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




It goes without saying "? but I'm saying it anyway "? that fans of the "Friday the 13th" film franchise should buy "His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th" sight unseen. It's a feature-length documentary that lovingly covers all 12 movies in the series, including the current remake.

It begins with a quick, sequel-by-sequel sweep-through before settling into more niche sections, such as special effects, ratings-board battles, the signature music and Jason Voorhees' lasting influence on the world of horror. With a generous mix of clips, stills, interviews and host segments featuring gore-FX guru Tom Savini, "His Name Was Jason" is a slick production that attempts to cover all the bases, and mostly succeeds. I actually wanted to play longer than it did.

The sheer amount of former cast members and directors who turn up to talk is impressive, but I could do without the opinions and insights of those unrelated to the films. That includes the so-called online journalists and random actors who are fans. Without them, we could have more info from those who were actually there.

Also impressive: the features on this double-disc set, which offer extended interviews with directors, screenwriters and all the guys who've played Jason. A section of fan films is also appreciated, particularly an "Angry Video Game Nerd" episode in which the terrible "Friday" Nintendo cartridge is hilariously raked over the proverbial coals. Bottom line: If "ki-ki-ki-ma-ma-ma" is music to your ears, this doc is candy for your eyes.

"?Rod Lott


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