|Johnny Hock as Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th: Part V|
Lately I have been sing something that makes me smile-- that is the fact that John Hock (a.k.a. John Hocks Conrad) has been included in the lineup of a few conventions. Now a lot of people are probably asking "who the fuck is John Hock?" as it sounds like a bad stage name. No, I am not talking about the "net-famous" emo-kid John Hock, nor am I referring to the ex-L.A. Rams offensive lineman John Hock-- I am talking about the elusive Jason Part V John Hock!
John Hock has been a very prolific stuntman in his own right, doing work for Smokey And The Bandit II, Rambo III, Total Recall and of course Friday The 13th Part V: A New Beginning. John Hock was credited as "stunts" in A New Beginning, however he doubled Tom Morga in at least two scenes. John took the fall out of the barn at the end of A New Beginning (as Roy) as he fell onto the spikes. John took this fall much for the same reason Richard Brooker did not take the hanging in Part III-- to keep the star of the movie safe and intact in a high-risk stunt. John also played Jason in the first scene of the movie as Jason is being dug up in Tommy's nightmare. Below you will see a comparison of Tom Morga (top) and John Hock (bottom) as Jason Voorhees in the opening scene. In an old interview Tom mentions not doing that scene as it was filmed after principal photography was done and he was gone from the set.
So, for anyone attending these conventions, be sure to go up to John and let him know what good job he did and that you appreciate him coming out to meet fans! You can also read this blog post I made: Remembering The Unknown Jasons where I gave a little shout out to John!