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His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
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Directed By
Daniel Farrands

Written By:
Thommy Hutson, Anthony Masi

Erich Anderson, Judie Aronson, Diana Barrows, Richard Brooker, John Carl Buechler, Chuck Campbell, Barney Cohen, Sean S. Cunningham, Douglas Curtis, Jensen Daggett, Darcy Demoss, Bob DeSimone, Elissa Dowling, Todd Farmer, John Furey, Robert V. Galluzzo, Warrington Gillette, C.J. Graham, Adam Green, Seth Green, Vincent Guastaferro, Kane Hodder, James Isaac, David Kagen, Elizabeth Kaitan, Jeff Katz, Adrienne King, Ken Kirzinger, Paul Kratka, Joe Lynch, Adam Marcus, Nancy McLoughlin, Tom McLoughlin, Derek Mears, Nick Mennell, Victor Miller, Lawrence Monoson, Camilla More, Carey More, Tom Morga, Gregory Nicotero, Marcus Nispel, Betsy Palmer, Lar Park-Lincoln, Catherine Parks, Bill Randolph, Jeffrey Reddick, Peter Mark Richman, Amanda Righetti, James Roday, Felissa Rose, Shavar Ross, Lisa Ryder, Tom Savini, Kevin Spirtas, Amy Steel, Danny Steinmann, Mark Swift, Anthony Timpone, Russell Todd, Travis Van Winkle, Ted White, Larry Zerner, Joseph Zito, Steven Barton, Steve Dash, Andrew Kasch, Diane Almeida, Steve Barton, Rachel Belofsky, Peter Bracke, Stuart Charno, Mike Cucinotta, Bradley Fuller, Seth Grahame-Smith, Bonnie Hellman, Cynthia Kania, Ari Lehman, Harry Manfredini, Alecia Patterson, Marilyn Poucher, James D. Rolfe, Martin Jay Sadoff, Lauren-Marie Taylor, Ryan Turek, Debi Sue Voorhees, Dick Wieand, Staci Layne Wilson, Al Magliochetti

His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th (2009)
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Movie Review by Zara
August 4th, 2009

As a documentary, this is quite lacking. For someone like me, a person who has yet to sit down and watch all of the FRIDAY THE 13TH movies, it gives away the "plots" of all the installments and shows what the filmmakers and actors think were the best death scenes, but there isn't much depth that it goes into for those who are already familiar with the movies. I can't imagine that there would be much information that a fan would be able to get from this, but at the same time it kinda sucks to watch it if you haven't seen the movies yet. (I debated on whether to wait until I'd watched all the movies or watch this first, I decided on the latter.)

I might not be the biggest horror fan but I do know a thing or documentaries and this one is lacking in what its intentions were. It's not good enough for one side or the other because attacking it from either side is a losing battle. This is decent if you don't mind everything being given away and there are a couple of good moments about how the practical effects in the movie were done (I wish they'd concentrated on that instead of indulging every one of the washed up actors who only have their connection to Jason to cling to) but in the genres of documentaries, it's fair at best.

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Aug 5, 2009 12:01 AM
This doc was horrible.... I was very dissapointed it reminded me of a recap film rather then a documentary....
Aug 5, 2009 1:01 AM
I appreciated the in between portions with Tom Savini where he was being playful for the camera and talked about how he created the make-up magic for the first Jason. Most people forget how important he's been to the horror genre for so many years.
Aug 5, 2009 4:42 PM
yeah I tried to interview Savini when I was doing my column still and he blew me off saying that he would do it when he had time.. So I spent hours coming up with good questions and emailed them to him and never got a response...but your right he did some great things in his time.

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