I’m not sure if we’re living in a golden age of horror video games or if good horror video games are just abundant right now, but gamers who want to jump out of their seats and yell at their televisions after getting the crap scared out of them by a jump scare have plenty of options. While these games may vary wildly in style and execution, they all tend to have one thing in common – they put you in control of the victim. You are the hunted, looking to survive an encounter with something much more powerful than you that means you harm.
And that’s why Gun Media‘s upcoming Friday the 13th video game, which just revealed five new minutes of gameplay footage, is so intriguing. While it will offer you the opportunity to run and hide and cower and everything else you do in modern horror games, one lucky player gets to step behind the hockey mask of Jason Voorhees himself and hunt down everyone else.
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There isn’t much going on behind Jason Voorhees’ hockey mask and that’s kind of the point. The most instantly recognizable villain in slasher movie history has endured because he’s so very simple – he was a disfigured kid who seemingly drowned before settling into a new existence as a woods-dwelling killer of camp counselors. Over the course of eleven films (ranging from terrific fun to truly unwatchable), Jason was the vehicle for schlocky scares and incredibly violent murders that often went for the funny bone instead of the jugular. He’s always been more of a mascot than a character and that’s been perfectly fine.
And yet, it certainly sounds like the next iteration of Friday the 13th, a new reboot of the series following the 2009 reboot of the series, will take a new stab at Jason’s origin story. I’m not here to pre-judge anything, but let’s just say that elaborating on the backstories of classic slasher villains has been nothing short of disastrous so far.
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The Toy Box is a new weekly feature at /Film that will round up some of the newest and coolest collectibles, decorations, gadgets and other memorabilia that you nerds might want for your shelves.
This week we’ve got some good stuff from Adult Swim’s fantastic Rick & Morty, AMC’s adaptation of Preacher, several new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles collectibles, a few cool items from Star Wars and Star Trek, a bloody new Friday the 13th figure and much more. Read More »
In today’s edition of Sequel Bits:
- Tyler Perry is prepared to undergo a transformation for a sequel to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.
- Megan Fox says she is signed on for another TMNT film.
- Nicolas Cage claims that National Treasure 3 is still in the works.
- Idina Menzel endorses Elsa getting a girlfriend in Frozen 2.
- The director of the Men in Black/Jump Street spin-off tries to ease your apprehension.
- A new batch of Star Trek Beyond posters are here.
- Wesley Snipes would like to play Blade again.
- Blumhouse is reviving Benji.
- What’s the deal with the new Friday the 13th movie?
- Many landmarks are destroyed in new Independence Day: Resurgence posters.
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Posted on Thursday, February 4th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The best board games tell dynamic stories, plunging gamers into narratives of their own creation as they race to outwit, outthink, and out-dice roll their opponents. Tabletop gaming can often make for a cinematic experience when designers aren’t trying to evoke a specific film or genre, which makes a game like Last Friday look all the more intriguing. Here is a board game that is specifically trying to recreate an old school slasher movie in the Friday the 13th mold and for those of us who occupy a specific sliver on a diagram measuring horror movie fans and tabletop fans, it looks like a potentially amazing experience.
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Posted on Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 by Angie Han
Once upon a time, Paramount had ambitions of opening a new Friday the 13th reboot in spring 2015. When that didn’t work out, they decided to release the film in fall 2015 instead. Fall 2015 became summer 2016, and then early 2017. A less persistent person (or studio, rather) might have given up by now, but not Paramount. They’re going to reboot Friday the 13th, damnit, no matter what it takes.
As of now, that means starting at square one again. Prisoners scribe Aaron Guzikowski has been tapped to write a new script, while previously attached director David Bruckner (V/H/S) has dropped out. More about the new Friday the 13th reboot writer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, October 21st, 2015 by Angie Han
Jason Voorhees and Samara Morgan have been terrifying moviegoers for years now, but apparently Paramount’s not afraid of pissing them off. The studio has just pushed the Friday the 13th reboot yet again, this time from 2016 to 2017, while Rings settles into a spring 2016 slot. Read about the Friday the 13th delay and the new Rings release date after the jump. Read More »
The change of the season is upon us, and soon we’ll be packing up the shorts and tank tops for hoodies and cardigans. So if you’re gonna warm up this fall, why not do it with some cool stuff that shows people just how much of a horror fanatic you truly are?
If that sounds like your cup of tea, then Mondo has you covered with a new line of sweaters and scarves paying tribute to three of the most iconic horror slashers in the history of cinema: Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees. And the good news is that the new Mondo slasher sweaters and scarves are available to buy right now. Read More »
Last year producers were in development on a Friday the 13th TV series that sounded very The CW-ready and pretty dumb, with a plan to explore Jason Voorhees’ in different time periods, and revelations about “his wacky family.”
That version of the series appears to have quietly died off, but now there’s a new Friday the 13th TV development. This one is actually headed for The CW. The new version features a different creative team, with the first script(s) coming from Steve Mitchell and Craig Van Sickle, who created the 1996 NBC series The Pretender. Read More »