Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Darkest Side of the Night

I don't usually name my hocks, but I love the song from part 8. lol. This is my first part 8. I made sure to get the green moldy weathering on the chin that you see in the scene before he hits the guy in the sauna with a rock. Thanks for the great screen grabs (and the straps) Auz!


Saturday, March 26, 2011

His Unlucky Day comparison

Honestly, I've said it before on this blog and I'll say it again, this is the best Jason bust out there... period. Mine will finally be in the mail in a few days and I know it will be well worth the wait. Check out this comparison...

At left is James's prototype. When you are trying to create 1:1 accuracy on a 3 dimensional object from 2D photos there are a lot of decisions to make, as well as overall design decisions and its obvious here what James was going for when you compare with the original movie sculpt at right, and how it looked on Ted. Because of distortions in the prosthesis created by the dentures, the mouth as seen onscreen is different from what we see in the original sculpt. To capture the purity of the design as envisioned by James Kagel, James basically copied the original sculpt, line for line and opened the mouth to insert the dentures. That way we don't see any of the accidental distortions caused by Ted actually wearing the pieces, but a pure form of the design as it was intended to look. I have one word for this--

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Dick Warlock's mask sold?


It would appear so, according to Mr. Warlock, though the new owner is anonymous. The holy grail of Friday the 13th props and the only mask to be seen in four films (counting the prologue of part 7), it could be worth upwards of $40,000. We in the fan and artist community can only hope it is someone who will provide some better photos than those currently in circulation.

Mr. Warlock served as stunt coordinator for Friday the 13th part 5 and has owned the mask since the film wrapped in 1985. He is also one of the kindest and most fan-friendly of Friday the 13th alums, although like most of us, he doesn't like to get harassed with too many emails ;)

Friday, March 18, 2011

What is Friday the 13th about?

I have been contemplating this lately... most film critics (and even many fans) find little artistic value in slasher films, which are generally considered thoughtless, shocking and morbidly entertaining for merely entertainment's sake.

For me they always had a little more value. I posed a few thoughts and observations to Victor Miller, the creator of Jason Voorhees and screen writer for the original 'Friday the 13th.' Victor is a very cool guy and I've talked to him a few times on political topics over facebook. He basically agreed that there is a theme or moral to Friday the 13th, as with many horror films. Below is my email and his response.

Hi Victor

So I've been thinking about the horror era that the original Friday the 13th was written in and I have a question that really only you are qualified to answer.

A lot of the classic horror films of the 70's and 80's were made by young, indie film makers, many with a social axe to grind. Halloween, for example, can be thought of as exploring the idea of latent evil in American suburbia... the underpinning theme of Nightmare on Elm Street films, according to Wes Craven, is teens dealing with parental neglect.

I have always thought of Friday the 13th as a commentary, even if unintended, on youthful indulgence and carelessness. Mrs. Voorhees was, through her rage and grief, attempting to correct an evil that can never be corrected, or really even punished, because it was committed accidentally by two careless, sexually indulgent teenage counselors. The 70's were a self-indulgent time in many respects (so I'm told, I wasn't quite born yet), and Friday the 13th, almost an urban (rural) legend in movie form, seems to me to be about the dark side of youth in that era.

I know a lot of former cast members, writers, directors, etc. have tried to distance themselves from the franchise and consider it a stain on their resumes, but I think the Friday films, and horror in general, have artistic/literary value sort of like a macabre Aesop's fable. They tell a dark story, accompanied by a warning or a moral theme, with a conflict that isn't necessarily resolved at the end of the story... at least the best ones aren't. They leave you feeling uneasy, without being aware that you were even supposed to have digested any lesson or... really think at all. They may not really be complex or nuanced, but many stories, oral traditions, urban legends (the lovers out in the woods one, where the guy ends up swinging from a tree comes to mind) and such evolve similarly.

Anyway, my question is did you guys write this movie with the same intents or themes in mind as Wes Craven and John Carpenter, or were you just trying to put together a scary movie?

Thanks for your time,

Jason

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Victor's response:

...when we started out to make Friday the 13th, we did not have any social themes in mind, but we were quite obviously creatures of that period and the zeitgeist demanded that the plot come out as it did. Rather than a condemnation of teens, I think it had more to do with what happens when you are consumed by your own delight...that was the first sin. Lust causes others to suffer because it is so thoughtless. And, by the same token, revenge punishes the guilty and the innocent no matter how justifiable.

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I like the theme of Friday the 13th, how the entire story begins with one innocent, tragic young boy who drowned senselessly, sending his mother into a schizophrenic rage, driving her to murder not only those who were responsible, but all those who fit the same typology-- the young, attractive and lusty. There is definitely a warning here, a campfire story intended to both terrify and titillate the young and remind them of their own mortality. Perhaps one of the reasons 'Friday the 13th' has been so enduring is that contrary to what Roger Ebert may think, it does have something to say.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

A mystery solved

Kudos to Crash for solving the mystery mask photo.

A photo of a mysterious yellow hock has been around the fan community for a while and no one seemed to know the story behind it. The mask was so intriguing because it was clearly old, apparently on a part 4 hood, and had characteristics of masks from several films, including inverted part 5 chevrons, a triangular part 6 style forehead chevron, part 4 eye cuts and part 6 style straps. Strange indeed.

Some had speculated it was an unused design from part 5; it appeared in a promo video for Friday the 13th part 5 as seen here. Note the dirt patterns on the left side of the face match perfectly, identifying it positively as the same mask. So we can say for certain this is indeed a sister mask to those made for one of the films.



Crash has concluded its likely to be a spare from part 3, and thus one of the original hocks produced. Given its slimmer appearance, larger eye cuts and 3/8 holes, this is entirely possible, although the fact that its photographic history as far as we can tell goes back to part 5 seems to suggest it could have been part of the "Roy" set that was produced for that film in 1984/85. Either way, its an interesting find.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Part IV Shower Scene







Did this one for me, but might sell it instead. One of my best so far.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Ari & Me


For those of you who have facebook accounts, you can see a political argument I had with Ari Lehman (the first person to ever play Jason) on his facebook page. I have debates occasionally with Victor Miller (screen writer for Friday the 13th and the creator of Jason) and though we are from different ends of the political spectrum, I have found we agree on a lot of fundamentals and our debates have always been civil.

Ari, on the other hand, called me a "lackey" who "obeys the rich", told me I was "betraying the efforts of my ancestors" (because I didn't support the striking public sector unions in Wisconsin), told me I speak only "brainwashed drivel" and asserted that I was trying to "assuage [my] guilt" for betraying the working people of America. He claimed to be well read, sitting frequently in his public library and reading books on political theory and economics, yet none of this supposed learning made an appearance in this thread, or an earlier thread we debated the same topic on.

You can see the thread here: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=185993121437987&id=1047362220

I don't get offended by other people's political beliefs, nor did I find his ad homs anything but amusing... the only frustrating thing really was his inability to support any of his positions with anything resembling logic or education. You could never accuse Ari of being dispassionate, thats for sure.

The funny thing is, I don't think we have any real fundamental differences in belief. I am a Libertarian who is as distrustful of government as I am corporations... Ari claims to have similar ideas. The man just loves his unions apparently, despite the fact that public sector unions are inherently corrupt, giving huge amounts of campaign money to the people they will later negotiate luxurious salaries and benefits with that dwarf comparable private sector benefits.

I have never met Ari in person, but if I do, I don't think I will be able to resist bringing up politics now. lol.