December Updates

Yes, it’s been awhile since I’ve updated. I was finishing my Friday the 13th Part 4 review but got distracted by a million things going on in life. The movie review will be up soon.

Meanwhile, Scars Like These last show of the year is on Friday, December 15 at the Kung Fu Necktie in Philly. This will also be the last show with our bass player Chris. It should be an interesting one. Any bass players interested in trying please feel free to contact us.

 

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Friday the 13th Part 3: 3D (1982)

FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 3: 3D (1982)

Directed by Steve Miner

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Starring Dana Kimmell, Paul Kratka, Tracie Savage, Larry Zerner, Richard Brooker

After I saw Friday the 13th Part 1, I went back to Blockbuster to get Part 2… no dice. It wasn’t there, but Part 3 was. So I followed up Part 1 with Part 3 and got spoiled with the end of Part 2 in the beginning. According to Part 3’s opening, Part 2 really ended with Amy Steel getting Jason with the machete. Part 3 picks up right as he pulls it out of him.

The credits open with funny big letters, and even funnier music. Harry Manfredini goes hard on the soundtrack score and even has a full band. So many Chh Chh Chh’s. I didn’t find out til I started using the internet, that this was originally in 3D. It was a nice surprise when they re-released it with the glasses. More on the 3D part of it later.

This one is notable for Jason first dawning the iconic hockey mask.  Steve Miner now working with a bigger budget continues the familiar Friday style this time with more comedy added in. I actually do like that even though it took away a bit from the suspense the first 2 had. In fact one of Jason’s first victims in this is played by actor Steve Susskind, who played one of Al Bundy’s buddies on Married With Children.

The movie moves along at a good pace in the beginning when we are introduced to the next batch of teens or in this case, young adults. Chris (played Dana Kimmell) is going to her parents’ summer house with her friends for the first time in 2 years. Last time she was there she was attacked by someone (Jason) but got away. She is trying to overcome her fear in this by returning, but of course Jason makes his way over to her spot near the camp and the counselor training center. Crystal Lake is an interesting area.

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The body count is a little higher than Part 2 but not by much. It also takes a little longer to get the kills. I guess it all depends on who you’re watching the movie with. Shelly (played by Larry Zerner) is the idiot prankster that has the hockey mask.  But not long after that part and Vera gets it, game on. Jason does some great memorable kills as usual, and the first time with the hockey mask on! Classic. Hate to spoil it for you, but…


Rick’s crushed head with the eyeball popping out death is the best part.

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There are some pre-hockey mask kills that are really cool, too. After the biker gang getting killed, there’s a lot of filler time till we get to the next kills. But its okay, kind of worth the wait once Jason kicks in with the mask. I kind of get a kick out of Jason being more human-like and not as dead and rotted looking as the later sequels. He moans, moves back when a knife is in his face, and even uses his hand to go down the steps!  Although he is human-like, this is also the first Jason he dies more than once at the end.


My only big complaint is a rotted, decayed Mrs. Voorhees (with head attached) jumping out of the lake at the end to grab Chris. So dumb. I guess its part of her mental breakdown/freaking out at the end. It was all a dream though because it ends on Jason with the ax still in his head.

Once the DVD came out with the 3D glasses, I had to give it a try. It hurt my eyes, but at other times I could see the objects that were coming out at me. My only advice for fans watching in 3D the first time, you have to really, really relax your eyes so that they can adjust. All I can say is, Rick’s eyeball is worth giving a watch in 3D. But 3D or not, still another great Friday the 13th movie.

FUNNY THOUGHTS/NOTABLE OBSERVATIONS

I wonder if Abel, the old hermit that warned them about Jason, was drinking buddies with Crazy Ralph?

The first time I watched this I thought bong-tokin Chuck resembled Tommy Chong  and Harold the shop store owner looked like an older, married Cheech Marin.

Rick not being super pissed about the car situation. Seriously, Rick? You should’ve punched Shelly in the face for letting your car get fucked up, man. Not cool.

There’s a nice nod to Tom Savini in the Fangoria magazine Debbie reads.

Chris going crazy could’ve possibly added more ideas for a sequel, but looks like they went with the Tommy Jarvis character going crazy instead (see Part 5 in future blog post).

Scars Halloween Bash Tonight!!

Tonight’s the big show! Can’t friggin’ wait. I hope to have a followup blog post for you all to see with a lot of pics and videos.  Here’s another silly flyer with a link to event page on Facebook. Come on and see us if you are local from Southeast PA or outside of Philly!

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Check back soon for my Friday the 13th Part 3 review  🙂

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Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)

Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
****1/2

Directed by Steve Miner

Starring Amy Steel, John Furey,  Adrienne King, Betsy Palmer, Warrington Gillette, Steve Daskawitz

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I didn’t get to see this one till later, but it wasn’t hard to figure out that this is the first one that Jason is the main killer in….AND he doesn’t have a hockey mask. He has a pillow case or potato sack with a hole cut out. I also want to note that Steve Miner directed this and Part 3. He worked on part 1 with Sean S. Cunningham, so he knew the formula. A lot of the style of Part 1 is still present but with some light humor added in. Harry Manfredini rocks it again with the classic Psycho-esque score.
Somehow Jason makes it to Alice’s house. The enigma of Jason remains as we don’t know if he truly jumped out of the lake at the end of Part 1 or not or if it was all in Alice’s head. He could’ve drowned and then came back as a zombie. Jason basically IS a zombie.
Well anyway, our lone survivor, Alice, gets taken out first.  It is supposed to take place 2 months later.  There’s a nice flashback dream in case you didn’t see Part 1.  Alice’s still freaked out by everything. She should’ve gone to California like she said. Some suspenseful moments later, she opens her fridge to find’s Mrs. Voorhees’ decapitated head in it. She is icepicked to the temple not long after. I felt her death was too soon, especially after seeing her name in the opening credits AFTER her death. The reason being there was a real-life stalker fan after Adrienne King at the time. Yikes. Poor Adrienne.

 


After the credits, flash forward 5 years later. Suddenly it feels kind of like an 80s Comedy with a cameo by Crazy Ralph (nice to see him come back!).

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Instead of these horny, young teens going to the abandoned camp itself, they go to a counselor training center that is nearby. All the cliche’s are here – Ted the prankster is introduced to us and right away you want him to be part of the body count. There’s the head counselor Paul (John Furey), his college girlfriend Ginny (Amy Steel), Jeff and Sandra the horny couple, Mark the wheelchair guy and his love interest Vicky, Scott the perv, and Terry the hottie he flirts with. There’s a classic scene early on where Paul explains the legend of Jason.

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It takes some time before it gets going and unfortunately it’s not Tom Savini’s amazing effects this time. The deaths are still good but again its very unfortunate that the cut scenes really are lost forever. They were apparently way more graphic.
Before the nubile teens get slaughtered, poor Crazy Ralph gets bumped off.  He was an enjoyable weirdo. I like how he was the prototype “prophet of doom” for the series.
Also a cop that discovers Jason in the woods gets it.
I very much enjoy the killing one-by-one style after the trainees stay behind during the beer run. Jason does some brutal kills such as a double impalement during sex and slashing a guy’s throat while he’s hanging upside down.

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When Ginny and Paul get back from the bar, Jason stalks and attacks. There’s some suspenseful moments, but the chasing around starts to drag a while. After the long chase scene, we get to see the almighty shrine to Mrs. Voorhees in Jason’s shack.

 


Ginny uses her psychology skills and pretends to be Jason’s mother. Before Jason figures out the diversion, Paul fights back at Jason and Ginny gets a good whack. The ending can be confusing. We don’t know if it ends how Part 3 says it does, or at the end-end here where Paul may or may not have been killed after Ginny being taken away by Jason jumping through the window.

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Despite all my complaints, this one’s still a classic Friday the 13th movie. Steve Miner created the style and formula that defines a “typical Friday the 13th”. There are some great shots of the woods creating the surreal atmosphere of Crystal Lake. I liked the cast in this one, too. It was great to see Amy Steel again in April Fools Day. I think John Furey should’ve been in more slasher movies and 1980s comedies. Just sayin’.
Overall, great sequel to Part 1 because it gets better. My only real complaint is Ted doesn’t get killed. He was smart for looking for after hours’ places. Dammit Ted. Also Jason’s P.O.V. gets too close some times. How do they not see Jason staring at them? It’s not every time they show his P.O.V., but certain ones. Also there are some more buildup scenes that are longer than needed… and Ted still doesn’t get killed. He’s the prankster! Even Ned got it in the first one. Sheesh!

Funny/Notable Observations:

– How did Jason get Mrs. Voorhees head in the fridge? He must’ve been carrying it the whole time on his long walk to Alice’s house, and put it in the fridge after she hears the noise.
– Still looks totally 1980-81, but I guess it could pass for 1984, if Part 1 happened in ’79.
– I see NJ License Plates again.
– – Every time I see the Jeff character I think of Danny Noonan. Speaking of Danny Noonan, the cop that chases Jason to his shack looks like Danny Noonan’s dad in Caddyshack. Weird.
– The only one of the series showing Jason’s shack. Great job with the toilet installation, JV!
– The bar band rocks.
– The KISS Pinball Machine in the back during Ginny’s Psychoanalysis on Jason.
– Paul vs. Jason first fight seems cheesy. I don’t know maybe its just how the music sounds and seeing Amy Steel just stand there watching all confused.
–  Did Paul die or…?
– This or Part 3 may have the most Chh Chh Chh Haaa Haa

Friday the 13th (1980)

Friday the 13th (1980)
*****

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Directed by: Sean S. Cunningham

Starring: Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Harry Crosby, Kevin Bacon, Ari Lehman

Before I start anything here on Friday the 13th, I just want to say the bulk of these reviews are spoilers. So if you haven’t seen any Friday the 13th movie and think I am totally ruining it for you, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

The original classic – the starting point of it all. I remember being in Elementary school and always wondering what the Jason story was. All I knew in those days was that Jason wore a hockey mask and killed people and there were a lot of sequels. I was even told by my friends that he killed people with a chainsaw. Of course they were probably getting him mixed up with Leatherface. It wasn’t until about 5th grade when I finally rented the movie at Blockbuster.  It wasn’t long after having just seen the first Halloween. Right away there was an instant love.

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One of the first victims

Laugh all you want but I really did find this scary when I first watched it. True fact. My first thoughts were that Jason was the killer. Nothing other than the eye view of the killer was shown, and that made it very creepy.   Harry Manfredini’s score, while very reminiscent of Psycho, gives it the right suspenseful tone. The “Chh Chh Ha Haa” is fucking brilliant.

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Our main cast that gets killed off one by one

The biggest highlight of this film is Tom Savini’s special effects. I knew for a while before watching it the first time that Kevin Bacon was going to be in it. It was cool to see a familiar face, even if it wasn’t very long. His death scene really jumped out at me and it’s the first one in the movie that gets gory. It’s followed shortly by his girlfriend walking around in her underwear, and gets a hatchet to the face. First time I ever saw something like that in the movie. Almost looks simple now, but back then that was a freaky movie moment for me.

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After those 2 deaths, the enigma of the murderer just keeps building. In fact, the next one who gets it, Brenda, hears the voice of a kid yelling “Help!” That part was definitely freaky and to this day I still find it creepy. It’s supposed to be Jason but I didn’t know that until later. You never know where it came from.

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Once we get to the end we are introduced to Mrs. Voorhees played by the amazing Betsy Palmer. She reveals that she once worked at the camp and her son Jason died there. At that moment I thought Jason was going to pop out with a hockey mask and chainsaw. No dice, but its Mrs. Voorhees herself! I had no idea the series started that way.

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Mrs. Voorhees (Betsy Palmer)

A semi-complaint I have is how long it takes till we get to the final showdown with Alice and Mrs. Voorhees. A really creepy moment it when she talks in a child’s voice (supposed to be Jason’s) while trying to track down Alice.

As we get towards the end of the film, Alice and Mrs. Voorhees get in an old woman/young woman cat fight.  Finally, Alice chops her head off with a machete… It’s an amazing Tom Savini special effect especially with her hands still moving after the decapitation. Its an epic moment, but the best is yet to come. Alice decides to float around on the canoe and take a nap. She is awoken in the early morning when she notices cop cars pulling up to the lake.  Boom ! Jason pops out from the water and pulls her under. That really was an actual jump for me at age 11. It scared the shit out of me because I never expected it and prior to that had never seen “surprise shock” endings like that before.  It worked well for me as a young fan of movies back then.

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I very much enjoy Manfredini’s end credit music. The other thing about the ending is that it is an enigma because of Jason coming back as an older adult looking for revenge in Part 2. They didn’t know at the time that the first movie would be a success, so it leaves the ending as a strange anomaly that may or may not have happened.

After I finished the first movie, the next thing that had to happen was to see all the sequels. Most importantly, I had to show all my friends who hadn’t seen any of the movies. That was the best for me because every person I watched these movies with either liked it or hated it, but always had funny comments to contribute.

While this is a staple in Slasher movie history up there with Halloween and Texas Chainsaw Massacre, my only real complaints are the long buildups to the offscreen kills. All the classic cliches’ of Slashers are here as well, just as expected.

The reason I give this a 5-star rating is because this was the movie that got me addicted to the Slasher style (even more so than Halloween) and I went crazy to find more and more. This was/is/always will be an important movie in my life no matter how much it will age over time.

Funny/Notable Observations:

  • The first time we are introduced to Crazy Ralph, the man who warns everyone that they are doomed.
  • Steve Christy, the guy putting Camp Crystal Lake back together, was definitely trying to bang Alice. Shortly after that moment in the movie, Alice goes to see Bill (Harry Crosby) and is being watched… close. How the hell does Alice not notice Mrs. Voorhees right next to her when she talks to Bill? The POV of the murderer just seems too close by.
  • Throughout the film, we see license plates and addresses that say Blairstown, NJ where it was filmed. Even though according to events of the F13 timeline, we are supposed to believe that they are in a little more northwards up in Connecticut.
  • I wonder what happened to Sandy the waitress. She seemed like a nice lady. Was Steve Christy checking her out? He still owes her a night on the town.