Spooklights #24 Friday the 13th Series Part 2

9312-1050x705In an effort to burn any shred of literary cred I have remaining, I present to you the second part of our look at the FRIDAY THE 13TH franchise. Jared Collins and Matthew St. Cyr join me once again as we tackle the Universal horror-inspired JASON LIVES through the off-tone 2009 remake.

This is where the franchise gets weird… and it turns out we like it that way.

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Creature-Feature Conversations: Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI

Creature-Feature Conversations is an ongoing series of informal discussions about obscure, unique, or cult horror films.

Orrin Grey is a skeleton who likes monsters, movies, and especially monster movies. His stories have appeared in dozens of anthologies, including Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year, and been collected in Never Bet the Devil & Other Warnings and Painted Monsters & Other Strange Beasts. From 2011 until 2016 he wrote a monthly column on vintage horror cinema for Innsmouth Free Press that has now been collected into Monsters from the Vault. You can visit him online at orringrey.com.

Jonathan Raab is the author of The Hillbilly Moonshine Massacre and Flight of the Blue Falcon. His novella Cold Call will be featured in Turn to Ash’s Open Lines anthology later this year, and his novella The Lesser Swamp Gods of Little Dixie will be available just in time for Halloween. You can read his short story “The Secret Goatman Spookshow” in the Lovecraft eZine.

Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI (directed by Tom McLoughlin, 1986)

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Illustration by John Solder for Lovecraft eZine #38

JR: This was actually one of the first entries I saw back when I started w̶a̶s̶t̶i̶n̶g̶ investing my money in horror VHS/DVDs in high school. I remember it being a bit scarier back then, but even now, I found that its humor and self-awareness won me over in the face of its by-the-numbers horror movie plot and proceedings. I really liked it, and consider it kind of a perfect beers-with-your-buddies type of slasher: unpretentious, silly, with some creative flourishes and a few actors who looked like they showed up to earn their paycheck by chewing on some scenery. Continue reading “Creature-Feature Conversations: Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI”