Thanks to DC I had to do the research into finding out why Friday the 13th is considered unlucky and not just for campers at Crystal Lake or for a few unfortunate souls in Manhattan. I guess I shouldn’t complain too much though, I was looking for a new post idea and considered “borrowing” someone else’s idea but I’ll do my best to be original and just steal, I mean “borrow” from Wikipedia instead.
Did you know the fear of Friday the 13th is called paraskavedekatriaphobia? It’s a word derived from the concatenation of the Greek words Paraskeví (meaning Friday) and dekatreís (meaning thirteen) attached to phobía (meaning fear)! Well now you know, and knowing is half the battle! Here’s another fun fact for you! This is the only Friday the 13th this year! The next one isn’t until March of next year!
So exaclty why is F13 considered unlucky exactly? The answer may surprise you! In numerology, the number twelve is considered the number of completeness, as reflected in the twelve months of the year, twelve recognized signs of the zodiac, the twelve tribes of Israel, the twelve Apostles of Jesus, etc., whereas the number thirteen was considered irregular, transgressing this completeness. There is also a superstition, thought by some to derive from the Last Supper, that having thirteen people seated at a table will result in the deathof one of the diners. Friday, as the day on which Jesus Christ was crucified, has been viewed both positively and negatively among Christians. Depressing stuff huh? I know what will lighten the mood for you! I’d say it’d even make you feel happy!
Ok now that we’ve gotten the depressing stuff outta the way, let’s talk about the other Friday the 13th! Released in 1980 (Wow! That long ago?)…..you know, I’m not gonna explain the plot to you, if your reading this odds are good you’ve probably already seen at least one of these movies. What I’ll do instead is just put up a link to the previews of the series and let you reminisce.
Since I did part one up above, here’s Friday the 13th Part Two! This one’s the first movie where Jason is the actual killer. If that’s a spoiler for you, you just need to stop reading this article and walk away. Go on…your not welcome here. Go!
Ok now that the riff raff is gone it’s on to Friday the 13th Part 3-D! Another milestone in the series, before this one, Jason hid his face with a burlap sack but now he get’s the trademark hockey mask!
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter: Now we all know this wasn’t the final chapter but this one introduced us to Tommy one of the few recurring characters in the series. Just in case there are still a few people out there who haven’t seen all the installments I’ll play nice and not give away any plot details.
Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning: See? I told you he wasn’t dead! Fun fact #2 The producers had originally wanted Corey Feldman to reprise his role as Tommy. But because he was filming The Goonies, Feldman was only available to do a cameo in the movie’s opening scene. This one is one of the weakest of the franchise in my opinion, feel free to disagree but all disagreeing comments will be deleted! (I’m kidding! Or am I?)
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives: This just proves that Jason wasn’t dead! The title says it all! Fun fact #3, this is the first F13 I saw in theaters. I had my sister sneak me and some friends of mine into a midnight showing, I’ve been hooked since.
Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood: You know at this point I’m wondering why people insist on going back to Camp Crystal Lake at all. If it was me and I knew that XX people had been killed by a hockey mask wearing psycho I’m staying the hell away from there!
Friday the 13th Part VIII Jason Takes Manhattan: Okay this one goes in the WTFcategory for me. For one Crystal Lake is in IL so how the @#$! did he get to New York and for two what was up with that ending? This to me is THE WORST movie in the series. I know there are some out there who like it and I’m not knocking them but this one just doesn’t do it for me.
Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday No really! It is! The final Friday! Psyche!!! Who are you kidding? This movie made good money so of course they’re gonna make more of them! But where could they go from here? He’s already killed the majority of the people in Crystal Lake and went to the Big Apple and back. Where else could he go? The answer to that question in a second because now it’s time for another Fun Fact! The film features one of Kane Hodder’s only other performances in the series aside from playing Jason. He plays one of the two security guards that the possessed coroner kills (Kane’s character, amusingly, is the one to call Jason “a big old pussy”).
Jason X: Jassssoooooooon! Iiiiiinnnnnnnn! Spppaaaaaaaaaccccccceeeee! Where else can the serial killer on the go for a good time but into outer space? Make of it what you will, for all it’s flaws I actually like this one.
Which brings us to our final entrant. This was the match up that fans dreamed of for years, two horror heavy weights going head to head for the very first time. Who would get the higher body count? Only one way to find out my friends. Let’s get ready to rumble, it’s time for….
Freddy Vs. Jason Fans were waiting for this one since they teased us at the end of Final Friday, I for one was not disappointed. It had Freddy’s wit and sarcasm and Jason’s dispassionate unstoppable brutality. Rumors of a sequel abound but nothing definite had been settled yet.
Well folks that wraps up all the F13 movies to date but I will leave you with this last little goody. Freddy Krueger may have gotten Dokken to do a song for his movies but Alice Cooper trumps Dokken any day!