13 Things You Didn’t Know About The Friday The 13th Franchise
If you’re a horror fan, there’s a good chance you spend at least part of every Friday the 13th thinking about the slasher franchise of the same name. As you’ll discover below, this series almost landed on a far less enduring title, but producers wisely settled on one that returns the series to mass consciousness somewhere between one and three times every year. 36 years after the original film’s release, Friday the 13th has given us 11 sequels/spin-offs, a TV series, a notorious Nintendo game, and all kinds of intriguing factoids. Here are 13 of our favourites.
I. During the writing process, the original Friday the 13th had a far less memorable title: Long Night at Camp Blood.
II. Jason’s look in Friday the 13th Part 2 is inspired by the killer in 1976’s The Town That Dreaded Sundown.
III. In Friday the 13th Part 3, Jason’s burlap sack was replaced with a hockey mask because producers were concerned about parallels to The Elephant Man.
IV. Corey Feldman was genuinely scared in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, as the actor playing Jason (Ted White) hated his guts.
V. Feldman was supposed to star in Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning, but scheduling conflicts with The Goonies forced him to settle for a cameo.
VI. Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI is the only film in the series without any nudity.
VII. Until the 2009 remake, Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood was the last film in the series set at Camp Crystal Lake.
VIII. Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan was shot in British Columbia, inspiring crew members to wear “Jason Takes Vancouver” t-shirts.
IX. Jason Goes to Hell was originally titled Jason Goes to L.A.—and it pitted the title character against a pair of rival gangs.
X. With 28 kills, Jason X has the highest body count of any Friday the 13th movie.
XI. Freddy vs. Jason had a bigger marketing budget than the 10 previous Friday films combined.
XII. The 2009 remake finished shooting on Friday, June 13th and arrived in theatres on Friday, February 13th.
XIII. Originally conceived as a found footage film, the 13th Friday movie evolved into a Dazed and Confused tribute, only to be abandoned in 2016.
Continue your Friday the 13th festivities below with the trailers for all 12 movies.