Fun show. Video footage will be posted here soon, but in the mean time here are some pictures from The Rusty Nail. Thank you Ed and friends from Old Fezziwig for taking these!
Thanks to my friend Ed for taking these.
Scars Like These Live at Connie’s Ric-Rac 9/30/2017
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!
Check back soon for my Friday the 13th Part 3 review 🙂
Directed by Steve Miner
Starring Amy Steel, John Furey, Adrienne King, Betsy Palmer, Warrington Gillette, Steve Daskawitz
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
– 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The original reason I made this blog site was for the purpose of putting together something that wasn’t Facebook — something that was more me, more personal whether people read it or not. Most of the postings on this blog as of late have been about the band I am in, Scars Like These. This blog was intended to be more than just about my band. I also have MoonCandle, as well as my previous bands Coffin Born, Terminal Frost, etc. I also made animated movies on 3D Movie Maker years ago. In recent years, they were uploaded onto YouTube and that was part of my inspiration to make this page. I wanted to share all of my art that has been unseen to most of the world.
I also write because I think it is something that I am good at. Unfortunately it can be very difficult to keep up with. To get back into the practice of writing regularly, I always feel writing a movie review is very helpful. Since I’ve opened this blog site, I’ve only had a few movie review entries. I don’t think it is enough. I need to post more. I got really in-depth reviews on Martin Scorsese films that I started after the Taxi Driver anniversary and have not yet finished. I have also planned a George Romero and Tobe Hooper In Memoriam. I even want to write something about Bill Paxton, but seriously with time going by faster and faster, it just continues to get difficult.
To get past all this and just start writing regularly again, I needed something I could write about with ease. On Friday Oct the 13th last week it hit me. My friend at work and I were talking about our favorite Friday the 13th movies… well shit damn! I own them all and haven’t watched them in years, so I popped them in when I got home from work. Friday afternoon till early Monday morning right before work… I finished all 12 films. Crazy, right? I must have no life.
It was worth it. I love all those movies even if there were some bad ones. It definitely made my weekend. It just felt right with Halloween getting closer and all.
So here it is everybody, get ready for it. The next post onward (if not band-related) will be all the Friday movies reviewed in order.
Okay folks, check back very soon 🙂
Dave DebauChh- Chhery
Hello my friends,
I finally uploaded it to YouTube, but here it is for your enjoyment. I thought it was a good show especially after 2 months of not playing shows. My drumming is pretty solid on here despite all the tech/sound probs we had on stage. Apparently the audience didn’t hear the weird moments like the wah-wah sound on the bass and a riff that sounded like a different riff and I played a different beginning beat. Thank goodness. Unfortunately no clip here of our cover of The Misfits – “Where Eagles Dare“. This was filmed by this guy Kevin of Z191 Philly Bands Global Teleradio
Watch out for the guy from The Delfonics whispering something to my bass player. Whaaat?
We will eventually have better, individualized song clips than this mess. But for now, here’s the rough copy. You probably had to be there to see how hilarious it truly was. But either way, enjoy!
Sorry for the quietness again, but I have some great news to announce. Scars Like These will be on the Live at The Nail radio show tonight Sunday! We will be talking about our upcoming Halloween show at the Rusty Nail and other SLT news. Check it out. For more info click the Rusty Nail Radio picture below.