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The Tommy Jarvis “trilogy” of Friday the 13th movies is among the franchise’s most popular. When looking at The Final Chapter, A New Beginning, and Jason Lives, it’s clear that we’re talking about three very different slasher movies—each with its own style.
They utilize the Tommy Jarvis protagonist in three very different ways, and there isn’t a massive character arc that strings them together, but they lend an air of continuity to a series that rarely bothered to have any.
Why does Tommy remain a consistent fan favorite? Examining the popular decisions of other franchises may help bring the issue into focus.
Surely we can agree that Dr. Loomis lends weight to the Halloween series as the boogeyman’s foil. He’s what every villain’s nemesis should be: resourceful, determined, and flawed. It’s this combination that I would argue makes him an enduring character. »
- Matt Serafini
After the success of the previous movie, the Nightmare on Elm Street series was back on track and the demand for Freddy was at its peak. While the Friday the 13th and Halloween franchises were floundering with poorly put together cash-ins, New Line Cinemas had a chance to carry on their successful line of movies with a film that could stand amongst the first and third entries.
Sadly what they produced was nothing more than a cash in on the franchise.
Which really comes as no surprise when you figure that producer Robert Shaye gave Brian Helgeland (who had worked with Robert Englund on his directorial debut 967-evil) just four weeks over the Christmas period to turn in a full script. If he missed his deadline, »
Friday the 13th Part 8s faults are far greater than those exhibited by this shallow ensemble of personalities and to the credit of the cast screenwriterdirector Rob Hedden really deserves to carry a hefty load of the blame for that error as he just doesnt give these performers anything to work with. Its Jason on a boat offing loads of kids immediately. Theres no real story here and no buildup whatsoever. Even worse Jason doesnt take Manhattan Jason doesnt even arrive on the island until deep into the pictures final act. This one should have been branded Jason Takes a Boat Ride at least consumers would have been afforded the truth up front. »
Writing an introduction to an article about quite possibly the best character in the entire Friday The 13th series (aside from Jason, obviously..) shouldn’t be this hard, but what do you say about the only person who not only handed Mr. Voorhees his ass, not once like most survivors, but three times? I’m kidding, of course…there’s plenty to be said, and well, it’s time to say it. So, without further ado, Great Character Arcs in Horror: Tommy fucking Jarvis.
Friday The 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter is not only my favorite entry into the series, but it’s always one of my five favorite films of all time. Every single thing about that movie does it for me, the teens, the kills, the dancing..and Tommy Jarvis. Played by Corey Feldman (The Lost Boys, The Goonies…if you don’t know Feldman, shoot yourself »
It’s Tuesday, so it’s time for the weekly rundown of what’s hitting stores with Fright At Home! This week may be one of the most important and jam packed as it’s filled with must-own cult obscurities & horror classics alike that deserve a spot in your collection. For better or worse, Friday The 13th: The Complete Collection Blu-ray set is finally out. It’s been met with quite a bit of controversy for many reasons (no Blu-ray 3D for Friday The 13th Part III: 3D, no unrated cut for Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday, missing extras, etc.), but for those just happy to just have the entire franchise collected in HD and housed all in one set, then this is for you. For those who feel burned once again by Paramount/Warner Bros, have no fear because the definitive documentary Crystal Lake Memories: The »
- Justin Edwards
Top 10 Aliya Whiteley 20 Aug 2013 - 06:55
Zoinks! Aliya provides a rundown of 10 enjoyable Scooby-Doo animated movies. Scrappy isn't invited...
For a Great Dane, Scooby-Doo has had an impressive innings. He’s now 44 years old, and has been through a number of mediums: TV series, videogames, stage plays, and many movies. In all that time the Us version of Scooby has been voiced by only five actors (the original actor, Don Messick, played him from 1969 to 1994), and there remains something so familiar and reassuring about Scooby, even as the storylines and the entanglements of the Scooby gang change around him. Nowadays in Mystery Incorporated Velma may be on/off dating Shaggy, and Fred and Daphne may be having problems with their relationship, but Scooby remains as cowardly and hungry as ever.
We've seen Jason Voorhees stab a lot of people in the head... and everywhere else for that matter. That being said, the following video is something so ridiculously funny and hilarious that it's guaranteed to embed itself in your mind. Especially when your chillin' in an outhouse!
Somewhere right now director Danny Steinmann is smiling down on us all.
Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning Synopsis:
The murderous spirit of Jason Voorhees lives on in this horror sequel, although the plot hinges on the mystery of whether the killer's body actually survives. Opening with a nightmare prologue in which Corey Feldman reprises his role as Tommy Jarvis, the boy who killed Jason in the previous installment, the film jumps forward several years to when a teenaged Tommy (John Shepherd), haunted by visions of Jason returning to life, moves into a group home for mentally disturbed kids. Almost as soon as he arrives, »
- Uncle Creepy
Feature James Clayton 19 Apr 2013 - 06:08
What if time were running backwards, and the remake of The Evil Dead actually came first? We'll let James explain this one...
Evil Dead is, according to one of its advertising posters, "The most terrifying film you will ever experience". That may be true, but perhaps not because it has brutal psychological and physical horror in a cabin in the dark woods and various other types of harrowing trauma. What might make it the most terrifying film experience is the actual experience of watching a remake of The Evil Dead - not the content we're swallowing, but the concept itself.
The poster also features the words, "A new vision from the producers of the original classic" and there are a couple of key points in that sentence if you break it down. The credibility of the 'new vision' claim can be contested, but I »
Poster artist Jay Shaw has already made a name for himself by creating some of the coolest prints for Mondo, Gallery 1988 and more than a handful of other studios. While a lot of other artists feel the need to throw every single detail of a film into their posters, Shaw’s style is a very unique one, typically focusing on an identifiable object from the film, and working from there.
By far my favorite artist working today, Jaw’s posters are plastered across my walls at home, and it’d be an accurate statement to say that I was pretty stoked to spend a little bit of time speaking with Jay regarding his work with Mondo & Gallery 1988, how he got into poster design, and some of his favorite horror films. Read on!
You have a very unique style to your work, while a lot of artists throw everything And the kitchen sink into their stuff, »
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