Crystal Lake Memories

Crystal Lake Memories

The Complete History of Friday the 13th

DVD - 2014
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Go behind the mask on an epic journey into the making of the landmark horror franchise, from its humble beginnings in 1980 at a New Jersey summer camp to the blockbuster release of its 2009 reboot.
Publisher: Chatsworth, CA : Image Entertainment, [2014]
Edition: Collector's edition.
Branch Call Number: 791.437 FRIDAY THE 13TH
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (400 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Apr 26, 2018

Following in the footsteps of lengthy horror documentaries like "Never Sleep Again", "Crystal Lake Memories" covers twelve films (including Freddy vs, Jason and the 2009 remake) and clocks in at over seven hours long. Each film has its own dedicated segment/DVD Chapter so you can skip around easily. A good documentary, but if you have seen the other doc "His Name Is Jason" (also released in 2009 alongside the remake) then you have seen good portions of this one as a lot has been ported over. That's not to say it is a waste because it all flows nicely, but it still should be noted. Corey Feldman (who played Tommy Jarvis in "The Final Chapter") hosts, and if you are not a fan of his, seven hours of listening to him narrate will be juuuussst a bit much.

Apr 25, 2015

"Kill Her, Mommy!... Kill Her!" (movie quote)

In my opinion - For anyone (in their right mind) to actually sit through nearly 7 hours of watching this ridiculously redundant and preposterously repetitive "Friday The 13th" documentary would certainly have to be a bona-fide masochist of the highest order. I mean, 7 hours!!?? Like, talk about milking a subject to absolute death.

If you ask me - I think this "Crystal Lake Memories" documentary could've easily been reduced to a running time of, maybe, 2.5 hours, at best. It seemed to me like just about everyone and their dog appeared in this documentary gushing and paying glowing lip-service to a horror movie franchise that, since 1980, has spawned 12 mind-numbingly predictable sequels in all. And, unfortunately, at this point, there seems to be no end in sight for more of this nonsense.

Yes. I will admit that I watched most of this documentary in fast-forward mode. But, hey, with that said, when I did stop the rush of images to hear what anyone was babbling about, it was just the same old, tired bull from start to finish. And I knew I hadn't missed anything worthwhile at all.

Let's face it - This documentary is strictly for hard-core fans only!

P.S. - I thought it was really hilarious that actress Betsy Palmer, who played Jason's murderous mother in the original Friday The 13th, was the only one in this documentary who had the guts to come forward and say that she couldn't understand this horror film's lasting appeal. She was the only one and I applaud her for that.


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