There are FRIDAY THE 13TH fans, and there are FRIDAY THE 13TH super-fans… and I think it’s safe to say artist and scuba-diver Curtis Lahr falls solidly into the latter category.
Over four years ago, Lahr built a full-size, lovingly detailed statue of Jason Voorhees and anchored it to the bottom of a flooded former mine — now a popular diving destination in Crosby, Minnesota, which is over 120 feet deep in some spots. The result is a terrifyingly accurate recreation of Jason’s fate at the finale of FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VI: JASON LIVES.
Lahr documented the awesome and macabre installation in a 2014 video, where he posed for a selfie with the statue:
He then returned last October to observe the state of his creation… and after the elements have had a few years to work on it, it’s looking even creepier than ever:
The videos recently went viral following a post from our pal John Squires at Bloody Disgusting, in which he presents a side-by-side comparison of the two clips — both of which are now making the rounds of just about every genre and pop-culture site.
We’ve seen some pretty epic FRIDAY fan art over the years, but this might be the most ambitious and genuinely unnerving interpretations… and even more horrifying for those who weren’t expecting to find it.
Seriously, can you imagine exploring 120 feet down to find the most notorious hockey-masked killer in cinema history staring back at you with cold, undead eyes? At least no one can see you soil your suit in the murky depths…