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15 Horror Franchises that Helped Define the Face of the Genre

27 August 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

There may be no other genre of film that juggles trends as often and openly as horror. One decade it’s the slasher; one decade it’s the ghost story; the next it’s found footage. The door does and will continue to revolve. That’s not going to change.

Fortunately for fans of this diabolical branch of celluloid, every now and then those shifts come on the heels of a landscape-altering production or the birth of a franchise destined to change the way we view film. We’ve seen movies evolve so much in the last 80-plus years it’s insane.

It’s almost hard to grasp, but it happens. And it often takes career-defining projects and game-changing films to make the shift a reality. Here are 15 horror franchises that enhanced or completely altered the face of horror as we know it.

Alien:

Ridley Scott’s greatest achievement, »

- Matt Molgaard

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Meet Jack Icefloe Jackson in Dean Lorey's Romance for Men: Pandora's Box

14 July 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Remember the name Jack Icefloe Jackson. He's listed as the author of the new book Romance for Men: Pandora's Box, and he's one helluva character. Icefloe is a sex machine from the backwoods of Alaska and as unique as they come. One quick peek into Romance for Men will prove it!

Okay, we've got to be honest here: Romance for Men: Pandora's Box may not necessarily have been penned by the lead character, Icefloe. In actuality, and in a deliciously fun twist, Emmy-nominated writer Dean Lorey has to be given some credit for the book.

Lorey is best known as the writer of Friday the 13th Part 9: Jason Goes to Hell (he's also written for "Arrested Development" and came up with some other cult classics like Major Payne). And Lorey has hit a major home run with his new book.

Romance for Men: Pandora's Box has been hugely praised »

- Scott Hallam

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Full Details & Tracklisting for Chopping Mall and Friday The 13th Vinyl Releases

24 June 2014 6:25 AM, PDT | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

Waxwork Records has been killing it lately in vinyl soundtracks for some great horror flicks. You might have seen the awesome artwork for these past two releases but today, we have the details on each of them including samples! Read on reader, read on.

From the Press Release

Waxwork Records Details *Chopping Mall* & *Friday The 13th * Soundtrack Releases Via *The Dissolve*

To Be Released 7/29 & 8/29

Waxwork Records, the label responsible for releasing beautifully packaged scores for Rosemary’s Baby, Creepshow, Day of the DeadRe-Animator, etc. are announcing two new releases today:

The first of two being the fully remastered release of Chuck Cirino‘s original score to the B-Movie horror classic, Chopping Mall, directed by Jim Wynorski and starring scream queens Barbara Crampton and Kelli Maroney.

This release marks the first time vinyl release of Chopping Mall, featuring liner notes from composer Chuck Cirino and the film’s writer, Steve Mitchell. »

- Andy Triefenbach

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Waxwork Records’ Chopping Mall and Friday the 13th Vinyls Release Dates and Details

23 June 2014 9:48 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Murderous security robots killed them at the mall, while a vengeful mother unleashed her rage upon them at summer camp. Two supposedly safe havens for teenagers in the 1980′s were bathed in blood in 1986′s Chopping Mall and 1980′s Friday the 13th. After recently unveiling their artwork for their Friday the 13th vinyl, Waxwork Records has announced the release dates and full details of both movie scores, so you can mark your calendars in blood red.

Waxwork Records announced via Fangoria that their Chopping Mall vinyl will be available on July 29th with pre-orders beginning July 1st, while their Friday the 13th vinyl is set for an August 29th release with pre-orders starting August 5th. This marks the vinyl debut of both Chuck Cirino’s Chopping Mall score and Harry Manfredini’s Friday the 13th score. In addition to full details on both releases, we have a look at the Chopping Mall album cover art, »

- Derek Anderson

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A Freaky Look Back at the Entire 'Friday the 13th' Franchise

13 June 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Today is Friday the 13th, but it doesn't have to be unlucky if you are an old-school slasher film fan. Jason Voorhees—the unstoppable killer with a penchant for dispatching teens who engage in premarital sex—has been painting the big screen red since 1980. We learn in the original film that Friday the 13th was also Jason's birthday, so blow out some candles for the big guy and have a Friday the 13th marathon with the 12 films (!) in the frightening franchise. (Note: That marathon is now a lot easier to enjoy thanks to the Blu-ray box set Warner Bros. released containing all 12 movies. Read our review here.) Friday the 13th: Jason Voorhees is not the killer in director Sean S. Cunningham's 1980 original, a fact that got Drew Barrymore in a lot of...

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- Robert B. DeSalvo

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“Is It Time To Say Goodbye To The Horror Trinity?” Part Two: Friday The 13th

7 June 2014 6:15 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

*Author’s note: In this second of three articles asking readers (and myself) if the Halloween, Friday The 13th, and A Nightmare On Elm Street franchises really have anywhere else left to go, the subject under the microscope this time around is Jason Voorhees, his mother Pamela and everyone else involved in some unfortunate events that have transpired through the years at Crystal Lake. Meant as a look back at the series’ history, I’m asking, what do you fans think? Read on!

The Friday The 13th series has gone through so many changes and reinventions, that like the character of Jason Voorhees, it’s somewhat of a mess behind its mask.  Mostly known for the hockey mask-wearing slasher, the series first began as something entirely different. Producer/Director Sean Cunningham’s attempt to cash in on the Halloween slasher craze had its genesis in a trade advertisement trying to »

- Jerry Smith

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‘Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide Part 2 – Draconian Days’ gets a release date & Preview screening!

21 May 2014 5:18 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Prepare to be corrupted and depraved once more as Nucleus Films releases the sequel to the definitive guide to the Video Nasties phenomenon – the most extraordinary and scandalous era in the history of British film. Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide Part 2, a three-disc collector’s edition box set, is being released on DVD on July 14th 2014, to tie in with the 30th Anniversary of the Video Recordings Act 1984.

For the first time ever on DVD, all 82 films that fell foul of the Director of Public Prosecutions “Section 3” list are trailer-featured with specially filmed intros for each title, alongside a brand new documentary – Video Nasties: Draconian Days (review), directed by Jake West.

And to celebrate the release, Film4 FrightFest is hosting a special event – the world exclusive London Premiere of the finalised unseen extended 97 minute cut of Video Nasties: Draconian Days at The Prince Charles Cinema on Thurs 3 July, 8.30pm. The »

- Phil Wheat

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Sean Cunningham Talks Friday the 13th Series

18 May 2014 6:03 PM, PDT | Horror News | See recent Horror News news »

Finally got some clarification on the news we reported a week or two back about a new Friday the 13th TV series and the fact that this time around it will be all about Jason. Bloody Disgusting managed to wrangle Sean Cunningham into a chair and asked all the questions everyone has been pondering. Here’s some of what came out.

We already know that the story will revolve around Jason and his good old Mom … Continue reading →

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- Dave Dreher

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New Details on Friday the 13th TV Series

16 May 2014 4:59 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Pining for those long summer days and blood-spattered nights at Camp Crystal Lake? Then you’re in for a treat. In addition to a new Friday the 13th feature film set for release in early 2015, we recently reported that a Friday the 13th TV series was in development.

While the series is still a long ways away from airing, some light was recently shed on the project by the creator of the franchise himself, Sean S. Cunningham, who will also executive produce the TV series.

In a recent interview about the TV series with Bloody Disgusting, Cunningham discussed Jason’s aging process, protagonist Tommy Jarvis’ potential involvement, and how Jason’s father Elias Voorhees could be explored in the show:

On Jason’s aging process:

“As we wrestle with the passage of time a new issue became how did Jason age? Did he age at all or is he the »

- Derek Anderson

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Franchise Creator Sean Cunningham Reveals Friday the 13th TV Series Details

16 May 2014 11:36 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Last month we learned some more information about the upcoming Friday the 13th TV series that Sean Cunningham teased last year, and today he's spilled a whole lot more of those tasty beans, giving us much more of an insight into what we can expect from the show. Read on!

In an exclusive chat with Bloody Disgusting, Cunningham confirmed that the series will be taking place inside the confines of the infamous Camp Crystal Lake, and that Jason Voorhees will play an integral role in the show, both through flashbacks with his mother and in present day action.

"It’s premature to say how the stories will involve the Pamela/Jason relationship but we have some very exciting ideas of what we’d like the show to be and some new themes we’re going to include," said Cunningham, in regards to the flashback sequences. He went on to suggest »

- John Squires

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Friday The 13th getting New Hourlong Series

25 April 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Jason Voorhees has been brutally killing people on the big screen for years, but he's taking his machete with him to slash his way on to the small screen. Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films and Crystal Lake Entertainment have come together to produce a new hourlong dramatic series for Friday the 13th that's based on the characters and settings of Friday The 13th

Sean S. Cunningham, the director of the original 1980 film will serve as executive producer on the new slasher series. Bill Basso (Terminator) and Jordu Schell (Avatar) are set to write it and according to Deadline the story re-imagines "Jason in multiple time periods." It will be interesting to see what they actually mean by that, and how the idea is implemented into the series. 

The series is take place in the present day and it will focus on "the eclectic characters of Crystal Lake who are forced to »

- Joey Paur

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Dan Farrands Talks New Friday the 13th TV Show

25 April 2014 1:15 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Yesterday news hit the Internet that Jason would soon be stalking the small screen as part of a newly announced "Friday the 13th" TV series. Today executive producer Dan Farrands shed a bit of light on what to expect!

Farrands sat down with the Friday the 13th Franchise website and dropped the following on 'em! “We will be exploring the origins of the Voorhees family,” said Farrands, “namely Pamela and Jason Voorhees, but doing so in flashbacks to past events that will be running concurrently with present day storylines. There is absolutely no time traveling of any kind.”

Sean S. Cunningham, who helmed the 1980 original, will be executive producer along with Efo Films principals Randall Emmett and George Furla, Dan Farrands, Mark Canton of Atmosphere Entertainment Mm, Steve B. Harris of Diversion3 Entertainment, and Ted Fox of Fox Entertainment. Also producing is Horror Inc. president Robert Barsamian, who produced the features. »

- Steve Barton

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'Friday the 13th': We rank the movies to prep for the upcoming TV show

25 April 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Horny camp counselors around the world, beware! Jason Voorhees is coming to television. According to Deadline, Friday the 13th producer Sean S. Cunningham has inked a deal to develop an hour-long show based around everybody’s favorite hockey mask-clad machete wielder. 

During his ’80s heyday, Voorhees was one of the most iconic characters in film, and his hulking, silent demeanor and signature goalie wear have kept him in the horror zeitgeist since his inception. Thanks to the increasingly odd nature of the sequels and the fact that Jason has been under the control of an eclectic cavalcade of writers, directors, »

- Kyle Anderson

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Jason Voorhees heading to the small screen for Friday the 13th TV series

25 April 2014 10:35 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

We know that Jason Voorhees will be heading back to cinemas in 2015 for the thirteenth instalment of the Friday the 13th franchise, but it appears that masked monster is also set to terrorise Crystal Lake campers on the small screen, with Deadline revealing that Bill Basso (Terminator) and Jordu Schell (Avatar) are busy writing a Friday the 13th TV series.

According to the report, the hourlong series will re-imagine Jason in multiple time periods, with the series described as “contemporary, focusing on the eclectic characters of Crystal Lake who are forced to confront the return of the killer, as new secrets about his wacky family are revealed.”

“Jason Voorhees is synonymous with the genre and we plan to build on this legacy with a provocative and compelling take that expands upon the storylines that have already thrilled millions worldwide,” states Sean S. Cunningham, director of the 1980 original, who will serve »

- Gary Collinson

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‘Friday the 13th’ Heading to the Small Screen, Again, But This Time Jason’s Coming Too

25 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Recent Friday the 13th-related rumor mongering has been centered around the possibility that the next film in the franchise might be going the found footage route — hopefully involving Jason with a GoPro camera attached to his hockey mask — but the first solid piece of actual news has turned things in an unexpected direction. Jason Voorhees is heading to the small screen. Again. For the first time. Fans will recall the late ’80s syndicated television series that kept the “Friday the 13th” name while ignoring Jason and his questionable hobbies all together. Basically producers wanted to extend the brand but knew they’d never get a show about teens being slashed on a weekly basis past the censors, so instead they created a story about a pair of siblings searching for cursed antique items. Yes, it was usually as hokey and bad as it sounds, and not even directors like David Cronenberg or Atom Egoyan could change »

- Rob Hunter

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‘Friday The 13th’ Heads To TV in Time-Hopping Series, Will Reportedly Center On Jason Voorhees’ Family

25 April 2014 6:38 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Not simply content with a $91 million worldwide gross for its 2009 “Friday The 13th” remake, Platinum Dunes decided to pull an “Amazing Spider-Man” and announce an unnecessary second reboot in the works for 2015. However strange the decision may be though, it’s served as a new chance for those behind the property to expand the Jason Voorhees universe, and now they’ve chosen to do that to the tune of weekly hour-long installments. Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films and Crystal Lake Entertainment have announced (via Deadline) that they plan to produce a drama series based upon “Friday the 13th” for TV, to be executive produced as well by Sean S. Cunningham, director of the 1980 original. Writers Bill Basso and Jordu Schell have been tapped to script a new storyline based around Crystal Lake, one that will reportedly feature Jason in “multiple time periods,” and also reveal new secrets of the Voorhees clan. »

- Charlie Schmidlin

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‘Friday The 13th’ Heads To TV in Time-Hopping Series, Will Reportedly Center On Jason Voorhees’ Family

25 April 2014 6:38 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Not simply content with a $91 million worldwide gross for its 2009 “Friday The 13th” remake, Platinum Dunes decided to pull an “Amazing Spider-Man” and announce an unnecessary second reboot in the works for 2015. However strange the decision may be though, it’s served as a new chance for those behind the property to expand the Jason Voorhees universe, and now they’ve chosen to do that to the tune of weekly hour-long installments. Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films and Crystal Lake Entertainment have announced (via Deadline) that they plan to produce a drama series based upon “Friday the 13th” for TV, to be executive produced as well by Sean S. Cunningham, director of the 1980 original. Writers Bill Basso and Jordu Schell have been tapped to script a new storyline based around Crystal Lake, one that will reportedly feature Jason in “multiple time periods,” and also reveal new secrets of the Voorhees clan. »

- Charlie Schmidlin

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Friday the 13th to Become a TV Series

25 April 2014 1:58 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

It was recently reported that "V/H/S" helmer David Bruckner is in talks to direct the new "Friday the 13th" reboot. And now comes word that the film franchise is also heading back to television for a new hour-long series. "Friday the 13th" was already a TV series in the 80s, but had very little to do with the films. The new version will follow Jason Vorhees and will place the killer in multiple time periods. Other characters will be residents of Crystal Lake, who are forced to confront the return of Jason, as new secrets about his family are revealed. Bill Basso (Terminator) and Jordu Schell (Avatar) have been hired to write the script. Sean Cunningham, who directed the 1980 original film, will be an executive producer. He said: "Expect the show to take viewers in some exciting new directions that we're confident will not only excite existing fans »

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‘Friday The 13th’ Television Series On The Way

25 April 2014 12:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

It seems fitting that the Friday The 13th franchise is just as resilient as its undead antagonist Jason Voorhees. After 11 films, one reboot and a further instalment on the way, it appears as if fans of the cursed Camp Crystal Lake are in for more gruesome murders with a brand new television series too.

Earlier this month it was announced that the newest Friday The 13th reboot had found its director in the form of David Bruckner (V/H/S, The Signal), with a release date set for Friday the 13th March 2015. Now it has been revealed that original 1980 Friday The 13th director Sean S. Cunningham, has signed up to executive produce a new hour long drama series revolving around the hockey masked-killer. The series from Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films and Crystal Lake Entertainment, will be written by Bill Basso (Terminator 2: Judgement Day) and Jordu Schell (Avatar) in a »

- Ben Read

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Friday The 13th TV series on the way

25 April 2014 12:04 AM, PDT | TotalFilm | See recent TotalFilm news »

Just days after the news broke that Michael Bay is planning another reboot of Friday The 13th comes the revelation that a Jason Voorhees TV series is also on the way. Deadline reports that a new series is currently in development to bring Jason to the small screen in weekly one-hour doses, with original director Sean S. Cunningham on board to executive produce. Bill Basso and Jordu Schell are currently penning a script which will focus upon the various residents of Crystal Lake who are forced to confront the return of the...

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- George Wales

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