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Crystal Lake Memories The Complete History of Friday the 13th: Essential viewing for Friday 13th fans and film buffs alike
I wasn't blown away by the Friday 13th franchise, I think they were ground breaking and positively genre defining but none of them exactly blew me away.
I recently watched the Friday 13th documentary His Name Was Jason (2009) and wasn't exactly impressed with what I saw.
How can a person like myself who found the franchise lackluster enjoy a documentary about the material? Well, I did. This documentary is so in depth, so thorough that I was positively fascinated. Giving around 30 minutes of stories, background and factoids about each movie the documentary stands at over 5 and a half hours so isn't swift viewing.
With countless interviews from the creators and cast to unseen footage and deleted scenes this is one of the most competently made fan service documentaries I've ever seen and is a must watch for any fans or even just horror addicts like myself.
Want to know why some of the movies were so cut? Interested to find out why Kane Hodder didn't play Jason in Freddy Vs Jason? Eager to discover which movies succeeded and which bombed? This documentary covers these questions and so much more.
Brilliant viewing and that's coming from someone who as mentioned doesn't consider the franchise as critically acclaimed as most others.
Corey Feldmans opening and closer
Essential viewing for fans of the series
Extremely in depth
Uses the same interview segments as His Name Was Jason (2009)
Some key figures weren't interviewed
Things I Learnt From This Documentary:
You can make a good documentary about anything if you just handle it right
Across all 12 movies and a total of 120 potential points on IMDb they only garnered 63 from me
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