Crystal Lake Memories
The subtitle to this documentary is "The Complete History of Friday the 13th", and that is one of the most stunningly accurate descriptions in history. This epic 2-disc set, clocking in at over six whopping hours, covers everything from the original Friday the 13th to Jason X, Freddy Vs. Jason, the remake film, and even the basically unrelated television series of the same name. That's 13 chapters of 13th fun, each one packed to overflowing with fascinating facts and information, relevant clips and outtakes, and more talking head interviews than you can shake a stick at.
The filmmakers have assembled interviews with damn near every person involved in each entry of the franchise--actors, directors, producers, screenwriters, you name it, they've got it. You want to make it even better? The whole shebang is narrated by Corey Feldman, the young Tommy Jarvis himself, who does a commendable job.
My only qualm--and it's a minor one--is that I wish they had spent more time discussing the non-cinematic aspects of Friday the 13th. There was a whole host of novels, young adult books, and comics that continued the adventures of Jason Voorhees, even when the cameras were not rolling.
If you're a Friday the 13th fanatic, you probably think that you know everything there is to know about the series. Unless you have this in your collection, I can say without a doubt that you are wrong. Even if you are something of a more casual fan, this belongs in your collection. Are you an aspiring genre filmmaker? Then buy this set...and take notes.
This masterwork was brought to is by the same team that constructed the similarly themed Never Sleep Again: the Nightmare on Elm Street Legacy, which I haven't yet seen but will definitely be purchasing now. Here's hoping they continue their work with other worthy franchises. I'd love to see them do their thing for Halloween, Saw, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Hellraiser, among others.
Buy this. Call in sick to work. Plop ass on the couch. Enjoy.