Born to hand jive...and kill

The ol’ Crystal Lake Boogie

Born to hand jive...and kill

Born to hand jive…and kill

Hey Creeps, what would you say is the most horrific element of legendary slasher series Friday the 13th? Would it be the the gruesome and gory death sequences? Or how about the suspense of seeing children in peril from the undead menace Jason Vorhees? Some may even say it’s Henry Manfredini’s iconic score, but all of you would be wrong. The most terrifying thing about the series is the dancing…

…the horrible, horrible dancing…

…and if Jason had just done this in the first place…

…he would be considered a hero more than a mass murdering psychopath.


Crystal Lake Memories

Crystal Lake Memories on Kindle

I always have an eye out for Friday the 13th. The day, not the movie. When I realized Wednesday that Friday would be the 13th, I added the first two movies to my Netflix queue and planned a marathon. I can’t watch TV, though, until Baby McCoy goes to bed at 7:30 PM. Hot Pink Heather’s rule, not mine. What would I do in the intervening hours? I’d read Crystal Lake Memories, the authoritative history of the Friday the 13th franchise, on my Kindle.

The e-version of this book was scheduled to be released last Friday the 13th, which was in February, but ebook publishing being what it is (re: the difficulty in getting the ebook to look good on every reader) delayed it. I’d say “sadly delayed”, but since I was unaware of it, I couldn’t be that sad. I had a hunch about it today, though, and looked into it. Sure enough, it was to be released today! And it was! Just too late for me to get to enjoy it. I kept searching the Kindle Store all morning and never found it. It finally popped up at 7 PM California time, a mere half-hour before my marathon was to start. And since I don’t have a Kindle Fire or iPad, I don’t think I’ll get to see the pictures and videos that are reported to be in the “enhanced” ebook version. Nonetheless, I got it and read a few pages. I can’t give a full review, but since I seem to be addicted to info about 80s horror movies, I’m sure I’ll enjoy it.

You can get Crystal Lake Memories for Kindle and iPad. And though the holiday (?) will mostly likely be over by the time most of you see this, you might still be interested in it. I was.


Camp Blood: The Musical

If you were to take Friday the 13th, slice it down to 30 minutes in length, add plenty of tongue-in-cheek jokes and turn it into a musical, you would end up with Camp Blood: The Musical.


Stop me if this sounds familiar: six teenagers (Kris the Virgin, J.T. the Jock, Cain the Rebel, Angel the Goth, Justine the Slut, and Marty the Nerd) get summer jobs at Camp Blood, where there also happens to be a killer on the loose. Is the killer Leo the Janitor? Could it be Simon the Head Counselor? Perhaps it’s the Julieanne the Lesbian Trucker? You’ll have to watch the film to find out!

Filmed “over two days for about $200” back in 2005, Camp Blood feels a lot like a movie that was filmed over two days for $200. Try to imagine for a moment that you got six of your friends together and spent a two-day weekend making a movie. How good are your six best friends at singing and dancing? That’s about how good the cast of Camp Blood: The Musical is at singing and dancing, too.


Don’t take my criticism of the film’s quality as a vote against seeing it — on the contrary, I highly recommend it! By the time the killer shows up to perform his number (aptly named “The Killer’s Song,” my friends and I were in stitches. If you like parodies of classic “there’s a killer loose in the woods” horror movies (and specifically Friday the 13th), you’ll love this film.

For those that are curious, the movie’s trailer is available on YouTube. I’m not going to directly link to it due to language and drug references (I’d rate the trailer it a solid PG-13), but it’s there. The film walks the PG-13 line pretty closely until two of the female cast members break in to “When the Tops Come Off.” At that point, all bets (and tops) are off.

The hardest part about watching camp Blood: The Musical isn’t (surprisingly) sitting through it — it’ll be tracking down a copy. I got my copy via a giveaway on the movie’s official MySpace page, but as far as I know the film has never been for sale (although copies of the movie are floating around all over the net). At one time there were rumors of a higher quality remake in the works. I don’t know if that’s still the case or not, but if it ever comes to fruition, I’ll be the first in line.

If you’re looking to share a good laugh with your pals after the minor ghouls, ghosts and goblins have hit the sack, track down a copy of Camp Blood: The Musical this Halloween season.


Killer Trivia: Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street

If you’re looking for a board game to play at your next Halloween party, why not give Killer Trivia a stab?


Killer Trivia contains two boxes of trivia cards that contain questions about both the Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street series of films. The box (a metal tin, actually) boasts that game contains “over 1,000 questions from all 18 horror flicks” and even “includes questions from Freddy vs. Jason”.

Do you consider yourself an expert on either of these film series? Here are three randomly selected questions from each box — let’s see how you do! Answers will be posted later today in a response to this post.

Friday the 13th:

01. In Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, how did Martin, the caretaker, die?
02. Where was Friday the 13th Part III: The New Blood mainly filmed?
03. In Friday the 13th Part IX: Jason Goes to Hell, who played Steve Freeman?

A Nightmare on Elm Street:

01. What song did Jesse listen to while cleaning his room during Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge?
02. In Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, what was Joey watching right before he died?
03. In Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, what were the names of the two movie crew members that died?

On the actual cards, multiple choices are offered — which is good, because as someone who has seen all of these movies multiple times (albeit not recently), I couldn’t answer a single one of these questions. Neither could any of my friends, either. Ultimately, our first round of Killer Trivia spiraled into randomly guessing multiple choice answers. As someone who can generally breeze through average pop culture trivia games, I have to say this is one of the tougher trivia games I’ve played.

While perhaps it’s not “to die for,” Killer Trivia is a fun game to pull out each Halloween, and might be a good way for you and your friends to reveal how much (or more likely, how little) they know about these films.

Friday the 13th (1980)

I enjoy “Friday the 13th”, it is a fun slasher film with a great early 80s vibe. Not much to say about it, that has not been said by a million other people, so instead I will suggest an experiment. Ask people if they have seen the 1980 version of “Friday the 13th” and then ask them recall details about it. In my experience, the only thing the casual movie watcher will recall is Jason, even though he does not appear in the first movie at all. Which makes me question whether anybody out there has actually ever watched “Friday the 13th”. This phenomenon can also be spotted in people who grew up in the 1970s and claim they saw every Disney animated classic, yet when you ask them how or where, they cannot recall. I call that phenomenon, “Disney Clip Special Transference”.

Friday the 13th