Monday, August 3, 2015

Misc. Film Fun: Friday the 13th

Thanks to Stacie Ponder's eternally entertaining blog Final Girl, we were exposed to this fun little sampling remix of a kill in Danny Steinmann's Friday the 13th, Part V: A New Beginning (1985 / trailer). And while those seen here (Miguel A. Núñez Jr. ["Demon"], of Shadowzone [1990], and Jere Fields ["Anita"]) are not the first Afro Americans  to die in the original franchise — that honor belongs to two relatively faceless Afro Americans motorcyclists in Friday the 13th Part III (1982 / trailer) —  they do possibly have the honor of enjoying one of the series' least-ennobling locations to die, an outhouse.* (We haven't seen the original film yet, but we doubt it is a highpoint of equality in film. For further ignobilities, take a look at the website Black Horror Movies.)
* Wanna see white folks die in outhouses? Women — we will reserve from quoting John Lennon and Yoko Ono at this point — meet their ends in or close to them in both Reeker (2005) and Dead Snow (2009). 

Speaking of locations of death, or to be more exact, slasher deaths in general, the monologue to the first trailer that hit the little screen for MTV's new TV series Scream (2015 / later trailer) featured a statement that we find applicable to all slasher movies:  "Sure the reason you watch ... is because you fell in love with the characters, but maybe deep down you know the reason ... is to watch them die." With that basic fact in mind, let us share with you a roughly 20-minute collection of almost all of Jason's kills* in all the Friday the 13th films of the original franchise plus one: the maker of the clip skipped a lot of Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993 / trailer) 'cause "the film was dumb" but, oddly enough, includes the death of the recent reboot (2009 / trailer), which was truly a shitty, boring flick.

* The astute will notice that only one of the deaths of the first film (1980 / trailer) is included, but then, the astute will also remember that Jason didn't have any kills in that movie — even the last scene, after all, though included here as the opening kill, proved (later, and theoretically) to be a dream sequence.

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