Being kept inside by April showers is no fun – unless you’re watching classic horror films. Today is the perfect day to watch one of the great horror franchises featuring stormy weather: Friday the Thirteenth.
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The Friday the 13th films make up what is often considered to be one of the most successful media franchises in America. According to Box Office Mojo, the franchise has earned well over three-quarters of a billion dollars (in today’s dollars) domestically, and exceeded the billion-dollar mark if foreign ticket sales are added in. This puts it ahead of both Nightmare on Elm Street and Halloween, the two franchises to which it is most often compared.
Clearly, it seems Jason Voorhees and his beloved hockey mask are forces of nature at the box office. And not just in a figurative sense. As the horror magazine Diabolique has written in a thoughtful analysis, Jason is literally an elemental force of nature:
In every single entry in the franchise, Jason’s presence is predicted by an oncoming storm. It happens in all of them. This extends not only to the suburban Elm Street in Freddy vs. Jason (2003), but even to Jason X (2001). That crew arrives in on the deserted wasteland that is Earth in the middle of a raging storm before they uncover Jason’s frozen body. In Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI (1986), it is literally the storm that brings Jason back to life. The thunder comes rolling in, the lightning strikes Jason’s corpse and he is immediately rejuvenated. — Nat Brehmer, Diabolique. (You can read the entire article HERE.)
You can see this relationship between Jason and the elements in this resurrection sequence from 1985’s Friday the 13th, Part V: A New Beginning.
You know you want to order this: “Friday The 13th The Ultimate Collection,” now on Blu-ray from Amazon.com. This is a 6-disc boxed set of the Paramount Pictures (first eight) films in the franchise. No special features are listed for this set. – McC
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