His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th

Synopsis: The Ultimate Retrospective on the Groundbreaking Horror Series

12 Films. 3 Decades. Bad luck was never so bloody.

30 years ago, a small horror film gave birth to 11 sequels, an endless body count and one of the most terrifying icons in horror history. Gore FX legend Tom Savini is your host for the ultimate documentary on everybody’s favorite hockey-masked momma’s boy and his three decades of cinematic carnage, featuring classic clips from the Friday the 13th movies, rare behind-the-scenes photos and footage, and over 80 interviews with filmmakers, actors, stuntmen, FX artists, journalists and fans including Sean Cunningham, Kane Hodder, Seth Green, Harry Manfredini, Betsy Palmer, Greg Nicotero, Amanda Righetti, Adrienne King, James Roday, Amy Steel, Felissa Rose, Ari Lehman, Camilla & Carey more, Lar Park-Lincoln, Shavar Ross, Tony Timpone and many more. His Name Was Jason… and this is his incredible legacy!
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His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th 7.5

A rapid-fire retrospective on the Friday the 13th series, and not a bad one at that. It covers many aspects of the films, from the actors, to the music to the special effects – all in short bits and bites, through interviews with key players of the franchise.

But it was made for fans, as it assumes that viewers are familiar with the mythology, the characters, the productions, …etc. So it would no doubt be of little interest to someone who would prefer to watch a real documentary on the series – something thorough and linear, detailing the impact, the controversies, the successes from a more factual and cultural standpoint.

Nonetheless, after having watched the bulk of the series, it was a nice closing piece for me. It was better than the darned films themselves, in fact – enough so, that, sucker for punishment as I am, I’m now considering the reboot from two years ago. I guess my curiosity knows no bounds 😉

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