REVIEW: FRIDAY THE 13th, PART 2 & 3 (IN 3-D!)

Hey, ok, so it might be a bit of a cheat reviewing both films hack to back, but I watched ’em together, so I’m gonna review ’em together.  If there’s a problem, get yer own damn website! Alrighty, let’s get started. (OH, and there are going to be spoilers, so if you haven’t seen the films, go out and buy ’em *the new Paramount Releases are the best to go with, or the Box Set if you can get your hands on it, I’m reviewing the new PARAMOUNT DVD’s here* or rent ’em, but for fucksake, WATCH ‘EM!)

FRIDAY 2

Possibly one of my all-time favorites of the franchise, Friday 2 introduces us to Jason Fucking Voorhees, the most Iconic slasher in horror fuckin’ history, sans hockey mask.  Nope, this flick has Jason wearing, as Deadpit puts it, the ” ‘Tater Sack “.  That’s right, our boy Voorhees runs around with a pillowcase over his head with one eyehole to see the lambs to the slaughter.  Another variant is that, at least on half of his head, the guy has HAIR…and a frickin’ Beard!  So aside from Part 7, this is my favorite incarnation of Jason.  Why, might you ask, is Jason so Jeremiah Johnson?  Well, turns out Jason DIDN’T drown all those years ago, but instead of findin’ momma right after, he wandered out of the lake and was raised by wolves or something to become THE WILD MAN OF CRYSTAL LAKE!  Of course, no one calls him that, but it’s a good name.  Same set up in a way, 20-somethings are setting up a camp on the other side of the lake from CAMP (BLOOD) CRYSTAL LAKE.  All the standard character set-pieces are there, The Horny Kids, The Nerdy Goof, Miss Virginal Final Girl, etc. etc.

It seems that Jason saw his mother get the chop and in a weird sort of beginning, Alice from the original flick is in the beginning of this one…for about three seconds before ‘ol Jay Jay puts an Ice Pick through her skull.  TAKE THAT, FINAL GIRL!!  I’m still not sure how that happened though.  I doubt Alice stuck around Crystal Lake after all her friends were brutally massacred (massacreed) by Momma Voorhees, so…did Jason take a bus?  Look Alice’s more than likely UNLISTED number up in the yellow pages (Jason lets his fingers to the choppin’), or what?  Who knows, who cares.  Moving on, we are slowly introduced to our characters, and the filmmakers really did a decent job of this as you’ll find yourself actually CARING about the characters somewhat in this one.  Some musings occur as to whether or not Jason’s still out there in the woods somewhere, musings that are quickly answered as the new counselors go down one by one.

So what’d I think of the movie and the new DVD?  Well, as I said, I’m actually a big fan of this one.  Jason runnin’ aound all “spooky backwoods horror style” rippin’ off THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN while he’s at it (he must be a Huge Chuck Pierce fan because he has the Boggy Creek Fouke monster and The Town That Dreaded Sundown DOWN PAT in this flick)…it’s just divine.  The counselor characters are setup really well actually (something that starts to take a downturn with part 3), and the story is fairly solid (minus the weird-ass opening, but hey, that Alice bitch had it comin’).  Part 2 is one of the better flicks in the series.  As far as the DVD goes.  No HD transfer that I could tell in this one, a real shame actually, and the special features are somewhat Ho-Hum.  I’d say go pick this one up if you don’t already have the box set as it is a MUST for the franchise,

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • “Inside Crystal Lake Memories
  • Friday’s Legacy: Horror Conventions”
  • ”Jason Forever”
  • ”Lost Tales From Camp Blood, Part 2”
  • Trailer
  • FRIDAY 3

    HOT DAMN! I said when I first got this one in the mail…3-fuckin’-D!!!  That’s right boils ‘n ghouls, Paramount released (as you probably already know) their new Friday 3 dvd with the original 3-D (and regular) picture.  Fantastic…unless, like me, you wear glasses.  I couldn’t figure out what the fuck to do with myself.  In front of the glasses didn’t work, behind the glasses didn’t work, I had to go put contacts in to watch the fucker.  I suppose it’s impossible, but I would’ve loved a digital 3-D transfer instead of the old red ‘n blue, but hell, beggars ‘n choosers and all that shit, right?

    Briefly, Friday the 13th Part 3-D has the same formula as every other Friday for the most part, but there are some weird oddities.  The first weird ass oddity is that I have no fucking Idea where this thing’s supposed to take place.  I guess it’s Crystal Lake…somewhere nearby maybe?  I have no idea.  These friends, including the infamous Larry Zerner as Shelly(the nerdy prankster), some pot heads, another guy, a pregnant chick, and some chick Shelly’s supposed to hook up with all take the mystery machine up to that weird place somewhere near Crystal Lake, a farm…sort of…with no animals, just a barn and a farmhand that doesn’t really do anything I guess, for a weekend of relaxation, sex, and weed.  There’s an emotional connection between the final girl and the farmhand and there’s also some kind of weird backstory about how the final girl saw Jason a little while back, running through the woods, clumsily trying to attack her.  One by one, the weekend crew gets the axe (along with a biker gang).

    So, ok, no camp in this one, but bonus points for the FIRST EVER APPEARANCE OF HOCKEY MASK JASON!  The story was a little too all over the place to the point where I didn’t give a shit about the characters (but, I mean, no one watches a Friday flick for any character other than Jason, right?), and it all seemed a bit jumbled.  In regards to the 3-D aspect.  There were a few scenes of Jason’s implements of destruction poppin’ out atcha, but a LOT of the 3-D stuff was like, fuckin’ yo-yo’s and poles and baseball bats and shit.  What the fuck is that?  Also, negative points for me having to figure out how to even WATCH the fucker in 3-D with my vision impairment.  Thank god they left the non 3-D version on the disc.  The 3-D version of the film, along with a trailer are the only special features.  Uh…what happened to the commentary track. I seem to remember there being one on my box-set edition.  All and all, hell yes I’d say go grab this one up in stores!  I mean, fuck, it’s Friday 3 in 3D!!!  FINALLY!!!  Check it out!  For all its shortcomings, it’s still worth the bucks for the Hockey Mask appearance, some decent kills, and 3D! By the way, the disc includes two pairs of “hockey mask 3D glasses.”

    R.I.P ANDY HALLET

    Posted on 31st March 2009 by aaron in Another One Bites The Dust,News - Tags: , , , , , ,

    From Dread Central:

    In some shockingly sad news “Angel”‘s Andy Hallet has passed away due to heart disease at the much too young age of just 33.

    Hallet played everyone’s favorite singing green-skinned demon Lorne on the show. The actor passed away at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles after a five-year battle with heart disease with his father Dave Hallett by his side.

    Hallet delighted fans everywhere and has left us with some truly hilarious memories. I can think of no better way to send him off than with a song. Rest in peace, Andy, and thank you.

    ZOMBIE TALKS MORE ‘T-REX’

    Posted on 31st March 2009 by aaron in News - Tags: , , ,

    Something I’m much more interested in than H2, let me tell ‘ya.  Looks like Zombie’s gonna return to Devil’s Rejects form with this one.  Keep your peepers here for more.

    From MTV:

    “It’s not a horror movie,” explained Zombie. “It’s like an incredibly violent ’70s action movie. I can’t think of anything that’s like it. Just a gritty, gnarly, violent movie. But it’s not a horror movie in any way.”

    “It’s sort of like a cross between that Dustin Hoffman movie ‘Straight Time’ mixed with ‘Raging Bull’… sort of,” said Zombie. “I want to make a serious movie about this washed-up prizefighter who’s got this self-destructive tendency, and he comes out of prison and the only way he knows how to survive is by fighting.”

    Added Zombie, “But his boxing career is over so he gets caught up in this sort of underground fight ring. But it’s all set in the ’70s, so it’s not like an ‘Ultimate Fighting’ type thing. It’s more like just nasty. It’s like if ‘Every Which Way But Loose’ was a serious movie. How about that? Minus the orangutan.”

    FIRST PHOTOS FROM 2nd SEASON OF ‘TRUE BLOOD’

    Posted on 31st March 2009 by aaron in News - Tags: , , , ,

    Click on the pic below for more stills from the upcoming second season of TRUE BLOOD:

    ‘DRAG ME TO HELL’ POSTER HITS THE WEB

    Posted on 31st March 2009 by aaron in News - Tags: , , , , ,

    Check this baby out! For more on DRAG ME TO HELL, click click.

    ‘BURROWERS’ TRAILER HITS THE WEB!

    Posted on 31st March 2009 by aaron in News - Tags: , , , ,

    I’m completely stoked about THE BURROWERS.  I love the idea of combining my two favourite genres (Horror and Western), and I’m looking forward to what J.T. Petty does with the idea.  For those who don’t know about THE BURROWERS, here’s a little synopsis:

    It is 1879 in the Dakota Territories. A handful of brave pioneers maintain isolated settlements in the badlands beyond civilization. Irish Immigrant Fergus Coffey is near to winning the hand of his beloved Maryanne when she is suddenly taken from him, her family brutally abducted in a nighttime attack on their homestead. Suspicion falls immediately on hostile Indians. Experienced Indian fighters Will Parcher and John Clay form a posse and set out to rescue the kidnapped settlers, taking along a naïve teenager hoping to prove himself a man, an ex-slave looking to find his place in the world and their ranch-hand, Coffey. But as men vanish in the night and horrific evidence accumulates with the dead and dying, the group discovers that their prey is far more terrifying than anything human, and their prospects are far more terrible than death.

    And here is the trailer ya’ll were waitin’ for:

    WES CRAVEN HAS A NEW HORROR FLICK COMIN’ ‘HOME’

    From DREAD CENTRAL:

    Fresh off of a successful revisit to The Last House on the Left, Wes Craven is looking to take us to a new nightmarish place he calls Home.

    Bloody Disgusting reports today that Craven will reteam with Last House redux writer Adam Alleca to create a new horror flick called Home for Midnight Entertainment.

    Home follows the story of a man, fresh out of prison and under provisional house arrest in a cabin in the woods, who struggles with his own psychological delusions. No other details are available at this time. Given how well received Last House was, I expect we’ll hear more sooner rather than later.

    I wonder if ‘ol Wes’ll be directing…
    More as it develops.

    FRIDAY THE 13th: NEW DVD REVIEW

    What can I say to best review this version of Friday The 13th?  If you haven’t seen it, I suppose I’ll start out with a brief synopsis (though, seriously, why haven’t you seen it).

    A group of camp counselors are fixing up Camp Crystal lake (also known as Camp Blood, because, well, it has “a DEATH CURSE” with a drowned boy and murdered counselors).  With a plan to fix it up for inner-city kids to have a place to go and get away from their troubles and learn skills to help them later in life…like…well…basket weaving.  Almost immediately, however, the counselors start dropping like flies in a very giallo-like murderous spree.  Keep your bloody eyeballs peeled for an early appearance from a grass smokin’ Kevin Bacon.

    SPOILERS:

    Ok, it’s the mother of the drowned boy Jason Voorhees, PAMELA VOORHEES, killing everyone.  That’s right, an old lady.  Young, youthful, strong 20-somethings are being picked off by an old lady.  Alright, getting PAST that little bit of weirdness though, this flick is REALLY something you must see.  It truly has attained a place in the pantheon of Horror greatness.  Friday the 13th was one of the first horror films I ever saw and it was one of my first forays into the world of gore (thanks to Tom Savini’s fantastic effects).  It scared the shit out of me.

    This film has been criticized over the years for being something of a “paint by numbers” sort of horror film and considered a rip-off of Halloween, and to a degree, this is true.  But what Victor Miller and Sean Cunningham did was take that formula and run with it.  I’d say, moreso than Halloween, Friday the 13th defined the slasher genre.  A group of teens/20-somethings in an isolated area being picked off.  Perfect.

    So what’s special about the new edition?  I didn’t get the blu-ray as I don’t have a blu-ray player, but I can definitely say that the new transfer for this edition is fucking fantastic.  I watched a bit of the box-set edition of the first Friday before I watched this new one and you can really see the attention the producers (Paramount?) paid to the new transfer.  The picture is CLEAN AS FUCK and when I get a blu-ray player, I’ll definitely be picking this one up.  I have yet to see a difference like this in transfer from one edition to another that is just so clearly BETTER, even on DVD.

    The DVD also has a new slew of special features that are totally worth picking up the new disc for (some old ones too), but I stand by picking it up for the new transfer alone.  It’s beautiful.  Even if you already have the first Friday th 13th, go out and pick up this edition (especially if you can get it on Blu-Ray).  It is THE definitive edition of the film.

    Four out of Five skulls

    ‘HIGH MOON’ RISING

    Posted on 23rd March 2009 by aaron in News - Tags: , , , , , ,

    Came across this story over at the Creepy Cool guys ‘n gals over at SHOCK TILL YOU DROP:

    Production Weekly’s back with another quick, random update on a script currently garnering some form of attention in Hollywood (similar to their update on War – a script we’ve received since this report).

    This time it’s High Moon. PW writes, “In Eddie Nickerson’s horror Western ‘High Moon’ a reckless outlaw is a small town’s only hope for survival from a vicious band of werewolves.” Those are the only details they’ve provided.

    Our question: Is this an adaptation of Zuda Comics’ similarly-titled web series? (Zuda’s an imprint of DC Comics.) Created by David Gallaher and Steve Ellis, the story follows a bounty hunter who strolls into the town of Blest and finds himself neck-deep in lycanthropy and witchcraft.

    We’ll do a bit of digging to find out more…

    Bitchin’! I’ll watch that.  There seems to be a lot of potential for suckitude, but there also seems like a lot of potential for ass kicking.

    DEPP’S ‘DARK SHADOWS’ NEWS UPDATE

    Sam Sarkar, director of development over at Johnny Depp’s production outfit Infinitum-Nihil, spoke to MTV recently on the state of the Dark Shadows project.

    He would not confirm or deny whether or not Tim Burton was attached to direct, but stated that the project is in full swing and they’re working with Warner Brothers.  Additionally, it was stated that, when Dan Curtis was still among the living, he gave his blessing to the project.

    If the film proves successful, there is potential there for a series of sequels.