I don’t really talk about this outside of Halloween, but I really like horror. Granted I often have to watch it between my fingers or with most of my face buried in my shirt but I do love horror whether its books, movies or games. My favourite is over the top 80s horror or anything that captures the spirit of it and my favourite franchise is without a doubt Friday The 13th.
So imagine my shock when the awesome tech from my college saw me on Friday (funnily enough) wearing my Jason tee and said: “You looking forward to Vengeance?”. I stood there confused so he told me all about it. Needless to say, I looked it up the second I got the chance.
How had this slipped through my radar?
I don’t follow the horror community actively but I am still surprised that no one in my bubble brought it up. Still, at least I know now and soon you will too!
Friday the 13th: Vengeance is a fan made indie film being made by Brownspace Films. It is currently in post-production and slated to be released around the 31st of July. In the Kickstarter campain, they claimed that this film would be made by Friday fans, for Friday fans.
From what I have read about this project, that is a pretty accurate statement. The story is a continuation from the canon storyline, namely thirty years after Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI.
It even stars the late great Steve Dash, the original Jason from Part II as Sheriff Jason Realotti. In fact, they have dedicated the film to him. Brownspace Films announced after his passing “Vengeance will be dedicated to the memory of Steve Dash. This film will serve to not only honour what he did for it, but to honour our friend, our family, our Jason. Farewell Steve, we will miss you terribly and you will never be forgotten. We love you.”
However, what excites me the most is that we will finally get some info on Jason’s dad, who barely even gets a mention in the films. I am intrigued to see what kind of character he is and how it will play out.
The sad part is that this might be the last Friday film in a while considering the current lawsuit that is still going and will continue for at least two more years. Long story short, the current screenwriter Victor Miller is in a legal battle with the original film’s producer-director Sean Cunningham’s Horror Inc. over the rights to the character of Jason Voorhees and the slasher franchise as a whole.
No matter the outcome, at this rate when we finally get a new Friday film, chances are it won’t be the like the previous ones.
Sorry to end this on a bit of a sour note but I do think it is important to remember the current state of the franchise.
I for one can’t wait to return to Camp Crystal Lake, what about you?