Within the horror community (or any group of fans, for that matter), it’s not uncommon for certain entries in a movie franchise to catch hell among one generation of audiences, only to experience a major reevaluation and revival many years or (more often) decades later. One enduring example is the FRIDAY THE 13TH film series, which arguably appears on more ranking lists than any other horror brand… and always with varying results.
Among the “love-to-hate” lists of titles featuring iconic villain Jason Voorhees, a few entries tend to cluster at the bottom — among these, you’ll usually find New Line Cinema’s controversial first stab at the franchise (pardon the pun), JASON GOES TO HELL: THE FINAL FRIDAY.
Released in 1993, FINAL FRIDAY is often criticized for attempting to explain Jason’s previously mysterious supernatural origin — morphing the franchise from textbook slasher-horror to a more occult-centric theme, with Jason’s malevolent “heart” bouncing in and out of bodies like beer-pong cups.
But like so many maligned entries in the franchise, FINAL FRIDAY does have its share of die-hard fans — and those folks are about to get quite a gift for the 25th anniversary of the film’s original release.
Directed by Nick Hunt (SAFE PLACE), the feature-length documentary THE DARK HEART OF JASON VOORHEES: THE MAKING OF THE FINAL FRIDAY is set to begin production shortly.
Promising new interviews and behind-the-scenes revelations, Hunt and his colleagues have joined forces with FINAL FRIDAY director Adam Marcus to delve into the chaotic history and controversy surrounding the troubled production, detailing “what was and what could have been” up on movie screens a quarter-century ago.
Apart from Marcus, the roster of interview guests is still being kept on the down-low… but that will likely be changing soon, as the filmmakers are aiming for a late 2018 release.
Follow the production’s official Facebook page for updates!