Making Friday The 13th: The Legend Of Camp Blood
By: Michael Helms on April 6, 2005  |  Comments ()  |  Share 
Author:David Grove
Publisher: Fab Press Pages: 240
For those of you who came in late FAB Press is the moniker of an independent English publisher synonymous with the finest film publications on the planet. Since emerging with a superior trashfilm zine in the early 90s FAB Press have gone full bore to develop their product to the point where each new book on their burgeoning schedule achieves a level of quality that is hard to fault in terms of subject material and critical writing of the well-researched, well-written, and infectiously energetic kind. Their choice of illustrations must also be noted as utilizing the rarest and best stills, production art, posters and video slicks that they can locate. And the road to perfect bound perfection continues unabated with Making Friday The 13th: The Legend Of Camp Blood.

With the 25th Anniversary of Friday The 13th upon us author David Grove has collected and collated dozens of interviews with Friday cast, crew and creators to form an almost seamless commentary on the entire feature film series (and TV show). Taking the chronological route, Grove goes film by film (up till and including Freddy Vs. Jason) using original interviews conducted with the likes of Sean S. Cunningham, Frank Mancuso Jr., Tom Savini, Steve Miner, Ronny Yu, Danny Steinmann, Harry Manfredini, David Cronenberg, Taso Stavrakis, screenwriters Victor Miller and Ron Kurz, and dozens of actors including Adrienne King, Betsy Palmer, and Harry Crosby from the original film to the latest thespian incumbents and all points in between like Larry Zerner and Ron Palillo. From continuity problems between films to the various approaches to Jason, special effects, casting, crewing, budgeting, censorship and the myriad influences and strains brought to bear each time out there's not a lot about the series that doesn't get discussed. Besides listing detailed cast and crew credits for each film, links to other films are made with Last House On The Left, Twitch Of The Death Nerve, Case Of The Smiling Stiffs, Halloween, Happy Birthday To Me, The Prowler, The Burning, Godzilla, Amityville: 3-D, Island Claws, Devil Dog: The Hound Of Hell, Nightmare On Elm Street, and a complete chapter is devoted to Friday The 13th: The Series.

At this point it's hard to see any film series being so well represented by dead tree technology much less one that should be appreciated by every visitor to this website. At the very least Making Friday The 13th lays down the blue-print for what could be a dynamic DVD box set and at the most it's something that all enthusiasts for the series need to eyeball today.

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