Friday the 13th Box Set

Friday, November 12, 2010 at 5:00 pm

Admirers of Jason Voorhees and his hockey-masked antics should try Friday the 13th – From Crystal Lake to Manhattan. It’s the ultimate DVD collection for fans, and these five discs present all the carnage from the first eight films of this long-running horror franchise. That’s a total of 734 minutes of gore, teenage breasts, and blood-encrusted machetes, and you can get this Friday the 13th box set for a low, low price from the fine folks at Amazon. There’s even a bonus disc featuring 14 featurettes, including interviews with the cast and crew, trailers, and a look at how those bloody effects got made.

Below, I’ve detailed all the films included in the Friday the 13th box set, as well as including a brief synopsis, rundown of familiar faces from film and TV, total body count, best kill, and any DVD extras that might be present. All of the movies in Friday the 13th – From Crystal Lake to Manhattan are presented in widescreen, so there’s no pan-and-scan nonsense to get in the way of Jason’s rampage.

Title: Friday the 13th (1980)
Synopsis: After the death of several counselors resulted in Camp Crystal Lake being closed down for years, it’s finally being reopened for the summer. But before the kids even begin arriving, the latest batch of counselors are picked off by a mysterious killer.
Familiar Faces: Betsy Palmer, Kevin Bacon
Body Count: 10
Best Kill: Arrow pushed through the throat of a teen.

Title: Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
Synopsis: Five years after the events of the first film, a group of counselors attend a training seminar near the site of the old Camp Crystal Lake. As you might expect, the killings soon start up again. This time, however, there’s an all-new madman on the loose.
Familiar Faces: None
Body Count: 10
Best Kill: A couple having sex are impaled with a spear.

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Title: Friday the 13th Part III (1982)
Synopsis: Set one day after the last film, the murderous Jason Voorhees heads farther down Crystal Lake and preys on a group of vacationing teens. This is the film where he wears his iconic hockey mask for the first time. Shown in 3D at theatres, expect a number of scenes where things fly at the screen.
Familiar Faces: None
Body Count: 12
Best Kill: Guy gets chopped in half with a machete while walking on his hands.
DVD Extras: Cast and crew commentary

Title: Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)
Synopsis: One day after the last film, Jason Voorhees is taken to the county morgue. He promptly revives, escapes, and heads back to Crystal Lake to terrorize even more teenagers. But this time, he may have met his match in Tommy Jarvis, a young boy with a love of horror movies and special effects.
Familiar Faces: Corey Feldman, Crispin Glover, Bruce Mahler
Body Count: 14
Best Kill: Machete to the head, then the victim’s face slowly slides down the blade.

Title: Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)
Synopsis: Five years after he killed Jason Voorhees, Tommy Jarvis movies into a halfway house for kids with psychiatric problems. Haunted by dreams of Jason, it’s not long before another series of murders begins. Is Tommy responsible, or is someone else carrying on the brutal Voorhees legacy?
Familiar Faces: Miguel A. Nunez Jr.
Body Count: 22
Best Kill: Annoying fat kid gets hacked up with an axe.

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Title: Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)
Synopsis: Still haunted by memories of Jason, Tommy Jarvis escapes from a mental institution and digs up the body of Jason. But his actions accidentally bring the killer back to life, and Tommy must team up with the free-spirited daughter of a local sheriff to bring a halt to the carnage.
Familiar Faces: Thom Mathews, Ron Palillo
Body Count: 18
Best Kill: A cop gets broken in half.
DVD Extras: Commentary from the director

Title: Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)
Synopsis: Ten years after the last film, a young girl returns to Crystal Lake to visit the site of her father’s death. But Jason is waiting beneath the water, and he soon surfaces to do what he does best. This sets up a showdown between an unstoppable killer and a teen with immense telekinetic powers.
Familiar Faces: Lar Park Lincoln, Terry Kiser
Body Count: 16
Best Kill: Girl in sleeping bag gets bashed against a tree.
DVD Extras: Commentary from the director and Kane Hodder (Jason)

Title: Friday the 13th: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)
Synopsis: After climbing onto a ship bound for New York City, Jason begins killing off teens preparing for their high school graduation. The last act of the film is set in Manhattan, as Jason takes on drug dealers and toxic waste.
Familiar Faces: Kelly Hu, Scott Reeves, Peter Mark Richman
Body Count: 19
Best Kill: A skilled boxer gets decapitated by a punch to the head.
DVD Extras: Director commentary

Title: Killer Extras
Synopsis: A bonus disc packed with all kinds of goodies for fans of the Friday the 13th franchise. Includes the following:
- “The Friday the 13th Chronicles” – An eight-part featurette looking at the history of the franchise. Cast and crew share their memories of the films and why Jason has become such an iconic figure over the decades.
- “Tales from the Cutting Room” – For the first time ever, witness deleted scenes from the horror series.
- “Secrets Galore Behind the Gore” – A three-part featurette detailing the make-up effects from men such as Tom Savini and John Carl Buechler. Learn how the murders were brought to life, and view preliminary sketches and never-before-seen footage.
- “Friday Artifacts and Collectibles” – A look at some of the many collectibles and props from the series.
- “Crystal Lake Victims Tell All!” – The cast and crew share amusing stories about the franchise.
- “Scary Trailers” – Watch the trailers for all eight films.

Amazon offers this Friday the 13th box set at a lower price than the competitors, and I’m betting that Wal-Mart wouldn’t have the balls to carry this item in the first place. We do get a commission when you order via one of our links, but that adds nothing to your final price and helps us keep our doors open for the future. So put down that axe, pick up your credit card, and enjoy some classic slasher movie action. Ki ki ki, ma ma ma!

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