The Story Behind Friday The 13th

Grab your hockey mask for a trip through horror history…

This week, the DVD Club team will be slashing into the original Friday The 13th.

So what better time to take a look at the whole franchise, from first horrific spark through the various sequels and this year's remake?

It doesn't look like Jason Voorhees is going away any time soon, so grab your knife, lose your inhibitions and come with us to Camp Crystal Lake - and beyond…

1. Friday The 13th

It's all Michael Myers' fault. Well, that and John Carpenter's. No, there's not some family connection - it's more one of inspiration as producer/director Sean S Cunningham cites Halloween as the main reason he decided to make a horror film.

Aiming to create "a roller coaster ride" that would make audiences "jump out of their seats", Cunningham got together with writer Victor Miller, who initially penned a first draft that went under the title Long Night At Camp Blood.

But Cunningham had something much more iconic in mind. A protege of Wes Craven, he knew a film needed a solid hook, and decided upon Friday The 13th, even going so far as to advertise the name in Variety before he was sure it was actually available, and hadn't already been copyrighted.

Working with a New York ad agency, Cunningham created a logo for the film, giant blocked letters of the title smashing through glass.

He's since claimed that there were no issues with anyone else using the title, though distributor George Mansour has argued otherwise: "There was a movie before ours called Friday the 13th: The Orphan. Moderately successful. But someone still threatened to sue. I don't know whether (financier) Phil Scuderi paid them off, but it was finally resolved."

Miller's concept was honed, focusing in on a vengeful parent slaughtering camp counselors who she blames for the drowning death of her son, Jason Voorhees, and lurking at the isolated spot to kill anyone else who arrives to have fun at Camp Crystal Lake.

"I took motherhood and turned it on its head and I think that was great fun. Mrs Voorhees was the mother I'd always wanted - a mother who would have killed for her kids," explained the writer.

While hockey-masked Jason Voorhees has long since become the iconic focus of the franchise, he doesn't appear in the first film until the end, and doesn't get his mask until a couple of films down the line.

To shoot his indie horror, Cunningham chose Camp Nobebosco in New Jersey. It was a perfect location as almost every set required (bar one bathroom, which was constructed by the crew in the grounds) was readily available.

The camp itself is still in operation today, and boasts a wall of Friday the 13th paraphernalia to honor the fact that the movie was set there. Yes, that would make us stay there…

Realising that he'd need a makeup effects expert to pull off the bloody butchering, the producer/director recruited Tom Savini, whose work he'd loved in Dawn Of The Dead.

Savini would go on to be a hero of the the film, stepping in to double a body being thrown through a window, solving issues with fake wounds and even coming up with the gag of having Jason pop out of the lake at the end.

It's not a decision Miller agrees with - he saw the younger Voorhees as merely a plot device and not the focus for sequels, which at the time the film was being shot, weren't even being considered. "Jason was dead from the very beginning. He was a victim, not a villain."

Savini, however, argued his case: "The whole reason for the cliffhanger at the end was I had just seen Carrie, so we thought that we need a 'chair jumper' like that and I said, 'let's bring in Jason.'"

With the gorehound aboard, Cunningham gathered a cast of willing victims, including Adrienne King, Harry Crosby, Laurie Bartram and a youthful Kevin Bacon.

After Estelle Parsons signed but passed on the role of Mrs Voorhees, Betsy Palmer took the part, but only so she could buy a new car. She hated the script and described the film as "a piece of s**t". That's despite earning $1000 a day for 10 days' work. Tough job!

She wasn't alone - one critic was so angered by her role that he launched a protest by publishing her address and inviting fans to write to her to complain. Sadly, the idiot published the wrong address…

Despite the complaints from its elder actress, the film progressed smoothly, shooting for 28 days at the camp and using a budget of $550,000.

To help keep costs down, certain crew members (like Savini) stayed at the camp itself, entertaining themselves with Savini's Betamax (remember that, kids?) video player and the films Barbarella and Marathon Man. Savini can recite them by heart after watching one of them day for the entire shoot.

The camp time even helped influence a scene in the film. Inspired by Savini's encounter with a snake, the team added a moment where a real, live snake is discovered and killed by the teens. Suffice to say the Humane Society was not on set that day.

With the cut in the can, Cunningham needed music, and turned to Henry Manfredini to create it. The composer decided to stick to scoring the scenes where the killer is shown, largely using silence to up the tension at other times.

"There's a scene where one of the girls is setting up the archery area. One of the guys shoots an arrow into the target and just misses her. It's a huge scare, but if you notice, there's no music. That was a choice."

And he's also responsible for one of the other memorable aspects of the first film - the killer's theme, largely thought to be the whispered tone "chi…chi…chi… Ha…ha…ha…" But that's wrong - inspired by Mrs Voorhees' line "Kill her, mommy" (since she's supposed to be possessed by Jason), Manfredini spoke the words "ki, ki, ki, ma, ma, ma" ("kill" and "mommy" - get it?) into a microphone, added some reverb and a legend was born. Even if everyone hears it wrong. "Everybody thinks it's cha, cha, cha. I'm like, 'Cha, cha, cha? What are you talking about?"

Either way, the film was a roaring success, with Paramount immediately splashing out $1.5 million for distribution rights and lavishing promotional money on the movie both before it arrived in the US (on, er, May 9 1980) and after it began to perform well. With all the various promotional materials added in, the film cost $4.4 million and made $39.7 million across the pond.

The critics hated it - not a big surprise - but that didn't stop it rolling on to more than $20 million around the world.

While it's not exactly seen as a brilliantly made film, it's long since entered the pantheon of cult horrors.

And it has launched a sequel or two. Or 10…

Next: Friday The 13th Part 2


2. Friday The 13th Part 2

Sensing a franchise in the making, Paramount immediately ordered more dispatches from Camp Crystal Lake - or, at the very least, more films under a possible Friday The 13th brand.

Initial ideas floated about including launching an annual anthology series that didn't have a connection besides the title, but featured fresh tales of terror. "We wanted it to be an event, where teenagers would flock to the theaters on that Friday night to see the latest episode," explained producer Frank Mancuso Sr.

But that plan was dismissed when the original producers - including Phil Scuderi - insisted that any follow-up include a certain Mr Jason Voorhees.

Despite the fact that his appearance at the end of the first film was only intended as a shock-worthy lark, associate producer Steve Miner saw the idea as worthy and, when Cunningham decided to drop out of directing any other Friday films, took up the big chair, gathered many of the original crew members together to work on a sequel.

Miner also hired Adrienne King to reprise her role as Alice Hardy, but the casting was fraught with personal strife for King. She was being stalked by an obsessive fan and would only agree to appear briefly.

Even with the short exposure, she suffered visits from the creepy loon and ended up all but retiring from screen acting after the movie. And you thought the campers had problems…

Sticking to the rough formula that made the first film a success - gather an attractive bunch of teenagers at the camp, then pick them off one by one - Miner's film brought Jason to his place on screen - as a hulking, adult killer.

Warrington Gillette was hired to play him, but thanks to a limited stunt range, he only appeared as an unmasked killer in one scene. For most of the running time, Jason was played by stuntman Steve Daskawitz.

While the teens were in danger from Jason's deadly blade, it was Daskawitz who caught the raw end of things, suffering a cut finger during a mis-timed machete moment that required a trip to casualty and 13 stitches (somehow appropriate). Like a pro, he returned to finish the scene.

"Dash" also suffered burns from a piece of tape that was keeping his sack mask from flapping at his eye - truly, a man who suffered for his art.

And the first shot of Jason - his legs, as he approaches Alice (King)'s house? Not a man at all, but costume designer Ellen Lutter.

With a boosted budget of $1 million, Miner fashioned one of the longest pre-credits sequences in history, clocking in at nearly 15 minutes, and upped the gore content, forcing him to slice out 48 seconds (and an infamous double-impalement) to avoid an X rating.

Even with the controversy, the film managed to be a success, opening at first place at the US box office (despite the predictable bad reviews) and earning $21.7 million domestically.

A series was well on the way…

Next: Friday The 13th Part III


3. Friday The 13th Part III

Guess what currently resurgent cinematic gimmick the filmmakers decided to employ for the series' third outing? No, not Smell-O-Vision.

Yes, 3D, back during its brief run in the '80s, was rolled out for Friday The 13th Part III in 1982.

The film, however, began with a recap of events in Part 2, requiring a title card warning viewers of the 3D version that the first few minutes were not in the format, and that it would begin with the credits.

Steve Miner returned to the director's chair for the film, which added the one defining image of the series  - Jason wore a hockey mask for the first time. Weirdly, though, this is also the only film in the series where no one says the name "Jason" besides the stock footage from the second pic.

Miner also planned the movie to mirror some scenes in Sean Cunningham's original - a couple of kills are brutally similar.

But the film - which takes place first one, then two days after the events of the second outing - is technically set on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th, which means the title is incorrect. But who's counting? For the first time, one of the movies was actually released on Friday 13th.

Unlike the earlier entries, this film required substantial set building, with the house, barn and even the lake all purpose built for the shoot. Unfortunately, the lake wasn't properly sealed, leading to water draining out into the surrounding soil during the first week.

Despite that, Miner had clearly learned some lessons from his first stab at directing - he picked a man (Richard Brooker) who could actually pull off all the Jason scenes, even if it required him to wear foam padding to bulk up his lanky six-foot-three frame.

But he stuck to one trademark - he ended up having to edit the footage slightly to avoid yet another X rating.

And while he couldn't convince Amy Steel to reprise her role as Ginny (though she's in the archive footage and is mentioned later), he did score one casting coup, with Larry Zerner hired after getting spotted handing out adverts for a different horror film and asked if he wanted to star in one.

The film proved to be a big success, earning even more than part two, with $36.7 million in tickets sold during its first run.

Despite plans for the story to end Jason's murderous run - he's presumed killed at the end - the box office bonanza all but signaled that he'd be back…

Next: Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter


4. Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter

Part III may not have wrapped the series up in a neat bow - the box office saw to that - but part four was definitively designed to bury Jason for good.

Or was it? This time, the team behind the camera really began to change as Joseph Zito took over directing chores and a few more familiar (if not necessarily A-list famous) faces appeared on screen.

Yes, this is the Jason encounter in which we find Crispin Glover and Corey Feldman, with Feldman taking the central role of Tommy Jarvis, a lad who eventually becomes obsessed with stopping the masked killer, but whose story hints that he might have taken over the mantle by the end.

Tom Savini was initially unsure about coming back for more, but signed on when offered the chance to finally kill his creation (yes, we know, death is never forever in this series).

Jason himself was played an uncredited Ted White - uncredited because he asked to have his name removed from the film after pulling a Betsy Palmer: "If I don't want my name associated on a total piece of shit, then I don't have to have it on there".

He later admitted he regretted his comment, allowing that, "It was better made then most of its type, and the viewers got more bang for their buck."

But White was the source of plenty of stories on the set. He largely refused to talk to his co-stars in set to maintain their fear of Jason, but that didn't extend to their comfort - he insisted a pad be placed behind fellow actor Peter Barton's head when getting it smashed into a wall shower wall because Barton was concerned about injury after multiple surgeries required following a botched stunt on an earlier film.

And White also forced Zito to let Judie Anderson warm up during filming on a raft in the dead of winter after the poor girl started crying from the freezing cold.

Unusually for a horror title, there was method acting agogo, with Crispin Glover improvising his own dance moves and Lawrence Monoson dabbling in pot to see if it would, like, help his performance. It, like, didn't. Bet he hit craft service hard after that…

With more nudity in this than most of the others, the Final Chapter arrived on Friday, April 13th, 1984 and took in $32.9 million in the US.

There was no way Paramount would let Jason lie quietly…

Next: Friday The 13th Part V: A New Beginning


5. Friday The 13th Part V: A New Beginning

A new beginning indeed… The fifth film in the increasingly slacklustre franchise only served to anger fans by trying something different (the horror!)

Set eight years after the events of The Final Chapter, the fifth film is focused on the Pinehurst Halfway House, which is where Tommy Jarvis (now played by John Shepherd, though portrayed in flashback by Corey Feldman).

Feldman was originally supposed to play Tommy, but his work on a little film called The Goonies got in the way.

As usual, a good-looking set of young people - albeit a bunch with plenty of emotional and psychological issues - are stalked, slashed, gutted and burned by a masked killer.

Despite switching directors again,the movie kept up s couple of traditions - one was using a David Bowie song ('Repetition') as a working title to stop plot leaks and the other being issues with the ratings board.

The footage required nine trips into the editing room before the MPAA would give it an R rating instead of an X.

But - spoiler alert! - it's revealed to not be Jason Voorhees this time, but a paramedic enraged after his son is killed by one of the patients. And then adds to it by having Tommy hallucinate the original Jason and seem to take over his killing ways again. The music even shifts to include the phrase, "to-to-to ki-ki-ki-ki-ki", meaning "Tommy kill"

Suffice to say it didn't go down well with the fan base, who hated the changes. The movie only ended up making $21.9 million.

But Tommy and Jason would return…

Next: Jason Lives: Friday The 13th Part VI


6. Jason Lives: Friday The 13th Part VI

Yes, the franchise needed to return its proper killer to assuage fans' fears that it would be relying on other lunatics in future.

So writer/director Tom McLoughlin was charged with coming up with a way for the seemingly unstoppable Mr Voorhees to return.

His idea reunited Tommy Jarvis with his old nemesis and saw the troubled Tommy trying to put an end to Jason once and for all. Sadly, after exhuming his body and stabbing him through with an iron fence post, an inconvenient lightning strike brings the masked murderer back to life….

But while the movie brought Tommy back, it was with a new face, as John Shepherd had become a born-again Christian and refused to participate. Thom Mathews took over the role.

There was also a new Jason, in the shape of crew member Dan Bradley. Sadly for him, Paramount didn't like his build and had the character recast with CJ Graham, who did all his own stunts despite no real training.

It might explain why Jason's shape and eye colour change during the film.

With a 40-day schedule, McLoughlin shot largely in and around Camp Daniel Morgan in Georgia, which stood in for the re-opened (and renamed to Forest Green) Camp Crystal Lake.

But he also deployed some Spielberg-alike tricks, substituting his hands for Mathews' in one close-up and filming a scene where Jason's neck is crunched by a boat's propeller in his parents' swimming pool. Probably the closest the franchise has come to Spielberg-level skill.

And this film's fake, Bowie-flavoured title? The pun-tastic Aladdin Sane ("a lad insane", geddit?)

It's also considered one of the funnier, spoofier outings for the franchise - loaded with references, including Cunningham Road, a town named for John Carpenter and Karloff's the grocery store.

Despite this, it was still less successful at the box office, earning $19.4 million - even with an Alice Cooper soundtrack single.

But Jason would not be denied. He would survive…

Next: Friday The 13th Part VII: The New Blood


7. Friday The 13th Part VII: The New Blood

The seventh film is notable because it was originally intended to pit Jason Voorhees against New Line's dream demon himself, Freddy Krueger. Sadly, that match-up would have to wait as the two studios couldn't agree terms.

So the script was re-written to find a psychically-powered girl going up against the hulking brute.

That work was partly completed by writer Daryl Haney, but he was sacked when his agent told the producers that he wouldn't do any more work on the film until he received extra payment. Sadly for Haney, he hadn't asked for anything at all - but the studio still brought in another scribe.

One person who had better luck (depending on how you look at it) was Kane Hodder, who was championed for his now famous Jason role by director John Carl Buechler after watching him work on the set of Renny Harlan's Prison. Hodder ate live worms for that role and Buechler wanted that dedication for Jason.

That dedication nearly killed Hodder during one stunt - Jason falling through stairs - went wrong and almost brained the man. And he had some troubles during the legendary sleeping bag kill, since the dummy used was much heavier than he expected. That frustrated kick Jason gives the bag after smacking it against a tree? Real.

Oh, and he also terrified a local who confronted him one dark night and asked a fully-masked-and-costumed-Hodder if he was part of the movie. Class!

Buechler had his own troubles - he was another nine-time visitor to the MPAA office and had to hack out more than most of the series' directors in order to win that coveted R rating.

Still, all credit to him for a swift production - he got it completed and ready to release in six short months, shooting in less than a month in part of rural Alabama.

But the box office slide continued - Part Seven only made $19.1 million.

Would Voorhees be back again? You betcha…

Next: Friday The 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan


8. Friday The 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan

Somehow, despite being murdered and drowned several times, Jason always manages to make it back out of the lake.

This time, a boat's anchor strikes a power line and the electricity brings the mask-less killer back to juddering life. Quickly boarding the vessel, he finds a high school couple doing the nasty, does even nastier things to them with a speargun, then steals - shock! - a hockey mask.

Stowing away aboard another boat, loaded with beautiful teenagers on their way to New York to celebrate their graduation, Jason starts his reign of terror once more.

Our favourite piece of trivia for this one? Jason kills a man against a mirror - and he's played by Ken Kirzinger, who doubled Kane Hodder at times on the film and would take up the mask himself later in the franchise. What gores around, comes around…

And once again the MPAA had problems with the first cut (or should that be cuts?) and edits galore were required to skip an X rating.

The original plan was for Jason to reach New York much sooner than the third act, and wreak havoc around several well-known tourist locations. But money was tight and Paramount forced writer/director Rob Hedden to curtail his ambitious script and shoot just a few scenes in the city (such as Times Square) and complete the rest in Vancouver.

Thus began a now routine, tax-break fueled tradition of the Canadian city standing in for all manner of US locations.

Still, the Times Square filming allowed Jason junkies a thrill - and Kane Hodder a rock star moment - as throngs of Friday fans lined the streets to see him perform.

But the lack of scenes living up to the Big Apple promise meant that this entry performed poorly, taking in just $14.3 million on its first run.

The bad box office report led to Paramount bailing out, and selling the franchise to New Line.

It wasn't the end for Jason, though - not by a long shot…

Next: Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday


9. Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday

With the franchise now in New Line's hands, the studio decided to recruit one of Jason's founding fathers - producer Sean Cunningham - to shepherd their first attempt on to the screen.

The Friday series had been in stasis for several years until Jason was reanimated for a complicated little run-around involving the members of his extended family and the revelation that he couldn't be killed by anyone except them.

Oh, and that his evil, murderous spirit could possess anyone, allowing him to leap between victims and continue his spree.

Realising that they had to step up and keep the films going, New Line threw the film into heavy development and offered the directing job to several people, including John McTiernan and Tobe Hooper.

Eventually, however, the gig would go to Adam Marcus, who had a character, FBI agent Elizabeth Marcus named after him.

Originally titled Friday The 13th Part IX: The Dark Heart of Jason Voorhees, it explored his backstory and ramped up the supernatural elements. In another incarnation, it was titled Jason Goes To LA, with the masked one butchering two rival gangs, leading to them teaming up to take him on.

It was also planned to feature a cameo by his mother, but a Betsy Palmer turned down the idea.

Oh, and in case you're wondering why the FBI suddenly has an entire unit dedicated to stopping Mr Voorhees, you might want to try to find the three-issue comic adaptation, which includes lots of info that never made it into the final film.

For those who hate the idea that the Friday films always get sliced to ribbons in the editing room, this is the first of the franchise that you can buy on an unrated DVD.

But even that didn't help make money - the movie ended up with bad reviews and a $15.9 million box office haul.

Though it had been designed with a finale intended to set up a meeting between Jason and Freddy (whose arm at the end is played by Kane Hodder), it would be a few years before that script was ready. In the meantime, Jason would go into orbit…

Next: Jason X


10. Jason X

Instead of letting the property cool off while it waited for Freddy Vs Jason to be ready, New Line opted to pump out a sci-fi take on Jason's slaughtering ways.

The result is a futuristic tale of Voorhees, captured by the government for study, ending up frozen until the year 2455, when he's defrosted by a group of students on a field trip to the polluted, ruined Earth.

Once on their ship, he naturally starts to kill everyone. Because that's how he rolls, even if it leads to him becoming an extra-powerful cyborg version of himself.

Todd Farmer was the man in charge of writing the script (plus playing a role in the movie) and brought his love of Alien to the story, including a character - his, funnily enough - named Dallas. Oh, and others are named after mates he played with in the online game Everquest. Nyerd!

Loaded with references to the other films and boasting even a virtual reality recreation of Camp Crystal Lake (which was also to have included Mrs Voorhees, who Jason would kill before the idea was dropped), it tried its hand at satirizing the series. And there's a callback to part seven's sleeping bag kill.

Director James Isaac became the first of the Friday helmers to use digital effects to create some of the kills, but it was also the least edited of all the series. And that's despite the highest body count of all, with JV taking out 28 victims.

Unfortunately, it also marked a new box office low for the series, earning just $13.1 million and earning a review from Roger Ebert that included a quote from the script - "this sucks on so many levels."

Bring on Freddy!

Next: Freddy Vs Jason


11. Freddy Vs Jason

New Line finally got its monster mash in 2003 when it brought together Robert Englund's Freddy with… well, not Kane Hodder.

No, Hodder was controversially replaced, with conflicting stories about why Ken Kirzinger won the part. Some point to his height, while director Ronny Yu has said it was because he wanted Jason to move differently and show more emotion.

However you slice it, there was a whole new Voorhees to battle the dream demon, who resurrects him so that Jason can terrify the residents of Elm Street and allow Freddy to return to slaughter teenagers himself.

Naturally, Jason isn't best pleased to be manipulated and ends up clashing with Fred.

A group of attractive teens is caught in the middle.

Freddy Vs Jason saw Wes Craven's creation venture outside the US for the first time, leading to production headaches as the filmmakers searched for a house that looked like the traditional Freddy locale.

The film went through lots of changes - with David Goyer taking an uncredited pass at the script, aiming to make the film shorter, which ended up combining two of the characters and forcing one of the hired cast to drop out. Three other roles (including one to have been taken by Jason Bateman, were also removed).

Original ideas had the plot set in medieval times, with another take primarily at Camp Crystal Lake, though the focus was eventually taken to more neutral territory.

During shooting, there were issues galore - including Robert Englund's makeup bonding to his face after a fire scene, stunt performers' wigs melting, and Ken Kirzinger catching on fire.

New Line tested the film extensively, rejecting several endings (including one that saw Jason Ritter's character turn into a son-of-Freddy-style, knife gloved killer) and the idea of a giant red hand dragging the two monsters back down to hell.

And in all of the test screenings, and some limited press showings, the final minute was left off with the message, "On August 15th, 2003 see the final sixty seconds and see who has survived... and what is left of them." Yes, it's a Texas Chain Saw riff.

So on August 15, plenty of fans turned out to see the new film, which ended up making $115 worldwide - though its budget was also bigger than most of the other films.

Will we see a rematch? Not yet, we won't… New Line is going back to the beginning.

Next: 2009's remake and beyond


12. 2009's remake and beyond…

Cut (with a machete) to this year and, instead of continuing the mythology, the studio chose to approach Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes production company to see if they could work their remake magic on the series, a la Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Producers Andrew Fuller and Brad Form agreed and spent a year gathering the various rights to the characters and elements - it was that or launch a Friday The 13th without Jason or his mask.

Initially, Paramount was reluctant to give up its rights, but after agreeing to come on board as international distributor (with a share in the profits, notch), the studio allowed the new team to use the title.

The new producers' idea was to borrow elements from the first three movies in order to create their own spin on Jason's early days. "I think there are moments we want to address, like how does the hockey mask happen," explained Fuller.

"It’ll happen differently in our movie than in the third one. Where is Jason from, why do these killings happen, and what is Crystal Lake?"

After scrapping having a story focused on Tommy Jarvis, they chose to set the film in present-day America, instead of going for a period piece.

Freddy Vs Jason writers Damian Shannon and Mark Swift were lined up to write it, and Dunes regular Jonathan Liebesman was negotiating the direct. But when scheduling fell through on their first choice, the producers turned to Texas Chainsaw relaunch overseer Marcus Nispel, who had to be cajoled into taking on another franchise.

Follwing a long round of casting sessions, trying to find the perfect group of young actors for a staggering 13 roles, the team also needed a Jason. Stuntman Derek Mears got the job after impressing the director and producers with his attitude, and also with his answer to whether he could play the dark side of Voorhees: "They were like, 'You're really nice...are you going to be able to switch over, right?' I was like, 'I cage fight and I've got a lot of dad issues. So yeah.'"

The new version would boast digital effects from Asylum, plus a load of new prosthetics for Mears performance as Jason. But one mean-looking scar was all real: Aaron Yoo had his appendix removed before finishing work on the film - and his first shot back was the image of his lifeless body, hung upside down, with his operation scar visible to all.

Steve Jablonsky, another Platinum Dunes regular, got the gig to create the music, which was heavily inspired by Henry Manfredini's original score.

Arriving on February, Friday 13th 2009, the movie had a successful opening weekend, but saw its fortunes drop significantly - to sixth place in the US charts - the very next week.

Still, despite seriously mixed reviews, it made $65 million across the pond, so naturally a sequel is on the way.

So far, little is known about the new movie, though it looks like Swift and Shannon are again writing the script.

No director is attached and New Line has yet to flash the greenlight.

But everyone knows Jason doesn't die that easily…

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