damian Shannon & Mark Swift shared the cover of their script for the canceled sequel and got cease and desisted pretty quickly. I’d love to see what their ideas for this winter set sequel were!
There was also a plan in 2003 to make Crystal Lake Chronicles, which I’d describe as Dawson’s Creek with Jason looming in the background while kids went through life and love. It obviously never happened, nor did a proposed CW series that would have dealt with young adults dealing with living in Crystal Lake.
Whew! That’s a lot of Jason in one day, huh? What are your feelings on these films? Do you have a favorite? Let us know!