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    • HAPPY FRIDAY the 13TH!!

      5 years ago

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      An Obsessive-Compulsive's Guide to the 'Friday the 13th' Movies

      Originally posted February 13th, 2009
      by Eric D. Snider


      A few years ago, I decided a good way to spend my time would be to watch all 10 Friday the 13th movies and keep track of the statistics: how many kills, how many heroines taking showers, how many people falling down while trying to run away, etc. I was fond of the Scream series' deconstruction of the slasher genre, and it occurred to me that the Friday the 13th films -- most of which I had not seen at that point -- were probably the source of some of the oldest, ripest clichés.
      So I watched them, I took notes, I wrote snarky reviews. And I also compiled the data. Now, years later, in conjunction with Cinematical's October festivities, that data is finally useful! My life's work has not been in vain!


      The 10 Friday the 13th movies (I did not include Freddy vs. Jason or the 2009 Friday the 13th remake) are fairly bursting at the seams with death and mayhem. I counted 153 deaths over the course of the decalogue, and that's out of 246 speaking parts. In other words, 62 percent of the series' cast is murdered at some point. Given that the 10 movies total 909 minutes in length (including credits), that's an average of one death every 5.94 minutes.

      Parts 5, 9, and 10 have the most murders with 20 each. Parts 1 and 2, on the other hand, are almost puritan in their restraint, having just nine murders apiece.

      Part 7 is noteworthy because it has 15 murders and only 21 credited actors. That means if you were in that movie, there was a 71 percent chance you would be killed.


      One reliable element in slasher films is that someone will warn others of dangers but those warnings will go unheeded. Six Friday the 13th movies feature such a character. At the other end of the spectrum, eight of the 10 films include at least one incompetent and ineffectual police officer.

      Every film except for Part 6 has onscreen nudity.


      Sometimes slasher movies cheat in order to give the killer more opportunities to get close to his victims. Someone falls while running away in four of the films (fewer than I'd have thought), and there are a total of 10 cars that won't start. Even given that Jason might disable some potential getaway vehicles, this seems like an awful lot of unreliable automobiles. Then again, it's usually teenagers we're talking about, and the car I drove in high school didn't start half the time either, even when I wasn't being pursued by a maniac.

      This series liked the Killer-Cam, too, where we see the action from Jason's point of view. All but two of the films use that technique.


      Some other stereotypical slasher devices that Friday the 13th employs:
      • Number of couples killed during or just after sex: 11 (two couples in Part 1)
      • Number of times someone says the exact words "I'll be right back": 5
      • Number of times that person actually comes back: 1 (in Part 5)
      • Number of scenes where someone takes a shower: 6
      • Number of times a victim turns out not to be dead after all, usually reappearing just in time to distract Jason from killing someone else: 8


      On the other hand, there's the stereotype that the black guy always gets killed first. I don't know where this originated, but it didn't come from Friday the 13th. Three African Americans are killed over the course of the series, but none of them is ever the first to go.

      And what's up with Friday the 13th and windows? Ten people are thrown through windows in the series: seven dead bodies, two live bodies, and Jason himself (twice).

      Half of the films end with Jason dying. Three of them begin with him being brought back to life -- four if you count the dream sequence that begins Part 5. Which you shouldn't, since it was only a dream.

      Two of the films' titles contain the word "Final"; in neither case did it prove to be true. And while you may have thought otherwise, only four of the movies were actually released on a Friday the 13th.


      Finally, and most disturbingly, four of the 10 films feature men wearing Daisy Duke shorts. Was this acceptable in the 1980s? I don't want to say anyone deserves to be murdered by Jason Voorhees, but if you're going to indulge in a killing spree, men in tiny shorts are a good place to start.


    • Legends of the Knight

      5 years ago

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      I'm not gonna lie, you are going to cry when you see this. You might only well up a single tear or you'll bawl like a baby. Either way you're going to get emotional when you watch the trailer for Legends of the Knight. If not, you might very well be Hitler reincarnated.

      Put on your cape, and be inspired!

      LEGENDS OF THE KNIGHT weaves together the uplifting true stories of individuals who have overcome devastating obstacles, unselfishly given to the community, and embraced their inner superhero because of their love of Batman.

      Through the deeply personal tales of Batman fans, writers, and filmmakers, this feature-length documentary explores the power of heroic stories and encourages viewers to find their own path to heroism. Funded by over 1,100 contributors from around the world, LEGENDS OF THE KNIGHT is a return to our childhood dreams of being a hero.

      This is a film that explores the power all of us have to be heroes.

      The film’s unique collection of stories include:
      • Michael Uslan, executive producer of every Batman film since 1989
      • Kye Sapp, a 5-year-old who enjoyed a day of crime-fighting as Batman while battling leukemia
      • Lenny B. Robinson, a successful businessman who travels the country in visiting children’s hospitals dressed as Batman

      “At some point, every child dreams of being a superhero,†said filmmaker Brett Culp. “They put on a cape and imagine that they have the power to change the world. Along the way, many of us lose our faith that this can be true. ‘Legends of the Knight’ is a return to our childhood dreams of being a hero. Our goal is to inspire everyone on the planet who loves Batman to embody his spirit, engage with the world, and make a difference.â€Each one of us has the ability to overcome our own challenges and to make a positive difference. Explore to learn about the unique opportunities to share this message with the rising heroes in your world.



      I encourage everyone to check out the movie's website to see if this movie will be screening near your hometown. If it's not, please contact your favorite charity to see if they'd consider using this uplifting film as a fundraiser. It's completely non-profit and all ticket sales from the screening go entirely to the charity of choice. The event is sponsored by, which also enables the moviegoer to donate to several other charities in addition to the host sponsor. But if you like what you see, and want to help out the filmmaker, purchase a copy of the movie yourself, or anything off the site, to contribute to this young, up an coming cinematic visionary.


    • Happy Hangover Holidays!

      5 years ago

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      It's that festive time of year, Drunkmas Eve!! Followed by the inevitable Hangover Holiday, a well earned break from all the seasonal boozing. It's a time for peace on Earth, and hopefully for the room to stop spinning. Thanks again for another great year here at Screen Gems, that's 5 in all, can you believe it?! Now that's a reason to celebrate!

      Merry Christmas from Our Crew to Yours!

    • Netflix Parties

      5 years ago

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      So, I know this is a pretty obvious deal, but the reason this group essentially dropped out of existence and stopped doing movie nights was because the Xbox Live Netflix Party feature was removed back in 2011. Yes, this was the crucial blow to this, and we simply felt that it was too much to try and perform the sync up deals to get people to watch everything together.

      Fast forward to about nowish, I came across this project where a group of people under the Microsoft company food chain where they wish to make a similar product in Netflix Parties for the internet browser! They are asking for signatures to essentially prove to their bosses that people want this back.

      Sign this sucker!

    • A Long Overdue Talk About BatFleck

      5 years ago

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      Okay, so I've been hit up with this question more than I care to admit, "What do I think about Ben Affleck as the next Batman?" So I thought it was about time to throw my two cents in the vast space of discontent that is the internet. But why has it taken me so long to post a response? Also, why here and not over in Screen Gems? We'll I'll tell you kiddies, two weeks ago, the day of the announcement, August 23rd was my birthday. And for those of you of who know me, know about my Birthday Curse. This has gone on for years and has only gotten worse over time. It's true, on my 21st birthday I had to have all four of my wisdom teeth pulled; on my 28th my parents disowned me; on my 30th B-Day a hurricane hit my city for three days.

      You get the idea.

      So mostly the delay was from shame that in some weird way I felt responsible that my Birthday Curse had finally effected the entire world and had produced a Batman almost as bad as George Clooney. The other was mostly because I wanted to wait and let the fervor die down, and let the world accept that which it cannot change. To digest this bit of bad Bat news. As for Screen Gems, well its September and we're closing in on the big Halloween Dusk Till Dawn Marathon over there, so there just hasn't been room to rant over BatFleck. But don't worry, there will be a special Casting Call addressing the issue by the end of the month as we tackle the current DC line-up, The New 52! It's something that I've wanted to do ever since DC/Warner Bros announced its reboot of the entire DC Universe, and that they would be copying the Marvel/Disney business model of movie making. This bad news just solidifies my intensity to see it through, so look for it at the end of the month.

      But as for BatFleck, like most of you I'm none too pleased. BUT, I'm slowly coming around to the idea. WHAT?!?! You scream at the heavens as you look to hoist me up on the pyre too. Now let me explain before you cast the first stone, or in this case, Batarang. Do I still think that BatFleck is a horrible idea?

      Yes, I do.

      Can I change the money men's minds over at Warner Bros anymore than some 10,000+ signature petition could?

      No, I cannot.

      I'm at the final stage of my grieving, and I've finally reached acceptance. But was it the oh so invalid argument that Michael Keaton and Heath Ledger too had faced certain scrutiny in the past when they were given the chance to play Batman & the Joker? No, that was horseshit! (Looking at you Burnie) The criticism back then was that fans were confused that both actors were given roles against type. Keaton was best know as a comedian at the time, regardless of his more serious roles such as an recovering addict in 'Clean & Sober'. The same way that Ledger had been an award wining actor several times over in more poignant films before Nolan's movie came around. But these guys defied what the general audiences perceived their limitations as actors could be. Batman was a way to prove them wrong. But we know how shitty Ben Affleck is as an actor, and especially in a superhero role. So why would execs risk their fledgling franchise on him? Simply put, Ben's back on top. With 'Argo' winning so many awards at the last Oscars, he was given the golden ticket and he cashed it in to play Batman. I can't say I blame him.


      He's a fan and given this once in a lifetime opportunity he took the chance to wear the cape and cowl. I don't like it, but I don't blame him either. I blame Zack Snyder. I've long defended the man because he has a great visual sense about storytelling, but he makes some of the worst choices when it comes to casting and character development. I've already covered a lot of the flaws in the new Man of Steel movie along with my disappointment that WB was moving forward with a cookie cutter line-up identical to Marvel's. I still think they should move forward in a different way and approach these characters as individual franchises. It works for Marvel because Marvel's characters only perform as well as they do together. I've always said Marvel has the better universe of heroes, while DC has the most iconic, stand alone characters of all time. If they want to reboot Batman so soon after Nolan's version then at least show us something we haven't seen before, like we did in a Casting Call for Batman Beyond last year.


      Mostly, it was being so underwhelmed by the new Superman movie that has helped me come to terms with BatFleck. I thought there was a glimmer of hope when Synder announced at Comic Con that he was making the Batman/Superman Movie, but with BatFleck in place I know exactly what to expect. In the next movie we'll see an older, "Dark Knight Returns" inspired Batman to help open up the DC Universe to more character flaws and plot holes. As long as Synder is at the helm we face possibly be the biggest franchise fumble since 'Batman & Robin', and all we can do is close our eyes and accept our fate.


      But, if You want to know who I think would make a better Batman/Bat-Director/Bat-Movie, then check out the Intermission we did over at Screen Gems earlier this year; Better Batmen & Bat-Stories!

    • Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox

      6 years ago

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      Seems like this was popular on Reddit all weekend, yet no one listed what this was. And since I had lots of people asking me about so I thought I'd use the group as a public service announcement to give DC some free word of mouth.

      The story ran a few years ago, just prior to the DCs New 52 line up. So its one of the last good stories before my generation's comic timeline was blown all to hell, for better or worse. I've haven't found the time to rent it yet, but it is available now in all formats, the animation looks solid and it has all the core DC voice people involved, i.e. Nathan Fillion, Kevin Conroy, Ron Pearlman, Dana Delaney, Patrick Stewart, and many more. After the amazing job DC Animation did on recreating Frank Miller's 'The Dark Knight Returns' Part 1 & Part 2 I've been excited to see what other spectacular story they'd release next. I'm sure Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox won't disappoint.


    • National Bruce Campbell Appreciation Day

      6 years ago

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      The Man. The Myth. The Legend. Show your support HERE all weekend long.

      And go see the new EVIL DEAD in theaters today!

      Post edited 4/05/13 12:37AM

    • A Change of Fate

      7 years ago

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      A Change of FateI took the family to see Brave today. Ava really enjoyed it, and even braved (haha) it out during the more scary scenes. After it was over, I got to thinking about how much better Pixar is as making animated films than any of its competitors. So, I decided to look up what Disney has done since Toy Story came out and compare it to what Pixar has put out. This is what I've come up with:

      Since 1995, Pixar has released the following films:

      Toy Story
      A Bug's Life
      Toy Story 2
      Monsters, Inc.
      Finding Nemo
      The Incredibles
      Toy Story 3
      Cars 2

      I've seen all of these except for Cars 2 and every one of these films are incredible with the exception of Cars and Ratatouille. It's not that I think they're bad films, I just think they're not on the level as all the other films on this list. Even though they're not my favorite, you can tell that Pixar put as much care into these movies as they have all of the ones I loved.

      Since '95, this is what Disney has put out (no, I do not lump Pixar movies with Disney. They are two separate companies and should be viewed as such) as far as Animated films are concerned:

      The Hunchback of Notre Dame
      Fantasia 2000
      The Emperor's New Groove
      Atlantis: The Lost Empire
      Lilo & Stitch
      Treasure Planet
      Brother Bear
      Home on the Range
      Chicken Little
      Meet the Robinsons
      The Princess and the Frog
      Winnie the Pooh
      Wreck-It Ralph (upcoming)

      In this list, I have watched 12 and only one of those is on the level of the list of Pixar films and that's Tangled. The sad thing is, if you go back one year before Pixar, Disney put out The Lion King which is always in the discussion of best Disney films of all time. The movie before that was Aladdin which is one of my personal favorites, and Beauty and the Best was before that. What happened Disney?

      I think my biggest complaint about Disney films is that they are nothing like their earlier, great movies... besides Tangled. I did love The Princess and the Frog's animation, but it was lacking somewhere that I can't really put my finger. Tangled was funny, emotional, and the music was really good. I think this is in part due to the casting of Mandy Moore. She was absolutely perfect for the role of Rapunzel.

      I am not going to list Dreamworks animated films, but I will say that both Kung Fu Panda movies and How to Train Your Dragon are great films. I just really don't view them as a forerunner in animation just yet. We'll see what they do from now, though.


      So, back to Brave. Pixar did an amazing job of showing enough of the movie in the trailer to get you in a seat, while they gave almost nothing away. The movie was good, and I mean GOOD. It was really funny at times, the animation has no comparison, the art is amazing because it always seems that no matter the subject matter in their films (Cars with racing and Ratatouille with food), Pixar takes great care in getting the subject across very accurately and with great taste.

      I don't want to say too much more, but Brave is up there with The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, and Toy Story as Pixar's best.

      5/5 Stars


      Post edited 6/30/12 10:02PM

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