RLJ Entertainment gives horror and slasher fans the ultimate source for anything and everything “Friday the 13th” with the exhaustive behind-the-scenes Blu-ray “Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of ‘Friday the 13th.'” Clocking in at over six and a half hours long, the documentary covers virtually any ground a lover of Jason Voorhees and his dear mother could ever dream of.
I remember with fondness my first encounter with Jason Voorhees. I was a late bloomer when it came to slasher films because of the strictness of my parents I lived with. However, every summer I would visit my father who was a lot less firm. The first experience I had with the hockey-masked killer was “Friday the 13th, Part VI: Jason Lives” and I loved every minute of it. Here was this Frankenstein-like murder machine hacking up everything he could in all sorts of creatively bloody ways. After this, I watched as many of them as I could when I could.
Fast-forward seven or eight years to when I’m about 21 and I decide to FINALLY see the first movie. I don’t know how it happened, but no one had spoiled the big reveal at the end. I had no idea Jason wasn’t the killer. This fact made me love the movie all that much more. To this day, the whodunit factor of the first “Friday the 13th” is the reason the franchise is my favorite, even over “Halloween.” I’m the type of person “Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of ‘Friday the 13th'” was made for.
“Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of ‘Friday the 13th'” takes viewers from movie to movie, giving us plenty of rare pictures and footage from the making of each film. Interviews of the cast and crew from each production fill in any gaps left by narrator Corey Feldman. We’re also taken on tours of the shooting locations to see how they appear today.
Each installment in the series gets its own chapter, making repeat viewings of the history of and how they made your favorite film in the franchise convenient to access. A section on the TV series is even found. Although it had nothing to do with the story of Jason, it’s still a vital piece of the “Friday the 13th” franchise.
Just like the movies, “Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of ‘Friday the 13th'” is filled with the same adult content you expect from 1980s slashers. There’s the “required” nudity, essential blood and gore, plenty of profanity, and sexual content. The documentary is definitely not your E! Entertainment-safe programming you would expect to see on television.
“Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of ‘Friday the 13th'” comes highly recommended for dedicated devotees of the franchise. People with an interest in how the world of independent filmmaking works will find the documentary insightful and entertaining, too. It’s the perfect companion piece for anyone who enjoys the special features found in the “Friday the 13th Complete Collection.”
“Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of ‘Friday the 13th'” is available now on Blu-ray and DVD.