FRIDAY THE 13th PART V DIRECTOR DANNY STEINMANN PASSES AWAY (1942–2012)

Source: JoBlo

We’re saddened to hear reports emerging of FRIDAY THE 13TH PART V: A NEW BEGINNING director Danny Steinmann’s passing. Aside from his entry in the iconic slasher series, Steinmann can also be credited as the man behind THE UNSEEN (directing as Peter Foleg) and the Linda Blair exploitation classic SAVAGE STREETS.

Steinmann was a director who will be remembered for embracing exploitation elements like no other. Before becoming a legitimate horror filmmaker, the director cut his teeth in the world of low-budget pornorgraphy. If you’ve ever watched any of the man’s films, it’s easy to tell. Steinmann knew sex sold and packed it into his films regardless of gratuitousness. He would match his gloriously staged sex scenes only with the raw brutality of his onscreen violence. While his FRIDAY THE 13TH PART V is often derided for not having Jason as it’s real killer, the film more than makes up for it through Steinmann’s over-the-top, pulpy sensibilities. A NEW BEGINNING has more of the series trademarks– brutal kills, copious gore, and graphic sex– than any other entry. Giving credit where it’s due, it may be the ultimate FRIDAY THE 13th film for these reasons alone.

Unfortunately, it would also be Steinmann’s last directorial effort. After becoming injured in a bicycling accident, the filmmaker retired into relative obscurity. Thankfully, he re-emerged in the last decade to participate in the special features and documentaries for the DVD releases of SAVAGE STREETS, CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES and A NEW BEGINNING. He also made a major resurgence on the horror convention scene, as evidenced by the pic with Shavar Ross (Reggie The Reckless!) above. If nothing else, we can take comfort in the fact Steinmann got to see his films become cult classics before his untimely passing.

We salute Danny Steinmann for his contributions to FRIDAY THE 13TH and the horror genre at large. May he rest in peace…

NEW FRIDAY THE 13th SPECIAL EDITION DVD’S IN JUNE

From SHOCK TILL YOU DROP:

Here they are, the specs for the latest batch of Friday the 13th sequels arriving as special edition DVDs on June 16th. Here’s the breakdown…

Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter

• Audio commentary by director Joseph Zito, screenwriter Barney Cohen and editor Joel Goodman
• Fan commentary by Adam Green and Joe Lynch
• Slashed scenes
• The Lost Ending
• Jason’s Unlucky Day: 25 Years After FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER
• Lost Tales from Camp Blood—Part IV
• The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited—Part I
• Jimmy’s Dead Dance Moves
• Original theatrical trailer

Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning

• Audio commentary by director/co-screenwriter Danny Steinmann with cast and crew
• New Beginnings: The Making of FRIDAY THE 13TH PART V: A NEW BEGINNING
• Lost Tales from Camp Blood—Part V
• The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited—Part II
• Original theatrical trailer

Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives

• Audio commentary by writer/director Tom McLoughlin with cast and crew
• Slashed scenes
• Jason Lives: The Making of FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VI: JASON LIVES
• Meeting Mr. Voorhees
• Lost Tales from Camp Blood—Part VI
• Crystal Lake Massacre Revisited—Part III
• Original theatrical trailer


Also on the same day, Paramount will issue Parts 2 and 3 on Blu-Ray. The latter will include new special features including:

• Legacy of the Mask
• Slasher Films: Going for the Jugular
• Lost Tales From Camp Blood, Part 3
• Fresh Cuts: 3D Terror

Looks like 2 and 3 will get that hi-def treatment I was wanting so desperately on the DVDs.  I wonder how they’re going to go about the 3-D aspect of part 3.  Still analogue red and blue?  Hmmm.  I’d love to see how the new editions look!