In case you missed the original release of the most comprehensive documentary on the entire Friday The 13th series that has been, or ever will be, released, you’ll get another chance coming this September.
RLJ Entertainment will be releasing CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES: THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF FRIDAY THE 13TH on DVD and Blu-ray release on Sept. 8, 2015 and on Digital on Oct. 6, 2015. The film stars Sean S. Cunningham (Friday the 13th), Corey Feldman (Stand by Me), Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Robert Englund (Freddy vs. Jason), Alice Cooper (Wayne’s World), Frank Mancuso Jr. (Ronin), Adrienne King (Friday the 13th), Amy Steel (“All My Children”), Ari Lehman (Friday the 13th), Betsy Palmer (I’ve Got a Secret), Erin Gray (“Silver Spoons”), Kane Hodder (Se7en), Lar Park Lincoln (Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood), Robbi Morgan (Friday the 13th), and Stu Charno (Friday the 13th Part 2) and directed by Daniel Farrands.
CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES: THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF FRIDAY THE 13TH takes viewers behind the mask on an epic journey into the making of the landmark horror franchise-from its humble beginnings in 1980 at a New Jersey summer camp to the blockbuster release of its 2009 “reboot.” Combining hundreds of rare and never-before-seen photographs, film clips, outtakes, archival documents, conceptual art and behind-the-scenes footage, and featuring interviews with more than 150 cast and crew members spanning all twelve films and the television series, CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES is the ultimate tribute to one of horror’s most iconic and enduring franchises.
Keep watching this space for a review folks. (I was supposed to get a review screener last year, but it never arrived. With any luck, I’ll get the blu edition of the film and will be able to comment not only on the documentary itself, but the supplementary contents as well).
FROM THE PEOPLE WHO BROUGHT YOU NEVER SLEEP AGAIN: THE ELM STREET LEGACY Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th Definitive documentary to be released Friday, September 13th Pre-orders available now on CrystalLakeMemories.net
For those of you, like me, who have been voraciously chasing down every bit of information available on the upcoming definitive documentary on the Friday The 13th series, CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES: THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF FRIDAY THE 13th, a sales sheet has now hit the web. The sheet states, definitively, that the documentary is going to be a 4 disc set (2 blu-rays and 2 dvds), includes a bit more information about the doc itself, and includes a few images from the film.
As reported a few weeks ago, CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES: THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF FRIDAY THE 13th (now available for pre-order on the official site, with the official release coming Friday, September 13th) will be coming our way soon from 1428 Films, the same folk who brought us the outstandingly in-depth NEVER SLEEP AGAIN: THE ELM STREET LEGACY. With a running time of approximately seven hours, Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th explores each film — from the seminal 1980 slasher hit to the 2009 reboot, including the hit syndicated television series — in chronological order, and promises to be the definitive documentary on one of the most enduring horror franchises in motion picture history.
New release date for Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th Definitive documentary to be released Friday, September 13th Pre-orders available now on CrystalLakeMemories.net
From The Press Release:
1428 Films, Panic Productions and Hutson Ranch Media have announced that the release date for Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th has been moved to Friday, September 13th, 2013. The documentary was originally slated for release on August 27th.
FROM THE PEOPLE WHO BROUGHT YOU NEVER SLEEP AGAIN: THE ELM STREET LEGACY
“Because of the scope of the show and in order to craft the best, most interesting and entertaining look at the films and TV series, it became necessary to give the post-production process a bit more time,” says producer Thommy Hutson. “Ultimately, though, we are thrilled with the show and can’t wait for fans to get back to camp – and we think Mrs. Voorhees and Jason would be happy with the new date!”
“Having spent well over a year in production on Crystal Lake Memories, we wanted to take a little more time to give fans the definitive Friday the 13th documentary they’ve been waiting for,” explains writer/director Daniel Farrands. “Not only were we able to line up a couple of last-minute interviews for our bonus disc and record a full filmmaker commentary track, it just made more sense to wait a couple of weeks and release Crystal Lake Memories on the ‘unlucky day’ it celebrates: Friday the 13th.”
The three-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo pack of the documentary, which runs a staggering 400 minutes, can currently be pre-ordered exclusively via the film’s official website. An exclusive bonus disc containing approximately 4 hours of extended interview material will be included with orders placed on the website. After the soft release on September 13th, the film will be available to the general public on October 8th.
Corey Feldman (star of Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter) narrates Crystal Lake Memories, which features interviews with approximately 150 cast and crew members from all twelve Friday the 13th films and the syndicated television series, many of whom have never before appeared in on-camera interviews. Interview subjects include Kane Hodder, Robert Englund, Tom Savini, Danielle Panabaker, Sean S. Cunningham, Derek Mears, Betsy Palmer, Wes Craven, Robert Shaye, Alice Cooper and many more.
Crystal Lake Memories promises to be the definitive retrospective on the unstoppable Friday the 13th franchise. The film is written and directed by Farrands and produced by Hutson, who previously teamed up for the award-winning Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy.
Featuring: Kevin S. Tenney, Uwe Boll, Tiffany Shepis, Lloyd Kaufman, Harry Manfredini, Dean Bertram, Michael Felsher, David Gooslin, Clayton Hill, Sharon Hill, Andre’ Gower, Elske McCain, Kane Hodder, Betsy Palmer, PJ Soles, John Landis, Gary Klar, Jay Reel, Tony Moran, etc.
Ok boils ‘n ghouls, before I get into the review, a little horror-talk-radio history lesson. Back in the cold December of 2005, two Eastern Kentucky natives decided, not knowing many local fiends for horror, to produce an online horror talk radio show. Now, in 2010, the DeadPit show (found online at www.DeadPit.com and on iTunes) has thousands of listeners worldwide. Nearly every week has a new celebrity guest from Horror Greats such as George A. Romero and John Carpenter, to people like James Bryan (director of Don’t Go In The Woods…Alone!) and many others. DeadPit has become something of an internet phenomenon, changing the world of horror and warranting a documentary!
I’ve been a fan of DeadPit (a “Pitimaniac” if you will) since early 2007, finding myself with an iPod and nothing of note to put on it (except, well, Creedence and White Zombie…I will always love you guys…er…ahem), and, looking for something horrorific, happened upon the DeadPit show. Finally, two guys with even deeper southern accents than me (I’m from the boonies of NC) talkin’ about all things horror! I’ve come to think of Uncle Bill and The Creepy Kentuckian almost as friends, listening every week to their ideas and commentary on the genre.
INTO THE PIT takes a look at the people behind the Uncle Bill and Creepy Kentuckian talk show personalities, humanizing what had previously been only voices in my headphones (and in my car). Through interviews with parents and lifelong friends, we discover the early years of Aaron Frye (UB) and Wes Vance (CK). Childhood friends, they found themselves to be outcasts within a small town (Prestonsburg Kentucky, waaaay back in the hills) populated by those who found themselves interested in Hunting, Nascar, Church, Country Music, and Burt Reynolds flicks (not that there’s anything wrong with Burt Reynolds flicks), more than Horror Movies and Metal. Like me, and perhaps quite a few horror fans the world over, Wes and Aaron found themselves going to the local 1 or 2 screen theater and watching the latest big-screen horrors like the Friday the 13th flicks, and popping in at the neighborhood mom ‘n pop video store (I miss ’em), to rent the seemingly endless supply of horror on VHS. Aaron’s father, we learn, is also a horror fan, and raised him right with all the classics. I imagine them, like me, sitting in their rooms at night and reading the latest Fangoria (back when the mag was worth reading) and listening to some Iron Maiden.
We then move to present day and learn not only about how DeadPit came about, but also what the guys are doing when they’re not putting together the latest show. It’s interesting to note that people who aren’t horror fans are always so surprised to learn that horror fans (with SOME exceptions, of course) are some of the nicest, most down to earth, NORMAL people, and it’s no different with Aaron and Wes. These are normal guys, with normal jobs, who happen to be two of the world’s biggest horror fans.
It’s interesting to note that fans of the show, upon listening for the first time, are sometimes a little put-off by the heavy, HEAVY southern accents. These guys are from eastern Kentucky, after all, in the heart of the Appalachian mountains. In the documentary, a fan from Australia says that when he first listened to DeadPit, he imagined that Uncle Bill and The Creepy Kentuckian were two “rednecks” back in some shack in the hills watching old and new horror releases on some rickety old VHS player. They even got emails from places like England from fans stating, in awe, “People actually TALK like that?!” What these listeners, and everyone else, come to find is that these guys have an almost encyclopedic knowledge of horror, from the classics to the obscure, Uncle Bill and The Creepy Kentuckian can spout off a list of facts and trivia that’ll leave your head spinning. These guys have seen just about EVERYTHING and INTO THE PIT gives us a look inside what makes these guys tick.
Initially one would think INTO THE PIT would be a documentary limited to the DeadPit fans alone, but I’d say this is a documentary for HORROR fans as a whole. Uncle Bill and The Creepy Kentuckian are like us, horror fans, who took their love of the genre and did something about it, creating the world’s first (and best) internet horror talk radio show and, through it, living the horror fan dream. They’ve become horror icons themselves, being invited to various horror conventions and becoming known as experts in the genre. One of the best parts of the documentary is a glimpse inside what I call the “DeadPit Dungeon.” There are thousands upon thousands of old VHS tapes and DVD’s along with just about every sort of horror memorabilia out there. Original posters, 8×10’s, Jason Hockey masks, you name it, signed by all the horror greats. The documentary also showcases a list of who’s-who within the genre, all talking about DeadPit. There’s even a brief bit with Uwe Boll, perhaps the worst filmmaker of all time (yet people STILL give him money), responding to the verbal lashing UB and CK have given him over the years (the even, once, challenged him to a wrestling match). INTO THE PIT documents the lives of the new kings of horror fandom(with the passing of Forrest Ackerman, they’re the obvious heirs to the throne), humanizing the DeadPit personalities and showing us that horror fans rock the world over!
What I viewed was a screener, so there were a few sound-sync issues I’m sure will be cleaned up before release. Also, I can’t comment upon special features, though I wouldn’t be surprised to see a lot of extra footage show up, perhaps some more interviews with horror celebrities, a commentary with Kelly, Uncle Bill and The Creepy Kentuckian HAS to be on there, and who knows what other goodies are on the way. Keep it tuned to BackwoodsHorror.com for updates on when INTO THE PIT: THE SHOCKING TRUE STORY OF DEADPIT.COM will be available for purchase. I’ll be getting a copy, by Gawd, so should you!
4 skulls outta 5!
Check out the Trailer and Kick-ASS poster courtesy Into the Pit the Movie,L.L.C. & Rusty Robot Productions: