Friday the 13th Needs Sequel
By Scott Faubion, Halloween Hill Owner
While I was not a huge fan of restarting the Friday the 13th franchise at first, I believe it is important that Hollywood continues the famous horror series by making a Friday the 13th sequel. It is disservice to leave Jason Voorhees fans hanging...or drowning in the lake.
The original Friday the 13th series focused on the story of Jason Voorhees, an undead serial killer who stalked camp counselors and other people living near Camp Crystal Lake. Like many other classic horror films (Halloween, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Nightmare on Elm Street) after 11 Friday the 13th movies, the series was essentially restarted with a new Friday the 13th in 2009. This time, Jason was a little more human and we finally got to see him put on his famous hockey mask for the first time. That is something that was not shown on screen in the original Friday the 13th series. However, it appears a sequel has been held up in production limbo and it is time Platinum Dunes -- the company that produced the remake -- gets the ball rolling.
Why is it important Friday the 13th gets a sequel and does not die on the vine? Many fans of the older films were not thrilled with yet another classic horror movie being remade. I was one of those fans who would have been happy with a new Friday the 13th movie that fit into the old continuity. But, now that the cat is out of the bag (or body is out of the bag), there is no point in turning back. Let us explore this new Jason franchise and build on it. Let fans see teenage heroes and heroines fight off Jason. Let us show new movie goers that Jason is every bit as entertaining as the other horror franchises, such as Saw or Paranormal Activity.
Besides pleasing fans, a new Friday the 13th movie with Jason Voorhees should be made because it could make money. Let's be honest. The reason studios make movies is because they are profitable. Actors, directors, producers.... they earn big bucks from films. The Friday the 13th remake was reported to have made over $91 million. It was made on a $19 million budget, according to my research. I can see why it made money. I was pleasantly surprised the Friday the 13th remake was good.
Being a fan of the older Friday the 13th movies (especially parts 1-4), I was not sure what to expect. The writers did a good job of writing a movie that pulled the best elements from the early Friday the 13th movies while elaborating on Jason's obsession with his mother. The new Friday the 13th movie also gave us a good cast of characters, some we loved and some we hated. I thought Jared Padalecki played his lead role very well. You could feel the love and concern he had for his sister. Yes, the new movie was a good remake - much better than the Nightmare On Elm Street remake. That is something many horror movie fans I have talked with agree on.
So, if you are a fan of Friday the 13th, make your voice heard. Call or e-mail Platinum Dunes. Fans deserve to see Jason continue appearing and scaring people out of the woods. Also, a well-written, well-acted Friday the 13th movie could be a big money maker -- especially if it is released near Halloween. (I understand the desire to release the Friday the 13th movies on a Friday the 13th, but releasing a new Jason film at Halloween is better. What could make the Halloween season better than going to a haunted house, trick-or-treating, and watching a new Friday the 13th with Jason Voorhees on the prowl? Nothing at all!
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Home Haunts and Horror Movies About Escaping
By Scott Faubion, Halloween Hill Owner
What is it about horror movies and Halloween that gets me (and
millions of other people) excited each fall? Is it the crisp autumn air
or the candy corn that puts sparkles in our eyes? Is it classic horror
movies, such as Friday the 13th or Nightmare on Elm Street, that get us excited? Not exactly. It is the sense of escape that Halloween brings that gets us excited.
theorize that it is the idea of escaping our daily routines, playing
dress up and becoming enthralled by spine-tingling thrillers that
excites us each October. October is that time of year that adults can
pretend to be children again and play make-believe. Of course, it all
starts with a scary costume (or funny costume).
we get to pretend we are playing dress-up. Throughout the month of
October, we adults get to attend Halloween parties and be whomever or
whatever we want to be. We don't have to be the guy in the next cubicle
for a night. We can be a soldier, mummy, or all-powerful vampire. We get
to leave our regular selves behind. When else can grown men put on
latex masks and velvet capes? When can women dress up in gorilla suits
and not think twice about it other than at Halloween? For many of us,
Halloween is our time to be someone else. We can make or buy our capes
and tights and parade around the parties like celebrities.
Halloween props you see inside and outside of homes at Halloween add to
the feeling of escape. My wife and I go all out at Halloween, decorating
the driveway and sometimes even turning the garage into a haunted
house. It is fun for us and the neighbors. Will haunting your home make
you money or in any way add to your financial state? Not really. But, it
is entertainment and, believe it or not, family entertainment. We love
seeing area families come to trick or treat at our home and brave the
haunted garage. The children squeal with glee and the parents leave with
smiles on their faces. You have to have Halloween props to add to that
sense of escapism.
Let's not forget about the movies that are on
television and in the movie theaters at Halloween. I know some people do
not like horror movies (or monster movies as some people call them) but
they have a place in society. It all comes back to escaping reality. I
do not watch horror movies to enjoy the violence. I love seeing Jason,
Freddy or Leatherface get beaten in the end. But, the suspense of the
movies and feeling that I am taken out of the regular world is exciting.
Worrying about Leatherface or a group of evil space aliens for an hour
and a half is more fun than worrying about bills or nuclear power plants
exploding in Japan. I know Leatherface will remain trapped in the
television at the end of the night.
I challenge those people who
do not celebrate Halloween to step out of their comfort zones and enjoy
the holiday this coming fall. Buy some Halloween candy, a festive
costume and Halloween props. Even if all you do is hang some cobwebs,
put on an alien mask and watch old Munsters episodes on
television, give the holiday a try. We all need to escape our lives once
in a while and Halloween is the perfect time.
Clown Fear Perfect for Haunted House Owners
By Scott Faubion, Halloween Hill Owner
Clowns are enigmas. The role of the clown exists to bring cheer to
children, yet millions of people are scared of these painted-up actors.
Let's delve into the frightening world of the clown and see why they
strike terror in the hearts of some adults and children while bringing
smiles to other people. We'll also see why clowns are perfect ghouls for
haunted house owners.
It is interesting to note that the fear of
clowns is a legitimate fear and even has a name - Coulrophobia.
Coulrophobia is an abnormal or exaggerated fear of clowns. According to
the Web site way2hope.org, "Coulrophobia is very common...one of the top
10 most common specific phobias. Symptoms can range from high anxiety
to outright panic attacks around people in clown outfits or other
bizarre attire and make-up...even Santa Claus." Yep, the fear of clowns
is certainly real. This is the reason many haunted houses include clowns
alongside the actors dressed as zombies, werewolves and witches.
course, it is not only adults who are fearful of clowns. Although
clowns are meant to entertain children, many children are scared of
them. As a former haunted house manager, I believe the fear of clowns
comes from the fact the clown make-up obscures the wearer's face. Is
Bozo really happy or is he only smiling because he has a painted-on
grin? We do not know. Also, I think we instinctively realize that
brightly colored outfits do not mean the clowns are always happy go
lucky. What dark thoughts lurk inside the mind of a clown? No one except
the clown knows.
Furthermore, I think as a society we can't help
but remember John Wayne Gacy, Jr. He did nothing good for the
professional clowns of the world who work hard to make us laugh. John
Wayne Gacy, Jr. was an American serial killer also known as the Killer
Clown who committed the rape and murder of 33 teenage boys and young men
between 1972 and 1978, according to Wikipedia. Twenty-six of Gacy's
victims were buried in the crawlspace of his home, three others
elsewhere on his property and four victims were discarded in a nearby
river, the online database states.
Gacy was dubbed the Killer
Clown because he entertained children as "Pogo The Clown." He was
eventually sentenced to death, and on May 10, 1994, was executed by
lethal injection. The world breathed a sigh of relief. But, many adults
cannot help but remember photos of Gacy dressed as a clown. These images
were published in newspapers and today are on the Internet. I am sure
those images play a part into our fear of clowns.
Of course, it
takes more than just one man to make us afraid of clowns. According to
the site phobias.about.com, there are two main theories surrounding why
some people are scared of clowns. The Web site states, "In a 2004 review
article for Trinity University, Joseph Durwin postulates that there are
two commonly accepted schools of thought. One is that the fear is based
in a negative personal experience with a clown at a young age. The
second theory is that mass media has created a hype surrounding evil
clowns such that even children who are not personally exposed to clowns
are trained to dislike or fear them."
Durwin's theory that society
has created hype around evil clowns is fascinating to me. It is true
that Stephen King scared us through the book and film version of It. The
novel and film revolve around an evil alien-type creature that
disguises itself as "Pennywise the Dancing Clown." Also, as I mentioned
earlier, there are many haunted houses that feature killer clowns. There
is Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988), the famous b-movie from the
1980s that brought clowns into our nightmares, as well.
society brought this fear of clowns on itself? It becomes a chicken and
the egg issue. Did books, movies, haunted houses, and the image of Gacy
cause our fear of clowns? Or did movies and haunted houses start using
clowns to strike terror because society was already afraid of them?
Which came first? Sadly, there does not seem to be an answer yet.
I can conclude with certainty is the fear of clowns seems here to stay
and haunted house owners should take advantage of this fact!
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