Curious Goods: Behind the Scenes of Friday the 13th: The Series
by Alyse Wax
BearManor Media, 2016
Throughout the years, horror anthology programs have appeared on television. From The Twilight Zone to Chiller to Tales from the Crypt, there have been ample opportunities for fans of the macabre to enjoy the gory genre on the small screen. In the late 1980s, Paramount utilized the popularity of the Friday the 13th film series, using the name for a syndicated television show. Jason Voorhees was not a part of this show; cursed antiques were the central objects in this series. I remember staying up late to watch Friday the 13th: The Series, and loved every second of it. It has been years since I have seen the show, but still have vivid memories.
Alyse Wax’s new book, Curious Goods: Behind the Scenes of Friday the 13th the Series is a fantastic journey back to the antique shop with Micki and Ryan and their adventures of tracking down cursed objects. Wax gives an episode-by-episode breakdown for the entire three-season run of the show, along with quotes from the main actors, producers, writers, and directors. She also delves into John LeMay’s decision to leave the show after two seasons, the Don Wildmon controversy, and includes an interview with series creator and executive producer Frank Mancuso, Jr.
After reading this episode guide, I will definitely be revisiting Friday the 13th: The Series soon to see what I missed all those years ago while watching on my little grainy black-and-white television in my bedroom, long after I should have been asleep.
(November 1, 1926 – May 29, 2015)
Famous in the horror community for her role as Pamela Voorhees, the mother of Jason, in the first two Friday the 13th films, Betsy Palmer passed away on Friday from natural causes in Connecticut.
I didn’t watch much of the big game last night, and I haven’t YouTubed all of the commercials. But I’ve seen this one pop up on Facebook and several blogs, and I’m not afraid to say that it is hands-down the greatest Super Bowl commercial of all-time.
So much 80s awesomeness here…Hulk Hogan, Ponch, Cliff, Alf, Chucky, Jason, Teen Wolf, Sgt. Slaughter, Dee Snider…I could go on, but you get the point.
Thank you, Radio Shack, for bringing a little joy to my life.
(1954 – April 8, 2013)
Friday the 13th, Part 3 was the first movie to feature the now iconic hockey mask, and Richard Brooker was the man behind the mask.
This is perhaps my favorite day of the year…October 31. I love seeing the kids dress up in costumes, watching horror movies, listening to great classic music with monster themes. For instance, Alice Cooper’s “He’s Back (The Man Behind The Mask)” from the sixth movie in the Friday the 13th franchise.
There were some great songs used in horror movies in the 1980s…Ray Parker’s “Ghostbusters,” Dokken’s “In My Dreams,” Vinnie Vincent Invasion’s “Love Kills.” Of course, there were other songs not associated with movies that conveyed a great scare factor as well. Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and the John Landis-directed video may be the greatest musical horror creation of all-time. How can you go wrong with Vincent Price rapping in the middle of your song?
Whatever your favorite Halloween song, movie, or activity may be, I hope you have a great day today!
(April 2, 1949 – August 14, 2012)
Ron Palillo was best known for his role as Arnold Dingfelder Horshack on one of my favorite childhood sitcoms, “Welcome Back Kotter.” He also voiced Sgt. Squealy on the “Mork & Mindy/Laverne & Shirley/Fonz Hour” and played Allen Hayes in Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI.
- Classic Video – Alice Cooper – He’s Back (The Man Behind The Mask) [HardRockHideout]
- Today’s The Day Marty Mcfly Gets Killed By Jason [Popped Culture]
- Friday the 13th: In 7 Minutes [kiddwar’s YouTube]
- Warning: It’s Friday the 13th [Para Abnormal]
- Why Friday the 13th Is Unlucky [About.com]
- 10 Reasons the Number 13 is Unlucky [mental_floss]
- Happy Friday the 13th (2012) [Horror Society]
In 1980, Jason Voorhees began slashing his way into the hearts of horror fans across America. As great as Friday the 13th was in the ’80s, it wasn’t until the 21st century that it became truly awesome. In Jason X, released April 26, 2002, the machete-wielding ultimate killing machine was discovered, frozen in time, and taken aboard…a spaceship!
An underrated entry in the Friday the 13th franchise in my opinion. I love Jason X.
Because everything is better in outer space.
I didn’t plan it out this way…honest. Part 13 of our weekly “Friday” posts actually falls of Friday the 13th…
HOW CREEPY IS THAT???
Of course, we have to commemorate with a fantastic parody of Rebecca Black’s timeless track, featuring the machete-wielding murderer himself, Jason Voorhees…
We will have three Friday the 13th’s this year, in case you were wondering: January, April, and July. How will you be celebrating? Jason marathons? Chopping teenagers up into tiny bits and pieces? Or maybe you bought a t-shirt for the occasion…
If you don’t have that shirt, you can buy it at Snorg Tees.
Have a bloody good one!