Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Should never have left the crysal lake

I might not have any interest in seeing (or revisiting) any of the Friday the 13th movies (or its upcoming remake), but I'm quite interested in seeing His Name Was Jason, a recently-released documentary on the entire series and its legacy. To me, the story of the series is way more intriguing than hearing that cheesy music, seeing bimbos get hacked to pieces, and seeing an unkillable killer coming back again and again.

Like the Halloween retrospective, Halloween: 25 Years of Terror, His Name Was Jason looks at the entire series up to a point. As much as I enjoyed the retrospective on all of the Halloween movies up to Resurrection, I was reminded of how crappy most of the sequels are. I don't think I'm missing much by deciding to not watch The Curse of Michael Myers again. I think that will go double for most of the Friday the 13th sequels.

There's something odd about a series that has nearly a dozen sequels and a TV series to its name. Mainly, why there are that many. Sure, there's a fanbase, but what's always struck me about this series is how shamelessly financially-motivated it seems. Yes, I'm very well aware that this is the Movie Industry -- a place where bad ideas can become bad movies and spawn sequels as long as they make money. I just want to know how and why so many Fridays were made. That's enough of a curiosity to watch.

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