Inspired by the low budget-high box office of John Carpenter’s Halloween, producer/director Sean S. Cunnigham called his friend, writer Victor Miller, and asked him to write “the scariest movie ever made.” Miller went to work, creating a script called A Long Night at Camp Blood. Never heard of it? That’s because Cunningham changed the title. Ever heard of Friday the 13th?
You should have. That independent $500,000 slasher movie earned $39.7 million and kicked off a new franchise of 11 or 12 movies (depending on how you count) plus a television series, video games, comic books, and tie-in novels.
Next Friday is the 13th of January, the first of two Friday the 13ths in 2017. The other is in October when it would probably be more appropriate to watch a bunch of horror movies. Still, I think January is a fine time to revisit, Jason, his mother, and all the promiscuous teenagers at Camp Crystal Lake. Place holds now to get the movies in time for a marathon next weekend.
Friday the 13th
Friday the 13th Part 2
Friday the 13th Part III
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter
Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives
Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood
Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan
Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday
Freddy vs. Jason
Friday the 13th: The Reboot
And two (two!) documentaries
Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History Of Friday the 13th
His Name Was Jason: 30 years of Friday the 13th