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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

As a child of the ‘80s, specifically a boy child, the Friday the 13th movies were a big deal to me. While my parents weren’t very strict with my movie watching, they certainly didn’t encourage me watching movies filled with T&A and graphic violence, so the Fridays were definitely had the forbidden fruit appeal. And not just with me. Sleepovers, after-school hang-outs… pretty much any time spent with my guy friends were invaded either by sneaky viewings or at least talk of Jason Voorhees’ machete-happy antics.

There was something straight up and pure about the very simple morality tales told as pure exploitation that made that series stand apart from most horror franchises. I think the best Nightmare on Elm Street movie is better than any Friday the 13th film, but as cheesy and bad as the Friday series gets it never reaches the low that the Nightmares did.

There’s some debate amongst horror fans when it comes to Friday the 13th 3-D. I think it’s one of the most fun of the Friday movies personally and the 3-D is some of the best I’ve ever seen on a big screen… I mean, there’s snake jump scares, punks, the introduction of the hockey mask and super over the top SCTV-level 3-D gags... What’s not to love? Granted, there is a disconcerting lack of Crispin Glover dancing, but they had to save something for Part IV, right?

Today’s pic comes from the make-up chair as Larry Zerner (Shelly) gets ready for his big death scene. It’s actually a great look at the raw, newly applied prosthetic neck slash before it gets touched up. Notice the blood tubes leading up to the piece. Gore EFX 101.

Thanks to Kieran Masterton for sending this one along, with a link to what used to be a blog called slashtastic and is now onelastscare. Couldn’t find the specific image on the site, but that’s the credited source.



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-Eric Vespe
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  • Aug. 29, 2012, 2:16 a.m. CST

    Wow...that is gross!

    by Chris Moody

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 2:17 a.m. CST

    Friday the 13th is cheesy...

    by Chris Moody

    ...but cheese can be good too.

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 3:05 a.m. CST

    seth rogens long lost brother?

    by LeonardsBellbottoms

  • I was a child of the 80s as well, my grandma basically raised my sister and myself and she let us watch whatever we wanted. She had a very old house in a wooded area, so whenever we'd watch the Friday the 13th movies it would be like we were in one of the cabins in the movie which added to the atmosphere with our junk food. Ahhh..nostalgia.

  • I couldn't even look at the antler-death-scene LOL

  • From mommy the killer to toxic waste Jason, Friday the 13th has always been a strong competitor against Halloween and Elm street in the cheese department. It's like they made sure each movie had at least one completely mind numbing scene. The worst offender being part 2 (Jason and Pamela Voorhees have been running about in the same forest for 20+ years yet somehow they never bumped into eachother? ha ha ha!). Fun films, no doubt, but among the dumbest that the eighties could offer.

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 4:47 a.m. CST

    I met this "Shelly" in real life...

    by Elliot Scozzola

    It was at the 25th anniversary Friday the 13th celebration. There were a ton of actors/directors, composer Harry Manfredini, and producer Sean S. Cunningham from the series... anyways, during the coctail social part of the event, I recognized him and approached him saying, "Wow man.. you could definitely go skinny dipping now!" He just stared at me like a freak. "Uh.. I mean.. nevermind." I was just trying to riff off of his line from the movie and at the same time flatter the guy who looked totally in shape compared to when he shot the movie... ah, well...

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 5:14 a.m. CST

    Man, the acting...

    by Glenn

    in these movies always sucked, not that one can completely blame the performers since they shot these things in like 5 weeks. I even lived next door to one of the naked chicks in part 4, the hot brunette who gets impaled in raft...forgot her name.

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 5:46 a.m. CST

    So what is generally considered the best Friday the 13th movie?

    by Knuckleduster

    For me, it's Jason X, but maybe it's because I haven't really watched the old ones since I was a kid.

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 5:47 a.m. CST

    Also, what is generally considered the best Freddy movie?

    by Knuckleduster

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 6:11 a.m. CST

    The 3-D used in Part 3's theatrical run...

    by Mission Code Z still some of the most effective I have ever seen. There was a real depth and the objects came out just a few feet from your face. It's not like this crap 3-D of today, where it's trying to be "immersive" and "not a gimmick". The film looked great in scope, and also had some really cool shots from the Louma crane, which was also a new technology at the time.

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 6:34 a.m. CST

    re: So what is generally considered the best Friday the 13th movie?"

    by buggerbugger

    1, 2, 4 and 6 tend to be held up as fan favourites. Especially 4. Personally, I'd go with 1, 4 and 6. I even enjoy the deliberate madness of Jason Voorhees in the 25th Century.

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 6:35 a.m. CST

    Knuckleduster... best FT13 and Freddy

    by Autodidact

    FT13 most fans consider the second and third to be the best "real" Jason movies. Personally I have a deep love for Part VI: Jason Lives, which is the first one with a fully "zombie" Jason. I find it to be both funny and scary, well shot and acted, with some great gore effects and set pieces. As for Nightmare on Elm Street, just about anyone will agree that part one is the best. Some prefer part II for being a bit more freewheeling and effects-oriented. Some people really like Part III. For what it's worth FREDDY VS JASON is actually a pretty cool movie. Not scary at all, but for a "VS" movie about supernatural killers it does a great job with the concept.

  • For me anyways.

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 7:09 a.m. CST

    @hephaetus Talk about your uncomforable silence moment

    by DementedCaver

    Sure sure, just walk up to a total stranger and say it would be good if they got naked. :D

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 7:10 a.m. CST favorite Nightmare movie is probably still part 3.

    by DementedCaver

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 7:20 a.m. CST

    Best Friday Films

    by Kyle H

    Great Picture!! The best "Friday The 13th" films have to be... Part 6, because it blended scares and humor so well. Almost re-invented the series. Part 2, Just a really great hardcore slasher. Plus Jason with a sack on his head is pretty fucking creepy. Part 1, Original, atmospheric classic. Part 4, Features the best gore effects in the series from Savini and the best Jason performance ever by Ted White. And yes as mentioned above, Crispin Glover dancing to Lion. Part 3, Fun, 3-D, Hockey mask intro and a disco theme song. The rest of them are pretty much forgettable crap after these ones, although Part 8 has its charm.

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 7:29 a.m. CST

    Shelly's character was the game changer because Jason stole the mask from him

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    after he offed him. What may have been a minor thought of a scene by the writers, who knows if it was or not, created an icon. If not for this moment we could have been stuck with Mr. Potato Head.

  • Granted, i have only seen the first 4 movies, but so far so good. So far and by far my favorite is the first. But the others have a lot of things to enjoy. Can't say how the rest of the series panned out, however. One interesting thing is that i seem to be more forgiving on the first movie's flaws then so many of it's own fans. Fancy that!

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 7:37 a.m. CST


    by phifty2

    I'd say Ft13 4 or 6 and the first NoES. I do, however, have a soft spot for Freddy vs. Jason.

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 7:41 a.m. CST

    @Mr hephaestus

    by albert comin

    It always felt to me that Jason deliberatly avoided contact with his mother, didn't let he knew he had survived, and he was worshipping her from afar. He knew she was around, he just kept his distance. Why would he do such a thing? Well, he is crazy, isn't he? Since when crazy people are ruled by logic?

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 7:54 a.m. CST

    re: "Also, what is generally considered the best Freddy movie?"

    by buggerbugger

    Generally, it's Elm Street 1 and 3, with some fans regarding 7 (New Nightmare) as a bit of a hidden gem. For me, the only Elm Streets worth bothering with are 1 and 3. At the time of release, Elm Street 2 was terrible, but with hindsight it's a lot better (in places) than what came later in parts 4-7 with Sitcom Freddy and his shitty one-liners. Personally, I'm not a fan of New Nightmare and its "more badass" Freddy, wearing a long coat and silly leather rock star trousers. I think he had a "more badass" glove, too? Oh, and THAT LITTLE ANNOYING KID! The most annoying kid in movies, ever.

  • ...yet somehow they never bumped into each other?" Oh, that's easy to explain. Jason never saw his mother because she just always happened to be on the side with his dodgy blind eye whenever they crossed paths. From Pamela's POV, she assumed that the Jason she regularly saw wandering through the woods was a figment of her imagination, what with her being totally batshit insane.

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 8:05 a.m. CST


    by buggerbugger

    Either that, or Pamela Turtleneck never recognized Jason because his facial features changed on a day-to-day basis, quite literally. :)

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Friday the 13th VII is the best one because....

    by nephilim138

    the makeup fx on jason were the best and it was the first friday with someone that could put jason on his ass.

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Actually, fuck it.

    by buggerbugger

    Both Jason and Pamela lived in the same shack in the woods, but at completely different times of the day. Neither realised they were time-sharing.

  • Well, except for the small matter of Friday 4, where he was totally fucking kill-pwned by a little kid who was a similar age to Michael Myers when he started slicing people up.

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 8:41 a.m. CST

    RE: expendables type movie with horror icons

    by Chris

    they tried a half-assed attempt called "Monster Brawl." you could not pay me to see that pile of dung again.

  • this was the first 3D movie I saw on the bigscreen. Then Jaws 3D. Then law books mostly.

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 9:24 a.m. CST

    "Freddy vs. Jason" is awesome.

    by Fawst

    It definitely goes the way of the "cheesey" slasher/horror films, but it does it so fucking well! I think it's a shame that we haven't had another one. I was way too emotional as a kid, so seeing cruelty to people was always something that I couldn't handle. It took years before I could bring myself to watch these movies. I'm pretty desensitized to anything in a film these days, though. Guess I turned out OK! :D

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 9:30 a.m. CST

    I was a teen in the 80s but never liked these films

    by Anthony Torchia

    I preferred straight porn Now I prefer every kind of porn (as long as everyone is of age - hi NSA)

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 9:59 a.m. CST

    I just watched this recently

    by Miss 45

    Doing a canon-review of all the Friday the 13th movies (one right after the other) for my horror movie blog. I alternated between loving and hating Shelly. Like I wanted to hug him and smack at the same time....

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 10:16 a.m. CST

    Why doesn't the "expand all" button work anymore?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    It's a pain in the ass to have to click on EVERY post.

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 11:29 a.m. CST

    ^^it works for me^^

    by jawaburger

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 12:39 p.m. CST

    I'm a fan of this one too.

    by Randy

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 12:53 p.m. CST

    @ dementedcaver, Lol

    by Christian Sylvain

    Too funny

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 12:58 p.m. CST


    by Christian Sylvain

    A bit of a stretch, but hey, I'd believe that more than what wound up making it into the script. A funny notion, regardless.

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 1:03 p.m. CST


    by Christian Sylvain

    Puberty's a bitch though, isn't it? When it hit's, you're own mother cant recognize you! lol. And yeah, I'd have to agree that 4 (though 3 comes close for me) might be the best F13. Jason goes to hell also deserves a special mention just because of that early tent kill. Ouch.

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 1:04 p.m. CST

    So nowadays would the actor just wear some green material on their neck?

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    And everything would be added in post.

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 1:31 p.m. CST

    friday the 13th part 3 : the barn

    by darkpassenger

    i hate this one almost every death scene takes place in the barn

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Freddy vs. would have been a good franchise.

    by DougMcKenzie

    Too bad Michael Bay decided he wanted the IPs and ruined them as well. Literally everything the man touches turns to shit. Also catch the docu "Nightmare Factory" about KNB and how they still pump out the practical EFX for this stuff, even on a huge scale, like they did for Piranha. It's actually quite a lot more expensive to do this in a computer that to just slap some ole make-up on. Although some director's prefer having total control in post.

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Can you make chocolate milk come out of the tubes?

    by Darth Macchio

    Cause that would be totally awesome. Not very realistic. But totally awesome. kiddin aside...i've always had a slight, somewhat primordial, fear of having anything metallic and narrow drug across my throat (even a butterknife's dull end freaks me out a bit)...makes me wonder how these guys must have felt knowing the controls and safety were surely in place...and the fact that the knife/machete/etc in use during the scene was obviously a prop (and not just an dull/non-sharpened blade)...but it makes me wonder if they ever got genuinely nervous and could channel that into their guess would be a resounding yes...

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Dougmckenzie re: nightmare factory

    by cobrakinte

    I don't have any clue how I've never heard of this doc but thanks a lot for the heads up.

  • Aug. 29, 2012, 9:18 p.m. CST

    I heart Jason!

    by adeceasedfan

    HUGE fan of the Friday the 13th. I used to do marathons with a buddy on Friday the 13th whenever possible. The worst was usually considered to be 5, but then they made Jason Goes to Hell. Absolute piece of dogshit film. I can forgive many aspects of 8, X, FvJ and the remake (which I actually like) because they at least tried to adhere to the formula. I don't know what the fuck happened with 9, but when you try to explain the're doomed. There is no explanation needed. Have die. Do die. Have telekinetic powers...ok, you might make it. That is all you need to know. Jason is the ultimate conservative bringer of death. Hippies beware.

  • Aug. 30, 2012, 8:32 p.m. CST

    Final Chapter is the best

    by murray_hamilton

    Ted White as (the best) Jason, Savini on FX duty, and the MPAA apparently asleep at the wheel, cuz' that thing is violent as hell.