This is the third Friday the 13th, or July 13, 2012. It is the Third and last Friday the 13th for this year, the next one won’t be until September 2013, which seems spooky and very cursed to me. The origin of Friday the 13th being unlucky is not solidified; however, due to Norse Myth, The Canterbury Tales and The Last Supper it has become an unlucky day.

and on a Friday fell all this misfortune
-Canterbury Tales

Due to that, There are a number of interesting movies and clips that capitalize on this superstition.

Friday the Thirteenth, 1933

Before Mrs. Voorhees or her son Jason went around killing horny camp counselors, there was this 1933 movie about a group of strangers and a bus crash on the eponymous Friday the 13th.

It is pouring with rain at one minute to midnight on Friday the thirteenth, and the driver of a London bus is peering through his blurred windscreen as his vehicle sails down an empty road. Suddenly, lightning strikes, and a vast crane above topples into the path of the oncoming bus… Then Big Ben begins to wind backwards. Time recedes. And we discover the lives of all the passengers and the events that brought them to that late-night bus journey, from the con-man with a hundred-pound cheque to the businessman’s distraught and elderly wife. Time flows on, inevitably, to the crash — and past it, as some live and some die.

It seems interesting enough and has 6 stars on the Internet Movie Database.You can watch the entire episode on YouTube. If you drop me a line on the Facebook page and you have an Xbox360 I wouldn’t  be adverse to watching it in an XboxLive Party.

Friday the 13th, 1980

In 1980, Sean S. Cunningham and Victor Miller brought the story of horny negligent camp counselors and the seemingly cursed Camp Crystal Lake to the masses. The films events, featuring a young Kevin Bacon, take place on Friday the 13th which, we learn is Jason Voorhees’s birthday. Jason is the young boy who had drowned at the camp 20 years earlier when a bunch of teenagers decided that they’d rather have sex in the woods than be on lifeguard duty.

The film is a classic and eventually spawned a whole host of sequels with Jason Voorhees seeing more sites and living longer than he could ever have done if those kids had watched him, so maybe they did him a favor.

Here are some clips from the franchise of Jason killing everyone (Warning it’s a bit violent):

 

Friday the 13th: The Series (1987 -1990)

Following the success of the Jason movies, Frank Mancuso, Jr renamed his television show Friday the 13th: The Series from the Thirteenth Hour, to capitalize on the success of the movies. However, the series had nothing to do with Jason. As a child watching the show, I did; however, wonder when they would get to the episode with Jason but it never came. Although, later the author of the Camp Crystal Lake  series, Eric Morse, did write a book to bring the series and the Jason films into one continuity.

As a child, that theme song haunted me, I watched every new episode and the reruns, and I am, occasionally, able to catch it on the Chiller television network. Don’t forget to check out a clip or two on YouTube.

 

Friday the 13th, 2008

I never was able to watch this installment and will undoubtedly do just that tonight. I had heard that it was panned universally and only received a 25% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

It has a different origin story, so that might be interesting having heard the story about him having drowned all those years ago ad nauseam.

Now, sexy Dean, from the Gilmore Girls is in it, so that is a bonus of sorts.

 

And if it isn’t haunting enough for you to know that I watched every single episode of the Gilmore girls, here’s some random pictures of Jason.

 

Evolution of Jason

Freddy and Jason go out to eat

Now go out there and do something scary.

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