Monday, February 2, 2009

Derek Mears: interviews Jason!

Derek Mears shooting Friday the 13th (2009)

How did you end up landing such a monumental role in the upcoming Friday the 13th remake?
The producers asked a lot of different industry professionals who they thought would make a good new Jason Voorhees and my name kept popping up. They called me in to be interviewed and I got the part. I am extremely lucky.

Uncut Slaughter High coming to DVD 4/14/09!

Well, it's about fucking time! This is probably the last of the good unreleased on DVD slasher films aside from maybe Humongous and Town That Dreaded Sundown. This one is a long time coming, and it's surprising since this movie has a huge following and is actually really good.

From Shock Till You Drop:

Lionsgate Home Entertainment is trotting out the 1986 slasher film Slaughter High on DVD under a new banner: "The Lost Collection: The best movies you totally forgot about." Indeed.

The late Simon Scuddamore (who reportedly committed suicide shortly after the film's release) stars as a bullied young man who falls victim to an awful prank. He schemes to get back at his tormentors when he holds a fake high school reunion for them to attend. Soon, bodies begin to drop in grisly ways. The wicked hot Caroline Munro (Maniac) also stars.

Originally called April Fool's Day (because the reunion was set on April 1st), the film was forced to take Slaughter High because Fred Walton's picture starring Amy Steel beat them to the punch.

Look for Slaughter High on DVD April 14th. We've been informed the cut will indeed be the R-rated version.

Friday The 13th Part II: August 13, 2010?

I'm not sure how reliable this is, or if this is nothing more than speculation since it will be hard to cast, shoot, edit and release something in a little over a year. However, JoBlo has reported:

FRIDAY THE 13TH doesn't even hit theaters for another two weeks but have producer Michael Bay and Warner Bros. already started looking ahead to Jason's revenge in a Part 2? and Arrow in the Head got word from a very reliable source that FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 2 "will happen" and that they've already penciled in an August 13, 2010 release date.

This preliminary decision is likely based upon positive tracking results the studio is getting for Bay's FRIDAY THE 13TH "reimagining" of the classic film. Certainly this remake could absolutely bomb and the sequel be scuttled but as of now, that's not looking like it'll be the case in either area.

It's hard to ask the cast of the movie about returning for a sequel without giving away who lives and dies, but our own JimmyO did manage to catch up with Jason Voorhees himself and asked him about whether he's heard anything about FRIDAY PART 2. Mears said, "I don't know anything" about the plans for a sequel but quickly added with a smile, "if they do a Part 2, I would love to be a part of it." I've heard that Mears does a pretty impressive job as Jason in the film so let's hope he's part of the sequel plans.

So a FRIDAY THE 13TH, PART 2 as early as next summer? Stay tuned for more on the story as FRIDAY THE 13TH gets set to hit theaters on February 13th.