Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Cute Cut-out Jason

My buddy xBilliamx sent this to me- it's a cute little print-out, cut-out Jason figure.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Gallery for the fan edit of 'The Final Chapter'

Here are some screen grabs of the footage I edited into it in case you are curious. Instead of putting all of the photos up, just go here for an Image Shack gallery.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Tom Morga: the iron man of slasher icons!

Tom Morga as Jason with Dick Warlock on set
So,this post the other day made me think about Tom Morga and how he has pretty much been the Jack-of-all-trades of slashers. A lot of slasher fans may not know this, but Tom has donned the hockey mask as Jason (and Roy), the dead-skin mask as Leatherface and the white mask as Michael Myers putting him into an elite group of people to have done that-- just one (him). Kane Hodder has come close; he portrayed Jason himself and did a good amount of Leatherface in Texas Chainsaw Massacre III.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Crappy horror movie reviews Thursday: Camp Utopia (2005)

Camp Utopia
In 1969, in a small hippie commune in Northern California, Timothy Bach — a self-proclaimed guru — maintained a hypnotic hold on his followers. On June 23, something went terribly wrong in the free love and peace commune. In an apparent drug-induced frenzy, Bach began slaughtering his followers. He then disappeared into the night, never to be heard from again. More than thirty years later, five teenagers return to the site of “Camp Utopia.” And now, what happened back then...is happening again. Has the evil cult leader returned? Or is it something far worse?

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Three time's a charm.

Back in 1988 Paramount Pictures were producing a film called Jason Takes Manhattan. With a micro-budget compared to the movies before it, Jason Takes Manhattan was more or less Jason Takes The Class Of 1988 because of huge budgetary restraints which also pretty much snuffed out the special make-up effects department.
The publicity department did not have an easy time either-- they had a presumably great poster art for the movie and it was funny and something everyone would notice. The only problem is that it was too noticeable with a bloody knife ripping through an "I love NY" banner. Censors did not like this and demanded that it be toned down and the blood was removed from the knife. The only problem now is that the New York State Department of Tourism did not like it, in fact it was a copyrighted image that Paramount Pictures could not use without their consent. Of course, since they could never get the rights to use this as a poster for a horror movie we get the ever-boring Jason silhouette over the New York City skyline.

In the end, the poster art was as unimaginative and low-rent as the movie itself. Jason Takes Manhattan raked in a meager $14.3 million in it's theatrical run, the lowest box office turnout of any of the Friday The 13th films. Some fans who love this movie claim it was the horrible marketing, however it may have very well been the product


Thursday, June 11, 2009

Crash discusses his part in the DVD extras:

Head on over to Crash Army to read about what Crash did for the upcoming DVD releases. Trust me, he has some really good news on things that he designed for a few extras. I'm very proud to say that Crash has made a handful of hockey masks for me and is one of the more creative makers out there. I think Daniel Farrands made a good choice with using him for the art/creative team for the discs.

We spent nearly four months working on the production of the supplemental material that is spread out over the Final Chapter, A New Beginning and Jason Lives deluxe editions. The majority of my involvement is within a 3-part feature called Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited where I designed everything from newspaper clippings to x-rays and more.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

My new score: Part V bloody dream mask.

Being a huge fan of A New Beginning and a fan of Crash's work, after I saw one of these dream hocks that he did some time ago I decided that I wanted one for myself. Here are some photos from Crash's site of my hock-- it's done on a clear blank and screen accurate to a tee. One thing I really love about this hock is the Frankenstein look to it with the screws holding the straps and buttons on. This was probably because David Miller removed them to make a mold to produce
the Roy hocks that were used in the movie.

Friday The 13th DVD still if the week.

Here is William Butler from Friday The 13th Part VII: The New Blood. William got the small part of Michael as a favor from friend and (then) employer, and director of the movie John Carl Buechler. William has had the misfortune of being killed by Leatherface, Freddy Krueger, The Ghoulies, zombies in Night Of The Living Dead and Jason Voorhees.

William did special make-up effects for John Carl Buechler before becoming a genre actor and now a writer and director. Some of his notable achievements was writing Return Of The Living Dead IV and V as well as directing horror movies such as Madhouse and Furnace.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Friday The 13th behind the scenes photo of the week.

This is one a lot of fans have probably seen already, but I have this weird soft spot for the first entry into the franchise. The behind the scenes photos that Tom Savini took of his special make-up effects has this very beautiful, black and white look to them that I just love looking at. It may come from Savini's work as a combat photographer in the Vietnam War-- his ability to capture the beauty in death. I use the term "beauty" in the sense of the photograph and the photography, not the actual dead body. This photo is of Harry Crosby (Bill) getting prepared for his scene where Alice finds him dead on the pumphouse door.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Unmasked Jason concept art from the upcoming DVD.

I think this photo is creepy as hell, and it's too bad the finished Jason did not look more like the photo. This can be seen on this small advertising featurette for the upcoming DVD below.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Fan film Friday: The Rebirth

Jason: The Rebirth from Mike Boas on Vimeo.

Back in around 2003 Mike Boas released "The Rebirth" on the internet and became one of the more interesting fan films out there. It tells the animated tale of Jason after he witnesses Alice beheading his mother connecting Parts I and II together. Now, I don't subscribe to the this story at all, as I see the end of Part I as a dream. At any rate, it's very nicely done and very nicely animated. It won several awards from 2003 - 2005 and rightfully so. Give it a watch and see for yourself.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Friday The 13th promo item of the week.

This was my ultimate-favorite press kit: Friday The 13th Part V. Again, I'd like to point out that even though these photos were stills from the movie that they just have a candid look to them. Here are photos of the folder, the press book and various press photos.