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The Vorhees-free “Friday The 13th: The Series” had nothing to do with the movie series beyond the fact that the TV show’s producer, Frank Mancuso Jr., produced seven of the “Friday The 13th” movie sequels.
The syndicated show, developed under the title “The 13th Hour,” was grotesquely devoid of randy teen campers getting hacked to tiny bits by a murderous psychopath.
(One assumes Mancuso and Paramount figured they could get away with this because “Halloween III” had nothing to do with Laurie Strode or Michael Myers and few seemed to notice or care.)
The TV “13th,” which ran 1987-1990, was about a pair of cousins who had to track down and reacquire the cursed antiques sold by their cursed late uncle’s cursed store.
One of the first-season episodes, “Cupid’s Quiver,” was directed by Canadian director Atom Egoyan (“Exotica,” “The Sweet Hereafter”). Another, “Faith Healer,” was directed by Canadian director David Cronenberg (“The Dead Zone,” “The Fly,” “A History of Violence,” “Eastern Promises”). This series might have been shot in Canada.
Now that we can do anything on basic cable after 10 p.m., why not mount a real “Friday The 13th” series, with Jason Voorhees stalking and dismembering a new set of campers every week?
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Sept. 23, 2008, 4:30 a.m. CST
by Darth Chef
I loved that show as a kid. I would stay up late on Friday nights to watch it. I might have to pick it up!
Sept. 23, 2008, 4:49 a.m. CST
I used to have the biggest kid crush on the redhead.
Sept. 23, 2008, 5:34 a.m. CST
most of the time, Canadian tv sucks ass, but every now and then they get it right.
Sept. 23, 2008, 6:39 a.m. CST
I'm just waiting for the day that I'll check a dvd release thread and see what parker Lewis is finally coming to dvd. I can't wait...
Sept. 23, 2008, 7:04 a.m. CST
by Bouncy X
they actually tried to do a jason related story. i think his mask was going to be one of the items they were looking for. not sure how or why that fell through but yeah.
Sept. 23, 2008, 7:10 a.m. CST
Well, also, the family name was Vendredi: French for "Friday." And they filmed in Toronto.
Sept. 23, 2008, 7:11 a.m. CST
Actually, that's a myth.
Sept. 23, 2008, 7:32 a.m. CST
Not as the same character, though. Too bad they couldn't have gotten Robey, because then we might have been able to see her disRobey.
Sept. 23, 2008, 7:37 a.m. CST
by Rex Manning
In the foreword to the the excellent CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES book, Sean Cunningham says they are developing a series set at Crystal Lake. No mention if Mr Voorhees stars..
Sept. 23, 2008, 7:57 a.m. CST
Sept. 23, 2008, 8 a.m. CST
Every week I check for Daria and Andy Richter.
Sept. 23, 2008, 8:46 a.m. CST
... I want to meet one person... just one person... who purchased the "Alvin & The Chipmonks: Holiday Gift Set," which includes the indispensable Halloween episode "Trick or Treason." That's more horrifying than the F13th TV series, which scared the shit out of me back in the day.
Sept. 23, 2008, 8:57 a.m. CST
i just dropped $139 + on the complete twilight zone. how could i resist at .85 cents an episode?! HOW?!
Sept. 23, 2008, 8:59 a.m. CST
available? put me in the parker lewis boat as well.
Sept. 23, 2008, 9:05 a.m. CST
It's a lame-ass prime time soap that tries to be quirky, but is just stupid.
Sept. 23, 2008, 9:32 a.m. CST
If you knew it as a teen it was the bomb, never dull and never kitchy like most Canadian TV. Plus Micky was FOOKING HOT!!!!!!
Sept. 23, 2008, 9:55 a.m. CST
Watch the show Herc, it's pretty cool.
Sept. 23, 2008, 10:08 a.m. CST
It was cursed, hence the evil powers bestowed on Jason... the series wasn't picked up again and it ended midway through the third season. Last episode was the Charnel Pit, with a 2 sided Marquis De Sade painting. Throughout the series, they made mention the store was in Chicago, but it was definitely filmed in Canada.
Sept. 23, 2008, 10:31 a.m. CST
That's all I have to say. I used to watch it on Sci-Fi with my dad like in the mid-late 90s...some great memories...the opening sequence used to scare the shit out of me too!
Sept. 23, 2008, 10:57 a.m. CST
I was wondering why the writing staff was featured on the Emmys in a Christmas surrounding (the writing staff bit for Letterman, Daily Show, Conan, etc. is always a highlight). Colbert in underwear and shotgun was the capper though.
Sept. 23, 2008, 11:26 a.m. CST
by Charlie & Tex
There was no intention to have Friday the 13th: The Series ride the coattails of the movies, as Mancuso Jr was originally going for titles like "Curious Goods", and had his heart set on "The 13th Hour" - but realised that a show with a moniker like that would be easily dismissed. In the end, he bowed to pressure and logic by calling it "Friday the 13th: The Series". With all the shit flung at the genre by the tabloid press in the UK, this is probably pressed Paramount into retitling it "Friday's Curse" for the video release, keeping the same name for the overnight TV screenings on ITV over here. The show was very enjoyable for the initial run, went downhill come series 2 and was a chunk of shit once LeMay jump ship. I definate dip into the old wallet for this one!
Sept. 23, 2008, 1:31 p.m. CST
I almost forgot about that show. I liked it.
Sept. 23, 2008, 1:35 p.m. CST
Only then will you be allowed to sleep at night.
Sept. 23, 2008, 1:38 p.m. CST
by Super Nintendo Chalmers
Herc or the site?
Sept. 23, 2008, 2:54 p.m. CST
They are running the episodes on CHILLER network.
Sept. 23, 2008, 3:13 p.m. CST
After all these years First!
Sept. 23, 2008, 3:14 p.m. CST
I aint first
Sept. 23, 2008, 5:02 p.m. CST
by Flim Springfield
She was SO hot in Undeclared. Why isn't she showing up in any Apatow movies? Did they not like her?
Sept. 23, 2008, 6:59 p.m. CST
Looking at this list is such torture. I can't afford anything right now, so I'll just Netflix away, but it's not the same. Although, I did drop a few bucks on Supernatural 1-3, and though it felt pretty irresponsible at the time, just seeing them in my paltry DVD collection pleases me.
Sept. 23, 2008, 7:07 p.m. CST
It comes with a 'digital copy' or something like that. Tells you to go to iTunes and enter a provided code. Now, that means you get a copy of season three from iTunes right? Like the digital file, or whatnot? Will I be able to play said file on my iPhone? And if so, why doesn't seasons 1&2 come with this feature? Or every DVD imaginable, come to think of it. I know someone who Rips all their DVDs then uses some program to play them on his iPod.
Sept. 23, 2008, 8:42 p.m. CST
http://www.chillertv.com It's available on DIRECTV, DISH Network, and other providers. The series still holds up, IMHO, although the last season (with Johnny replacing Ryan) had a lack of chemistry between the two leads.
Sept. 23, 2008, 8:44 p.m. CST
Sorry. The subject line of my previous post was cut off.
Sept. 23, 2008, 9:38 p.m. CST
The picture quality is crap on the dvd set,but there so much fun to watch it gives it a nostalgic feel.
Sept. 23, 2008, 10:37 p.m. CST
Tell me about it... Its as if they took the original VHS and just copied it
Sept. 23, 2008, 11:32 p.m. CST
I haven't posted here in awhile, but I just cannot believe f13 The Series is on DVD. Too bad Paramount can't be bothered to do anything special about it for the fan. If you're a child of the 1980s, you probably grew up watching this shit late at night, desperately trying to avoid your mom finding out. Tales from the Darkside, F13. Monsters, 1980s version of Twilight Zone, ST: TNG, I loved my WPWR Channel 50 Chicago, IL! BTW: Check out the first episode and discover that the little girl is played by an incredible young, pre=Munchausen, Sarah Polley! Also this weekend is the 21st (!) anniversary of the series premiere. I remember Cronenberg's Faith Healer episode, but I think my favorites were the "Vanity's Mirror" episodes from season 1 and season 2. Best Wishes,
Sept. 23, 2008, 11:55 p.m. CST
this takes me back to my childhood. wow. finally on dvd. can't wait to get it. back around the time the series was on dvd, i can't remember which magazine it was. fangoria or gorezone. but there was an interview asking if they had any plans on bringing in jason for an episode. there had been an idea, there was no mention of a cursed mask story but that the idea was to have mickey and ryan go to crystal lake looking for a cursed item only to get stuck there with the threat of jason. they thought the whole thing didn't fit with the storyline of the show so they nixed it. what they did do was write and create an episode called "scarecrow". it's the only episode that comes close to the hack and slash stylings of jason. the scarecrow goes after anyone who's picture is put on it's coat. people just kept getting killed with it's scythe from left to right. it's one of my favorite episodes.
Sept. 24, 2008, 3:18 a.m. CST
Tales from the darkside,then MONSTERS!,followed by Freddys Nightmares then Friday the 13th the series and to cap it off The 80s Twilight Zone.And yeah they did the exact same to the 80s Twilight Zone,put the entire series out with crap quality picture.But those are amazing to watch.More so the FT13.
Sept. 24, 2008, 7:32 a.m. CST
by Kid Z
...and suddenly, everything was painted in horrible pastel blues and greens and Sheriff Andy got increasingly boring. Before long, Ken Berry moved to town and it was game over, man, game OVER!
Sept. 24, 2008, 1:53 p.m. CST
...of FT13th. I mean, we paid close to 40 bucks for this and got second generation VHS. I suggest anyone else who bought this do the same!
Sept. 24, 2008, 8:13 p.m. CST
I agree. I'd buy it.
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